* Posts by John Sanders

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: I wish politicians would learn...

See, Dave is an ignorant with regards to the internet.

We know he is an ignorant because we know how the internet works.

Now think this: (and not only this affects dear Dave but all politicians)

Each time you happen to know about a particular field and you listen to a politician, you realise the man is an ignorant or a t*at.

This happens all the time, and this is how politics is done in the 21 century by professional politicians.

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BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents

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BT and SMTP

Fix your bloody SMTP issues BT!!!

host mx.bt.lon5.cpcloud.co.uk[65.20.0.49] just doesn't work.

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Google, Adobe barricade Flash against hacker hordes – we peek inside

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Adobe had a chance to fix flash and take over the world.

That chance was open-sourcing the interpreter, or at the very least publishing the spec.

If you want something to become universal on the Internet, it has to be based on an open standard.

Had it been the case Flash would have been fixed a billion years ago, or at the very least it would have been made fast.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: I went and saw if there was anything about WSUS and Windows 10

"""WILL EXPLODE IN MASSIVE FIREBALLS"""

And now a commercial message:

Massive fireballs are sponsored by the government of Iran.

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I used to be like you

"""as the resident family-and-friends go-to IT guy I can't help feeling I'm going to be very busy in the coming weeks."""

I was the same, except one day I said, no, I will not fix your computer for free unless you install Linux. If you want Windows support it is £35 per hour.

People stopped bothering me.

The few who agreed to have Linux have my total support, once I installed their computers they hardly have to call me, just the odd question every now and then, and updating once a year if required.

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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Pardon me?

"""The other thing that matters is rapid application development. In our case, we take a Lumia device, you power up Azure App Services, and out come Universal Apps that automate workflows. I think that's unbeatable in terms of a value proposition."""

Look at all this code, it writes itself, look how it automates the work-flow itself and gives value itself.

Wait what?

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Satoru Iwata, Nintendo chieftain and gamer titan, dies aged 55

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Rest in peace

Sad to go at that age, thanks for all the good moments Mr Iwata.

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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If I start...

If I start a news website: Can I have some money from all British households?

If I start an online streaming business: Can I have some money from all British households?

Because competing in the marketplace is hard you know, so if I can leverage some money via lawful coercion is great.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: So...

>>Someone call Microsoft, Quick!

>>We found the guy they're marketing too!

There you go, coffee all over the screen again.

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Seriously, who actually uses a start menu

People who do not know how what may be installed in the computer, or people who do not know that the system settings can be accessed via: compmgmt.cpl

And so on.

This stupidity of typing the first few letters of something works very well when you know what you are looking for.

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Bloodthirsty Microsoft prepares for imminent 'major' job cuts

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Short Sighted

When you are a company the size of MS with virtually unlimited money income. (MS is still a monopoly)

You can afford to lose a lot buying other companies:

You are sufficiently big and have enough employees and subsidiaries to make something clever and worthwhile with regards to taxation and regulations.

You spend a lot of money in exchange of a brand and a customer base and to lesser extend expertise, the customer base specially if the brand is strong is worth potentially way more than what you paid for the sum of the entire company you are buying. You have the new customer's base full attention, the best marketing ever.

If you succeed in conquering another large market and get entrenched, the benefits usually dwarf the costs. And you look mightier than ever.

Also with MS there is the "prepotency" factor.

MS is used to everybody being afraid of them and to use and abuse their power to further their goals.

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

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Re: One million new lines...

Yes you can using KVM.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: How much control/flexibility over the free W10 download?

Pristine state at the time of the backup,

Now go back to install all those patches that came in between the time you took the snapshot and the time where you had to restore it.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Shut up and take my money!!!!

Shut up and take my money!!!!

http://cdn.business2community.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/shut-up-and-take-my-money-9299-2560x16001.jpg

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: Foregone Conclusion

"""The interface design behind Windows Phone was a great idea"""

Only if you plan to offer a different for the sake of being different interface, and do not plan to offer much in terms of interface functionality.

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Seriously?

"""Also exiting the business is ex-Nokia-CEO-turned-executive-vice-president devices group Stephen Elop. He had run the phone hardware division since April 2014.

He joins 18,000 who Nadella has pink-slipped since becoming Microsoft CEO.""

The FCUK he's getting the same compensation as those other low rank guys.

The "he joins" hurts my eyes.

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Cisco in single SSH key security stuff-up

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Re: Suggestion

Cisco does nothing special.

However it does a few things well, the hardware is stable, (and so is IOS for the most part), they have good documentation, and has lots and lots of features that are/may come in handy, also there is plenty of documentation online, and the method of configuration is pretty much a de-facto standard in the industry. Their switches are bread and butter and an expectation on any large environment.

ISP's do not love Cisco, people who only know Cisco do.

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Vegan eats BeEf, gets hooked

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Re: It would be nice if banks were made aware

* Take an old PC, format it with Linux (xubuntu, Mint, Debian, whatever works for you), keep it on the side only for banking.

* Buy a small cheap pc you can keep on the side, use it only for banking.

* Boot off a Linux Live USB or CD, use it for banking.

* Keep a VM running Linux just for banking.

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: Ooops, pet peeve triggered

"""To this day I remain mystified by games forcing the player to replay known parts over and over as some sort of punishment for failure."""

I found an explanation for this.

There are two types of human beings, one type which are really good at hand-to-eye coordination and quick memorization of routine movements.

And the rest of us.

The gaming experience of the time were the Arcade machines, which where in turn designed for the first type of human being. This was done obviously to get as many quarters as possible.

Developers making games for computers "at the time" though that unless a game was hard it was no fun, and that it would be over too soon, they had to match the experience of the arcades.

Some developers used that to hide the fact that some games were indeed too short, or too shitty.

A trend that began to set the tide backwards is that at some point more people began playing games using trainers so they could see the art than people who was having fun playing the game.

Also as the novelty of the new awesome quality wore off people became more savvy on which games to spend the money on, suddenly there were new genres, FPS, RTS, RPGs, point and click adventures, gameplay forever diverged from the Arcade style of games which stopped being the major source of inspiration.

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Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

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Hmmm

How does this work....?

I know how the containers are supposed to work, what I want to know is:

Is this just containerization for .net based code? this is: as long as the application has been developed on .net can be pushed either to a Linux or a Windows box?

Or in the other hand if the Windows containers are windows native code and the Linux ones are native Linux code and the only thing in common is the management tools and infrastructure?

Details for god sake, details!!!

I'm sick of marketingcrap and people on a stage delivering FCUK presentations.

They keep you wondering what the FCUK are they talking about for months to no end and once you look at the stuff is just pure anticlimax.

MS is so uninteresting these days.

And the MS HEARTS Linux is just plain psychopathy.

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AMD: We're not splitting our gfx and servers biz, ignore all the rumours

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Dammit AMD

Hold it for a while longer, I need to upgrade my AMD mobo/cpu for Fallout 4 this fall!!!

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: No official Server 2012 drivers

That's what you get with artificial limitations.

Inconvenience.

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Re: Now, make one with multiple Ethernet ports…

fitlet-X LAN, four GbE ports

http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/fitlet/fitlet-x/

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Re: Noise?

There you go:

http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/fitlet/

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Re: Guessing games

Wait! who are you again?

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Re: Optimal?

There is no cloud only other people's computers:

https://fsfe.org/contribute/promopics/thereisnocloud-v2-preview.png

Do you want to depend on other people's computers for your personal stuff? and pay for something you did not have to pay before?

I for one don't.

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Attenda for sale this year? Not on your nelly, says CEO

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Re: What a shame

Athens will certainly be for sale soon.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Source code

"""So, overall, this idea that obtaining source code and compiling it yourself gains you nothing, is just an excuse for lazyness in a lot of situations."""

Sometimes yes, but the majority of the time is people who doesn't understand what FOSS is, or people with a vested interest on other people not knowing (AKA Monopolistic vendors).

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Reading every line of code...

That is not the problem, in absolute terms yes you're right, the sentence is correct:

"Unless you're reading every line of code how is this any safer than downloading binaries from repositories"

Where the logic breaks is here:

If I have the source code I can inspect it if I suspect foul play, I can compile it myself and be 100% sure that the "blob" is not compromising my system.

When you have no such source code available all I can do is guess and distrust, I can not verify anything.

The source is important not because you are going to check every single line of all the packages you run in Debian, but because if you need to check anything for security or bug fixing reasons, you should be able to.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Re: They stuck with Ubuntu 14.04 for 2 years?

No, if what you want is a 1:1 replacement of Windows no, it is not and it will never be.

Anyone using it with that mentality is bound to fail and not see the point if it.

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Re: Couldn't agree more

Send the suggestion (with a mock-up if possible) to Clement Lefebvre or to the Mint mailing list, they will at the very least look at it.

If they consider it interesting to the Cinnamon user base they will implement it.

Clement and the Mint community are quite open to "sensible" suggestions.

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Re: Losers

"Binux! Binux is coming! Binux is here! Binux is outside. There is no escape. Who's that knocking at the door? Yes, it's Binux. Binux came for Defiant just as he will come for you. Who will be next? You? Maybe you?"

Binux is unavoidable my friend.

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Re: Solid System Too Bad About No MS Office

I for one run Visio 2003 almost twice a week on Wine and it runs like a charm (Yes 2003, it is the one I have a license for, and it is more than enough for what I need).

From what I have read you can mostly run all Office programs quite reliably except for Outlook (Those pesky internet Explorer deep integration/dependencies)

It will probably take a while to iron out all the little issues (wine sometimes requires lots of tweaks) but once you have it correctly installed on a "wine bottle" you can tar/zip the wine bottle and install on a snap.

I run many small Windows tools on Wine and while you get issues sometimes here and there, if an application works it works where you can depend on it.

A really good side-effect of Wine is that if you have an old app that provides enough functionality and works on Wine it will work forever, I can not run Visio 2003 on Windows 8 and onwards. In a way Wine is more compatible with old stuff than Windows will ever be.

I understand that Wine may not be for everybody, but it is always worth a try.

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Re: Mint

With Mint you have to follow the recommendation of keeping /home on a separate partition, if you do that, installing a new version is not such a problem other than having to reinstall your software.

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Re: A very good choice

No need to run anything obsolete, you have XFCE and MATE on both Ubuntu and Fedora.

ho, ho, ho, ho...

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Re: I still think Mint XFCE is the perfect drop-in replacement for XP...

Amen XFCE brother!

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

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My good man.

Details, details...

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Never let..

A good Crysis go to waste

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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

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Level 3

Seems to suspiciously have lots of BGP problems lately...

Just an observation.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Will they separate the NTFS...

Will they separate the NTFS "deny execute" from the "traverse folder" permission, add a no-exec flag?

Don't be silly of course not, Linux can be infected too.

Making reasonable proposals on the interwebs... in the "El Reg" forums, how dare you!?

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Re: @Dcotor Syntax

@dogged,

What can we Linuxtards say?, we have been saying for years that this will become a common scenario due to Windows architecture and business model.

MS being MS will try to solve this with more and more layers of complexity like they always do, while trying to screw open standards and muddying the water.

We have been making reasonable arguments for years, and we have been telling tales of sane design, environments that hardly ever go down, and that are quite hard to compromise.

In response we get the classic LA LA LA LA Linux is not secure either LA LA LA LA Windows, Windows, Windows, ra-ra-ra.

Enjoy your malware infestations.

Troll face! because it's Friday and I'm already drunk!

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Re: Just Use Linux

Sarcasm my friend, sarcasm.

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Re: Surely...

It is easier not to run Windows.

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Confusion reigns as Bundestag malware clean-up staggers on

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Re: No Backup Plan - Shoot The Admin

Any sensible organization will not have anything sensible were ignorant personnel can cause this level of trouble.

And they will not be running Windows connected to any form of www.

Or if they have to run Windows, run it with so many GPOs as to make the system useless.

Or even better, HIRE BETTER IT GUYS rather than outsourcing.

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Re: Let me guesss...

Give more details.

Was it a .exe on a share via Samba?

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

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I have been saying this since time inmemorial

Release a blackberry phone running Android, port your applications (Hub) & email to it

PROFIT!

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Re: Optional Title

You're not alone, I love it too.

At the same time I can perfectly understand why women don't.

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Having children is not mandatory.

But if you do not have them at some point while you're still young, you are missing on a very important part of life.

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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Sigh...

"""Dare we mention just how the average user will react to Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS, the supported Linuxes under Horizon 6?"""

The average user's reaction will be directly proportional to how well can they accomplish the task at hand with the tools provided.

Simples.

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Shine a light on the rogue IT that hides in the company shadows

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Sadly I have been there

"""The problem is that it only works in IE."""

I have been there (ah the painful memories)

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