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World's best threat detection pwned by HOBBIT

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Re: 3 strikes @chivo

Sigh...

Learn NOT to give admin rights to each user.

Can the perp run and install everything on the iMac just by typing his/her password when prompted?

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

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Re: Not surprising...

"Another problem: once a new product is out, good luck getting the previous one!"

"Open up the sales of Windows server 2008 again, and I think you might be surprised at the results. Same applies to the Office products. I know for a fact that plenty of people would rather buy Office 2010 than getting their hands on the new stuff. And I think the same (to a certain extend) applies to the server range as well."

Windows Servers have traditionally had downgrade rights and Server 2012 R2 is no different. You can use any previous server version with the latest license. I thought that was common knowledge?

My only beef with Office 2013 relates to the mandatory MS Account activation with the OEM versions.

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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Re: "Always leave them wanting more"

"Bladerunner - the director's cut" is one of the few times where more is more. Leave it alone.

Obviously you haven't found the Final Cut version yet. That's really the ultimate version (so far...)

If there's going to be a sequel I'm not expecting it to be as great as Blade Runner. I cannot see that being possible - it may still be a great film though. For instance I did like the much maligned Prometheus even though many Alien fans were quite upset because it lacked space marines and proper Aliens and didn't have the gritty feeling of the predecessors.

There are, however, plenty of Scifi sequels that are rather excellent and _sometimes_ greatly surpassing the originals: Mad Max 2, Terminator 2, Aliens, Wrath of Khan, Empire Strikes Back.

Of course, all those films had sequels (and prequels) that were very bad.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Eraser + SSD

Most SSD manufacturers have a "toolbox" software available which can do the ATA Secure Erase command. The procedure takes just seconds and doesn't affect the SSD life. Your BIOS may also contain a Secure Erase option.

Microsoft has included the cipher.exe CLI utility since Windows 2000 and it can write zeros to all unused/deleted portions and that's been good enough for me when I'm retiring or re-using drives.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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I'm surprised!

No-one has mentioned the "Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel". Is it really that obscure film?

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And the award for the world's most tech-savvy country goes to …

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@Phil

Fixed lines may be more reliable but they suffer from being fixed. Mobile phones are more handy since you can use them anywhere. A fixed line phone is useless to me and the OP. And many others I believe.

My LTE connection at home is several times faster than what the telephone lines could deliver and much cheaper too.

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SandWorm thrived thanks to botched MSFT patch says HP

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Re: Polish the turd, yo!

Please remind us again - how many patches were needed to kill Shellshock?

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LSI driver bug is breaking VSANs, endangering data

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Coat

40 days? Pah!

Even Windows 95 managed 49.7 days before crashing!

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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Re: Further shopping tips @Nigel

"if you were to put a cheque in the post"

I guess your example is valid in some dinky 3rd world country.

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The Pirate Bay co-founder exits jail, now, er, free to eat vegan food

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Re: @Hugh

"The fact that anyone even thought that they could remake a Tarkovsky film is awful. Enough said, I think."

Let me guess: it starred Clooney so you disrelished the film automatically?

Technically speaking it wasn't a remake of the Tarkovsky film but reimagining the original Lem novel.

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Re: @Alistair

Solaris wasn't awful at all.

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@h4rm0ny

"Does Sweden have much of a home-grown movie and music and games industry?"

Some, I guess. Have you seriously never heard (of) Abba or Minecraft?

"if I were to check the top 100 pirated movies or music by Swedish residents each month, what proportion of that would be content produced in Sweden?"

I don't know. Is there such statistics even available?

I guess you could check the Swedish music charts and see for yourself whether the Swedes listen the Swedish music.

"The reason I ask is because if this person wants to stand politically on a platform of abolishing copyright in his country, I want to know whether he expects the impact to be felt by Sweden or other nations."

What the hell are you talking about?

First of all, the Reg article clearly states that the guy is a MEP candidate 'in his native Finland'.

Second, the Finnish Pirate Party states in their manifesto amongst other things:

"removing excessive copyright restrictions"

That doesn't read to me as abolishing copyrights. Please explain your rationale.

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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Re: Long-term deep storage @DougS

"Flash is non-volatile, there is no difference in data retention when powered or unpowered."

That statement is misleading. You could argue that DRAM doesn't need power (for a VERY short time).

JEDEC SSD standard document JESD218.PDF (google it and read the cached version or use the bugmenot credentials) require consumer SSDs to retain data for at least 1 year and enterprise SSDs to retain data for 3 months when powered off.

Dell has an SSD FAQ answering the question "6. How long can I expect the drive to retain my data without needing to plug the drive back in" and the answer lies between 3 months and 10 years depending on many factors.

Page 17 of Fujitsu's SSD FAQ gives a minimum of 3 months for MLC and 6 months for SLC. Environmental and other factors affect the data retention date of course.

The Intel White Paper - page 3" states: "There is a trade-off though. A standard MLC NAND SSD can retain data for 12 months without power. An MLC NAND SSD with HET can retain data for only three months without power."

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Prius?

"the fact you drive a Prius is the least of your concerns, you need help."

Why? I'm not a Prius owner but I'm curious about this hate against hybrids and Prius in particular.

I'm sure that there are cases where Prius makes much sence in economic terms in the long run.

It's a nondescript Toyota that probably is well put together and not prone to failure.

NB, South Park is sometimes fucking funny, I agree. And I hate product placement too.

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HP's pet lizard is FERAL PERIL says wildlife group

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@Phil

"In Europe"

Where there? The German car ads always seem to carry German plates. Your VOOM 888 theory also would fail with cars with asymmetrical logos: Ford, Vauxhall/Opel, Peugeot, Fiat etc. A mirrored dashboard/media center/gear stick would look silly.

If only the Commonwealthies would get on the bandwagon (pun intended) along with the Nippons, Thais, Nepalese and Indonesians...

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A Game of Storage Thrones: Enterprise IT, meet gripping drama

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Re: On/Off topic.

I just don't understand its appeal?

What?

T&A and graphic violence. That's the appeal.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Windows 10 is fugly@BillG

Windows 3.1 dud

Windows 95 dud

Those were very succesful Operating Systems (or GUI if you prefer).

Your list also omits Win98SE (not a dud).

Windows 2000 may have been the best OS MS ever made. If only it had a firewall...

...If it also had Cleartype, MUCH faster boot times, remote desktop, shadow copies (system restore), , Wi-Fi management, and it was called say, Windows XP, it would have been even better! :-)

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: Pretty nasty@JeffyPoooh

"Are VIDs and PIDs and so forth legally protected? By statute, in the way that Trademarks are?"

Well, if the counterfeit device carries the USB logo without authorization from USB-IF, it most likely has some legal issues.

"but I doubt that something like "6201" in a certain register is actually legally protected."

True. Even Intel couldn't trademark '80486' so the successor was named 'Pentium'.

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Re: Comment from Finland

"he wouldn't be repeating it months later."

I hadn't heard of that Apple quip in DI before - he probably recycled the quote because it's unlikely the yanks would have heard it either.

Stubb is a smart guy, but he's very much interested in being in the limelights. (like other politicians)

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Re: Why are we limited to just two? @JeffyPoooh

"Talking to you Microsoft et al."

Which Microsoft products are limited to just two DNS servers?

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Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan

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Re: Getting my hopes up!

Everybody agrees that it's a shitty app, there's no question. When BE works it's fine. It just breaks every now and then, and the Liveupdate component is a fucking joke.

The real question is: what would be a good replacement with support for Exchange, different SQLs, VMs and so forth?

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

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"I wonder if Microsoft CEOs are hand-picked to have foot-in-mouth disease?"

Yes, it's a Microsoft thing, he's saying it wrong. Other CEOs are never controversial idiots.

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"...history of behaving rather erratically in front of cameras."

You make it sound like a negative thing...

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I want to TRANSPLANT your storage BRAINS: WD desktop NAS refresh

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Re: Meh.

Come-on, storage people - how about an 8 (or more) drive unit (rack-mounted or not, I can handle both) which takes "home" PC HDDs instead of enterprise-level HDDs?

Synology and QNAP both have models that take can be fitted with dozens of SATA drives.

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Toys fly from prams as HP rivals stoke FUD fires on its split

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Nothing new here. Competitors bashing competition with subjective statements and FUD trying to woo customers.

Lenovo is the leader in PC market share according to latest reports. Is this because they didn't have the IBM server biz or despite of it?

Mike Dell ridiculed HP for paying too much for 3PAR - Dell offered $32 per share and HP won the bid with a $33 per share offer according to Wikipedia. Sour grapes all around.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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@AC

"This may be a dumb question, but why are emulators banned?"

It's simple. Apple wants a cut of every sale on IOS. Since the emulators are free and the ROMs are freely downloaded there is zero income for Apple.

Without emulators the end-users have only the option of buying the game from App Store thus providing income for Apple.

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No tiles, no NAP – next Windows for data centre looks promising

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Re: Defender is not AV

The author mentioned that it is probably aimed at Small Businesses, and I agree:

Several small businesses use free AV but I'm not aware of free AV for Windows servers. Are there any?

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: Backward compatibility to 7 @Jungleland again

I'm sorry but you have misunderstood the MS support policy.

First of all, the EOL for Windows 7 is 14 Jan 2020. The SP1 didn't push the EOL date forward at all.

The lifecycle page you quote means that MS will support those OS products for at least 10 years since their debut but to receive support you need to be on supported Service Pack level. For example, Windows 7 SP1 is required as of Feb 2013. Should SP2 arrive tomorrow you would have to install it within next 2 years to still receive support and updates. All support would still end on 14 Jan 2020.

Vista SP2 and XP SP3 were both released in 2008. Neither pushed back the EOL date at all; XP is now unsupported and Vista will be in 2017.

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Re: Backward compatibility to 7 @Jungleland

"Also mentioned in another thread is hte fact that an SP2 for Win 7 now would reset the EOL"

Please give some references to this mysterious EOL reseting other than "another thread" please.

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Anyone Running it in Virtualbox?

"Searching for Firefox using Bing (which Microsoft really, really tries to make you use) throws up a bunch of links to various dodgy, spammy, download sites as the first set of choices"

Bing is shite, but it's not that shite.

Binging for Firefox has rather similar first 10 results than Googe does.

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Re: We'll see what's in there when it launches @ecariseen

"Heck, Windows 7 / Server 2008 just got around to dumping the last remnants of the Win16 API"

No they didn't. It's the 64-bit editions of Windows that have never supported 16-bit Windows applications, starting with XP/2003 x64.

The 32-bit Windows 7/8.1 still supports 16-bit Windows software albeit with some limitations (e.g. no full screen text mode, no WinG and possibly other APIs).

My previous laptop had 32-bit Windows 8.1 and Civilization 1 for Windows 3.1 worked much, much better than 20 years ago in real Win 3.1 - no constant crashes, and of course a FullHD resolution shows lot more world map than my puny SVGA did!

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VMware squeezes out vSphere 6.0 release candidate – or is it vSphere 2015?

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Re: LTE latency

FYI,

Speedtest.net reports my LTE latency (at the moment) as 20-25ms, and I've seen even lower latencies.

10 pings to 8.8.8.8 (13 hops) averaged 56ms, ranging from 47ms to 66ms.

Perhaps your ISP just doesn't offer good service?

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SHELLSHOCKED: Fortune 1000 outfits Bash out batches of patches

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Re: nas and modems @Jim

Sure, I basically googled product + bash:

Synology has issued an advisory for the Bash issues.

Ditto for QNAP.

I couldn't find anything official for Thecus, but users at their forum are reporting that their Bash shells are vulnerable.

"Buffalo Linkstation hacked using Bash" reported here.

This is a bit of conjecture but for Seagate at least the GoFlex NAS has a script available that specifically calls for /bin/bash.

As it happens I cannot find anything for Lacie - perhaps I misread some forum posts, sorry for that!

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Re: nas and modems @Stuart Longland

"Even a NAS, which may have big HDDs installed, won't be using those HDDs for the OS, it'll have a small flash chip somewhere with a minimal OS on it."

The "minimal OS" may be minimal compared to any desktop OS but those OS firmware downloads are often 100+ MB in size and in general reside on the HDD.

A cursory search reveals that at least the following manufacturers use or have used Bash in their NAS products.

- Synology

- Thecus

- QNAP

- Buffalo

- Seagate

- Lacie

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Good cables are better@rh587

"Given that Firewire was offering 400-3200Mbps"

FW800 was offering 800Mbps. 1600 and 3200 were vaporware. FW sure had its place but it's dead now.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD – courting speed freaks and gamers

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Re: write latency scatter?

It'd be extremely interesting to see the scatter plots for the 850pro and the Extreme Pro

Go to Anandtech then to read the graphs.

They started testing the performance consistency as part of their SSD reviews after Intel lauded that aspect with S3700.

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Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

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Restart?

"Sysadmins should note that applying the patches will involve a system restart."

I just updated my XI and it didn't ask for a system restart.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: No POSIX

"Until Windows is POSIX compliant"

When will Linux be Windows compliant?

has terminal and command line that doesn’t utterly suck (I had high hopes for Powershell, and I was disappointed)

I'm not going to tell you either why I hate bash/ksh/zsh.

There are other shells available for Windows. HTH.

and plays nicely with other operating systems out of the box (UFS support, SSH, SCP and so forth)

And if MS included all those + xeyes - you and your friends would accuse Windows of "bloat", or claim that they weren't good enough and accuse Microsoft of just ticking boxes. Download putty and winscp and whatever and deal with it.

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Microsoft unloads monster-sized can of bug spray on Internet Explorer, again

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Re: IE

Why does IE have so many bugs? Why cant they fix it?

IE is a complex software, bugs are pretty much inevitable. You can ask the same questions about Firefox, Chrome and pretty much every software ever devised.

If you have a method for finding all bugs in software please tell us.

Perhaps the next update to IE should just uninstall it.

Why?

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OpenSSL promises devs advance notice of future bugs, slaps if they blab

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What about non-distros?

Several (most?) firewalls and other security appliances use OpenSSL. Are they second class citizens here?

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

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Re: "That's not a typo. 10,000GB on spinning platters in helium"

I was Raiding over Moscow with 64KB 30 years ago.

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Size matters – how else could Dell squeeze 15 million pixels into this 27" 5K monitor?

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Re: Sounds nice but

Why exactly would 16:10 be more productive with this display?

Is it the pitiful 2880p vertical resolution (vs 3200p) that turns you off?

Wouldn't 16:11 be even more productive?

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: "hard core of folks" @Piro

Like I said, the average punters wouldn't see a difference in how their computer worked even if 7 did (and does) use less memory.

Upgrading Vista to Windows 7 would still be rather pointless to all those people who know nothing of the inner workings of a computer and wouldn't pay for the license and labor to have an extra 200MB memory available if all they do with their computer is online banking, casual surfing, youtube, email, social networking and such - things that will work with Vista on a low-end computer just fine. You'd be surprised how many people play e.g. World of Tanks and are happy with slow 5 fps graphics...

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Re: "hard core of folks"

People use Vista because that's what came with the computer back in 2007 to 2009.

Upgrading to Windows 7 requires money and effort both which the computer owners don't care to invest in, and in the end the difference between Vista and 7 (on that 6-year-old machine) is rather small. Sure Windows 7 is better in all fronts but Vista still receives security updates (until 2017) and most Windows software still works with it.

And yes, the Windows 8 / 8.1 separation is rather ludicrous. People don't do the 8.1 update most likely because it isn't deployed through Windows Update automagically and many people* may never invoke the Store App where the free 8.1 update would be waiting.

* People like my mom/pop who call me if the program icons on the desktop have moved...

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

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Re: My Compliments to Mr. Pauli

The subhead also - the funny prison chant in Down by Law

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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Re: That was a good article @Ilmarinen

Ilmarinen, I think you're unaware of the dire situation in Sweden where unregulated taxi service has lead to a state where you have to actually read the taxi fare sign before actually using the taxi service. If you're using a taxi it means you've agreed to the TOS and therefore you're obliged to pay the 500 € taxi ride to the airport from the city centre. It's highway robbery, but completely legal.

Now, consider the taxi service you're used at the moment in Finland. What's wrong with it?

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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

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Re: Jamie Jones

So, tell me why all flash media uses FAT instead of UDF? Errr, maybe because Flash isn't a frigging optical disk, where even R/W disks can't have sectors changed as easily as on flash or a hard drive.

If you knew the subject matter better you'd be aware that UDF is not limited to optical media. Which neuters your criticism completely. Perhaps I'm unable to dumb this down to your level.

You're also claiming FAT32 to be the biggest security hole. Without references of course. The biggest security hole - after users - is Google and their lax attitude for security - "Fake ID Fiasco" and the news about apps spying on other apps without permissions and so on.

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Jamie Jones

Ironically, the biggest security hole in Android is Microsoft's fault.

Why is it a security hole? Can I pwn an Android system if I insert a FAT formatted SD card into it?

Your whole rhetoric is complete garbage anyway because Windows has supported UDF for a long time. Just like all the other Operating Systems.

Most malware programs for Android are Trojan apps with no self-propagation mechanisms that get distributed from non-official app stores.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Re: It didn't mention Mac and Linux @AC

"Linux is insignificant on the business server side of things?"

No, but they are insignificant on the business client computer side of things.

This article is about XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 - they're all personal computer operating systems. I'm sorry for your confusion and knee-jerk reaction.

Bring on the downvotes!

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Intel disables hot new TSX tech in early Broadwells and Haswells

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Re: BIOS update ? @James 100

"except, having coughed up $$$$ for a high-end chip, you were then left with lousy performance on anything maths-heavy!"

Intel did have a free replacement program for the FDIV Pentiums (after people complained loudly) and the replacements cost Intel dearly, hundreds of millions or so.

The Intel CPU erratas are not rare at all, but most seem to be about "CPU locks under some offbeat scenarios" and are in general not a problem. But the FDIV produced unreliable FP calculations and it was really simple to reproduce too. Pentiums didn't support microcode updates so this couldn't have been fixed with a BIOS update anyway. (and 20 years ago getting a BIOS updates was way, way more cumbersome to get and program than today)

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