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1853 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010

Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

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Re: The bloke that keeps trolling these forums

"some nowhere council in a small city in a country well known.."

For economic and social innovation, the city was ranked 15th globally out of 289 cities in 2010 - guess which one ?

That's right - Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. About 1.5 million people live within the city limits

Your usual standards I see.

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Re: @Chemist

"http://bsd.slashdot.org/story/10/12/15/004235/fbi-alleged-to-have-backdoored-openbsds-ipsec-stack"

This alleged backdoor report is 4 years old AND refers to something that might have happened in ~2000 - is this really the best you can do ?

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Re: @Chemist

"Open Source != bug/virus/backdoor free"

I agree, but at the same time the whole source is available. Do you suggest that intelligent programmers maybe using software tools are incapable of finding a backdoor. ? That forensic malware experts are incapable of detecting untoward traffic ?

Sure, it's possible, but between closed-source binary and open-source I know what I'd take and in fact I do take

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Re: Good test enviroment

"I cannot wait to see how well or poorly a big, all Linux enterprise will run after 10+"

I agree, but the 500000+ school computers in Brazil may be a more informative

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Re: Am I the only one who saw this??

"It looks like Germany is putting in their own backdoor and people are happy to do it "

OSS !

http://kolab.org/

http://git.kolab.org/

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Re: Lucky

@The Vogon - so you've actually managed NOT to tick the AC box or was it an accident ?

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Re: Lucky

"The user base are complaining and fighting for access to the "extra" 30% of computers that have access to a version of Office that actually works and has Outlook installed "

ref ?

Roughly 30% of users use some programs is what they say

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General The Register Comment

There really, really should be some way to distinguish one AC from another in any thread other than by using a posting time (apart from the obvious AC that is). Maybe AC1, AC2 just for the duration of the thread.

It would save a lot of confusion

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Re: Lucky

"The user base are complaining and fighting for access to the "extra" 30% of computers that have access to a version of Office that actually works"

ref ?

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Re: Hmm. You never......

"Here you go if the press commentary was not evidence enough:"

Here is some press commentary that provides a different picture. ( I didn't find any sig. press commentary that was supportive of the HP report )

http://techrights.org/2013/01/24/anti-munich-pr/

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Re: Ironic

"So they pulled it off. Maybe we should think about a similar move".

Indeed looks like a good opportunity for a consultancy business

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Re: Hmm. You never......

"This isnt even remotely causing MS to panic"

You are starting to sound like a set of "Monty Python" sketches - "The Spanish Inquisition" or "The Black Knight" maybe

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Re: Ironic

"24 million.."

My mistake it's 35 million !

"Success! 35 million students in over 50,000 schools throughout Brazil are now enjoying 523,400 new computer stations"

"The Brazilian Ministry of Education chose the free Linux operating system as the platform, calculating the projected long term benefits this choice will bring to the Brazilian economy."

http://userful.com/products/case-studies/brazil-case-study

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Re: Ironic

"14,000 users "**

Maybe not but 70000 French police, 24 million Brazilian schoolchildren and lots, lots of other projects - it's starting to stack up.

**1/4 of which are still using some MS products BTW

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Microsoft hardens EMET security tool: OK, it's not invulnerable, but it's free

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Re: More security is a good thing

"Unfortunately, I can already hear the bearded, rabid masses of commentards flinging their spittle at this article"

Why ? I'd not criticize MS for getting their act together. In fact if you look at my posting history I rarely criticize their software at all. In fact I don't think about them at all unless I'm reminded on the Register.

(Also non-bearded and non-sandal wearing, non-basement dwelling, saliva-retaining, married scientist without Lyssavirus infection)

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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

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"since almost any decent word processor will at least open & read pretty much any format."

And how about in 50 years time - all that will help then will be a well-documented format (so not an MS one). If you read the threads around this you'll get plenty of views on this **. Also documents are being edited on various tablets and not all of these will read every format.

**(I know you might not have had time having only joined today)

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Re: Thanks

": either way, if support for a format is dropped, I'm screwed."

All the more reason for well-defined non-proprietary format with a number of implementations

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Re: Thanks

"But if it collapsed, what then ?"

All the more reason for well-defined non-proprietary format with a number of implementations

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Re: Data Format, not Applications

"Yes, quite wrong, Munich for one, it's certainly the most famous one."

The French police have almost completed a move to Linux

http://www.zdnet.com/french-police-move-from-windows-to-ubuntu-linux-7000021479/

That's going to be ~70000

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Re: Re "Actually, I like CSV best."

"Which route did you try"

Opened the file with calc, data wizard opens , unchecked the non-relevant boxes (space, semicolon) and OK.

I generally ask collaborators for data as .csv as I've developed a lot of C over the years for handling all sorts of odd cases and often the files are millions of lines long and need some/lots of pre-processing before going anywhere near a spreadsheet (or more usually JMP)

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Re: Re "Actually, I like CSV best."

"Things CSVs don't work very well for:"

I just tried a few in LibreOffice Calc

test space, "test space","test,comma", test,comma, test;semi, "test";"semi"

read in as :-

test space | test space | test,comma | test | comma | test;semi | test";"semi |

where only the test,comma had been split into two columns ( as expected)

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Re: "why do you think posting this patently untrue and discredited nonsense ..."

"Because paid shill still has to shill."

But he/she is absolutely hopeless at it

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Re: UK gov, Beware the Microsoft Trojan Horse

"The current losses including all underlying costs are estimated at about €30 million and the project is unlikely to ever make a return on investment blah, blah"

My we are getting desperate, the tone of this thread as been overwhelmingly pro-open standards and to some extent anti-MS. So why do you think posting this patently untrue and discredited nonsense will sway anyone here ?

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Re: Format

"I doubt your competence to make such statements."

I doubt his impartiality to make such statements.

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"The letter further accuses the Cabinet Office of backing ODF primarily out of a desire to save money on software by switching to open-source applications"

This bad because ?

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

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Re: Amazing what a bit of competition can do

"You will, of course, cite Munich"

You treat people here as though they were stupid with the memory span of a gnat. You post this drivel week after week.

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Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

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"Server 2012 R2 would top the pile...."

of ?

Probably good for growing mushrooms then.

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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AFAIK the processor is 64 bit

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Sapphire Glass isn't...

"But what's an oxide between friends"

In the case of aluminium - abrasive !

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: Such a shame we dont have

"Maybe they read the same third party report that assesses the true Munich project costs to date"

I'm sure they did but they seem to be the only ones to believe this 'unbiased' offering.

This is the third time you've raised the same nonsense in this one topic as well as countless times before.

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Re: Such a shame we dont have

"It would likely have cost more. Look at Munich - over 1/3 of users still have to use Windows after 10 years of migration blah, blah....."

Do you know someone has already spouted that cr*p earlier - do you know them ?

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Re: Why are we paying for this?

" Look at the Munich farce - It cost them ~ €30 million more to migrate to Open Source than to update Windows"

You have mentioned this before (again & again) , no evidence other than MS supplied 'evidence' whereas Munich ave been quite open about it. No-one believed you then and no-one does now.

BTW didn't you get your post bounced a week or so ago for repetitive trolling ?

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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"Its ram usage would just shoot up, for no good reason that I could see until the machine gave up and hung"

Can't imagine what this was. I've used Linux versions for file/print/media serving purposes since the mid-90s and never seen anything like that. In fact my file/print server has only failed once in all that time and that was hardware (MB capacitor). The current physical machine is a dual-core Atom (for low power as it runs all the time) with 2GB memory - apart from a little hardware upgrade and reboots for new kernels/OS versions it's been running non-stop for 3+ years. I've never even heard of nfsd behaving like this - anyone else ?

As for arcane installation requirements I've just upgraded 1 netbook, 2laptops, a desktop and the fileserver to OpenSUSE 13.1 without any issues apart from a systemd related issue with CUPS (now solved). The install to one laptop was to a new quad core i7 from a USBLive pendrive and took 7-8 mins.

Now I'm not an IT prof. and I can understand a business wanting a prof. supplied solution but I can't imagine what sort of cowboys supplied your system.

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Open MPI hits milestone with FORTRAN-ready 1.7.4 release

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Re: Fortran, indeed

"Fortran has it's limitations"

Whilst I'd never write anything completely new in Fortran one of it's big advantages is that there are masses of very-well debugged programs/routines that are readily available to use & modify.

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CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

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Re: Why not space?

"Why not space?"

WHAT ! You do realise that the whole structure is inside electromagnets - are you going to put those in a complete ring round the earth ?

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

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"I wonder what kind of computing industry we would have now if they hadn't kept this secret for so long?"

Well, given that by 1948 Manchester Uni.had developed the 'Baby' which was stored-program and all-electronic I don't think it held anyone up long - indeed the speed of improvement was impressive with the full Mk1 being available by 1949 and a commercial version from Ferranti by 1951

Incidently Turing wrote the third program for the 'baby' which was for long division.

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

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Re: @Chemist

"unsafe non-Web Internet addresses."

Whilst I agree that you do still need a mechanism. Normal updating of a Linux distro would seem to me to be one of the less risky behaviours

I think it unlikely that just running an update mechanism as root and everything else as a user will result in harm. The real no-no would be running a desktop session as root and behaving like a user

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"Anyone using Linux who has to do system admin work that involves (as it all too often does nowadays) network access"

Network access != "browsing internet" For installations and upgrades I'm running the process (Yast in my case) as root but I'm browsing any necessary extra info as a normal user Yast is going to predefined repositories, IF these have been tampered with well that's a very different matter

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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Re: Linux

"What software were you using for the difficult stuff?"

Lots of in-house & academic stuff for protein modeling and structural database searching, conformational analysis and docking. Commercial stuff like Schrodinger products like Maestro, Glide, Jaguar.

This was ~8 years ago, much was only available for Unix/Linux and often needed to run 24-96 hours flat out

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Re: Linux

"any business or domestic using Linux "

Let me introduce myself then - 6/7 (one's in pieces at the moment) netbooks/laptops/desktops spread over 2 homes and a motorhome - all run only Linux - none apart from one second hand laptop have ever had Windows installed - my latest laptop came £65 cheaper for not having Windows. From another post earlier today :-

"I'm writing this on a brand new laptop bought on-line from a UK company (quad -core i7, 8GB, 1080 matte screen) and I got it £65 cheaper by not having Windows installed. The case is a little naff but the screen ( ~15") and performance is gorgeous. OpenSUSE 13.1 installed in 8 minutes from a USB live distro and EVERYTHING works. Only Intel graphics but that is easily good enough to watch 1080p/50 video with cpus ticking over. Renders 1080p/50 video at ~1.7 mins per min of video (H264) with all 'eight' cores averaging about 80%"

Before I retired from a major pharma I had one big powerful dual Xeon Linux workstation with 3D graphics for the difficult stuff and a Windows desktop for the corporate grief - I was not alone - 200+ people in the same company had the same/similar set-ups.

You remind me of the people here who say things like "no-one need to upgrade anymore, even old hardware is sufficient to run a browser and a word-processor". Except some of us need as many cpu cycles as we can get.

In that vein many people, in absolute terms use Linux, every day and in every way, professionally and domestically and almost all of them have chosen to - not had if foisted on them by the PC suppliers.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Re: Charity PCs

"while the issue with Linux is stability."

WHAT !

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Re: Is 'popular' the correct word?

"and Windows 8 comes pre-installed" - I take your point esp. if people buy from a big retailer but I'm writing this on a brand new laptop bought on-line from a UK company (quad -core i7, 8GB, 1080 matte screen) and I got it £65 cheaper by not having Windows installed. The case is a little naff but the screen ( ~15") and performance is gorgeous. OpenSUSE 13.installed in 8 minutes from a USB live distro and EVERYTHING works. Only Intel graphics but that is easily good enough to watch 1080p/50 video with cpus ticking over. Renders 1080p/50 video at ~1.7 mins per min of video (H264) with all 'eight' cores averaging about 80%

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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Re: They all come with a robotic arm

"So they can pay the Dartford crossing"

NOT for much longer though !

http://www.highways.gov.uk/our-road-network/managing-our-roads/improving-our-network/the-dartford-thurrock-river-crossing/

The Dartford - Thurrock River Crossing

Intro­duc­tion of remote payment

From Octo­ber 2014 there will be changes to how you pay to use the Dart­ford cross­ing. You will no longer stop at the cross­ing bar­ri­ers to pay the charge, instead pay­ment will be made:

online

via text

on the phone

at retail outlets

So they'll need robot fingers to punch the phone ( not whilst driving!)

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Snap! Nokia's gyro stabilised camera tech now on open market

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"You're still going to get jerky video recording ..."

Not sure what you mean - my Panasonic video camera outputs 1080p/50 video to an SD card without losing any frames & that's ~~3MB/sec coming off the camera admittedly already compressed to .MTS format (Codec: H264 - MPEG-4 AVC (part 10) (h264))

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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"heroic codebreakers of Bletchley Park"

innovative, hard-working, painstaking, exhausted, essential and lots of other positive adjectives - yes but heroic ?

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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Re: Not "complying" is the crime, not the results of complying.

I've got lots of files on all my computers that are NOT encrypted but are pure binary and for which I potentially have no idea what program other than a hex editor can read them. Some of them might be ( they are not BTW ) encrypted files that have been obfuscated by various means and would just look like pure binary until de-obfuscated.

Much of the scientific software I use generates (HUGE) pure text files as output but some does indeed generate (HUGE) binary files without any headers to indicate what they are if the filename is changed.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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"entirely new Windows"

Wish I'd had £1 for every time I'd heard that before - I could have bought my own supercomputer by now !

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