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* Posts by Matt 52

16 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010

GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

Matt 52

Re: Nope

I agree and I use Ubuntu all day, every day. Not because I'm especially a Linux geek but because I develop LAMP websites and it makes sense to do so. For as long as a terminal or text editor to change a config file is needed for anything then Linux won't go mainstream. Look at OSx - the average user would never know it's BSD Unix underneath, but if you want or need the raw power of a command line then it's still there.

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

Matt 52

Not strictly answering the question....

... Won't help the migration, but if you have one then a spare PC with 2 NICs to leave behind with Sophus UTM or Untangle, Squid and FreeNAS running as VMs to give them a free but enterprise class firewall with caching, anti-spam, web filters and shared drives. Sophus UTM has a free non-commercial version for up to 50 people, and Untungle has a "lite" version.

Easy enough to setup the VMs and internal network under VirtualBox before you even leave the office and massively improve their experience. I'd run it under a Ubuntu LTS release rather than buy another windows licence, but that's me :)

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

Matt 52

Not to be picky, but...

When I saw those stats I didn't believe them - less than 10% of "world market" for Android, iOS, etc? Couldn't be true. This is important, because if I don't believe one number then I have zero confidence in any of the other numbers.

Checking the referenced, source these stats are only for *Desktop* browsers and not for *All* browsers.

A small thing, but it makes a big difference when trying to evaluate whether or not I believe the article...

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Not so fast, BlackBerry. Now Samsung wants your tasty biz mobe pie

Matt 52

Off target

I don't care about separate personal and corporate; give me an alternative to encrypted comms and BES so CESG will approve something other than blackberry devices for mobile email... it's actually why I'm praying that BB10 will fail and the company go bust so they HAVE to approve something else :)

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Not done yet: Oracle to ship revised Java fix on February 19

Matt 52
FAIL

Too late

Java is banished from all my PCs and I will not be re-installing it.

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Ofcom: Fancy running a temporary HD Freeview TV channel?

Matt 52

Why...?

Does anyone actually watch broadcasts now? I thought that was why any new TV came with BBC IPlayer et al?

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'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands

Matt 52
WTF?

$852,000,000,000,000,000

That's how much it would cost..... oh, and it'd take 0.8 million years to complete.

http://www.centives.net/S/2012/how-much-would-it-cost-to-build-the-death-star/

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AMD palms PCs with LiveBox miniature desktop

Matt 52
FAIL

Pins on the case? Stupid idea - means multiple redesigns for international sale as in most countries equipment must be sold fitted with the right pins for that country's sockets, no adaptors allowed

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Google Wallet PIN security cracked in seconds

Matt 52
FAIL

How stupid can you get?

What Eejit thought that a 4-digit PIN was sufficiently secure in the first place to secure access to credit card details, irrespective of whether you need a rooted phone to get to the hash?

It's not a card you're putting into a hole-in-the-wall machine, it's a phone! Jeez! Did someone go beat the google softies with a stupid stick or something?

Dunno about Chocolate Factory, perhaps we should now call them "Chocolate Fire guard" as they're obviously about as useful as one of those.

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Ofcom: ISPs can cripple the web as much as they please

Matt 52

Perhaps not

See this on the inquirer.net;

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2127546/eu-court-justice-rules-isp-filters-prohibited-eu-law?WT.rss_f=Home&WT.rss_a=EU+Court+of+Justice+rules+that+ISP+filters+are+prohibited+under+EU+law

Blocking of sites is illegal under European law (best tell BT they need to unblock the newzbin site pretty quickly) but providing some sites at a slower speed than others would probably be ok

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Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

Matt 52
Joke

Up yours Apple

I've just received provisional patent approval for a gesture whereby I extend the middle digit of either hand whilst keeping the other digits clenched into my palm, rotate my hand so that the finger nail of my extended digit points towards Apple and I them raise and lower it repeatedly ....

I hereby freely licence my patent to anyone who doesn't work for Apple

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MySQL founder savages Oracle’s move to 'open core'

Matt 52

Nothing new...

Enterprise monitor?

Move along.... nothing to see here.

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The Register Guide to London's Silicon Roundabout Tech Startups

Matt 52
Happy

Javascript Mystique

A fantastic idea; not checking the return value of javascript functions. We could call this new language construct a "procedure", and then extend the language so the parameters could be identified as as IN, OUT or IN OUT allowing control over whether or not the variable passed in as a parameter was read-only, write-only or read/write.

I think I'm going to extend javascript for these functions, and give it an up-to-the-minute name; how about "Modula-2.0"? ;)

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Microsoft offers Azure virgins 'small' VM concession

Matt 52

Article is incorrect

The Microsoft Website states that data transfer covers 500MB in / 500MB out

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The weakest link in Software as a Service

Matt 52

nail, head... contact!

As a SaaS provider, my research and feedback within the general computing community aligns with this survey; i.e. Security is the primary concern. As you rightly highlight, its not so much physical security, but data security - how can you even tell if a data breach has occurred and your data compromised? Lets not forget there's a major(!) SaaS CRM provider who is reported to host all user entered data and information IN THE SAME DATABASE as for every other customer! If a single Actor gains access to the database with escalated privileges then they get everything from every one.

Personally, the thought of using many of the online office suites and other applications spinging up causes me to come out in hives and run around screaming in fear. IMHO you'd have to be very brave(!) to use a SaaS application for anything that's businesses related without a thorough due diligence investigation on the provider and obtain a 3rd party penetration test report to consider using them. Alternatively avoid them like the plague if they won't comply - including Google. If they're not serious about protecting your data, then they don't deserve your business.

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Google patents search that tracks your mouse moves

Matt 52
Happy

Maybe, just maybe...

Hurrah! Maybe Google will now figure out that in the 10+ years I've been using the internet, I've never, ever, ever clicked on an advert and will finally stop showing them to me!!!

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