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Munich signs off on Open Source project

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Re: €30 million

"is a pretty small price to pay for an organisation that size, just to get unlocked from a good deal of vendor shinigans!"

Especially as it was actually cheaper as everyone except MS/HP (and AC!) knows

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Microsoft rallies channel troops: Sell, sell, sell our spanking new 'Cloud OS'

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Re: history repeating itself, why?

Nice link.

Here's another :

http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/public-sector/3493623/munich-declares-switch-open-source-successfully-completed/

By Loek Essers | IDG News Service | Published 09:41, 13 December 13

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

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Re: does anyone really use any Linux

"you do not use it for anything that can generate profit."

All this really shows is how limited your experience of 'work' really is.

By the way - if you are SO contemptuous of Linux WHY are you wasting your (obviously) valuable time on us retards ?

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Re: The hard side is having to interact with people that still use Windows.

"'you wont be able to read raw mode images on Linux:"

I have a long list of things that people have told me that I can't do in Linux.

It includes :

RAW photo processing - even my very new (at the time) Canon 450D was supported within a few weeks.

Software control of camera via USB

3G dongle - no problem

1080p/50 video editing - no problem

Hardware accelerated 1080p/50 video playback - CPU % hardly changes from 'idle'

Serial/USB adaptor - driver already installed

Multiple monitors - no problem

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Re: Been experimenting for years with Linux

"With Fedora I can (with much fiddling in display settings) get the video displaying on the TV but I can't for the life of me get sound over HDMI to work!"

I think you'll find some distros are now very easy to use with multiple monitors or TVs. I routinely play videos from my laptop to a HD TV. Plug in the cable (VGA in this case) and the the TV is automatically recognized as another monitor and options for mirroring or placement of the display are available- this using OpenSUSE 12.3

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"Seriously, does anyone really use any Linux desktop for any productive (as in paid) work ? "

Yes, much scientific software is only available for Linux/Unix

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Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

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"Linux + Java = security nightmares!"

Suggest you pop over to the "Patch Tuesday" item - your special skills are needed to explain that !

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Microsoft tarts up software licensing to fend off 'a few clicks and a credit card' rivals

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Re: I'm making it simpler in my business...

"But NOT on the desktop.."

Oh, you KNOW that do you. Well as usual you're wrong. It was the desktop I was talking about with Pharma, universities and CERN. For example I and my colleagues (~250) at one company each had a big dual Xeon workstation apiece running RHEL with buckets of memory, stereo graphics hardware that cost more than most workstations and access to compute servers and linux farms for the big jobs AND a Windows desktop each for the corporate cr*p

Also the share you spout about for servers is by VALUE not instances

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Re: I'm making it simpler in my business...

& big Pharma, universities, CERN ....

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

"a 64 core compute server, and when I want to play with the big boys with big data: clusters or supercomputers. I use WIMP or touch as needed, but very often still use the command line."

Ditto. Even at home I often transcode or render video by switching it to my file-server to run 'off-peak' - slow but steady.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

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Re: Waiting for much brighter LEDs

Any tips on where to buy GU10 LEDs that are dimmer capable *and* of roughly similar light output to the halogens?

Try http://www.ultraleds.co.uk/

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Re: Practicality?

"the device only stores about 200 joules "

In fact that's only ~50 cals or in food terms 0.05 (big) Cals or ~~ 1/4000 pint of beer !

Not sure what the efficiency of 'burning' food cals is but judging by how hot I get shifting my 80 kg up 1000m of mountainside it could be quite poor !

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Re: Charging phones/radios

"what is a very efficient .1W buld equivalent to in old-fashioned bulbage?"

~~1W - I've just replaced 300W of QH lighting with 27W worth of LEDs.

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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

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Thanks for reporting on the Linux suitability.

On another point, the offset touchpad, numeric keypad and several other aspects, including HD screen/15.6 " remind me of several no-name laptops I'm researching to buy OS free.

Are offset touchpads common now ?

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Re: That'll be the sound of the rush

"And the biggest problem group are the FUD-boys from sector Penguin and the flat out liars from the Gnuliban movement that never tried but throw around "knowledge""

I think you are wrong. In the main there are 2 problems for Win8 :

1) Microsoft and its totally unreasonable attitude to users and their feedback

2) Tablets. If half the market is now tablets and that trend continues it doesn't even matter too much if Win8 does increase its overall share of the desktop market.

BTW I think if you research The Reg. forums that most of the criticism is from long-time Windows users.

You do know what FUD means by the way ?

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

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"I still have the Premier Microsystems "

Don't have the Dragon anymore but well remember getting the floppy drive & cartridge - started me off with Forth.

Pulled the 6809E, made a board up with a 6821 PIA and cable, wire-wrap socket for the 6809 and back into the original. Used it for a long time to build stuff. Remember writing a 6802 assembler in BASIC ! ( it took AGES to assemble ~256 bytes ) for one project. Eventually used it as a terminal/disk for a home-made 6809 FORTH system which I still have although it now runs off a Linux system acting as terminal/disk

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DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

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Re: Well now

"I wonder which of the Tory party backers has the vacant FM bands in their sights "

AFAIK it's cross-party

(I think it's madness)

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Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

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Re: Public-facing webserver?

"The thing is that all the routers I've ever come across only allow access to the web-based admin interface from the internal LAN"

Some do and indeed are set by default to allow access from outside - very dangerous esp. with poor default username/password. I manage mine when away from home (~1/2 the year) by ssh into the system to my fileserver and admin the router from there. The ssh port, which is the only exposed port, is a non-standard and the only username allowed is very unusual and the password is 20 digit hideous. In 10 years I've never had a port scan that hit the ssh port although I used to get lots going for 22 until I blocked most low ports off at my ISP

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@TheVogon

"Then why bother posting it?"

You don't really know what pedantic means - do you ?

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Re: Is it 1998 already

"Spreading Linux worm"

Not exactly spreading - infects via php vuln, so it needs a running webserver to allow the infection, and then it tries to infect, using a binary from a single, known server, any other networked webserver using a small, motley collection of usernames/passwords. After that where does it go ?

Even Symantec rate it low

Threat Assessment

Wild

Wild Level: Low

Number of Infections: 0 - 49

Number of Sites: 0 - 2

Geographical Distribution: Low

Threat Containment: Easy

Removal: Easy

Damage

Damage Level: Medium

Deletes Files: Deletes files.

Distribution

Distribution Level: Low

Agree that it may yet be the tip of the iceberg but the real problem is poor passwords on devices

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"Richto was my previous name on here - changed because of confusion it was some sort of boast about wealth - not a new account"

Most regulars know that - apart from anything else your tedious style, idiotic references that often actually disprove the point you are trying to make and general pro-Windows, anti Linux rants are rather obvious even when posting as AC

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AC/TheVogon/RICHTO - what's the difference ?

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OpenSUSE 13.1: Oh look, a Linux with YOU in mind (and 64-bit ARMs)

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Re: I want to quit my addiction to Microsoft products...

"someone has an easy link to easy steps to get the distro on a USB I'd appreciate it..."

http://en.opensuse.org/Live_USB_stick

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Re: Although I flirt with others, it is always SuSE that I come back to

"This is a distro that deserves more credit than it ever receives!"

Ditto

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You have a Skype voicemail. PSYCHE! It's just some fiendish Trojan-flinging spam

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There seems to be a huge increase in this recently, indeed I 'received' the Skype message this morning - I say 'received' because my ISP does a really good job of screening these out and puts them into a folder that I need to access via webmail - I just looked and there are 12 alone in the last 5 days - all with zipped Windows executables as the attachments

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Exotic physics takes an arrow to the knee with new ATLAS results

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Re: I'm confused.

"So Higgs bosons are supposed to give mass to everything, and they can decay into bosons and other stuff, but bosons have mass and therefore must contain Higgs bosons..."

It's the Higgs field that is supposed to give bosons mass. In QM the field should have a corresponding particle - the Higgs Boson

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Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox

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@AC 09:18GMT

Oh, you've woken up, have you ?

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NSA installed '50,000 malware sleeper cells' in world computer networks

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"These are Linux botnets"

Anything substantial to support this ?

I've read reams about this and it all seems to be re-hash, no mention of Linux or Windows

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Re: Hmm

"ideal for those wishing to lose weight"

That's what struck me - it's slightly less than the estimated daily calorie expenditure of hunter-gathers from ~5000 years ago

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

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Re: ooooouch

"As to Android?! I can't see that ever making it onto corporate desktops. Linux itself already has very high vulnerabilities counts, and Java as a UI is catastrophically unsafe! Just look at the Malware issues that it already has...."

Funny, Windows managed to get onto corporate desktops and look at the vast ocean of malware for that

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Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance

"With hindsight I should have prefaced with "In the volume market,"."

To be fair, now retired, I still can use all the cpu I can get. Processing 1080p/50 video takes huge amounts for example.

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Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance

"How else can I buy a really fast server for crunching numbers or big data using Linux?"

Sadly I agree, We moved from SG workstations to Xeon workstations, gained performance, future proofing and all our specialist scientific software could be readily obtained for Linux, further we then assembled 512, then 1024 then 2048 node commodity-based Linux X86-64 clusters. This all saved a fortune and still allowed us to mix in IBM fileservers & compute servers.

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Migrating from Windows XP – Time to move on...

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Re: Serial issue

"Serial ports are supported post Win XP"

That's not really the point 'modern' hardware esp. laptops don't usually have them. The one I'm using at the mo' from 2007 doesn't. My micro ATX server doesn't - sure I could add a card ( wasting the only expansion slot) but these USB/serial converters were ~£5

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Re: Serial issue

"Used a serial to USB adaptor."

Use several on my Linux file/print/oddsnsods server to communicate with PIC microcontrollers. Work really well and just needed a few lines changing in the source. No drivers needed.

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Cryptolocker infects cop PC: Massachusetts plod fork out Bitcoin ransom

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Re: To be fair ...

"Adobe's PDF Reader is a particular culprit."

Well, yes, but I thought a lot of this stuff was good, old badfile.pfd.exe or e.g. invoice.zip being extracted to an executable. I've been getting a lot recently but it's stopped by my ISP so I only see it in the spam folder if I use web access to my account

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Re: Blocking tool

"but I'm not going to an unverified website"

I don't know if anyone has used http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/ to check any susp. website ?

I know, I know it's a chicken & egg, and as usual I tried it first from a Linux VM running under Linux but it seems good to me

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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Re: Off-topic: Electric cars?!?

"Why are we not developing Hydrogen-powered cars?"

Because generating hydrogen at the momen either means using fossil fuels or electricity at poor efficiency

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"Never mind Tesla, is there any interest from Durex?"

Let me get this right - you want to reuse ?

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Linux backdoor squirts code into SSH to keep its badness buried

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Re: @AC re slipstream SSH datastream

"This is an IT website, so get used to it."

In your case it merely serves as a spotlight on your own ignorance. Of course it's drivel - it's like saying a vuln in Firefox is a fault of Linux. Goodgrief, have your prejudices but try and behave rationally.

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Re: The malware in this story seems to be of a level way above the usual windows effort.

"Actually I was totally taking the piss."

Yes, I know. I enjoyed it all the more !

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Re: The malware in this story seems to be of a level way above the usual windows effort.

Well I'm going to downvote you because although mostly correct in your statement you missed out 'rather secure' or better 'exceptionally secure'

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Re: NSA Trojan installed by other malware

From the Norton link in June

Risk Level 1: Very Low

Linux.Fokirtor Threat Assessment

Component Severity

Wild Level Low

Number of Infections 0 - 49

Number of Sites 0 - 2

Geographical Distribution Low

Threat Containment Easy

Removal Easy

Damage Level Medium

Distribution Level Low

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How to relieve Microsoft's Surface RT piles problem

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Re: "although we're all going to have to get used to it" - hell, NO, NEVER, NADA, NIL.

""although we're all going to have to get used to it""

Oh no - those days are long gone !

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BlackBerry to be throttled by own supply chain

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"a small market share compared to other manufacturers"

BMW in UK (2012) are 6.5% which given the number of manufacturers (~40) is pretty good. They are only bested by Ford, VW, Vauxhall although VW group are the real leaders with ~20%

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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Re: Close...

"but they cost thousands"

Hugin costs nothing and is excellent

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IE 0-day plugged up but TIFF terror continues in November Patch Tuesday

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Re: 25! more vulnerabilities

"15,511,210,043,330,985,984,000,000 more of them" - have pity on him - he's just a Yahoo!

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo_(Gulliver%27s_Travels))

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The TRUTH about mystery Trojan found in SPAAACE

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Re: - all closed-source and all protected to the hilt.

"so a port to Linux is easier." - I imagine so much of 'our' software was in-house and much scientific software is written for Unix and nowadays Linux

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Want to BUILD YOUR OWN Tardis? First, get a star and set it spinning...

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Re: Time travel

"Of course neutrinos, and all other matter, can travel through time."

Agree. On the other hand photons don't experience the passage of time at all - interesting.

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