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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

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Re: But is this the tip of the iceberg?

Plenty.

But what I wonder is why so much insistence on "only a state can write this"

No, we do not know for sure this is not the case, just because they do not know of enough competent low level programmers doesn't mean it was a state. Unless they had help from the vendor, if they could only write it using non-public information from our MS friends this is another matter.

But alas, all you need to create an undetectable malware is keep a very low profile.

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IDC: iPad sales CRASH incoming ... Win 8 killing 2-in-1 typoslabs

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As it was widely predicted...

In this blessed house y half of its inhabitants, for the many years this tablet-replacing everything nonsense has been force fed down our throats.

Tablets are only good for wasting time or reading while in the crapper(TM)**

**Blessed place.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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I can not believe any of this.

So they behead a soldier in the middle of the street in plain daylight.

But they or their ideology can not be mentioned.

So we need to invent a blame, (The internet obviously)**, and at the same time because we can not mention they, we need to spy on everybody.

This is another iteration of: "We can not mention they, so in the airport we will check poor 80 years old Margaret in the name of random search, just in case they accuse us of looking at they"

** Politicians can nor can not control things depending on what they need, when they can not control they obviously have to overreach.

:-(

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: Jaw is on the floor

The one I smiled at was this one:

""Cinnamon 2.4 is chock full of small, but welcome, new features and updates. These include a configurable desktop font""

It made me laugh, but there is a very good explanation for it, on Gnome3 (From which Cinnamon first originated) you're not permitted to change any of the visual settings at all including the fonts.

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Re: Upgrades

Have you ever bothered to keep your /home directory on a separate partition?

That makes reinstalling the OS a snap, as as soon as you reinstall whatever application you were using before its ready configured as it was before and just works.

Besides this Mint 17.x is meant to be a LTS (Long term support) version and will be around until 2019

The mint team will keep releasing up-to-date versions of the main applications for it.

And as someone pointed out earlier, you can get software from ppa's (Small repositories with up-to-date versions of applications)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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Re: upcoming Blackberry classic

I'm a young person who appreciated Blackberry on it's day, and the first thing I thought when I got a Q10 in my hands was:

1) Where are the buttons?

2) Why did they removed the buttons?

3) This is shit without the buttons.

4) Why would they remove the buttons?

5) Why wouldn't they have made virtual buttons at least?

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Expert opinion

And the beer award goes to.... Vladimir Plouzhnikov!!!

(He owes me a new screen and keyboard though)

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Re: Panic!

Yes it is because the aficionados will not notice loads of unidentified objects out there.

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WinShock PoC clocked: But DON'T PANIC... It's no Heartbleed

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Re: Easier to patch?

Obviously lots of white washing like anything MS these days

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Re: How about

"""originates, perhaps all of the terrorists out there are wealthy well educated idealists like Bin Laden and they just happen to suddenly come up with extremist narrative because they are bored?"""

Ideology? Like you know, each time a large amount of killing happens by lots of non-coordinated individuals in different parts of the world who think alike?

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Re: This is the wrong battle to fight

Cameron like all the useless people in power has not heard of the Streisand Effect.

Well probably he's more worried in making it disappear so no one thinks about this, rather than really doing something about it.

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Re: Most "bad stuff" is hosted overseas

No, he's talking about breaking into your home and unplugging your computer.

You silly ;-)

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Re: My diagnosis...

"""Not going to happen quickly, and there will be workarounds (thank fuck) but for the non-techy guy on the street they'll be fed a diet of pure shit from on high and told anyone who doesn't subscribe is a lunatic."""

90% of the BBC 's content anyone? :-(

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Obviously

This is a slippery slope...

It will be done in the name of removing the beheadings, but it will come in handy later for anything else they want to justify.

The funny thing is that this is the internet we're talking about, with all their political and corporate might the pirate bay is still up and running.

Why wouldn't the radicalised "asians" find places to post and share their non-"asian"** attainments.

All this is is an exercise in cosmetic measures, "look ma, no videos online, no problem!".

(**Cameron said it not me)

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It works like this:

We (The west, we're all in this together) have been doing this for decades:

10 Support (weapons and money) a given designated "Friendly" faction for reasons that matters to us at a given time and that culturally are alien to the supported group.

20 Supported group crushes opposition using our weapons and our money in their country of origin.

30 Supported group now feels strong and uses our own weapons and money against us.

40 Realise supported "Friendly" group wasn't our friend at all, and they are now hostile radicals.

50 Find new "Friendly" group to oppose the old now hostile group, which are not radicals.

60 Goto 10

With this program it is guaranteed that everybody will be angry at each other and us (Westeners)

Cameron, like most useless western politicians is only worried with making the media evidence disappear simply to keep pretending that there is no problem. This is like a woman wearing clothes to conceal a pregnancy. Eventually she'll have to face the fact she's going to have a baby.

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

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True

"""I also don't see any involvement of the internet in such dramatic and frightening cases as the child sex abuse in Rotherham."""

The authorities and the establishment are keeping it quiet.

The gamergate exploded because the people involved had first hand knowledge of what was going on. So when the game journos tried to accuse their critics of being misogynistic & racist, etc it exploded in their faces, and rather than trying to keep it quiet, they went on and on, eventually more and more people woke up to it.

In the case of Rotherham no one is talking up because this is not just some "kids stuff" thing, this is a very serious societal problem that has been allowed to happen in purpose, those responsible for letting it happen (hint politicians and their advisors) keep and force a low profile, lest the British public question the status QUO.

See establishments like the BBC or the government have invested so much in certain "cultural" themes that they can not walk down on them without looking like complete idiots.

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Annus HORRIBILIS for TLS! ALL the bigguns now officially pwned in 2014

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So...

Affects Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2003

I thought 2012 was a rewrite of 2008 which in turn was a rewrite of 2003.

Funny then how all of those 'serious' issues always affect the best windows version yet plus all the older ones.

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Microsoft .NET released from its Windows chains... but what ABOUT MONO?

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Re: I think this is a positive move for Mono

"" "At that point .NET really is cross platform. Personally I think its a really exciting prospect, and I think they are serious about Open Source now."""

No, it is not serious, at least not until they release code under the BSD or GPL licenses.

And I will add that it will be considered serious when they opensource anything that is really useful outside the MS world and its beneficial for many others, not just MS.

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Re: Licence

It is MIT licensed, the difference between this and licences such as GPLv3, Apache2, or Mozilla2 is that this licence only covers the code "as part of either a .NET Runtime or as part of any application designed to run on a .NET Runtime".

So if there's a useful library or subroutine and someone inserts it into Python or GNOME or whatever, then MS have retained their rights to sue you with their patents.

Further, ".NET Runtime" is defined as being a "compliant implementation". So if you take the code and remove some parts so that it fits on your embedded device, then you're out of compliance and MS can sue you.

So it's a fine patent licence for use of the code as-is, but the protection disappears quite easily if anyone modifies the code.

Like I said, A TRAP!

MS is not serious about open source at all, all they are after is nice and warm PR provided by gullible people in media.

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Obviously...

In the words of the late admiral Ackbar:

IT'S A TRAP!

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Microsoft's Lync becomes 'Skype for Business'

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What does it all mean?

Is MS replacing the underlying lync protocol with skype's?

Goodbye to use a Linux client (Pidgin+Sipe) with office365 users then.

Also the entire business world "all your calls are belong to the NSA" now.

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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This is Microsoft we're talking about

The future for Microsoft is like this:

If someone else comes with a clever brand new market idea, (IE: the internet, smartphones, consoles, et all)

We'll throw endless amounts of cash into creating our own version of it.

In the mean time we will kill as many old APIs, programs and platforms as we see fit.

There, that's MS's vision of the future, one where they dominate, because they have to.

Why would anyone in this day and age would pay attention to MS in other areas than how expensive and confusing their licensing is, its a mystery to me.

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Microsoft tells resellers to use Office 365 as loss leader

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Re: Silver Bullet for Killing Office 365

#TheVoiceofReason

This is not about what you want or need, this is about what MS wants and will impose.

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Re: Lock-in

You clearly do not know how to distinguish the different between transport and protocol.

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John Sanders
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SOGO

SOGO can speak native Outlook MAPI protocols via OpenChange.

Or use Thunderbird, recent versions work pretty well.

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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Re: Dear Sony.

What to make, how to differentiate?

Querty Keyboards dammit, clam-shell designs, Nokia-communicator style!!!

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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How come we did not noticed earlier...

"""This is the reality: a large part of the world's population are still bigoted homophobes."""

Yes, I propose you go to those large parts and convince them to change their minds.

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Re: I refer you all

And what I would like to ask Tim Cook after he said that is this:

Yes Tim, we have known that for a long time, in fact you never hide the fact, so you now say you're gay and your point is?

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

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Re: Development is Uneven

"""We don't know what it is that enables a society to progress."""

Yes we do, it is a mix of individual freedom, including separation from state and church, and rule of law, including both the rights to private property, and some decent-quality democratic political system.

The more a country conform to that the more prosperous they become, the farther from that, the less prosperous they become.

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You make one one terrible mistake

""that no technological advances could keep pace with.""

70 years is a way too-long period of time to predict what would happen.

I would not bet against human ingenuity.

Plenty of times it was predicted in the past that we would perish or will not be able to produce enough for everybody.

Enough of that old tired argument.

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Re: After last week...

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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The Flash lives up to its name with a fast-paced pilot full of potential

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I was suprised...

That his is not a borefest like Smallville was, hey even my kids (Who have much higher standards than me) love it.

Having said that, they could do with better acting, and I wonder how everybody in those shows is a teenager genius.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: Slackware?

Just say it proper, sytemd is shit because it has too many problems, because it does way too much.

I would not have a problem with it (I like the idea of systemd) if it wasn't trying to reimplement, cron, anacron, iptables, rsyslog, xinetd, and more.

Seriously somebody has to stop the madness.

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Pragmatic options

Pragmatic solution:

Use systemd just as an init replacement and polish it, http://freshcode.club/projects/uselessd make everything else really optional. (like all the crap with the binary logs)

Give the boot to Gnome until they get their act together again, and tell the Gnome developers they can not dictate shit.

To understand Gnome's attitude go to this link, and read the comments https://trac.transmissionbt.com/ticket/3685

The fun begins at comment n4 from the top

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YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

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Note to self

When looking for things in google, start at page two-three of the google result list.

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.

Whitewash and orchestrated marketing campaigns does not make MS suddenly good.

The day Ballmer & Gates do not have any more involvement in MS (for real) that day I would believe that MS "may", and I repeat "may" become something else.

Two recent examples: Nokia & the OOXML fiasco, where Microsoft corrupted many members of ISO in order to win approval for its phony 'open' document format.

MS Never plays fair, they turn to crooked tactics even when they do not need them, because their motto is to annihilate competition.

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Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.

Lie in bed with MS and you're toast.

And if you happen to have something windows thinks is good/wants consider yourself finished.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: Figures

The main reason for the implementation of the ribbon is to make an interface that once the majority of people get used to, have a lot of trouble changing platforms. It is mostly about locking people in.

The ribbon does not rely on a hierarchy of categories that you can navigate and interpret logically, instead it relies on a combination of spatial+muscle memory, ideal for people accustomed to treat computers like an old VCR, a TV or a toaster.

Follows the paradigm that if you want to make an interface easy, just add a dedicated button for each function. (Works only for <= 15 buttons)

So:

1) Is MS patent encumbered, if you implement it on your OS you can be sued.

2) Fixes the problem of the floating toolbars (a problem created by MS in the first place)

3) People have difficulties changing product if they get used to it.

So it is win win win... Windows!

I'm actually more worried about the industry reliance and assumption that you will use a computer running windows to set infrastructure up, and that a MS ecosystem is mandatory in every office to do absolutely anything.

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

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Re: Never a truer word...

That movie is a piece of garbage which only shows a very small part of how the industry was in those days.

It is called winners rewrite history.

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Re: Ballmer's MIcrosoft legacy...

I Agree with your comment except with this:

""Gates' continued involvement in Microsoft after his time as CEO is probably why MS is in the pickle it is now""

And MS is on what pickle exactly?

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Re: Ballmer's MIcrosoft legacy...

MS has always been those two, Ballmer and Gates.

Take them both off the equation and there is no more MS.

And neither of them are gone, Gates never left, and Ballmer is just on holidays.

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Microsoft: Yeah, about that 50% post-Christmas customer price hike...

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Re: Employee time is expensive

Are you for real?

Do you understand how MS operates? (and has been operating for the last 30 years?)

If any company produces a competing product, unless is 200% perfect compatible and looks suspiciously similar it will always be compared on a bad light, and if anybody manages, MS will shoot them down.

The only people who can produce an implementation of MS software is MS.

I could go on a million reasons as to why this is like it is, but the best explanation is what one of the commentators said earlier, MS is like smoking, at some point people want to stop, but few can achieve it.

I ultimately get the same response out of all MS people that I know,

"10 MS keeps me on a job"

"20 We're implementing the latest (365) because it is what MS is pushing and we want to keep up to date"

"30 Goto 10"

I call it the path of least resistance.

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Re: 2015 will be interesting an interesting year..

That is because it is common practice these days in finance departments to run business analysis on Excel, rather than on the database's backed or CMS via pre-configured reports.

Every finance department these days just downloads the entire database (or portions of it) to an Excel file and run their stuff locally.

Yes I know, I know.

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Re: Even a fan

"""But it's also the segment that has the sophistication and adaptability to migrate."""

Yes and no, it is also the laziest.

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Re: Fuck you, Microsoft

Do not dream.

Almost the entire IT industry sings and dances the Microsoft tune.

They will get the majority of customers into Azure, and make the remaining ones pay lots.

And everybody will do so complaining happily, some may grind their teeth, but that's about what 90% of business will ever do.

For some reason the entirety of the business world, including the IT industry has accepted that they have to pay and be accommodation to whatever lord Microsoft wishes.

I could give you lots of details, but you know them all already.

Take somebody like VMWare, they have an incredible product, yet to take advantage of most of its usefulness you need to buy MS-SQL and Windows server licenses.

Everybody, almost Everybody is buying into Office 365.

And what VOIP solution is the favourite of the masses? Lync.

And lately everybody you speak to talks about its inevitability, and so on, and so on, and so on.

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The Maze Runner – a merry teenage dystopian adventure that doesn't make you cringe

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Re: The Cube was great little movie better than the sum of its parts

Ok, I understand you may think that, but Good Old Reg is not a movie site.

So suddenly recommending a movie which is currently being exhibited in cinemas looks strange to me.

Also I'm sorry but the article doesn't read like a critique of the movie, and more like a commercial, it verbatim repeats the entirety of what can be seen in the trailer.

And the trailer I must insist looks VERY formulaic to me, in fact I originally saw it in the theatre and originally dismissed as another teenager dystopia flick.

Perhaps I'm wrong, and the movie is not bad, but then the marketing is not doing it any benefit.

These are my honest thoughts.

And having said that, I'm going to read the entire synopsis to confirm it.

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Re: No comparison to The Cube?"

Sad the sequels were crappy, but the original is a classic, the ending was a bit predictable to me, but nonetheless satisfying.

If you haven't seen Snow Piercer this year go watch it, it is a very different movie than Cube but has kind of a similar vibe in which it is sci-fi-ish, not expensive, well acted, and you want to know what happens in the end because as crazy as the premise is the story and the characters on it are interesting.

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The Cube was great little movie better than the sum of its parts

This one looks too formulaic and the trailer gives away half the history, the effect this causes on me is to find the entire synopsis and not bother to go to the cinema to watch it even if it is any good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlU5XcYH8m4

Is the register being sponsored by movie studios now? Me wonders

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Can I...

Disable the live tiles in the start menu or not?

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: First Heartbleed...

This is a problem of bash, the heartbleed was a problem on openssl.

Linux is just a kernel.

See I can troll too!

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