* Posts by Lars

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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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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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"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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"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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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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""Installing from scratch now"" I do so too.

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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

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Re: That's OK

When mentioning Monsanto one should also mention patents and how they are used. Skip that part and I might change my opinion on the matter but hardly on Monsanto.

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Re: Hang on a minute...

No, this was about the EU/Microsoft case, the important part, the work group protocols. Microsoft was forced to open up its protocols and pay a few $. The Samba team was the only "team" that did not give up.

An all American case except for Opera. Sun gave up or was given something half way through.

The case as a .pdf you find at:

http://ec.europa.eu/competition/antitrust/cases/dec_docs/37792/37792_4177_1.pdf

(Case COMP/C-3/37.792 Microsoft)

It's a very well written text, an about ten years "down memory lane" story.

Too lazy to find out about the 10,000 you mention, perhaps MS was given the right to charge something for the documentation. Ask Andrew Tridgell.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: Stupid

Point taken, Graham, can't blame you, some experience.

But it also shows how dangerous those one words are as they don't really explain anything or solve anything.

Transparency International has a list about the "amount" of corruption in different countries. Finland among other Nordic countries are the least corrupted countries according to them. But, surprise surprise when I had a look at comments by Finns about it, there was a lot of - "what the shit, of course there is lots of corruption".

And there is a funny logic in those comments, that is, if Finns don't face corruption in their daily life they would react in an other way if they had lived in some more corrupt country for some years and had faced corruption daily, then their reaction would be something like - "oh my god how nice it is to live in Finland".

Then again if you ask people in more corrupt countries about it you suddenly realize that they often don't even recognize it because it's just part of normal life.

Had your wife lived in a socialist country she would probably call herself an anti socialist.

The thing is that I am so damned fed up with worthless words.

To prove my icon I have been searching for the religious word to explain the following.

The pope and condoms. Well, one can assume, perhaps, that he does not need any, age, or by hand, or and lets go no deeper here. But he does know about condoms and Aids and all of that problem and with his 1.2 billion followers why does he not speak up. What is the theological word to explain this. Is he afraid of being assassinated, did god not speak to him or is he afraid of suddenly having nobody to speak to.

Common sense is not in that picture.

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Re: Stupid

Please be a bit careful with the socialist word. I know some funny Americans tend to call Sweden socialist. As all the Nordic countries, that is Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland are very very similar in what they expect their countries to be like. I suppose the same Americans should call Norway socialist too but I suppose they experience some sort of an brain-short there as Norway is one of the richest countries in the world and also a Nato country.

The word you are probably looking for is social democrat and to mix that with socialist is just bull. There is a Social democratic party in Sweden (no majority) and else where too. There are no Socialist countries in Europa.

In the Nordic countries the things that are considered important are, good and affordable education for everybody, good and affordable health care for everybody, a fair but progressive taxation, trade unions, gun control, for a short list.

Private schools are OK too like private hospitals provided the standard is acceptable. Non of the US rubbish where anything can call it self a university.

Affordable, like a hart transplant for about the same price as staying at the YMCA for the same number of days, or free.

Just common sense any Bushman would agree with.

Germans the French and the Dutch are very similar and I don't think you Brits are that different.

As soon as people start throwing around words like left/right/capitalist/socialist you know common sense went out the window.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Re: Problem is inherent to closed source

First of all an objective article. I do prefer open source but this, however, is not about the source at all. If Lenovo, and let us be adult and call them Lenovo, started to deliver Linux laptops they could as easily have installed similar crap on the computer, open or closed source.

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The millionaire former playboy, Hugh Hefner, and a crucial fight over playboy.london

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I can't help it

Seeing the name Hugh Hefner it's Ricky Gervais that comes to my mind these days. Not quite the right icon but with some imagination it has to do.

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

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Re: B-Dienst

Konrad Zuse (German: [ˈkɔnʁat ˈtsuːzə]; 22 June 1910 – 18 December 1995) was a German civil engineer, inventor and computer pioneer. His greatest achievement was the world's first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 became operational in May 1941. Thanks to this machine and its predecessors, Zuse has often been regarded as the inventor of the modern computer.[1][2][3][4]

The Z3 was an electromechanical computer designed by Konrad Zuse. It was the world's first working programmable, fully automatic digital computer.[1] The Z3 was built with 2000 relays, implementing a 22-bit word length that operated at a clock frequency of about 5–10 Hz.[2] Program code and data were stored on punched film.

The Z3 was completed in Berlin in 1941.

Relation to other work

The success of Zuse's Z3 is often attributed to its use of the simple binary system.[17] This was invented roughly three centuries earlier by Gottfried Leibniz; Boole later used it to develop his Boolean algebra. In 1937, Claude Shannon introduced the idea of mapping Boolean algebra onto electronic relays in a seminal work on digital circuit design. Zuse however did not know Shannon's work and developed the groundwork independently[18] for his first computer Z1 which he designed and built from 1935 to 1938.

Zuse's coworker Helmut Schreyer built an electronic digital experimental model of a computer using 100 vacuum tubes[19] in 1942, but it was lost at the end of the war.

The Tommy Flowers-built Colossus (1943)[20] and the Atanasoff–Berry Computer (1942) used thermionic valves (vacuum tubes) and binary representation of numbers. Programming was by means of re-plugging patch panels and setting switches.

Colossus was not "The world’s first electronic, programmable computer," and so what but a lie is still a lie. I suppose the I in us is just too strong when it comes to them others. We in the west have a similar problem when it comes to who ended the war in Europe.

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Linux kernel dev has gone well and truly corporate – report

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Company affiliation

I wonder about this "company affiliation". Are all those working with the kernel with a company affiliation doing it because they are asked to do it. Or, surprise surprise are there also people in IT who like to work with the kernel too. like if I sing in a chorus and work for say IBM does not prove IBM gives a shit about what I do in my spare time

As for Intel, I am not surprised as they bought one or two companies deeply involved in the embedded space and with a lot of knowledge about the kernel.

Any way it's very clear that Linux has become very important for many companies and the tool of choice for many too.

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Re: Snowballing

" hardware drivers built into the kernel". Faster response.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: Reality TV....

Could be fun as one has to assume the Americans will take their guns with them.

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Worst … commute … EVER – Surrey to Sydney

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Re: That would be telling...

Perhaps the second page to this story was lost in Bondi, IT glitch or something, I was actually so surprised there was no second page that I decided to stop drinking for a short moment, wow. And I had to explore Bondi on the internet.

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Re: Jaguar (Land Rover) an icon of British success!

@ Mondo the Magnificent,

I did up vote your post but trying to point the finger abroad is just silly.

As we know the French the Germans and not even the Italians lost the plot the way the Brits did.

And it's not only the car industry it's the same with motorcycles. ships. yachts, it's more or less everything.

It does not help trying to understand it and perhaps trying to do something about it, if you are not prepared to look into the mirror.

You have to know the past to understand the present, they say. GB was made from trade, not manufacturing. The London stock exchange is still doing well.

Although the industrial revolution started in England with the steam engine the internal combustion engine, the diesel the wankel and the first flying jet engine where German.

Around the year 1900 there where more cars and airplanes in France than in England.

If you want to change something then you have to understand what went wrong and why.

As for the Jag, nice, but I must admit I rather have the "something more practical" at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF80q9jmaC0

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Re: Bad Title

Yes, yes, rather let Sarah Palin do engineering, "A" as in Alaska is after all closer to "E" like engineering than "K".

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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A Swiss account

" tax-avoidance maneuvers used by some of the planet's wealthiest people. "

That too, but apparently there are also billions of drug money and money laundering.

It's perhaps too much to demand that a bank should know exactly the background to each transaction and then say - "try next door".

The solution is then that authorities dealing with dirty money of any kind are allowed a more open access to those accounts and transactions.

And that is exactly what the Swiss don't want to happen, as it's such a good business, not that they are alone in that respect, of course.

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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

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Well

When a girl is 19 and she applies lipstick it's kind of nice, there is something in her eyes, but when she is 35 there is not that same feeling any more.

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Re: Float on

Having known some Astrologers they will claim all the wrong predictions where due to those planets and now let us predict again. I am, sort of, fond of one who for my paying wife predicted I would not belive him at all. But then again I knew some wacuum cleaner guys too.

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Re: Going interplanetary

One can only hope.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Re: Sounds like a no-brainer to me?

Please Vladimir Plouzhnikov, the EU part was both cheep and dumb.

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Cheers Tom, do I sniff a pint of Friday beer in your logic. It's not Luxemburg nor the UK that takes a look at Amazon, it's the EU and they should as well have a look at some islands in British waters as the Brits will be the last to do it. Cheers all the same.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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funny

And nice, I had a teacher who asked me why I like English. I told him it's because there is no grammar in the language, The guy, to my surprise, got very upset, surprisingly perhaps not. Then again if you teach the only language you know and are accused of having no grammar then who the hell are you. Forgive me in advance, I love the language but for grammar I could mention some other languages

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English is the last mongrel Germanic language there is. The large amount of words in the English language is probably due to the fact that the island was conquered by world + dog* more than any other part of Europe. Nothing wrong with that either. The Dutch and Scandinavians have less problems reading old English than the English. At times I am a bit pissed off with Brits who think they have invented the language by themselves. Am I scratching blood from my nose.

*This expression (read as "world plus dog") is primarily used on the U.K. information tech news site "The Register" as a synonym for "everyone" or "many, Urban Dictionary: world + dog

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

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I have no doubt it will all run on Linux, but still it's a bit funny that there is not one "linux" in the text.

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Remember Corel? It's just entered .DLL hell

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Would that be the Corel with one of the first Linux distros then a long time ago, 1997 or such,

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Ironic

"they failed to notice the Kouachi brothers quite open pre-terrorist behavior & planning.". Well they knew about them but as somebody in the French police pointed out it's just not possible to assign people to follow each step a suspect takes for the rest of his life among say several hundred similar suspects. The simple solution, a very old one, would be to just jail them or shoot them as suspects. No need to point fingers towards any specific country her.

I don't think we want such an society. Cameron of course will look for a fast solution not to look undecided. Understandable perhaps but rubbish all the same.

The solution, as before, is education, there has never been any other working solution, but imagine a politician brave enough to mention anything like that when the "soul" tells him he has to have a solution now.

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: "Tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect!"

@Eddy Ito. I am not sure how to read your comment, thanks for the links anyway. My post was an effort to be kind and thoughtful in not pointing out that the sentence "time of Bill Clinton's last submitted budget of $1.8 trillion, and Barack Obama's first submitted budget of $3.6 trillion" has a sting of amnesia as there was Clinton and then something happened before Obama that was not mentioned for odd reasons I cannot understand. Oh well.

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Re: "Tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect!"

I sometimes think Americans have an inbuilt ability to forget how much and who pays for the military and wars.

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

"Double decker trains as commonly used in the rest of Europe?". I think a big (expensive) problem in the UK is all the low bridges you run under.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Hot Spanish tongue action

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Re: Looks a bit too much of a mouthfull for me

As for looks, it's damned difficult to make food look good on pics unless you are professional of course.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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Please, naughty people

"Very naughty people use Tor". Please tell us you never fly, fart, use public transportation, the postal service, roads, dentists, hot dogs, chics. Please tell us what we can safely use that you naughty have left for us to use.

Time, perhaps, to use Tor so that "less" naughty people use it.

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

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Re: Traitor to the USA (not America)?

"Try criticizing the government, or get in a legal spat with an official while you're there. Because it seems as if you think you're being oppressed, living in the UK."

Sorry but that logic, as old as it is, doesn't work ever.

My headache is not smaller because somebody in Russia has a stronger one. If I am fat then I am not less fat even if somebody in Mexico is fatter. Tell a under payed Britt he is actually well payed as there are people who get less in China. That (lack) of logic is probably from the stone age if not older.

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FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA's data-slurping appetite

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Re: Hate Machine

Ah Please, don't try this - "they hate us because of our freedom ...". That is just silly and leave the painting out too. This is about a trade agreement we all need. Unfortunately too much rubbish has been lobbied into the text by big money and big companies. They fuck you Americans and they try to fuck the EU too. If I am pissed off it's because I feel too many politicians in the EU are either dumb, lazy or bought.

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Dirty

Trixs.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Very pleased with Linux

Silverlight is a piece of shit still used by some sites that does not run on Linux. Incidentally you can use the space in a Windows partition from Linux, no problem at all. I do, however, understand those who feel it's a problem to choose which distro to use. My advice is to put what ever distro on a R/W DVD or a stick and try it out with no stress. It will of course be slower if you run Linux from a DVD. You will have to understand what to do in the setup to make the PC boot from say a DVD, of course (ask).

And even if you are a happy Windows user it's not a dumb idea to have a Linux on a stick if you are one of those who sometimes have to use a PC out of home. A lot safer that way. Part of the fun with Linux was in fact this possibility to compare and try different distros.

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Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS

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How sad

But then again perhaps even Sony should do (invest) something in their IT systems security. Next Botswana or something will be accused. What the hell, are those Norks actually that good, and if so, should we not look at how we perform. Came to think of it, is not Sony Korean or something.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Perhaps I am feeling my age but why did you feel this demand to change anything. I had no problems and now I have this feeling I have t click more than before. A sort of an Firefox feeling for no reason at all. And I know I will accept it but still I feel Google has done it right in not altering anything at sign on while again making gmail more and more stupid.

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Thanks Groklaw

Thanks Pamela Jones.

I think fairly few, even among those who has followed this mad story from the beginning, can remember every detail all that well. As I remember there was a report by some consultant who claimed IBM would gladly pay SCO (I will call it SCO here) one billion dollar for the "wrong doings" they had done towards SCO. That report was on the internet then. As for the "wrong doings" they where based on what Earl McBride wanted to believe. No wonder he and David Boies too, smelt cheap money around the corner. And of course Microsoft smelt something too.

At it's wildest SCO claimed there was one million copied instructions in Linux. (The evidence then happened to disappear in a briefcase in Iceland.)

To some extent I can understand this as there was a lot of people who found it hard to understand how a bunch of kids could come up with something as advanced a linux so quickly. Just a PAC-MAN system according to Gates, if I remember right. In comments around the globe then you would find stuff like - "I knew it, I knew it, it's all copied".

One thing I think is obvious in a case like this is that a jury system is not good at all. A "lotto" system that easily gives you a 50/50 chance even if you are wrong. How can one demand that a jury could understand any of this. No wonder McBride wanted to take the case in front of a jury all the time.

Pamela Jones ability to dig into it was fenomenal.

As for SCO Unix, I had tens of customers running our software and it was quite OK. Cheaper than HP-UX, Aix and Solaris but also slower as it ran on standard PC hardware. The only problem I can remember now is that it run out of semaphores every now and then, not a big problem as such. In fact, I found more bugs in HP-UX.

I mention this as I still feel sorry for the honest and good guys working with SCO Unix and who probably lost their jobs due to a greedy dumb guy like Darl McBride who managed to destroy the company, for ever, as I hope to day.

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Untangling .NET Core: Open source for Windows, Mac, Linux

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Re: Win over ? Windows is over!

So what happened to Suse?

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ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface

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"Venus had slowed down 6.5 minutes in the last 16 years – which makes our leap year look like a very minor affair". C'mon ElReg this is not Fox News.

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A general's tale of the US's Gulf War follies and Glyn Johns' life in music

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Period

The Iraq war was a stupid thing by stupid people. Most Europeans knew it in advance many Americans too. No need to bash the army, it's not the army that start wars. Period.

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EU Google-bashing is making us look really bad, say Google bashers

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Re: How about doing something about the ducking bankers and corrupt politicians...

"and leave consumer choice to the consumers!". Yes, Yes, I like that too, but the thing is that we consumers will eat shit, drink shit and be treated as shit if we think to much of having any force on facts just because we are consumers. We do need organisations within the state to help us. For instance, the lobbying by the industry related to what shit they are allowed to put into our food is staggering. The amazing thing is that the EU has agreed not to check but some of the stuff used by the food industry.

Lots of shit in this comment, no doubt, but that is, more or less, how it is.

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