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Yes, people have rootkitted lnuxes. There have been a few stories of infection.
But there are dozens of distros, there is Solaris, BSD, and perhaps if a few years time HP will rediscover unix.
A diverse ecosystem is always going to have higher natural immunity than a monovarietal monoculture.
@ Max Watson
Last time I did a system restore from a windows boot disk it rolled back SP3, 2, 1 and all the security updates. It took a couple of days to get the machine anything like working safely.
I own two paid-for backup systems that will make a bootable recovery disk from the current image. Because of anti-piracy both require the windows boot disk to be inserted before they start. On my older machines they reject it as counterfeit.
I have been using Suse since 8.2, and am currently migrating everything to either Suse 11 or Ubuntu and will never, ever, build or buy another windows computer.
When the welfare state was created everybodies National Insurance number was lifted from the wartime ID card scheme. I still have my old ID card - it was required until the end of rationing in 1953.
We would not need a new identity system if the government had not given away free NI numbers like so much confetti. Properly managed, they alone would have been enough to keep track of who was entitled to what.
Since they government undermined this venerable, and once fool-proof, system what faith can we have in anything else they propopse?
I am impressed
>Gregory explained that the organised thieves arrived "equipped with nets" ...
> She added: "They are either operating in their local area or have
> access to a vehicle."
You can't slip much past Humberside police, can you?
Le Carre names
I've taken to using names from Le Carre novels.
My Fedora server is 'Smiley' because it is incredibly clever, and a survivor. It will be doing what it does when all else is in ruins. The firewall is 'Mendel ', the dependable shadowy friend who watched his back, but is from another world
My home workstation dual boots XP and Ubuntu. Thus it is Gerald or Hayden according to what it boots.
The Suse 11.1 netbook is 'Esterhause' because he is referred to as a dwarf in one of the novels.
The unstable box on which I try out ideas is 'Tarr'
>A friend of mine makes her own transistors, in a hobby grade ceramics kiln.
>OTOH, other friends build clocks, trebuchets and steam launches, so perhaps I just have unusual friends?
So at weekends they can bombard riverside homes with electronic timepieces?
Paris has strange friends too.
First they ruin my pension, so will have to work till I am 90
Next they put cameras in every bodily orifice so they can spy on me all day long.
Now they want to ruin both the BBC and radio, so my last remaining pleasure is denied me.
Evil flipwits (news quiz passim) the lot of them.
Is the main reason they want to outlaw analogue radio the ease with which suruptitious transmitters could be set up? Or just to stop me listening to Hilversum and Berlin?
V3s make little sense. The V configuration makes the problem of balancing 3 crank offsets quite hard, and if one ot the cylenders is a centre one, then you loose some of the space saving advantages. A straight 3 would be tidier, and easier to balance. A Y3 would be more fun.
But but but
They way I read it they are talking about cross-development under windows for the other targets, not porting the IDE to Linux or Mac.
I can't see that, once there is a button that will fetch IE - and only IE - the offering is distinguishable from having IE there in the first place. After all most versions of an OS will fetch allsorts of stuff when they first wake up, if only security updates.
The regulators need to insist that whenever there is a choice that consumers get a choice.
Next they need to uncover strongarming on hardware vendors to exclude other OSs from the marketing material.
@SynnerCal - nub of the matter
You are right - innovative products are the key
The original Palm Pilot - Mine only just stopped working - was innovative and original, it crowbarred itself into a market that did not exist. The Pre is 'just another smartphone', and even though Palm may have helped create the concept.
I could display NMEA dialogues from navigation systems on my palm, using the RS232 input. I had the modem, an ethernet adaptor, and could use it as a remote control on my TV. In 1997.
Where is the innovation today? What about a simple programming environment that would let engineers turn their devices into oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers, data loggers? What about a couple of analogue inputs? Digital Radio Mondiale?(DAB will take too much battery power!)
We need a sort of technical lego - ultrasonic distance or beam-break event detectors, light and heat sensors, oxygen sensors, voltmeters, ammeters, relay outputs and opto-isolator inputs etc etc all with a short range radio link simpler and more reliable than bluetooth and capable of handling multiple devices, like small motor actuators, buzzers, valves, and the like. All programmable by something as simple as ladder logic or function blocks. Have a PC adaptor and one for the PDA, develop the software at your desk and use it in the field.
Or what about opening your front door? For 20 years cars have used 'blippers' to unlock doors, and recently to open the bootlid. Why can't I do that for my house? As an accessory from Palm? What about leaving my burglar alarm on all the time, but set the pre up to identify me and let me move about without triggering the bells?
Why can't it have an ultrasonic device I can use to train my dog? Or switch automagically to low power when e.g. it gets after 5pm and I never make or get phone calls after 5pm? Or turn itself off at airports? How come I can't point it at the meat in a carvery restaurant and read off the temperature? or have it beep when I go near a CCTV camera, or use the same telemetry link as my heart pacemaker and tell my my recent cardiac history? Why won't it let me open my hotel bedroom, or exchange funds with a one-touch cashless terminal, or pay the London congestion charge, or have it read my iris before it will turn on in case someone nicks it?
Me-too design and marketing is not innovation, just an attempt to run a business that has no ideas of its own.
What is this fixation with taking things to bits? It seems as empty as you-tubing yourself unpacking the shipping boxes.
I just want to know if I can sync the address book with anything other than MicroDim's LookOut, and if I can load it with music from my linux box. Oh, and when I can get a second hand unlocked one from the nice lady on Lincoln Market.
play mp3s in file name order without mp3 tags? Like, for example, episodes of a detective story?
stream .ra from iplayer over the wifi?
make sheduled recordings from the FM radio? While you are listening to something else?
I notice it does not include DAB radio, an increasing omission in consumer gadgets. I reckon DAB is dead if it can't be crowbared into something like this.
@JC - cash register
My old Dad's N CR with all the buttons went "Kerching - Ting" not 'bing'
This is turning into a bodge.
adding extra pins here and there.
Why not give in, make a new connector and stop worrying? Or, for that matter, follow the scsi or firewire dream?
What happened to wireless USB and Bluetooth-high-speed anyway?
@ac "Basic principles"
Another important one "The debt to society paid".
When I was brought up it was drummed into us that someone released from prison had paid their debt to society and the slate was clean. Now we have sex offenders registers, and talk of a violent offenders register. People applying for jobs have to reveal their past criminal record. Persons wanting visas to work in the USA or Australia are refused for periods of imprisonment decades before. Even car insurance companies want to know your criminal history.
The sex offenders one worries me. If, when people are released from prison, they are still a threat to young children Why were they released at all?
@AC - REFUNDS?
>claim a refund from Microsoft for the unused XP license.
My understanding in the UK is that you have to claim the refund from the vendor you bought the PC from. laarge vendors seem to make a habit of accepting the EULA for you before they hand the machine over, so you don't get the chance. It certainly cuts the ill-informed out of their rights.
The only succesful attempts I have heard of involved Photographing each screen during the initial power up process, including the EULA rejection; going via the weights-and-measures people; and issuing a claim in the small claims court.
I think this sort of thing should be on the EU's agenda, as uk.gov would certainly side with M$
F2S sort of survived the Tiscali takeover of Pipex unscathed, but I have serious doubts about TT who seem to be total tosspots.
I think that takeovers should void yer existing contract so you can switch as soon as the news breaks.
The only straw bear I know of is the bloke who dances through Ramsey as a fertility ceremony...
Paris: 'cos she understand simple minded folk with fertility on their mind.
I think the publishing houses need to get together and agree a portable format for all ebooks if they don't want to hand control of their business over to Amazon & Sony.
Just imagine what would have happened in the 1920s if Marconi had made 60 rpm gramophones and Bush had made 80 rpm ones.
We just lived through the vhs/betamax wars, the triumph of blueray over h-dvd. A lot of programme providers got badly burned backing the wrong horse. Has the book market not been watching?
>"Oh wow! This addon changes every occurence of the letter "P" on a webpage
> into an animated GIF of an ejaculating penis! I must have this addon!"
You could charge money for that. It'd sell.
Am I supposed to be annoyed that they are going to spend my money on something sinister and repressive, or that they are going to waste my money on something that won't work?
Or, perhaps, both.
We need a waqui jaqui icon. Till then, paris is brighter
@fluffels adding knobs
Since W7 is just vista-with-knobs-on it can be released as soon as there are enough shiny new knobs available. Any time really.
The driver model is undisturbed vista, and the rest of it is windowdressing.
Meanwhile Ubuntu 9.04 installed itself over 8.10 when I told it to and everything works perfectly.
It's all true
What with traffic shaping, bottlenecks, caps and conention I don't need the 8Mb I'm paying for now.
If they start charging extra for additional tiers of service I won't be able to afford anything more than 512K.
So I'll never need fibre.
What they are saying is they still can't make it light enough to go in a plane.
OK, HP might be able to offer a sidegrade to XP, but what about the rest of us? Will they ship XP on the install disk and allow small system builders or do-it-yourselfers to sidegrade?
It's not much of a 'right' if you don't have the distribution media.
It worked so well for KDE 4, didfn't it?
These must have been the last two people on the planet who had not heard what a dog vista is. Why on earth buy it in the first case.
Wishing them well
my Palm Pilot was the first PDA I ever owned, and the only one with which I was ever totally happy. My employers, of various kinds, have issued various ipaq and other windows based machines which were clumsy, slow, and had poor battery live compared to the old palm V.
I had a tungsten too, till some lowlife nicked it. I'd have bought a lifebook if it had had vga screen resolution and wifi.
I suspect that the pre could save the company, but if they tie it to one service provider they will slice the potential market to less than half. I want one, but I want one sim-free and untied please.
When you said Tyke, I thought you mean someone from Yorkshire, which would have been quite an important discovery. A yorkshireman with functioning trouser pockets? Shirely knot! A Yorkshireman who had bought an iThing? Unlikely in the extreme.
But then it transpires you were talking about someone from far far away, and I know nothing about the fiscal tightness of Kentuckians.
Mines the one I nicked from the county council.
@By Dale Le Page
Network tied handsets do just that - they tie you to a network.
I have a perfectly good virgin PAYG sim, and put it in my sim-free phone. When I go to Germany I take it out and put a German Selphy sim in. In Korea it gets my KPN sim stuffed up it. In Bueonos Aries I stick in a t-mobile sim.
Where I live Orange has the best coverage. Where my sister lives it is T-mobile. Both of us have sent back O2 phones because they are a brick 90% of the time.
Why should we be blackmailed into using an inferior network just to get a decent phone? It is a very stupid decision by Palm, in my opinion.
but but - @ Andrew Crystall
When I have twice read a £6 paperback I can leave it in a hotel library, give it to the local charity shop or flog it for 80p to the bloke on the market. It can keep moving around and being enjoyed by different people for half a century it it wants.
How do you do that with Kindling?
'Twatdangle' requires no deep etymology. It just came into being when it was so desperately required.
I agree that 'GitWizard' was similarly essential, and admire Mr Bruggstoke for his part in it, but surely we can just rejoice that there are two words for Blaine which are so perfect as to be nearly onomatopoeic.
I bet you could try either of them out on an impartial observer and he would guess the subject and the context without error.
paris, 'cos even she would understand.
I am disturbed by the behaviour of phone companies who continue to build on Windows Mobile, despite its desparate and obvious shortcomings. Not that Symbian has forged a better ploughshare either, of course.
The market for phone OSs is evern more distorted than that for PCs, with the poor sods who get the devices having very little say in what they do or who provides the OS. Innovation has stalled and we are offered devices little different from those of 5 years ago, despite huge advances in hardware design.
My judgement is that we have another Betamax saga, with the world electing for the worst solution by a process of indifference and disguised decisions.
important info missing
OK, it has more than one microphone.
But does it have an ethernet port? USB x ? Firewire ? is there a dvdwriter in the box ? is the battery swappable ?
It ain't news without facts.
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- Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a PEEPHOLE