* Posts by Sandtitz

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: From one mistake to another...@Pascal

Windows 1 0 does not bring any useful security items to the table

What security items are you missing?

enforces radical change in my habits

Start menu is different, though less so than Win8 Start screen. What else?

ties me to the effin' Cloud which I do NOT accept

No, it doesn't. You don't have to use any part of Microsoft's effin' Cloud.

expects me to rent my applications

WTF? How does the OS force you to rent your applications? Please explain in detail.

and forces a godawful Store on me that I have not had to cope with since I started my computing experience in 1986.

Don't fucking use the Store then. Happy? My Win8 laptop has the Store and I haven't bothered with it at all.

I'm coping with the app store on my smart phone, and my computing experience goes way beyong yours.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: So close!

"The days of processor upgrades may be over with intel creating new "generations" every two years, but I'd like to be able to swap the disk and add memory - up to 16G (not 8G, Apple). And I want a matte screen."

Then buy a model with a matte screen and upgradeable memory! They're still produced you know. Clearly this laptop model just isn't for you.

"And it should come in at around MBA prices."

What? HP should jack up their prices to please you?

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Re: Can you run Linux on it @teknopaul

"USB Lan adapter, can you even install Linux on it?"

It's unlikely that you can install Linux on the LAN adapter. ;-) However, It is likely that the LAN adapter itself is supported under Linux. There are plenty of LAN adapters on the market, you wouldn't have to buy an HP one...

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'Plague Scanner' controls multiple AV engines, for $0.00

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Re: Seriously? @theodore

If the AV is active it will scan the file immediately when it is written to the share. The few AV solutions (I'm familiar with) can report positives via e.g. SNMP so the result would be instant. The same AV programs can also be commanded via CLI, so the manual scanning can be invoked remotely.

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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@Malcolm 1

I have a 10-year old Sony rear-projection TV with HDMI input. While it's a 720p set, in reality it was something like 1190*650 or something like that and while that mattered little when watching films, it was annoying to not see the OS or application menus since they were located under the bezel. Custom resolution (or underscan) to the rescue then.

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Red Hat bolts the stable with RHEL 6.7

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Re: Red Hat has many customers on the “stable, proven and predictable” RHEL 6.xx

"If a reboot (or downtime) of a single server causes a problem, the people in charge ain't doing it right"

That doesn't apply to small businesses. To have uninterrupted service while rebooting requires some sort of clustering, shared storage and thus server administration is beyond bosses nephews skills and must be outsourced to someone with skills and expensive hours.

I'm somewhat interested to know how long the server is booting up, including all the POST stuff. When you're rebooting a server remotely (without iLO or other means to monitor the boot process) some servers with lots of memory and storage and start-up scripts take like 10+ minutes to come back on-line. It's nerve-racking unless you actually know the time it takes for full service.

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Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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Re: It's already happening...

"No car manufacturer spends "billions" on any new vehicle's software and firmware, let alone the security thereof."

That Car Trade Ass. canned answer is there to make people feel safe and to make sure people continue to buy cars. That they didn't address the DAB hack (or other hacks) is outside of their expertise. They're just spokesmen and lobbyers for the car manufacturers and dealers.

The way I read the answer was that *altogether* the auto industry has spent and/or will spend billions in passenger safety (the 'secure' part ) - they didn't mention software or electronics in any way.

Whether the Billion is still a right figure I don't know. Obviously lots of money has been spent on all those crash tests, development of crumple zones, seat belts, roll cages, child safety, placement of fuel tanks (Ford Pinto) and so on.

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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"I don't know much about football, but is it really so unusual not to be a member of FC Barcelona? What percentage of Spanish adult males are members?"

It is unusual to be a member of FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona is owned and operated by the supporters - i.e. members. Wikipedia says that there were approx. 170,000 members in 2010. I couldn't find any demographic information about members in the FCB website.

I have too much free time so here's my educated guesswork:

The population in Spain was about 40,500,000 back then (2010), and the sex ratio was 0,96 so about 19,800,000 males. Adulthood in Spain is defined as 18 years but the demographics in CIA don't break the age groups into 0-18 years, so further deducing tells me that around 80% are adults - 15,840,000.

170000 / 15840000 * 100 = 1,07%. A small subset may be foreigners so let's call it an even 1 percent - especially without exact demographic numbers.

NB: The numbers were lifted from Wayback machine and are not current.

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Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

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Re: re remote terminate @Primus

"MS have just remotely terminated"

Security Essentials isn't terminated remotely, the software just doesn't receive any new AV signatures.

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Fondleslab, wristjob action just not doing it for Apple right now

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Re: 3.9M Apple Watches

Even if those 3.9M Apple Watches were the cheapest $349 "bargain" models Apple would still have raked in $1.361B. The cost of material is reportedly at somewhere to the tune of $85, so the profit is still a cool $1B or so. While the development and advertisements and logistics etc. have cost tens or even hundreds of millions, the whole project must still be highly profitable even if the sales figures are in the WinPhone category.

Whether Apple can sell the thing in the future remains to be seen. Are people ready to upgrade their watch every (few) years, or is the market already saturated?

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Re: @Sandtitz - not on my network in a million years. @AC

"And how's for the mandatory Microsoft account to use their app store ?"

I'm not against accounts when it comes to using the app stores, since the usage of an app store is optional. Whether the OS is Android, Win, IOS, OSX, Steam or whatever.

If either upgrading to Windows 10 or logging into / using Windows required MS account then I would be as pissed as anybody else in here.

Apple is of course subjected to different standards. Asking to create and use Apple ID is a wonderfully benign gesture from Apple, but the MS Account is just naughty vendor lock-in. Google pushing their own Google Account doesn't seem to get the bad press either.

"If you're so fond of Windows 10"

Relax, sonny boy. I haven't formed an opinion of Win10 yet, as I haven't bothered with the beta.

"there's no wonder you're not good at all at any other OS."

No wonder you're posting as an AC. I wouldn't post such silly name calling with my handle either.

"If I were you I'd stop writing this nonsense."

Dear Coward, please point the nonsensical points in my post. I bet you can't.

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Re: not on my network in a million years.

"I want PC's that can open programs (not just Apps) that I install because my users NEED them."

Did IQs drop sharply?

Win10 allows you to open programs just like the previous Windows versions. I know plenty of people on these forums repeat that false mantra but it doesn't make it true. The App Store in Win8 can be disabled and that's likely for Win10 too if it bugs you.

"Not have a load of Bloat added to the machines that has no place on a work machine."

The linked MS website states that to enable the Xbox streaming App you need to install it first. So it's not necessarily included in the system image.

"AS for updates dont even get me started on these"

I think we should wait the couple weeks until Win10 is released and see how the update mechanism works: whether it is always-on as reported, and whether it can be disabled.

While we're on the topic of OS updates...

My other laptop has Mint 16 and it silently ceased to update itself. Plenty of errors but no indication that it's EOL. Why can't Mint give any hint to end users about the situation and offer an easy upgrade mechanism to a supported version? Do other distros do this? Is this better than say WinXP which has whined about the lack of support since year ago?

Likewise I've met plenty of Macs that are running 10.7 or somesuch version with either no updates ever installed (non-technical users) or with all updates - but the system is still vulnerable since support for that OSX version has been silently dropped. The Mac App Store has the update link to Yosemite (and it works very well, though the mandatory Apple ID is a stupid requirement) yet some people never venture into the App Store and are not even given a hint about its existence.

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Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

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Funny review

...and mirrors my feelings. I saw the trailer and the Thomas the Tank Engine part made me chuckle but I'd never pay the ludicrous ticket prices they're asking for these days for this kind of junk.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Re: good question about the APPS

Sure you can uninstall them. You'll just have to root your TV first...

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Re: This stuff vs full HTPC?

I'm an HTPC guy (HDI Dune owner) as probably are many other forum readers here but I also have to have a simple system for kids, non-techie wife and parents/in-laws. Recording / pausing to USB storage, catch-up service, Netflix - some of those "smart" features are used practically daily in my household. They all work with a single remote with a simple interface for even the IT declined.

If the TV could just understand network shares, MKV, reasonable selection of codecs and subtitles formats I couldn't be happier. Never gonna happen with Sony though...

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RC4 crypto: Get RID of it already, say boffins

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Re: WPA or WPA2?

"Basically, you probably have only one option left on your wifi access point (AP) that provides even a modicum of security. It is WPA2 with a pre-shared key or PSK and AES for encryption. The 2 is important and the AES is important. Turn off the rest."

While WPA2 with AES is safe at the moment, I can only recommend that solution for very small companies and homes. For the rest the only reasonable solution is to use WPA2 Enterprise (Radius authentication).

With PSK you mostly need to hand the key to the end-user, and they have access to the WLAN even after they have left the company. Changing the PSK on each device is fine for a handful of devices but with say 50 users it's already getting difficult to reach all people and safely distribute the key. With Radius the user just uses the user name and password on AD/LDAP, and if the said user leaves the company the deactication of that account automatically removes the WLAN rights.

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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Re: Continuum @Mikel

"One of the things that has made the smart phone popular is that it is not like a desktop PC with Windows."

They're popular because the fit into small place and work without mains power. They're not at all like desktop computers and are in completely different beasts.

And WTF are you whining about? Android devices can be hooked to BT keyboard and the display can be projected with Mira/Chromecast. Is that feature somehow verboten in your bizarro world? Why?

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Graphics Drivers

"I've been waiting almost a year for Intel to develop them so we can migrate.....but no joy."

So...your company would have migrated to the Win10 beta almost a year ago if only Intel had better gfx drivers???

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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

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Re: @zmodem again

No really, WHERE do you scrape this bollocks from?

HP specs their servers to withstand -30C in shipment, IBM (Lenovo) specs them at -40C.

Try again.

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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

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Re: change the photo

I've only seen one old timer wear "klompen"

Right. The clogs should have been replaced with a space cake.

Relax a little. I find nothing insulting in traditional garments.

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Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

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Re: No thanks, Zapp

"I use cash a lot of the time."

There's the difference. I haven't really bothered with cash for the last 15 years or so.

"If you enjoy being analysed by marketers, that's your privilege."

"Now, a load of sites I visit pester me with ads for that camera."

The sites would just shower you with some irrelevant ads then. Me? I block 'em.

As an example, while I'm listening to music on Youtube/Spotify I am not at all bothered with their recommendations of similar music - I've actually found something interesting from time to time.

I believe there's a difference with websites and tracking cookies, and brick'n'mortar marketing. I couldn't care less what the supermarket thinks of my regular shopping there.

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Re: No thanks, Zapp

"I don't want my payment history pored over by supermarkets. That's why I never use loyalty cards."

That's Tinfoilhattery. Do you use cash or plastic then? Cheques?

The supermarket chain I have a loyalty card enables me to browse my shopping receipts on the their web service. The warranty receipts are also stored in the account. All these available on my smart phone, too. When there have been product recalls the chain has contacted the buyers directly. What's wrong with that?

And no, I'm not anywhere near Britannia.

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Kingston offers up its fastest SATA SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB

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Meh

Just another boring SSD

Those uncompressible speeds in Crystaldiskmark are actually bit worse than the benchmark results of my 2-year-old 256GB Samsung 840 Pro. The sequential writes are a bit faster but everything else is slower.

The SATA SSD drives are not very much worth reviewing anymore since the interface has been a bottleneck for the last couple of years now. Here's hoping NVMe/SATA Express gains more traction soon.

I have several older Kingston HyperX models and I like the screwdrivers (w/ multiple heads) and the USB cradles a lot - though the cradle's are only USB 2.0. Most of the Sandforce based HyperX drives have bitten dust and I'm not eager to throw money at Kingston anymore.

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What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

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Re: Just bad corporate culture. @JEDIDIAH

"Microsoft is run from the sales department and not engineering."

You can say that for any corporation that's out to make money.

Whenever engineers run companies they usually run them to ground.

"They have always been deficient."

Nonsense.

"This isn't just a Linux versus Windows thing."

I'm not making this a Win/Lin fight.

I'm just asking kryptylomese why Linux runs better on low-end hardware because Linux is (according to him) more secure. Simple as that.

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"Linux runs much better on crap hardware than Windows because Linux is far more optimised, performant, secure, scalable, opensource, free, portable and has huge software repositories for most distributions."

Wipe the foam off your mouth first.

Can you please give an in-depth explanation how being (supposedly) more secure, more open source, more free, more portable and having huge software repos result in Linux running better in crap hardware?

After that, please explain how Linux is far more optimized, performant and so forth. Please don't cite your usual "TOP500" references since this stick belongs to the BOTTOM500.

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Hello Tosh, got a downrated 6TB spinner? Yes, for slower workloads

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Re: Bring back Quantum Bigfoot drives, big, slow, cool, reliable...

Reliable? Quantum Bigfoots were the first hard drives I encountered that actually needed firmware updates to NOT cause corruption while writes. I remember regularly using a dozen or so BBS's back then but I can't remember hard drive firmware updates to any models in the file areas.

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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

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Re: Fools and Horses @Donn Bly

> Then what happens when customers prefer the alternatives and reply to Google, "You will NOT be missed"?

Then we will have proved that Google is not and never was a monopoly, and that the claims against it are unjustified.

No. Whether Google is a monopoly or whether they are abusing their monopoly power I cannot say. (the courts will) Also, monopoly per se isn't illegal. Microsoft was a monopoly 20 years ago or so even if there were other operating systems available. They just used their monopoly power to oust the rest of them out of business. Hence the US vs MS antitrust case.

If a monopoly business was to somehow vanish overnight then other businesses would likely arise to meet the demand. Google has several different services but I know of none that couldn't be offered by any other company. If MS would have been terminated back then - other software providers would have filled the gap.

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VMware, Microsoft in virtualised Exchange blog battle

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Re: Shark jumped @AC

Comparing that POP3 server to Exchange is like comparing a telnet server to web server.

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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UI design

So what you’re saying is that I should look for missing icons? My user role on the system is clearly displayed as a row of icons that aren’t there? I should keep my eyes peeled for icons that cannot be seen?

In my experience, the people who come up with and code such braindead UI designs cannot be talked into changing the behaviour. They don't understand why it is braindead even though you show how it is counterintuitive or just stupid design. They just dismiss any disagreements with their beliefs or get angry. There's plenty of otherwise great coders who know nothing of designing interfaces.

I've seen plenty of software where the UI is coded without utilising the standard window/UI controls provided by the OS - when you're filling a form for example you cannot tab from field to field, Oh no, you must use the mouse. And clicking on the field erases its old contents first. And even if TAB does work then the order of the fields is seemingly randomized.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: Windows updates I can understand their viewpoint

Why didn't you just roll back the driver in device manager?

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Re: There is a problem though!

"Drivers AFAIK are always offered as 'optional' updates"

Correction: If there is no driver installed THEN Windows Update will load the driver if available.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Re: Which is why @Charles 9

clocks still have 12 hours on their faces, and that's the way we like it,

Does your clock faces also indicate AM & PM? Digital clocks here have 24 hours.

just as we like our feet and inches just the way they are.

"America fuck yeah!"

On this side of the pond elementary schoolers can convert easily between e.g. sq meters and sq kilometers. In their heads.

How many can convert sq miles to sq feet or do you just memorize the factors? What about cubics?

Let's not delve into the other imperial silliness such as rods, furlongs & chains.

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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nice try

Was it the same rogue coder at Google who accidentally enabled wifi data slupring with the Street View cars?

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Re: Exactly

"I've yet to meet anyone, ever, that thought JarJar was worth a damn."

I'm really tempted to watch that first prequel with my 5-year-old kid and indoctrinate her to endear Jar Jar just to infuriate her godmother who is big fan of the SW (and Harrison Ford or course).

Anytime people praise SW a bit too much I tend to show them the SW Holiday Special. One of the most painful experiences ever.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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"There are 2 problems I've observed with this arrangement: one, if you want to do local networking with other computers you're out of luck (the other networked computers won't be seen by the MSA computer)"

Untrue. Windows 8.x computers I have at home work with other computers and the NAS just fine without MS Accounts.

"two, if you no longer have access to the MSA account (say you registered with an ISP email and later changed ISPs) you lose the ability to recover if you forgot you password."

Untrue. If you select in the password recovery process that you no longer have access to the mailbox you are given a chance to recover the password via another email address and after that you're taken to a web form where you are supposed to enter as much info as possible including previous passwords, credit card information (if bought anything), and so on. Probably someone at MS looks at the info and if it is satisfactory - you can reset the password. Not that I've ever ventured that far.

The same thing with Google Account, and maybe with Apple ID as well.

"You can create another account in Windows, but the process deletes all your old files."

Untrue. You can login to the same computer with other MS Accounts but they're all restricted to their own user folders unless you give them admin rights. It's not different to local accounts and not data is deleted from other accounts, why would it?

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"If you don't want to use an MSA, then you may as well remain on Vista because that's been required since 8.1 and apparently, that will be required for 10."

Bullshit. You just don't have any idea what you're talking about.

Microsoft Account is not mandatory on any generally available Windows version. Just like Apple ID or Google Account are not mandatory on their respective platforms.

Apple/Google/MS are of course pushing users to create these accounts on their mobile and desktop OS varieties but they are not required. Without these accounts you are just locked out of app stores and the backup/sync mechanisms and other perks.

" For everything else, I use Mac OS"

Oh. Are you using it without Apple ID? How easy was it to upgrade to e.g. Mavericks or Yosemite without it?

"Almost every website out there attempts location tracking."

Perhaps. But what does that got to do with the MS Account?

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Google-owned smart-gumble-maker Nest snubs Google's smart-gumble OS Brillo

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Re: Protecting users' privacy?

"At the very least Google does do some things to try to protect your privacy"

Did Google really try to protect our privacy when the Street View cars sniffed all that wifi data?

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Bing to encrypt search traffic by default

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Re: Bing

How is Ask Jeeves bloody awful?

Is this a game?

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Re: Bing

How is it bloody awful?

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

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Re: WIll the POSReady hack work on it?

Unlikely but you probably won't break anything by trying it...

POSReady was based on 32-bit XP so that'll immediately rule out 64-bit 2003 servers. Server 2003 also has extra components so obviously you wouldn't get updates to DNS and such. IIS version in 2003 is v6.0; IIS for XP was v5.1. SBS servers wouldn't get updates for Exchange and other SBS components.

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Re: No Windows Small Business Server 2012

the cost to go from Windows Small Business Server 2003 premium to server 2012 + full exchange + full sql-server + full sharepoint is a little to expensive for an small company's ... ( 5 to 15 man strong )

I'l like to point out that the expertise to administer Exchange 2003 is trivial compared to any later versions. Exchange 2003 was practically point'n'clink to setup and maintain whereas these days it's pretty much all command-line. A SMB with 5-to-15 people usually don't have Exchange/Sharepoint gurus and since those are components usually are facing the internet you should be extra sure that they're safely configured and maintained.

and No not every small company want to go to the trap-cloud solution of Microsoft

What do you mean with 'trap'?

You're free to cancel your O365 subscription and point your MX records elsewhere. Several ISPs and other shops are selling O365 -like packages with the data residing in the same country if that's to your liking.

The basic Office 365 package (sans Office applications) costs $5 per user per month. So for $75 you'll get 15 x 50GB mail boxes in an Exchange that's always maintained and clustered. Do the maths - how much does Exchange + licenses + hardware + installation + running costs (energy and manpower) cost vs. the solution MS is peddling? It'll take years to break even.

It is very unlikely that the 15 man company has a BOFH of their own. And if the BOFH is outsourced - a single hour of his time per month will have cost the same or more than that 75 bucks.

There are good use cases for having Exchange in-house - enough users and a good admin, or as was the case with SBS2003 which was reasonably simple and at the time your other options was to buy small POP3/MAP boxes from your ISP or somesuch, with encryption and SMTP auth costing extra.

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Re: Cortana lived a VERY

"As I understood it voice recognition is not quite ready to be standalone with the oomph available on portable devices, although this information might be out of date."

I had a somewhat working speech recognition in OS/2 Merlin almost 20 years ago. My desktop back then was a 100MHz Pentium and while the experience could have been smoother it worked once you had taught it your speech patterns. Maybe it was handy for slow or disabled typers, the novelty soon wore off on me.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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"I'm not following you re: price. The barebones model you listed is selling at a steep discount on Amazon but it's still $530, not including RAM and hard drive. The base model Mac Mini only costs $500 and that includes everything. So I'm not following your factor-of-two price difference comment."

That's an apples to oranges comparison.

The NUC5i7RYH model is the highest end model which should be compared to the 2.6/2.8GHz model configured with the optional i7 CPU, which brings the minimum price to $1000, and the processing power to about the same. The upgrade from 8GB to 16GB is $200, so it's $1200 for the Mac Mini - and this is only with the 5400rpm 1TB HDD model.

The lowest price for the NUC is actually $477.

The NUC fitted with 16GB (+ $100) for the barebone model is then 577. The same HDD type is about $50 so less than $650 altogether.

I selected the NUC5i7RYH model since you were talking about hw requirements 'not found on other computers of the same size' and compared it to the top Mac Mini model.

The base model Mac Mini should be compared to NUC with an i5 CPU, which would either be the NUC5I5RYK or NUC5I5RYH - the former an even thinner model. Those are $290 at Amazon.The 4GB DDR3L is about $30, so definitely less than $400 with the 5400rpm drive.

Obviously at the low end the price parity is nowhere 2:1, but if you're comparing a fully configured Mini to a similar NUC - it's close enough in my book.

BTW, drilling down to small details - the graphics in the NUC has support for 4K/60Hz whereas the Mini i7 "only" supports 4K@24Hz or UHD (3840 res)/60Hz. The OpenCL support in the NUC is also v2.0 vs 1.2 with the Mini. Therefore the NUC is a bit more future proof.

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"Another is the Mac Mini... you can't really find (or build) a PC that's that small, that quiet, with that much processing power, and that much storage space/flexibility. Last year I built a mini-ITX computer for HTPC use which was as small as possible but still twice the volume of a Mac Mini, and that's before counting the external power brick. It was a struggle to get it as quiet as a Mini, and ultimately it didn't cost much less."

Nonsense. Intel NUCs take less space even counting the power brick.

The specs between top end NUC (NUC5i7RYH) and Mac Mini are quite similar, though the NUC sports a newer i7 and upgraded graphics. The NUC can be fitted with the memory (16G DDR3L) and storage (2,5" and M.2 2280) of your choice. And the warranty is three years without any "care plan".

The only things going for Mini are the admittedly better looks, internal PSU, SD card reader, OSX and Thunderbolt. Everyone can judge for themselves whether they're worth the high price since the NUC fitted with otherwise similar memory, storage and CPU is only half the price.

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Hey kids, who wants to pwn a million BIOSes?

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"The BIOS should be on ROM. The OS on sensitive computers should be on ROM. These are things people knew when ZX Spectrum's ruled the earth. Can you not remember?"

We sure do; every(?) home computer had their bugs either in their Basic implementation or some quirks in (usually) the video registers. The difference was that you had to code around these bugs or sometimes actually utilize them for a neat visual trick or something.

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Re: How about making it part of OS updates? @Len

Apple can update the firmware components since they control the Mac hardware.

Windows Update in fact does update the UEFI - as long as the computer is a Surface.

It would be great if Windows Update or APT would upgrade the UEFI and other firmware as well but that seems unlikely since the method of firmware version detection differ from device to device and sometimes you need to do updates in stages or sometimes you need to visually check the board revision etc.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Re: Not so fast Mr Guinness!

Firmware flashing is just as easy with e.g. Linux as it is with Windows. You just need root/admin privileges and that's it.

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Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so

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Re: Couldn't have happened to a nicer company!

What I really dislike about Spotify is the badly behaving Windows software which insists on installing into users' folders and not under %programfiles%. People have complained on their boards but Spotify just doesn't listen - it takes constant admin work to gather the hash for latest versions with software restriction policies in place.

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Re: certainly not interested in paying not to listen to that crap.

Muppet.

That's a good one!

I have several Muppet albums and they're still as good as ever!

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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Re: Damn that was quick

Not that I'd defend that AC, but...

1. Didn't it occur to you that your dusk may be someone else's dawn?

2. The AC may speak something else than English as his first language. Dyslexia or just plain old poor spelling may also affect his inarticulateness.

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