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1882 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010

Nokia straps Qt into ejector seat and hits the shiny red button

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Re: @RICHTO

"post more fail if you've got nothing better to do."

He hasn't - he's been posting cr*p like this all over The Reg recently (and being downvoted like no-one I've ever seen)

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Valve opens Steam store to non-gaming software

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Re: "tiny herd of nerds"

That 1.5% is people who have voted to use Linux, mostly installed it themselves and maybe incurred the extra cost of Windows to do it.

Compared with go into shop, get essentially no choice and use ( and in many cases ) curse WIndows. As someone else said we wouldn't put up with 1 or 2 models of car, esp. if we had to buy the petrol and tyres from the manufacturer as well.

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Re: @Richto

"a put down of Linux."

A very ill-informed put down of Linux I suggest.

Never seen so many down-votes in such a short time.

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Apple patents shopping lists

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"Because if you do then no one else can use the idea ever again without paying you money.."

Not true, of course, I think you meant during the patent lifetime of ~~20 years

The whole thingis still Bl**dy stupid !

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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

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Re: Whatever is bad for Microsoft is good for everyone else.

@RICHTO

As you seem convinced of the superiority of Windows software over ANYTHING else I'm suprised that you waste your obviously valuable time on us philistines.

So I suggest that you let us get on with using 'inferior' software and in exchange we won't think about you at all.

How about that ?

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Re: $90

""ditch the OS""

I think rather a lot more want NO OS devices so they can chose !

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Software disaster zone Knight Capital bags $400m lifeline

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The mind truly boggles ..

Perhaps this approach could be tried elsewhere.

Nuclear reactor control systems

Petrochemicals

Early warning systems

Intensive care units

Maybe it is !

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Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

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"Can the robot arm do ctrl-alt-delete?"

No, but it can probably make a 'gesture' to the camera that will probably do the same - just like many users will to a BSOD.

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Rampant fake Facebook ad clicks riddle hits dead end

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Re: I don't get it

My initial post was titled """browsers that didn't have JavaScript enabled - something UNHEARD of in this day and age""

I was suggesting that the claim was unlikely - many people use Noscript or have JS turned off for routine browsing. I certainly wouldn't believe they contributed significantly to the problems alleged here

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Re: ""browsers that didn't have JavaScript enabled - something unheard of in this day and age"

"Noscript+ABP - a fairly common combination I would have thought."

Noscript+ABP - and using Facebook fairly UNcommon combination I would have thought.

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""browsers that didn't have JavaScript enabled - something unheard of in this day and age"

Noscript+ABP - a fairly common combination I would have thought.

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Woz: Cloud computing trend is 'horrendous'

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Re: Short of becoming admins on our own servers?

"Become an admin on your own server. "

Low-powered, dual core atom at home,big drives, always on - SSH/fish from anywhere, used for various other functions and transcoding 1080p video when not otherwise needed - Linux of course.

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For flock's sake: Scared sheep send SMSes to Swiss shepherds

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Re: "big fans of the temporary electrified fences,"

Mrs Chemist just pointed out that a SMS when the heart rate was zero would be the best indication of wolves !

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"big fans of the temporary electrified fences,"

Indeed you are correct - in fact I just climbed over one ( for cattle ) this morning in Saas-Fee. They don't look capable of keeping a big dog or wolf out though as they are quite low.

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

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Re: Well you are overlooking something

"Hey, I don't care if I'm the one"

You're not ! - maybe we should have a Reg poll about OS use - has there been one ?

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Re: Interesting

"I guess you will be able to build your own computer, but you will have to install a retail copy of Windows 8 on it."

I guess that if you are able to build your own computer, you will install a copy of Linux on it

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Size does matter: Outlook.com punters want meatier passwords

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For really important passwords .

I use easily remembered passphrases and these are parsed by a little (very well protected -only root readable) C program that swaps letters around, adds fixed characters, pads, adds different numbers to some characters etc. so that a simple passphrase like "Ballmer is a bum" comes out as (something) like :-

ttxbv34jb21Mxsm1FncZpp

Just copy/paste. Anyone see a problem ?.

This is only for the really important ones such as finance or SSH where I think it's worth putting in a little effort. Even if someone gets local access to the computer and knows about my system they'd still have to know the passphrases ( I don't use MYBanksPassword etc. !)

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Valve: Games run FASTER on Linux than Windows

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Re: People forget why noone uses Lynux

Agree Vic, I'm sitting here in my holiday home in Switzerland and using Firefox on a Linux distro to view "forbidden" BBC TV content via my (Linux) server in the UK courtesy of OpenSSH and SSH tunnels.

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Re: Gabe!

"idiotic command line crap to make something work."

You really don't know much about Linux - do you ?

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Microsoft unleashes Windows attack tool

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Re: They should have been doing this years ago

"Given the complexity of the modern Windows operating system today, such a tool would have probably saved us all a lot of trouble."

Given the tools that gave us Windows operating system such tools could probably have saved us all a lot of trouble. - that's sorted that then !

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MYSTERY as six people SURVIVE deadly VAMPIRE BAT BITES

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Re: Vacination program

The point is that the virus will not MUTATE any FASTER - it will be more successful by default.

Incidentally the mutations may make the virus LESS virulent - might be more

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Re: There is almost always sufficient biological variation..

and indeed why these people might have survived bat bites

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Re: There is almost always sufficient biological variation..

"You volunteer if you want"

What on earth made you think I'd want to volunteer ?

I've spent my entire working life searching for treatments for diseases. What I posted is still relevant however to understanding the nature of infectious diseases.

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There is almost always sufficient biological variation..

..in an outbred population to allow for some survival from most infectious diseases. People with mutant CCR5 chemokine receptors (from memory) are resistant to some strains of AIDS for example. It may be true that anyone showing the symptoms of rabies from these bats will die but how many are exposed and never develop clinical disease ?

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Facebook: 83 million IMPOSTERS stalk our network

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Re: People still own cats?

Off-topic but I agree with your username !

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Qubits turn into time travellers

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Re: "As always, I don't mind being told I've slipped up in something as strange as this."

"multi time grammar is goign to get a bit convoluted"

Suggest you read the relevant section of the HHGG

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Higgs boson chasers: Now only 1-in-300 MILLION chance we're wrong

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why is the LHC being shut down later this year?

To upgrade it.

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Surface slab WILL rub our PC-making pals the wrong way – Microsoft

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Re: As If

"only need to go to command line ONCE to install it."

What are you using that needs you to go to the commandline at all for installation ? I usually use OpenSuse but I have also installed Xubuntu and DSL to VMs without any need for thr commsndline

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Re: As If

I have the view that anyone who suggests that the command-line is NEEDED to use LInux is either ignorant or spreading FUD. I never routinely use it for installations. The command line is handy for many things, sometimes ( very rarely) easier for setting-up new or exotic hardware. I also use it all the time for compiling software. But for using a system it isn't needed. My wife for example wouldn't know what it was.

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Re: As If

Well I've provided Linux desktops for several 70-80 year olds over the last few years and guess what - they never even knew there WAS a command line - why should they - they were just using programs - you know clicking on icons.

Do you need a command line for ipads ??

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Fear not, Linux admins: There are TOOLS to help you

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Re: Linux - Exceptionally Secure??!! LOL

"things being equal it is much easier to hack Linux."

Off you go then - see how far you get !

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Re: Linux - Exceptionally Secure??!! LOL

We've heard you dribble on before about this - most adults KNOW that you are wrong.

Otherwise there is an icon for Troll

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Re: SSH on port 22

"I might set up an SSH honeytrap on a non standard port and see how many hits it get."

I have SSH on a very non-standard port and with only one very unusual username allowed and never see any attempts on that port - on the other hand I see many on 22

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Dell readies Linux Ultrabook for autumn release

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Re: Ultrabook with Ubuntu and Steam for Linux?

"~60% of them actually work,"

I'm suprised and impressed that you have persisted I admit. On the other hand I'm amazed at this - in 17 years of using ( personal and professional ) and installing Linux I've never encountered anything like this - even in the old compile your own kernel days. The most has been the odd wifi driver or fingerprint reader on a laptop but not for years - even hardware stereo graphics with liquid-crystal specs (and that was 7or 8 years ago) or VDPAU hardware acceleration of H264 1080p/50 video have been rock solid.

Good luck with your endeavours

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Re: Ultrabook with Ubuntu and Steam for Linux?

"I am describing issues I am having right now, today"

We will just have to disagree - I use all sorts of hardware, most of it self-built but I never wonder if Linux will run on it - I just expect it will. The only research I do is to checks scanners and wifi cards but the situation with wifi is that I expect it to work. I've mainly stuck with one distribution (Suse and now OpenSuse) except for VMs and expect to install in ~30 mins. I've done 8 installations in the last 12 months on several dual-core Intel and AMD, dual-core Atom (server that runs full-time and is the ssh access to my network when I'm away), single core atom netbook (upgraded from the rubbish Linux distro it came with) , old AMD 64 and a celeron laptop - donated to me after the owner gave up on it after a Windows update failed ). all with Intel or nVidia graphics - no issues, no crashes or lock-ups it just all works.

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Re: Ultrabook with Ubuntu and Steam for Linux?

"except for the hardware support. It’s terrible"

Sorry Trevor - years ago that might have been true although I've had nothing much to concern me in ~17 years of use. But now it's not an issue for me - desktops and servers I don't have any problem with - laptops I've had no problems for ~5 years.

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"rebuilding your Linux OS to try to get wifi working, or sound, or getting your video driver .."

FUD - some people may indeed have trouble but I've installed OpenSuse 11.4 to 3 very different laptops/netbooks in the last year and had NO problems at all - not just with the built-in hardware but also 3G dongles, printers, DSLR cameras ( controlling them NOT just downloading pics), USB headsets, webcams etc

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Nokia flogged 4m Lumias, still bled €826m this quarter

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Re: it pains me but I will say it again

"The average reg reader does not have a clue about business."

Indeed that might be true but it looks like a company that has to buy it's OS and manufacture expensive phones THAT IT CAN'T SELL might also be rather poor at a business where it used to be a market leader.

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Giant super-laser passes 500 TRILLION watts

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Re: Stellar Chemistry

"Still I'm happy chemists aren't interested in the really hot stuff."

I'm very interested but it's still not Chemistry

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Re: Pulsed power...

I don't give a friggin' damn - it's not chemistry !

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Re: Let the water burn

Those are nuclear reactions !! NOT chemistry !!

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Re: Pulsed power...

All very well but it's not actually chemistry !

Chemistry doesn't involve converting one element to another

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Re: Pulsed power...

"Well I ass-u-me he means the lasers split the water into hydrogen & oxygen then ignite that.."

Oh good grief !

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Re: Pulsed power...

"Even ignite water."

Pray enlighten us all as to what water burns to ?

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"Except at the moment they fired it, right?"

At the moment they fired it it wasn't consuming any significant energy from the grid - that would have been built up over time into ( I presume) banks of capacitors

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Metro, that ribbon, shared mailboxes: Has Microsoft lost the plot?

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Re: You think MS don't know this?

Whilst I accept that my work is not mainstream for many people adding together other users in academia, image processing and video it's clear to me that Linux is on the desktop if only in niche areas - not necessarily as easy for administrators I admit although I've never heard of any problems with print serving, file-sharing ( I have my own print/file/compute server)

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Re: You think MS don't know this?

"I even have Linux-on-the-desktop"

I know what you mean Trevor but it kind of gives the impression that business doesn't use Linux on the desktop. My last few years before I retired were spent using Linux workstations for heavyweight scientific purposes like protein modeling, quantum mechanics and 3D graphics and the company I worked for had 200 such systems spread around the world (and several 1024+ node Linux farms) - these were replacing SG workstations as the performance/cost was so much better.

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