* Posts by petur

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Microsoft 'showers gold' on anti-Google Cyanogen and its Android alternative

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strategy?

To cause more fragmentation (real or perception)? Look, there's two big Android distributions now...

(yes I know the details, so mostly perception, but what does the average phone buyer know)

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I ain't afraid of no GHOST – securo-bods

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attention whores

I have enough of Qualys. All I did was point out an error in their free scanner (how nice of me), and that resulted in a bunch of emails and even a phone call to try to sell me some of their services.

I consider their 'leak' to be quite intentional....

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INTERNET of STUFF: Google to replace old Dropcams for $0.00

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Nothing new here...

Dropcam was already a security failure in my eyes, my data stays on my systems and CERTAINLY camera data.

(responding to 80% of this article that's about the fact that Google owns it, not the 20% about the free upgrades)

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: COULD BE LETHAL

"Not a subscription, just free. A giveaway."

Doesn't quite fit with the "for the first 12 months", does it? Looks like a commentard in need of a better job....

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Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

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10% is a hefty chunk?

see title

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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@ AC

I know you are probably trolling, but I'll risk anyway...

Forwarding GMail to Outlook just makes two Borgs spy on you, not one.

And I wouldn't be so brave to call Windows more secure than Android...

I won't respond to your remark on the apps, because that is 100% trolling.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: Two lessons from this

Running backups while you're busy installing stuff is pretty pointless... My backups always run with apps closed and backup destination only present during the backup.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Re: misleading title?

It looks like Neil McAllister thought he could do even better, and changed the title into something that is even more incorrect.

I filed him permanently under Google Glass Hater....

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Re: "they have won some converts in certain industries, such as healthcare"

Read the comment again... not streaming stuff from the police officer, but to.

Think about getting info quickly i.s.o. calling the office and have somebody look it up and read it to you. Or use the cam to quickly lookup a car registration number.

And dashcams/bodycams are mostly recording devices, good for evidence *if* there is a problem, a glass camera could be used to make a picture of a crime and add it to a file...

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misleading title?

I understand it more as moving from testlab to actual mass-product.... not exactly axing it.

(yes I know it says 'axing the explorer program', but it makes you feel like the whole thing is over)

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Next step

Drive a rover over there and get some images to see/learn what went wrong (and maybe try to switch it off and on again?)

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For pervasive 5G and IoT, prepare for wind turbines on cells

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wind+solar

The combination isn't working for the normal grid (too many days with not enough sun and wind, not even mentioning the nights), why would it work for this? Now if they had mentioned a big battery that can span several days...

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Got a GE industrial Ethernet switch? Get patching

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because the developer(s) don't know and the PM/management (still) don't care....

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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FAIL

Maybe, but I skipped that version because I don't want it to auto-type anything in my docs, no matter how good the cause is. Several people even uninstalled because they thought it contains malware (understandable, if you see it act weird and at the same time read about an attack on its site)

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Amazon's new EC2 compute instances run on SECRET INTEL CHIPS

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Re: Pedant Alert

You mean like SSE & co... it didn't take long to have support for those, Intel offers a compiler that always offers support for the latest greatest, and others follow not too far off.

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I don't think you're ready for this Jelly: Google pulls support for Android WebView

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Re: non-event

It is a non-event, for a complete different reason.... we're talking about a browsing component no longer getting updates. Just install another browser and done. And frankly, the old browser sucked hard anyway, so nothing is lost.

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Re: Chrome it is then

You make it sound as if Chrome is the only browser on offer (hint: it is not)

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

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90 days are 90 days

Get off your lazy ass, MS.... your code has been sucking for years, time is up.

Want to get back at Google? Do them the same favor, find their bugs and give them 90 days.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: Blaming the tools...

boy, that sounds really bad, hope you find a better job soon....

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Re: I don't get it.

I switched to using M.2 for my OS drive, and I can testify that it is the fastest 'disk' interface I have used so far. Previously using an intel SSD on SATA2, so I was impressed to notice the difference.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Re: Push-button gear change? Really?

sorry, but we Europeans do not call it gear change, when all you do is tell the mechanics it is allowed to do its gear changing.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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indeed, even my personal laptop requires an additional decryption of a separate volume to access my data, so I can easily login with decryption and then do simple stuff like browsing, and not have access to my data.

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Seagate makes CES splash with $99 drive, 'personal' cloud offerings

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Re: Why?

I run my home NAS in RAID1, for the convenience of uptime and not having to restore the backup when a drive fails.

On another one I had RAID5, and then 2 drives failed....

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personal cloud

They created a NAS?

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Snooker WPA secrets with this Wi-Fi tool

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FAIL

And this is new?

Please google 'wifi pineapple' before writing another such article...

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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Re: 2% of activations?

No wonder... the z3 compact is a bloody good phone, still amazes me every day. Value for money Apple buyers can only dream of.

Sony showed the rest that making your smaller model also slower/cheaper is a biiiig mistake

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

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Re: And with a normal book?

Bah... forgot to write the most important part, I've also set the foreground colour to something softer, which these boffins could have done too.

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And with a normal book?

I used to read in bed with a small reading light shining on the white pages...

Now I read on my Nexus 7 set as white text on black. Light levels are now much lower.

Not sure I'm worse off now

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

I'm talking about one filemanager having no clue how to open a file because the tool is part of another DE - best they can do is let you hunt for the correct binary in /usr/bin

I'm talking about each DE picking a different place to mount network locations

A nice examples: AcetoneISO - a GUI for easy ISO mounting. It even offers a selection to pick your filemanager (fixed selection, too bad if you use another one), this causes the ISO to mount in a different location to try to fix this confusion of end users.

If we're going to talk 'year of the desktop', stuff should work together.

All systems I have setup for linux newbies, I have made sure NOT to mix DE apps

Go ahead, ignore the issues and downvote some more. You downvoters clearly are not using linux everyday :/

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

"But I still can run Gnome application in KDE and vice versa... so You choose your environment but it does not limit your choice of applications."

I'm amazed by the downvotes...

And mixing the environments isn't as nice as you think, some stuff works, but the mix of client side decorations and server side decorations results in a horrible experience.

Opening a reference to a file from an application build for one environment to another one? No go.You might as well run two VMs next to each other....

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Sorted the desktop out?

It's a fragmented mess, getting worse by the year... We used to have the gnome/KDE camps - look what we ended with now: gnome/unity/cinnamon/MATE/KDE/...

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Bose soundlink mini

Still have to encounter a person who, upon hearing them the first time, doesn't go looking in the room where the real speakers are.

Bloody expensive and a shame you can't get two do play stereo, and use micro-usb to charge. But otherwise it's a investment you won't regret.

Listen to this youtube clip of the Bose side by side with a JBL charge. The recording was done with proper audio recording gear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=369O58SIyFo

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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(not) funny

I sure hope the intel people saying "trust us, it's NK" aren't the same ones who said "trust us, Iraq has WMDs"

I wish I could find that funny....

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Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't

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"We'll have to lock our doors now so hackers can't walk in? Thanks for the tip."

nah, just your windows

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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Re: I think I may have chosen.. poorly

Yes. It's a great little phone. As a moderately heavy user, with all options on and no stamina-modes, it still manages 2 days (still 30% after >6 hours of screen time), a coworker who only uses it for chat and mail manages to recharge every 4 days.

I read somewhere that the glass isn't maybe as good as Gorilla glass, so I went for a thin case + screen protector. I would have taken the latter anyway since I hate reflective screens.

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Re: Questions...

There's some bloatware, most of which I disabled. Phone still has plenty of memory but maybe you installed other bloatware in return ;)

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Dark matter-hunting boffins spot EXCITING signal in X-ray spectrum

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Re: Old, debunked.

@ashdav

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/ask-ethan-66-did-we-just-find-dark-matter-1b2f992ac353

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Meh

The top 'article' (current one looks like Canon ad to me) takes waaaay too much space, I have to scroll down half a page to get to the list of articles (and that's on a big display). Same for the articles themselves.

Are you trying to copy the ugly and inefficient layouts of other sites? Please don't.

Why are new website designs going for bigger layouts - surely that's not the best way to handle big displays (which I got because I want to have multiple windows open - not easy when the websites start to scale too)

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: A difficult problem to solve

Another problem (that was mentioned way too briefly in the article) is ambient light.

If I'm watching in a dark room, blacks will need to be black and white should not be full power 1000 nit. When there is more light (daytime,...) the blacks don't matter much but you do need the high output on white. So it's maybe better to shift around a bit within the light output.

And I don't buy it that ambilight alone will solve this. If TV is going to output 1000 nits, ambient light sensors are going to be a must.

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Dirtbags dressed up malware as legit app using Sony crypto-certs

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Android

Not sure if they are also able to generate signed malware for Android? Not that I kept any of the Sony bloat on my Z3 compact - all disabled and updates blocked

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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"Hit a harsh speed bump and get an ambulance chasing you!"

but maybe you injured yourself hitting that speed bump!

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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way to go!

I'm very fond of these rules and laws, because we seem to have become a very self-centred society where nobody cares about the rest if they can get their things done.

So if my neighbour starts drilling and hammering in the middle of the night, or mowing the lawn on that sunny and quiet Sunday afternoon, I can tell him to stop or face uniforms.

I also believe that shops can close on Sunday. The old 'no time during the week' makes no sense because the 'I need to work until 6' was how they managed to get shops to stay open late. Either open late or on Sunday, both is just for spoiled morons...

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Diesel

Still waiting for it to get banned....

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Angry Birds to angry words: Rovio flings 14% of its staff out the door

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n900

they also had a pretty neat (and impressive) game on the n900

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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If you're going to destroy that boat or kill the skipper, you might as well just go ahead with the launch....

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Re: Brute force solution

Pro tip: my board has most of the IP range of China blocked. Fixed the problem for quite a good part :)

(as the board is targeting a Dutch speaking audience, not much is lost, only once did an expat complain)

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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Re: Age weight

I'm talking about ranking...

And I'm aware of the options to set time and verbatim and what not, but they're nicely hidden behind 'Search Tools' AND they are mutually exclusive (limit on time OR search verbatim OR ...)

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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LibreOffice

Still waiting for it to open docx files without completely messing the layout...

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