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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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Re: Perhaps a little research ?

"yeah, maybe start by trawling through the internet to find the specific command line needed to extract the package and install it?"

NO !. I install all packages from a GUI and have for years ( certainly since SUSE 4.0)

By research I meant a little research would show plenty of Linux distros where all packages could be installed by GUI ( if that''s what you want ).

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Re: So in summary..

"Even installing basic apps I needed to go trawling through the internet to find the specific command line needed to extract the package and installl it"

Well I've been using SUSE and then OpenSUSE since you had to pay for it and it's never needed any of this. Perhaps a little research ?

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Re: jumping ship

"When average Consumer Joe goes looking for a printer... and doesn't see anything about Linux Support on the printer box... then as far as they are rightfully concerned.... that printer does NOT support Linux."

The average consumer isn't likely to care because they will have purchased a computer with Windows already installed as do the vast majority - partly because they don't know anything else and partly because it's nigh impossible to buy one with Linux already installed.

Anyone, like me, who assemble their own boxes are far more likely to know about Linux and also check the the suitability of peripherals.

As to Photoshop - if what you want to do is a little level or curve adjustment, resize, crop and sharpening of photos and/or RAW conversion then there are plenty of programs available for Linux including several using 16 bits/plane and I don't mean GIMP.

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Re: jumping ship

"its stupid when people say "Just use Linux""

Depends entirely on what you are doing ! I don't need or have access to Windows now I'm retired.

I process RAW digital photos, edit 1080p/50 HD video, design and layout PCBs, program PIC microcontrollers, write software in c, tcl and assembler, and do all the other usual stuff. I have a 3G dongle for my laptop and netbook that just works, several printers/scanners, Skype, Google Earth etc.

Linux is there if it fits your needs. We have 6 machines running it.

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Re: jumping ship

"*NEED* to make standard printer/scanner drivers that work out of the box"

I've used Epson lasers, Samsung Lasers, Brother lasers, Epson photo and Epson printer/scanners - only the latter gave any problems but that was sorted several releases of OpenSuse ago. I've never needed to go to a manufacture's site - all the necessary was in the distro.

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Re: jumping ship

" I'm working out a plan to migrate everything I can to Linux of some breed."

Good luck with this. After years of PDPs & VAX I moved to a mix of Linux and Windows systems professionally where Windows was used for the corporate guff like e-mail and PP, Word and Linux was used for the big complex scientific software that ran over nights & weekends. At home I was using Linux more or less from the start + Windows. Around ~2004 I switched entirely to Linux for home use and have found no real problem in doing everything I want ( RAW photo processing, HD video editing, programming and the usual stuff + all the scientific software I need)

If you can do everything you want then go for it - I've used OpenSuse for years and would recommend finding a distro you like AND STICKING with it. Even after all these years I still use a Live CD or equivalent first to check for any snags. In fact I carry a USB stick around with a 32-bit version on my keyring.

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Elon Musk pledges transcontinental car juicers by end of year

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"Depreciation of the battery is factored into the headline rate of the electricity."

That's what I'm saying - but many people will think that they'll be paying cost of electricity + garage profit. However the depreciation charge will be the majority of the bill.

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"so you just pull into a garage when your battery is low and they swap it out for a fully charged unit."

Must also remember that the cost of a 'swap will need to include quite a large charge for depreciation of the battery.

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Scientiic Method

1) Get rich fools to buy systems off this guy

2) Allow to run

3) Measure success/failure by number of law suites (even rich fools have lawyers)

I hate the smell of snake-oil esp. in the morning

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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Re: @Flocke Kroes - If I wanted high Linux usage figures ...

"Android has nothing to do with Linux"

What !

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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

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Re: Fuming

"somehow you think an astronauts "real work......."

I'm amazed that a Vogon doesn't know about working in space, mind they are a right bunch of bureaucrats.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: Microsoft's strategy is FAILING

"great idea if you don't mind spending weeks rewriting drivers and other crap to get it to work at all "

You do a lot of that do you ? I don't seem to need to !

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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"Must try harder"

Standard plain glass is silica (silicon dioxide)

NO it isn't - it's a mix of sodium and calcium silicates + various other bibs and bobs

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

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"Must try harder"

"and a microwave resonator to detect the emissions from the atoms’ electrons as they change energy levels as part of the radioactive decay."

"and a microwave resonator to detect the emissions from the atoms’ electrons as they change energy levels" -Fixed

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Microsoft carves out 'niche' in tablets, says numbers chap

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Re: Growing market...

I read it as "carved out zilch in tablets"

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Linux in 2013: 'Freakishly awesome' – and who needs a fork?

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Re: And yet, and yet ...

"Have you seen how big RTFs can get when you start including pictures?"

Have you seen how big anything can get when you start including pictures? - fixed.

What's different about rtf+pics and Word documents+pics ?

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Survey: FOSS biz fans aching for 'enterprise-class' support

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Re: LO instead of MS Office...

"https://bugs.freedesktop.org"

If the document in question is the 38 page one ( in Dutch ?) I find that in LO 3.6 running under OpenSUSE 12.3 -32 bit. the document occupies 24MB more than an empty document on initial loading. Scrolling this increases memory use to ~50MB but then this stabilizes and on further scrolling the memory use varies in the range 30 -50 MB. Scrolling a lot uses ~75% cpu but that's on an old 1.6 GHz Celeron laptop with 1GB memory.

I don't know if this is a 64-bit version issue - I'll try when I'm back home - but I can't reproduce on this laptop.

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Re: The FOSS bubble @Chemist

Hello AC - what do you think ?

The Vogon & RICHTO often post as AC judging by their syntax, bad grammar and general ranting - who, indeed, are you ?

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Re: The FOSS bubble

AC gives advice - why would anyone listen ?

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

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Re: @cstumpi @Peter Gathercole

" I can't see Chemist ever admitting any problems with his installs."

Of course I had problems - in the early days compiling kernels, graphics adapters always had some sort of issue or other. I'm sure if I needed some exotic hardware now I might well have problems.

But I do a little research, don't install new distros immediately they come out and sometimes need to be patient. (for example when I got a then new Canon 550D, Dave Craw's RAW converter dcraw wouldn't handle it, a week or two later it did). On the other hand some hardware has been easier to install like my 3G dongle, where plenty of people have complained about Windows installation.

BTW "Well, it works fine for me" are usually avoiding the issue"

Which 'issue' - if people are having problems that can be one or more of LOTS of issues - we are not going to be able to sort that out here. All individuals can do in most circumstances is report their experiences - you have mine.

Thanks for being AC by the way it really boosts your credibility !

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Re: Simple Explanation - MS MURDERED THE NETBOOK

" Linux on laptop sucks"

OpenSUSE works on all laptops I've tried - admittedly only 4 of which the current Lenovo 3000 N100 runs 12.3, Asus 901 runs, at present 11.3. WiFi works fine, sleep, 3G dongle, bluetooth all fine. I didn't select the hardware specifically for Linux other than the 901.

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BlackBerry slams Z10 returns report as 'false and misleading'

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Re: Ahh BB10 Finally

"nb - did you know Windows Phone is now outselling Blackberry by almost 6:1 in the US? (07% market share versus 4.1%)"

Ah, that would explain this graph then, no wait

http://regmedia.co.uk/2013/04/05/us_smartphone_market_share_os.jpg

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The gloves are on: Nokia emits super-sensitive £99 Windows Phone

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Re: "The Lumia 620 has been well-received, and deservedly so"

"Yep - by miles: http://blog.laptopmag.com/windows-phone-sales-see-global-gains-while-blackberry-falters"

The main thing that table seems to show is how badly both Blackberry AND MS are doing

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Windows 7 'security' patch knocks out PCs, knackers antivirus tools

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Re: Windows Security Patches + Anti-Virus considered Harmful

"I simply don't believe this"

Believe what you like - I'm a physical scientist and not used to being economical with the truth. I regularly use the command-line for all sorts of jobs but, with the exception of the Android in a VM I haven't used the command-line to INSTALL a distro for years. I have stuck with SUSE however.

You don't have to believe me plenty of other people here have stated exactly the same.

Commercial software is different - it's down to the developers and in any case isn't the same as installing a distro. I've used some extremely expensive protein modeling software that was rather a handful to install and use.

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Re: Windows Security Patches + Anti-Virus considered Harmful @Eadon

"http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/19/carna_botnet_ipv4_internet_map/"

You are joking ? How many Linux desktops have telnet activated by default - none I've used since ~~1998

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Re: Windows Security Patches + Anti-Virus considered Harmful

"It was about 10 years ago."

Right !

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Re: Windows Security Patches + Anti-Virus considered Harmful

"I must just be really unlucky with my choice of machines"

Well I've installed on a dual-core atom ITX, Asus netbook, 5 misc desktops and Lenovo & HP laptops. I've got 3G dongles, USB/serial convertors, Epson scanner/printer, 3 WiFi , laser printer and heaps more all without problems. Maybe the distribution ?

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Re: Windows Security Patches + Anti-Virus considered Harmful

"due in part to all the command line pissing about to get it working properly"

Just to clarify - I've installed Linux ~6 times a year since ~2000 without needing to use the command-line. That's almost always SUSE or OpenSUSE. The only exception to this was installing x86 Android to a VM when a bit of tinkering was needed to get the networking going.

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Re: Windows Security Patches + Anti-Virus considered Harmful

"due in part to all the command line pissing about to get it working properly"

FUD !

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Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?

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Re: Fuels

Definitely ethanol/water/LOX. As stated above peroxide (+ permanganate) to generate steam for the pumps

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Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish

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Re: What a surprise! Linux is STILL not ready for the desktop!

"sorry, I mean a driver for each linux fragment of 1%"

AFAIK the drivers are the same for all distros and are distributed with the kernel

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What a surprise! Linux is STILL not ready for the desktop!

"- and which brand of laptop is that?"

Well mine are a Lenovo 3000 N100 and an Asus 901 and yes everything works every time

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German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

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Re: I've forgotten how to do the calculations...

@JeffyPooh

AFAIK ( I'm traveling and don't have access to my usual references)

C +2H2 > CH4 is exothermic by ~~75kJ/mol so at NTP it need energy to split. At 1000C it looks as though the equilibrium allows at least some hydrogen and carbon to exist and be separable. There will be some entropic gain going to hydrogen and carbon so that may compensate somewhat.

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Microsoft to slap 9 patches on Windows junkies on Tuesday

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Re: More Windows Rot

"roughly an order of magnitude more patches to contend with"

Well of course they have, ALL the software is capable of being patched, mostly I might add for improvements not security problems. But this goes on in the background as the distributions are updated. I installed OpenSUSE 12.3 a week ago ( that's about 6GB of software I have installed ) and each day has produced 1-10 updates but they don't cause me any probs. and of course hardly ever require reboots.

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Bank card-slurp nasty 'infects tills, ATMs', corrupt staff fingered

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Re: I wouldn't mind so much

"I wouldn't mind so much if they were stealing from big faceless corporations rather than innocent members of the public."

I think you actually meant "I wouldn't mind so much if they were stealing from innocent members of the public by causing big faceless corporations to pass on the costs of fraud".

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Model S 'leccycar selling better than expected, says Tesla

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Re: Leccy? No!!

"Is Reuters lying?"

Someone is ! Just because Germany may have produced 50% of it's requirement on one light load day on a sunny day in May does not mean that 50% of German electricity is produced by solar.

Reuters was reporting not understanding. Germany produces most of it's electricity from coal & gas. The most generous estimates of all renewables is ~20%

Compiled by Prof. Bruno Burger, Fraunhofer ISE

August 30, 2012

PV plants produced 19.5 TWh electricity in 2011. This is an increase of 65% compared to 2010. The share of solar energy of the gross power generation was 3.2%. In 2011 PV produced more energy than hydro power for the first time. Wind turbines produced 46.5 TWh in 2011 and increased their production by 23% compared to 2010. The share of wind energy of the gross power generation was 7.6%. Wind energy is the strongest renewable energy source in Germany.

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Re: Leccy? No!!

"Germany now produces more than half of it electricity from solar alone "

Nonsense !

"Solar already rivals existing hydro in Germany and solar PV's contribution is increasing dramatically. In 2011 it supplied 3% of total generation in Germany and is expected to reach 4% or more of total generation in 2012."

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012/10/german-coal-fired-generation-of-electricity-falls-while-renewable-generation-rises

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Reg man goes time travelling at iconic observatory

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Re: Is there a physicist in the house?

"pretend you have a dish a couple of hundred kilometres across"

That's for angular resolution, but it has a small collecting area so weak signal. The SKA has that and much more AND an actual collecting area of 1 square kilometre.

That's a very rough summary of my knowledge but then I'm a chemist ( Einstein said that the trouble with chemistry was that it was too difficult for chemists"

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No, really: Austrians develop hi-tech jewellery made out of concrete

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Re: @Chemist (was: Build one out of)

Well I see what you mean !

By the way has anyone read the book " Pyke : The Unknown Genius" or some similar title

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Re: Build one out of

" Build one out of pykrete. " - that's COOL !

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

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Re: Gouging

"Do you honestly think if you told them to feck off .."

They might think you have some backbone, are prepared to be different and adaptable

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Victoria and Albert museum in narrow escape from Napalm Death

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Re: Sublime

"Disaster Area, a plutonium rock band from the Gagrakacka Mind Zones, are generally held to be not only the loudest rock band in the Galaxy, but in fact the loudest noise of any kind at all. Regular concert goers judge that the best sound balance is usually to be heard from within large concrete bunkers some thirty-seven miles from the stage, whilst the musicians themselves play their instruments by remote control from within a heavily insulated spaceship which stays in orbit around the planet - or more frequently around a completely different planet.

Their songs are on the whole very simple and mostly follow the familiar theme of boy-being meets girl-being beneath a silvery moon, which then explodes for no adequately explored reason.

Many worlds have now banned their act altogether, sometimes for artistic reasons, but most commonly because the band's public address system contravenes local strategic arms limitations treaties.

This has not, however, stopped their earnings from pushing back the boundaries of pure hypermathematics, and their chief research accountant has recently been appointed Professor of Neomathematics at the University of Maximegalon, in recognition of both his General and his Special Theories of Disaster Area Tax Returns, in which he proves that the whole fabric of the space- time continuum is not merely curved, it is in fact totally bent. "

Thanks Douglas

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Cyberspies send ZOMBIES to steal DRUGS from medical research firms

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Re: Why sell a cure for baldness when I can sell you a pill that stops your hair falling out as long

"A product that actually cures your condition (so you don't need to keep buying it) is actually a failure "

It must be nice to be so far removed from detailed knowledge of medical conditions to be able comfortably believe that.

There are really only two classes of condition. Acute - usually infections by viruses, bacteria and fungi. Viruses are hard but some short course treatments are available for some. Bacteria and fungi can be tackled by short courses although the nature of the organism or location of the infection can often require longer treatments esp. some fungal infections due to the difficulty of achieving therapeutic levels in, for example nails.

Some cancers can also be treated as acute problems depending on the mechanism being attacked.

Chronic conditions are very common, a product of life-style, genetics and environment. Reversing the disease in these conditions is MUCH less likely. A good example would be osteoarthritis where the damage to the joint may never be reparable. Here the aim of treatment may be to slow down the degeneration and ease pain. Ultimately large joints are best treated by replacements. Other chronic conditions like maturity onset diabetes again can't be simply reversed by drug treatment and in any case may require large scale changes to diet & exercise .

Ultimately many of the diseases may be tackled by vaccinations, gene therapy, stem-cell therapy, antibodies and life-style changes - these are still in many cases unknowns and potentially expensive unknowns.

By the way the current worries about antibiotic resistance are partly the result of the cost research combined with the limited returns due to the short treatment courses. The manufacturing costs of new, effective antibiotics can be enormous. I heard of one where the manufactured cost of the drug - which was enormous due to the length of the synthesis - was itself dwarfed by the cost of getting the lyophilised drug into a sterile sealed glass phial.

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Reg live natter with GNOME superstar Miguel de Icaza

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Re: Respect for the man, but didn't use his products

"I stayed with SUSE & openSUSE over the years and their default KDE desktops"

Ditto. Only time I used Gnome extensively was at work with RedHat.

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SCADA honeypots attract swarm of international hackers

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Re: This just in

"Interesting as I don' see that at all. I specifically moved the port to get rid of all the stupid login scans in the log..."

Same here. Although I see attempts all the time on standard port I've never seen ANY on my (very non-standard port). Mind of course it's just one of the mitigation measures and I certainly wouldn't rely on it alone.

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Researcher sets up illegal 420,000 node botnet for IPv4 internet map

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Re: Give the researcher a medal!

"Most routers I've come across only provide a ssh login on the internal interface."

Eh ?

How would you get in from outside then. I have mine set-up to port forward ssh to an internal server for the purposes of remote access and reverse proxy use. Nothing wrong with ssh as long as it's up-to-date and has sufficient security - the real problem is exposing telnet or web interfaces to the outside by default with weak usernames/passwords

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Re: Linux

" 99% of Windows exploits require user interaction, whereas 99% of Linux exploits don't."

HaHaHa!

By the way you've SO missed the point. These are devices configured badly with open telnet ports and bad defaults. The chances ANY of them run Windows seems vanishingly small.

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Sysadmins: Let's perch on Microsoft Santa's lap, show him our wish list

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Re: @anons

" they have essentially no commercial competition"

Yes I know the reasons for that. I was trying to point out the consequences not the reason. The fact that most of the world has managed to lock itself into a very unhealthy situation bodes very badly for costs and innovation. Even Trevor is suggesting giving MS even more money ( & power of course) in exchange for a few crumbs, admittedly crumbs he wants.

I don't know what can be done about it in the short term other than the change to mobile devices and a much healthier mix of OSs - I'm just glad that me and mine are completely out of it.

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Re: @anons

Your answer, wonderful as it might seem to you, still doesn't address the problem that Microsoft essentially holds the world in a grip of their own deriving. They are out to make as much money as possible of course but they have essentially no commercial competition and up to date they have been able to do much as they like - that's now changing.

By the way you seem awfully familiar , with the same stilted views, right down to the icon. Are you of the prostetnic class really ?

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