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'I don't trust Microsoft' after NSA disclosures says former privacy chief

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Re: UK unaware

"UK unaware "

There has been plenty of news coverage here, not with any great technical detail though. Coverage has also included other countries' reactions.

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BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do

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"we will change the world again"

Shouldn't that be "we will short-change the world again"

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: faster processor, huge ssd, reasonably priced

"finest keyboards the galaxy has ever seen"

Presumably the product of the Sirius Cybernetic Corporation - hopefully there's a wall looming

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"still looking for a network smb file browser for andriod"

I set our file server to use Samba just to allow my wife's Android phone and tablet. She uses File Expert and you connect using ( from my memory) something like tools-network-client.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

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Re: Probably a *lot* simpler if they stopped all this *extra* rubbish and just tracked 1 thing.

"Free movement of EU nationals within the EU is a noble idea but how do you do resource planning if you can't even answer the question..."

Well how does everyone else manage ? Different countries have different processes and efficiencies but most seems to cope.

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Re: Let's face it, they're stuffed.

"Technically, if you're a British subject then you can't be denied entry at the border."

Certainly my mother returning to the UK, having lost her passport a couple of hours earlier, was allowed in without it at Calais with only the briefest of form filling.

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Re: How's it supposed to work anyway?

"How's it supposed to work anyway? "

I like the way you put this. Go to an enormous amount of time and money to generate two enormous lists ( no doubt with inaccuracies ) and then subtract to get a small list that has cost £????? and is still, no doubt, rather inaccurate

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"Ferries from Dover to Calais "

By car there will normally be no-one bothered at the French check after which you can drive to the ferry company booth and the only check there uses number plate recognition and "Are you Mr xxxxxxx ?"

Additionally you might be stopped by security to check the vehicle ( for bombs or whatever) - this has never happened in dozens of car crossings but is fairly common in our motorhome

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Ferry

Nobody has checked my passport outbound from Dover for years and I travel 3-4 times a year. The only check I expect on our current journey (I'm in Switzerland at the moment UK-France-Switzerland-Italy-Switzerland-France-UK ) is the UK check at Calais

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"this was a discussion for adults,"

Just reiterating the tired old stuff about "And we all know Linux is notorious for its many, many bugs that the kernel devs should classify as security vulnerabilities, but refuse to do so."

makes you sound VERY like an AC who posts here repeatedly just using the same words without giving any evidence as to the number of serious or important vulnerabilities.

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"(Not the same AC, BTW)"

ALL ACs are the same. The only genuine reason for using AC is to prevent identification because the poster has sensitive knowledge.

Sh*t-stirrers are sh*t-stirrers esp. if they are ACs - nothing more.

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Re: NSALinux

So you think NSA 'man in the middles' ALL distro downloads AND serves up fake checksums AND fiddles with all the generated on-the-fly special distros that many distro sites provide like OpenSUSE Studio and Porteus

Put like that it seems very likely !

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"/Anon naturally"

Naturally !! 'cos sh*t-stirrers need to be

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"I'd compromise a distribution rather than the source."

LOTS of distros though - going to compromise all of them ?. As a certain AC is fond of telling us Linux is only 1%, so what is any one distro ?

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"And we all know Linux is notorious for its many, many bugs "

Oh, it's you again - please go away - this is for adults

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiMux

So wrong again...."

NO as usual you have posted a ref. that is actually AGAINST your own argument. If you'd posted the whole of the wiki ref. you'd have shown the 13000 migrated by 2013

November 2008: 1200 out of 14,000 have migrated to the LiMux environment ........

.......November 23, 2012: Report shows that the savings brought in using LiMux environment are over 10 million euros[26]

January 2013: About 13,000 LiMux PC-workstations

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

BTW - you really are sounding desperate (& ludicrous )

For the less-than-numerate i.e. - YOU 2004-1013 is NOT 1 year ( - I think you probably know that)

Could you also address why the 2004 page has a ref. to the current Register ? - no, thought not.

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

"By this year "

Just point out (for those stuck in 2004) that THIS year is 2013 !

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

Although interestingly enough your ref. (dated : Feb. 17, 2004 12:04 pm with lots of comments from that date) has a link to the CURRENT Register.

Reporting the news or maybe making it ?

Someone has gone to some trouble to generate this FUD

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

"http://www.geek.com/news/munich-linux-migration-hits-serious-snags-555131"

This is truly PATHETIC even by your appalling standards - this (your own reference) is from 2004 !!

(By this year they had 13000 computers migrated to Linux BTW)

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

"That's incredibly misleading. ...."

YOU have mentioned this before on countless occasions - nobody believed you then and they don't know - 20 ACs or for that matter 100 ACs don't count BTW.

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Re: Well..

"* AMD's Catalyst graphics drivers for Ubuntu are utter crap (Nvidia's are pretty rock solid IME though).

* WIFI never really works properly (especially RealTek). I just tether through my phone's WIFI nowadays.

* KDE is very buggy. Try running Kubuntu and see how many segmentation faults you encounter."

Sorry you've had such an experience - please try a few live CD distros. I've never had KDE show a seg. fault on either OpenSUSE or Kubuntu, WiFi works fine for me on the 3 machines I have that need it (OpenSUSE). I agree the NVidia drivers are rock solid but others may disagree. I find the graphics drivers install automatically without any involvement from me other than running the updater manager

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Re: Nice idea, but...(perhaps try Win7 instead of XP??)

Ignore the first half of my reply I realize now that you were talking about Windows

The 2nd half stands though

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Re: Nice idea, but...(perhaps try Win7 instead of XP??)

"The fact that it may refuse to install is a clue that the PC you are installing it on needs a dos install first"

Nonsense. What on earth are you going on about ?.

Live CD first to check for any problems.

By the way none of my Linux machines have more than 2GB but they still perform (VMs, protein modeling, HD 50fps video editing etc, etc)

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Re: Ubuntu -- It's a relay race

"I have never had a single one run to completion on its own"

I'm astonished, I agree you might well have some failures with some hardware and some distros but my experience for years installing to every years or so to 7-8 varied bits of kit ( desktop workstations, atom fileserver, lenovo laptop, asus netbook ) with OpenSUSE ( currently 12.3) and never had a problem, certainly not for ~~5 years.

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Re: Optional @AC 12:35/13:07

"and just think "no way am I going to suggest that to my CTO/Board" and they'd be right."

So you think that making a major change to the way a company does business is better for being hasty, ill-thought out and done without pilots, evaluations and rethinks ?

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Re: Nice idea, but...

"I just put mint on an older xp laptop,"

The advice I'd give is - don't rush, do a little research, download a few live CDs from the various distros and try one or more - this will show you any major problems with your hardware without committing to an install. If there aren't any problems, and I've not found any with (for example) OpenSUSE for years, then go ahead to a full install. If you don't have a bootable CD then a USB stick can be used (check with the distro) as long as your hardware supports booting from USB

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Re: I bet a lot more people would switch if...

"Linux doesn't really support NTFS. Only sort of. That may be caused by NTFS being proprietary closed source stuff."

Funny I thought this was at least do-able these days. I've no need having no WIndows systems but my OpenSUSE 12.3 has ntfs-3g and utilities.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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Re: If it's too hard for the experts...

"i.e. an amateur in all but name"

Better (by far) a very talented amateur than an anonymous loser

(Not, of course, that he is an amateur BTW)

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Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

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Re: simpler to move to FLOSS?

"I don't know a single professional person that uses Linux on their desktop/laptops"

Well I do and I guess almost all computational chemists use Linux or Unix and that was 200 seats in the company I was in + protein scientists + x-ray structural people

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Re: @ribosome

"Also you're just as AC as other commenters who post under a nom de plume, and your comments don't have that much weight."

Absolute nonsense - he/she has a posting history - ACs can be anyone or more suspiciously just one.

Incidently Munich ALWAYS intended to take a LONG time to move to Linux - it's the sensible way, it's certainly the German way.

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Re: I wioder if this will tip the balance towards TUX?

"you'd probably be better off stopping calling the users of Windows ignorant."

If you are SO smart you would have realised that he/she didn't. He/she called SOME people buying PC's (almost always) supplied with Windows ignorant. That is the CORRECT usage :

ignorant

Use Ignorant in a sentence

ig·no·rant

[ig-ner-uhnt]

adjective

1.lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.

2.lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.

3.uninformed; unaware.

4.due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.

Plenty of SAs here would describe their users as ignorant whatever OS they used !

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Re: simpler to move to FLOSS?

"I can't think of one replacement to Microsoft RDP that allows users to......"

My wife used krdc for YEARS to access her school's Windows server for remote access - no problems and indeed faster than using Windows and not prone to crashing.

BTW thanks for joining The Register TODAY to post this ! It all helps to validate your impartiality !

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: On-The-Go?

"it doesn't need rooting though, Nexus Media Importer does the job very nicely, no root required."

And we use Samba via WiFi for storage anyway

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Clear next Tues: Incoming Outlook, IE, Windows critical security patches

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Re: With @Chemist

"Dear clueless idiot,"

Cheeky sod !

Please learn to separate critical kernel vulnerabilities from trivial program problems. I'm ending this now as arguing with a faceless AC, yes just the one, is rather pointless, esp. with the constant repetition of worn, unproven, unprovable garbage.

What is it with you ? So insecure ? Afraid WIndows isn't as perfect as you like to suggest ?

I'm happy to use Linux, and indeed only Linux. You use what you want

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Re: I don't give a fiddlers anymore

"If I started listing monthly patches for any enterprise flavour of Linux, it would usually be a far longer list than the above."

That will be true after all I have dozens of programs and libraries that get upgraded fairly regularly . ALMOST always because of improvements to the code HARDLY ever due to vulnerabilities esp.not the kernel.

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Re: With

"That's not a very informed comment. Windows has far fewer patches / vulnerabilities than other OSs like Linux or OS-X."

. Windows has far fewer patches / vulnerabilities than other OSs like Linux or OS-X. - That's not a very informed comment

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Re: I don't give a fiddlers anymore

"nb - Office is not part of the OS. You would need an additional exploit to gain any additional rights over standard user..."

Just like a proper OS then these days.

Nota bene - the coming Windows security update include 4 critical remote execution and 10 important remote execution, elevation of privilege and DOS patches.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-sep

Includes :

Bulletin 1 Critical Remote Code Execution May require restart Microsoft Office,

Microsoft Server Software

Bulletin 2 Critical Remote Code Execution May require restart Microsoft Office

Bulletin 3 Critical Remote Code Execution Requires restart Microsoft Windows,

Internet Explorer

Bulletin 4 Critical Remote Code Execution May require restart Microsoft Windows

Bulletin 8 Important Remote Code Execution May require restart Microsoft Office

Bulletin 9 Important Elevation of Privilege May require restart Microsoft Office

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Re: I don't give a fiddlers anymore

"Well that reminds me of the worst virus / worm attack ever - the Morris Worm - which was based on a Sendmail exploit on UNIX systems..."

Ah, the Morris worm, remind me 1988 wasn't it - powerful argument indeed !

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Re: I don't give a fiddlers anymore

"Don't tell me you think that any other OS doesn't have exactly the same issues as MS."

They certainly don't have exactly the same issues - what other OS allows execution of mal-code by merely previewing an e-mail ?

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Re: Anyone an idea?

"The vulnerability in Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, which "can be triggered simply by previewing an email in Outlook, even without explicitly opening the email", obviously needs to be patched as soon as possible. The Internet Explorer fixes also need to be rushed through."

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Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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Re: @ Chemist

"I would think someone as world-wise as you would know better than to get in front of a two minute hate."

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Re: Really?

"The CIA found that among a subset of job seekers whose backgrounds raised questions, roughly one out of every five had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections,”"

Where does this state that 1 in 5 of ALL applicants have a connection to terrorism ?

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NAO: UK border bods not up to scratch, despite billion-pound facial recog tech

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Re: I find it odd that it is more difficult ...

"but is it really necessary to make all the UK passport holders wait through that process"

We came back via Calais a couple of weeks ago, the queue was far longer than normal, each car was taking 90-180 seconds and only 3 points were manned. Because the checks take place in France and before the ferry check-in any delay can cause a missed ferry even when arriving, in this case, with an hour to spare.

(This was, as usual, the ONLY passport check on the trip UK->France->Switzerland->Italy->Switzerland->France->UK)

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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Re: You've all missed the point

"Its not about the phones its about Nokia's patents"

AFAIK MS have only licensed the patents NOT bought them.

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Redmond's certification chief explains death of MCM and MCA

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Re: Reality sinks in perhaps?

"I will have to assume no such source exists and thus your statements are merely opinion."

I'm fairly sure that such sources might exist but only on Vogsphere

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Microsoft: YES Windows 8.1 is finished, but NO you can't have it

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"YES Windows 8.1 is finished YES Windows 8.1 is finished "

Agree !

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