* Posts by DanDanDan

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

DanDanDan

Re: Got any more from this loon?

> Oh but his proof will be that someone wrote a book about it.

> And further proof will be found in that famous documentary 'The Land that TIme Forgot'

I saw a documentary about this once, set in the Stone Age, it concerned humans living in a town called BedRock.

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Re: "Seriously? You think people who disagree with you should be murdered?"

Quiet down Big Nose!

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SNAFU: Blighty's judges not trustworthy, says their own website

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Re: Expired cert does not mean in the clear

"A spokesman from the Judicial Office told El Reg that people wanting to access their site should do so by clicking past the security warning."

Good grief!

"... just because a certificate has expired does NOT mean that the communications are no longer encrypted"

No, but it may as well. If I can't be sure who gave me the info, or who I'm giving it to, it hardly matters that it's encrypted at all!

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VOTERS! This Election: Vote #Smart, Vote #Digital

DanDanDan

How do we stop the loons...

... who think banning encryption has even a morsel of sense?

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

DanDanDan

Re: If I'm not sending private details..

You clearly don't know wtf you're talking about. Maybe google will help.

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Re: Bad idea

Ahem... https://letsencrypt.org/

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: British politics in a nutshell

"On a balance of very strong probabilities we'll end up with a Labour/SNP coalition"

Twaddle. The whole post, but that sentence in particular.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/16/ed-miliband-labour-will-not-form-coalition-with-snp

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-31906463

http://labourlist.org/2015/03/ed-miliband-officially-rules-out-snp-coalition/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ed-miliband/11475189/Ed-Miliband-rules-out-formal-coalition-with-SNP.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/ed-miliband-rules-out-a-coalition-with-the-snp-10111058.html

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

DanDanDan

Please don't spoil your ballot. Vote for one of the lesser parties/independents instead. This is the only thing that people will look at. People who spoil their ballots aren't worth campaigning to win in the eyes of those who care, they don't pose a threat.

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Want to deploy virtual machines in a hurry? PowerShell is your friend

DanDanDan

Obligatory...

http://xkcd.com/1319/

http://xkcd.com/1205/

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IBM sued for talking up semiconductor business it couldn't give away

DanDanDan

Re: Worthless chip manufacturing plant??

I hate to say it FutureShock999, but you're being sexist.

Making generalisations such as "Women are GREAT as leaders at building consensus, understanding customer-centricity, at encouraging teamwork, and occasionally being ruthless and aggressive" is blatent sexism.

Ginni Rometty has a batchelors in computer science and electrical engineering, worked for General Motors, was a systems engineer for IBM and basically has a very technical background, in addition to her "fluffy wuffy soft skills and business acumen".

So can you please stop generalising about one gender or another and focus more on individual merit instead of spouting 19th century crap?

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

DanDanDan

Re: MLP?

FWIW me too. Especially Major League Penguin

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DanDanDan

Re: MLP?

My little pony

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REVEALED: TEN MEEELLION pinched passwords and usernames

DanDanDan

Re: Increase the noise ?

For the ignorant, could you explain what a "phased dictionary attack" is? I tried googling but got squat

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

DanDanDan

Re: More neutral language please

I can't speak for Lidl, but Aldi seems to undercut competitors by not providing a wide range of choice and not providing branded goods. And as for location, Aldi is actually my closest supermarket *by far*.

Personally, that's not the same as sitting cramped in a crowded craft with 200 promotions an hour (scratchcard, drinks, snacks, lottery, charity donation, etc. etc.) I actually prefer restricted choice and I don't have a strong affinity towards brands either. So for me, it's not a trade off that I foresee getting fed up with. At any moment, if I desire a brand, I can just pop to one of the other big names.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: Sigh

Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Your complaint about TV advertising is not relevant. The equivalent is oversized ads getting in the way of the content you want to watch. Amazon, Google, etc. have really quite modest adverts and provide a means of income for the content generators in the world.

I get it, you want quality stuff for free, without ads. But this is the real world, where free stuff doesn't really exist.

If you take to banning *all* adverts, then the content generators will have to find another means of generating revenue. Either that or the content will suffer or the content generators will go out of business. I'd rather have subtle adverts alongside my content that have to pay a subscription fee to use a service.

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

DanDanDan

> Well, assuming he takes calls from his backbenchers cabinet, he'll be well used to talking to people in that condition.

FTFY

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

DanDanDan

Re: Middle finger

Agreed. Can it at least be a blurred/pixelated finger?

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

DanDanDan

"Ebuyer refused to refund until the laptop was returned from the mystery address."

I know you won't like the suggestion, because it's really not your responsibility to deal with this, but...

Using a credit card for your next "big" online purchase would save you a lot of hassle over this sort of stuff. It becomes a simple: "Oh, you won't give me a refund? I wonder what my credit card company will think of this.... oh you will give me a refund after all? Oh good".

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

DanDanDan

Re: Windows 10

"Will Windows 10 really be any better than Windows 7? No."

This is the main point. Windows 7 is the best operating system MS have *ever* produced. It's stable, comes with features I actually use, doesn't get in the way with features I don't use and doesn't hog memory and resources to an absurd level. It's copied a lot of features I use on Linux (windows snapping to the edge of screen, windows updates that don't get in the way *too* much, powershell is actually surprisingly good, start menu search works well). I really really don't see how Windows X can be any better at all.

The *only* reason that people will move from Windows 7 is that MS will stop supporting it (typical MS EoL bulls**t). That's it. I guarantee that whenever W7 stops being supported, the upgrade process will be more reluctant than that seen on XP. I only hope that the businesses that are being forced to W7 from XP (they sure as heck aren't going to W8!) have enough foresight to realise that MS are forcing a costly exercise on them every 5 years or so, whereas an equivalent shift to Linux would be a one-off costly exercise.

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DanDanDan

Re: Requirements:

Bug free? Seriously?

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Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

DanDanDan

Re: No to gnome, no to systemd

In reply to DrXym:

I hope you get an actual fact-filled explanation, rather than just downvoted to hell.

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Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

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Re: FreeBSD for servers

"After all, they should have the aptitude for it."

heh, I see what you did there.

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DanDanDan

Re: Differences from virtualisation?

"Is it just that the containers share the RAM associated with the "parent" operating system, so there's some efficiency and performance gains, or are there some specific technical differences aside from performance?"

Effectively, that's my understanding of it. There's much less overhead with a container vs a full-fat OS. The difference is likely very substantial, if my peddlings in virtualisation are anything to go by.

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Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened

DanDanDan

Re: I have to say...

Haha, thanks for that, I totally missed it on my first read. It's undoubtedly very important from a physics point of view, but for us plebs, room temperature would make more sense!

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GCHQ and Cable and Wireless teamed as Masters of the Internet™

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Headmaster

Re: money

Vive la revolution - (almost?) all words ending -tion in French are feminine.

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

DanDanDan

Re: What happened to cheap and cheerful?

"I find that mentioning anything to do with Microsoft tends to raise a similar reaction, lets not evaluate products on their merit, lets just go with whatever we THINK is best."

I don't hate Microsoft for their current product lineup. I hate them for their entire history of corporate nastiness. My memory is not as short as a couple of years.

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Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?

DanDanDan

Re: What counts as the reference number for "customers"

I live in the city centre of Manchester and even I only achieve half the quoted "up to" speed. And that's at off-peak times, without throttling.

It's about time the broadband companies were forced to publish the median speed achieved, not the maximum. Ideally with a 95%ile bracket to show the most likely slowest speed.

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WinShock PoC clocked: But DON'T PANIC... It's no Heartbleed

DanDanDan

Re: Easier to patch?

Agreed - Remote execution is much, much worse.

In addition, I find the line "Proof of concept released" followed by "Exploit will be hard to achieve", slightly odd.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

DanDanDan

Good for him

I'm surprised he's taken this long to "come out". It's a real shame that some people care about this kind of stuff.

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

DanDanDan
Terminator

Embrace, extend and extinguish

I was thinking more "You will be assimilated"

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

DanDanDan
Linux

Re: Re-read the klingon software development guide

Is it just me, or does Klingon software development model remind anyone else of a certain Linux-related developer?

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

DanDanDan

Re: @AC

>"In the end we all benefit."

IFF Microsoft uses and expands, then distributes, the source code per the GPL. If it just nabs the idea, implements its own "intentionally" faulty version of whatever standard and then uses foul means to dominate the market, then no-one benefits. I'm torn between wanting software patents and not wanting them. I think a 2 year software patent would suffice in this instance.

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Headmaster

Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.

FTFY:

"Those who refuse to learn from History are doomed to repeat it."

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

DanDanDan

Gender agnostic is fine - but!

> The correct term should be: "People should get paid depending on their work, regardless of sex"

Agreed, but you have to realise that there *is* a gender pay gap and the only way to address it is to investigate gender as a factor to see *why*. It'd be great if we lived in a world where there were no biases, but that's not here yet.

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New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'

DanDanDan

Re: I didn't believe the SCALE

@Hans 1: You forgot your towel!!

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

DanDanDan

Re: I will put up with the occasional reboot

"Your uptime represents the amount of time since you last tested your startup."

And my long term health represents the amount of time since I last tested my immune system. I don't want to get sick to test how good I am at getting better thank you very much.

I also don't want to lose all my data to test my backup/recovery process. Sure, I'll schedule it in on my own planned schedule; when it's convenient for me. Maybe I'll eat something a little bit "iffy" tonight to test my digestive system...

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Linux

Re: Indeed

Why don't you just use Linux, it does everything and it's free. It even orders your round in at the bar while you don't even wait for the ticks, cause it's all fully hidden away and automated (if you like that sort of thing)

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

DanDanDan

Re: so many versions

You'll only get downvoted if people think your question is rhetorical.

Your main problem with lacking understanding of "What is Linux" comes down, probably, through lack of experimentation and experience of it.

Linux is, at its core, just a way of bringing together hardware interfaces with software ones. That's the kernel: it manages memory usage, separation of separate "programs", etc. It's all the invisible stuff that you don't think about. On top of that, you can place whatever you want.

Most people place free and open source (FOSS) software on top, which has sort of been known as "Gnu/Linux", since a lot of software that falls into this category and is used is made by Gnu. It was originally intended as a unix clone, but has now grown its own wings and deviated significantly.

A collection of different software and configurations is known as a Linux distribution ("Distro"), of which Ubuntu is one, Fedora is another, Red Hat is a 3rd, Debian, Gentoo, etc. They're all just subtly different ways of pulling together a whole system, which is useable by someone like you to run things like a Web Browser or Office program.

The main topic of this article was "Window Managers". These are what you would recognise as "The Desktop + Start Menu". There are a few of these about, the main traditional ones being KDE and Gnome. Basically, different people have different preferences, so they prefer different Window Managers. If you think about the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8, the main differences that you see will be in the Window Manager used. Android could be argued to be another window manager, designed primarily for mobile application.

The best way to find what you like is to install a couple of versions (probably in a virtual environment for ease) and give them a go. You can even run many different versions from USB stick; no installation required!

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Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?

DanDanDan

Re: Key management

Doctor Syntax - you may want to read up on the importance of authentication in asymmetric key crypto. i.e. How do you know you're sending the message to Alice and not Charlie? If you can't validate the authenticity of the public key (i.e. that it definitely *is* Alice's), then you're wide open to man-in-the-middle attacks.

The other thing is that quantum computing threatens to undermine the whole P=NP robustness of many asymmetric key crypto. And you can bet the NSA are somewhere in the frontline of getting this stuff working (if they haven't already).

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

DanDanDan

Re: Two factor ...

I have fingers, irises, retinas and DNA in my cells... Looks like something I have rather than something that defines me. I think I'm being overly pedantic here though.

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DanDanDan

Re: Correct horse battery staple

>> 'N^a&$1nG' could be cracked in approximately 3.75 days

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>That was the most worrying part of the article!

Agreed, nearly crapped my pants when I read that. 17 years isn't much better. Time we switched to storing out private keys on a USB stick and using those for authentication. Or something else. I'm getting super paranoid right now!

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DanDanDan

Re: Two factor ...

What's the difference between Something you Have and Something you Are? [serious]

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

DanDanDan

Re: Oh, OK - Odd, But OK.

"Yup... That sounds like me when I was younger. I remember sending a few absolute, er, 'gems' to usenet back in the day. I'm a bit more controlled these days."

Linus?

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

DanDanDan

Re: You repeat the same nonsense

"I'm sure there's a lesson there, but I can't quite find it."

You have to speculate to accumulate.

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DanDanDan
Headmaster

"people need to be rewarded compensate with their talent"

I believe you might have meant "commensurate with their talent", i.e. in proportion to.

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

DanDanDan

Re: Overseas firms

Please excuse my piggybacking ignorance, but how is Huawei pronounced? At the minute, I've got Ant and Dec saying it in a thick Geordie accent and I'm not sure that's right?

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German government orders local CIA station chief to pack his bags

DanDanDan

Re: Anon Cluetard Friends ?

@Matt Bryant - I can't tell if you're trolling or serious. I'm gonna assume trolling, because the alternative depresses me too much.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

DanDanDan

Re: They want how much?

FM? To transmit audio in any sort of decent quality? Are you serious? It's maybe not as bad as just turning the music up louder so you can still hear it through the walls, but not much better.

There are a lot of ways that multi-room audio can be done on the cheap - this ain't one I'd like to use though.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

DanDanDan

Re: Ahh, Asperger's

I thought that the quantum computing algorithms only worked against asymmetric keys? Or am I hugely mistaken?

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