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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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"nterestingly if anyone was to make use of this information it would instantly become wrong."

Quantum computing then.

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Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group

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FAIL

Regrettable but no surprise. Unfortunately.

"Caspar Bowden, said Trustworthy Computing was in any case "one-third engineers, two-thirds PRs".

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

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To disable the download on OS X

1. In Tunes Preferences select Store

2. Uncheck "Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases"

3. Wait until after 13th October when the U2 offer goes away before checking that box again

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

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Re: I will put up with the occasional reboot

If you can equate rebooting with getting ill then you have a problem.

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Re: I will put up with the occasional reboot

"Not rebooting for more than 4 months on your home PC isn't lazy, it's obstinate."

A reboot is the occasion you get to test that startup scripts and related gubbins are working correctly. You have more chance of sorting out problems if you are not changing a whole load of stuff at once.

To those who are proud of long uptimes, especially on servers, consider this:

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

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: The numbers don't add up

I know nothing about this system but in my doctor's surgery (not in the UK) the receptionist pulls up the patient record before the appointment to grab details, gets on with other queries and only after the appointment fetches the details again and then applies necessary updates.

I see a minimum of three messages there, and that's before the extra lookups other posters have suggested.

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Even better than the iThing: Apple's Cook is strictly pro Bono

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WTF?

U2? Well that's dissuaded me from tuning into the big event

I'll put some decent music on instead and read about the announcements tomorrow.

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'Software-defined' IS just a passing fad: HP techie Fink Tank lays down law

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Fink Tank

That was a pun waiting to happen.

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Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

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Talk about short term goals

a) get a small windfall apiece now

b) see a drop in share price so the value of your investment drops

Could be a way of dropping the price so they can buy some more of course.

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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WTF?

"There is no skills shortage. There's an unwillingness to work for chicken feed. Let the poxy blighters suffer, I say. Pay a man a living wage or get the hell off the job boards!"

Ain't that the truth.

The disturbing development recently is that every time I see an article promising good future earnings if you specialise in security / data science / networking / whatever, there's some sourpuss of an accountant telling us that once everyone's got trained up they'll squeeze the salaries in your chosen specialisation.

And this article with the KPMG laddie's comment is no exception.

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Re: Ah but..

"Never figured out how they knew it was my brother and to put his name in there ..."

Let me guess.

You both have the same value in the "Mother's maiden name" field.

:-)

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Cops BUST RING, CUFF BLOKES in Skegness RAID

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FAIL

Does anyone in the real world have a name like this?

'the Federation Against Software Theft's general counsel Julian Heathcote-Hobbins said it is vital that the “genuine software reseller can compete on a level playing field”.'

Please tell me he has a plummy accent and wears a bow tie.

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

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Re: fair enough

"Seems Dovecot wants Larrys money..."

Reading the article I couldn't get that scene from "Yes Minister" out of my head, the one where he says he has no intention of running for the Prime Minister's job.

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

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Re: Everyone got something to hide

Ask any politician if they would like their total income to be made public.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Can't say I blame them

"And Windows works fairly well as a guest VM on my Linux host. Except it just keeps expanding to overfill the disk it was allocated."

Which is where I moved my Windows guest VM to VMware Fusion on my Mac. Fusion has the ability to reclaim the space Windows keeps gobbling up.

And Windows Activation after that was a good half hour struggle with an automated phone system, NOT something that could be achieved in 10 seconds, as another poster suggested.

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Re: Meanwhile, halfway around the world

"I understand they would have been scrapped earlier, but the GWDNPFH launch was delayed as they were unable to locate a suitable white cat."

Google of all people should be able to find a suitable white cat from the gazillions of cat photos online.

But perhaps the ideal fluffy white cat owners are a secretive bunch.

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Hey, big spender. Are you as secure as a whitebox vendor?

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WTF?

Lost in acronyms

WTF is a BMC?

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Re: It's not Open Source it's an open standard

"Also: documents will now be readable in 100 years time."

Only if we keep on shifting them to whatever replaces today's disks and file systems.

It doesn't matter how open the file format is if we don't have the kit to read the physical copies.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

Here's the Mozilla video Why Tabs are on Top in Firefox 4 (just over 7 minutes long).

Apart from the fact his argument is very weak (was any ergonomic research done?), he faithfully promises that we will have the option to keep "Tabs Not On Tap".

They've broken that promise.

P.S. My updated ESR version arrived during the night.

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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"Hopefully wizardess is better than witch, here?"

This comment is useless without piccies.

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IDC interview: The five stages of business mobility

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Er, what happened to the fifth stage?

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Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

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WTF?

"when Microsoft worked with another customer on a WS2003 migration recently, it found that of the business's 27,000 servers it had 9,000 that could be retired."

Ye gods! A third of 'em!

A company of that size has probably been paying for hardware and software maintenance on that little lot.

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Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

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FAIL

"Google still sends a lot of traffic to a web page I removed last November."

That simple statement has gained me 4 downvotes so far.

Proof that Google shills are out and about?

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"When the source is removed, it will then eventually be removed from Google."

Are you sure about that?

Google still sends a lot of traffic to a web page I removed last November.

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

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Re: You're right for the wrong reasons...

"You do realise you can do that ( and even "photoshop".... Since when do you need an i5 and übergraphics to touch up your pics?) on the low end Intel machines, using only the on-chip graphics provided? And then some..."

Yes of course i realise that. I should have said "intensive Photoshop use".

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"The value in this new lower priced one seems terrible when compared to is £150 more sibling."

But if you look at Wintel offerings entry price is everything to many users.

Get 'em hooked and they'll move onto more expensive stuff in time.

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Re: You're right for the wrong reasons...

"this i5 boosts up to 2.7GHz"

It's essentially a MacBook Air in a desktop body.

With the extra cooling the desktop body provides it should be able to take advantage of the Turbo Boost for much longer periods of time.

Not a model I'd recommend for Photoshop but fine for typical home use of email, browsing, writing letters etc.

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Good god, where will the new storage experts come from?

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Trevor Pott wrote:

"You pay for what you need, except for those cases where you're locked into contracts, or you pay extra per month not to be in a contract."

I recently got sick of the endless error 500s (lack of server resources) my hosting ISP was throwing and started looking around.

The alternative I chose offers a much more flexible set of packages and much increased performance at half the price.

It gets better: if I stop paying the service simply stops working and there are no financial penalties. After the legal wrangles of a decade ago when an ISP continued to demand payment for a service that had ceased to work, I am very happy about this.

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HP imports PC and printer boss for Blighty from US ops

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"They are usually wrong."

Very true.

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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Re: Targeted ads

Precisely. I bought that printer / monitor / whatever for some combination of size, functionality, quality and price.

If I am happy with my purchase I probably don't need another one.

If I am unhappy with it I won't be buying that model again.

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Re: will ignore the do-not-track mechanism in browsers including Internet Explorer

"BUT DON'T LET THAT GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR ANTI-MS AGENDA!!!!"

Ah but you chopped the beginning of of that sentence and all of the following one. Here it is again in full:

"Meanwhile, in what appeared to be a clear snub to Microsoft, Facebook confirmed it will ignore the do-not-track mechanism in browsers including Internet Explorer, AdAge reported. However, it will apparently respond favourably to ad-tracking limitation settings on Google's Android and Apple's iOS"

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"Are we nearing peak Facebook?"

The guy in the video seems to be under the delusion that folks like adverts.

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L337 crackrz use dumb passwords too

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Re: What about 'f'?

" Apparently hackers have gaps in their ABCs"

It might tell us something about the keyboards they are using.

On the various non-English keyboards I have used things like square brackets, braces etc are obtained by using Alt or Gr Alt modifiers..

And some have "dead" keys which don't get through until the next character is typed. These can be a nightmare for password use so are best avoided.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Re: Telephone Tracking

"I stand by my claim that there are a limited number of telephone numbers available "

Well in 1995 my workplace had a direct dialling system where the extension number was the last 4 digits of the main number.

That's several thousand in my book, and phone technology has advanced a wee bit since then.

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Re: For added irony, on the story's page

"I just emailed the link to my friends..."

I got the link on Usenet, so it didn't touch my mailbox either.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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Re: It's 2014 and websites still can't generate login certificates...

"Certificates are too difficult to handle. I can't see the banks wanting to have to support ordinary users installing them manually."

That's a deficiency of the current implementation.

What we need is a system with decent interfaces which make handling certificates a doddle.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Audio-in is dead already

"So you're left with the 3.5mm connector. It is analog today, but there's no particular reason a 3.5mm connector can't be used to pass digital data."

If you look at Apple's computer line up only the Mac mini is left with a 3.5mm audio in connector.

For output the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac have this:

- Headphone port

- Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone

- Support for audio line out (digital/analog)

The new Mac Pro has what is described as:

- Combined optical digital audio output/analog line out minijack

- Headphone minijack with headset support

Am I the only one who sees the lack of audio-in combined with a move to digital audio-out a move towards preventing the consumer from copying audio from one device to another?

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Hahaha!

If you zoom into that screen shot, here's what the bottom left hand corner says:

"All the tools you need to create, collaborate, and stay connected."

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Linux distros fix kernel terminal root-hole bug

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Re: In the Microsoft World

"The patch would be ready today, but you cannot have it until Tuesday."

Which at this time of the month is nearly four weeks away.

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

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Re: Relax

"I was surprised when testing Mint (and Unbuntu) out on some old XP PCs at how much hardware just wasn't supported."

Indeed. Until I got newer hardware in 2012 I was unable to run either the Cinnamon or Mate desktops as provided by Mint on any of my existing 4 systems.

By the time that new hardware arrived, I had learned about the folly of running non-LTS versions of Ubuntu or Mint, so had moved on to other distros.

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Re: Just gone to Win7

'Because even our relatively non-techie workers had "heard that Win8 was a lemon"'

It's the same story down the pub and with a couple of pensioners* I help out every now and again.

* that generation knows that when you fix their computer, a good meal, a few beers and occasionally some hard cash is the way to show their appreciation for your time and effort.

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Which country are you referring to?

"Hell, call someone a benidict Arnold in this country and they know exactly what you imply."

Nope.

Give in.

WTF is a "benidict Arnold"?

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Australia targets software maintenance costs with Drupal plan

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Re: Crap performance

"Honestly, Drupal is an absolute slug and not for the feint hearted."

I am curious. Which version of Drupal is that?

I still have a low volume Drupal 6 site. When I looked at upgrading to 7 my trusty but old laptop couldn't cope with the bloat/Ajax/whatever else that lobbed to the client so I abandoned the idea.

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Silly sysadmins ADDING Heartbleed to servers

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holy fuck, lack of reading comprehension

The article says: "assuming it took the three admins four hours of work at $40 an hour, multiplied by the 2500 affected servers in question"

I make that 12 man hours.

But yes, it's a flawed calculation.

Three people for four hours apiece for the first server maybe, but each additional server managed by that team should only take a fraction of that time.

What? Three admins per server? I doubt that.

And that $40 per hour looks dodgy. The rule of thumb is that it costs the company about double the hourly pay rate when you include admin, office space, infrastructure etc., so are we saying that the typical admin only gets $20 per hour?

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'25,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes' must be upgraded A DAY to meet OS support death date

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Re: Another protection racket

Just thinking about it makes me cringe.

Small wonder that HP were so keen to point us in the direction of Windows Everywhere a decade and more ago.

Luckily we didn't bite.

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Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

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Are SIS still around?

Bad memories of SIS onboard graphics from many years ago. I resolved it by buying a fairly cheap but current graphics card.

FWIW Mint in any incarnation since 10 wasn't happy with the onboard graphics on my 2010 Win7 box. Scientific Linux, Fedora and openSUSE both worked fine on it when I tried those.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: Give the UI designers your feedback directly. I'm currently on IRC doing so

wrt the Tabs on Top business. has anyone mentioned Fitts' Law yet?

Fitts's law (often cited as Fitts' law) is a model of human movement primarily used in human–computer interaction and ergonomics that predicts that the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the distance to the target and the size of the target.

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Re: Is there one of those "somebody's law" things...

@ unitron

LOL!

In the same vein:

I got my first taste of lower case instead of UPPERCASE ONLY back in the late 70s

I got my first taste of affordable colour terminals in about 1987

Fast forward to last year and Visual Studio brings back block capitals and near-as-dammit monochrome

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why the heck you'd want anything under your tab bar except the page your browsing?

Exactly.

On my Mac I have the standard OS X menu bar, then

>Address and search boxes, complete with back/forward arrows

>Bookmarks toolbar

>Web Developer Toolbar

>Tab bar

>Web page

I don't want to search the heavens for the tab bar.

Now implemented via Classic Theme Restorer. Thanks to all who recommended that.

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