* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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Security for those who know they can't win the security war

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I take it you use a US or UK keyboard...

"Make sure that the encryption phrase used is strong and lengthy. I typically run to thirty characters including the whole range of non-alphanumeric ones."

Good luck with that if you use a non-US keyboard and Windows 8.1.

Yes, I'm looking at you BitLocker. It assumes a US keyboard.

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Microsoft kicks off 'Windows as a service' with new Insider build

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Re: Compressing and decompressing pages

"VMware and other virty 'dynamic resource features will get into race conditions?"

You might have something there. I can't recall the last time I saw this but certainly under Mavericks I was having trouble with VMs that had been idle for several hours being unresponsive.

Because suspending then resuming VMs in such a state always brought back decent response times, I concluded that compressed memory was indeed causing this, and Activity Monitor stats appeared to confirm this.

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Raspberry Pi gains new FreeBSD distribution

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Re: Also available for Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

http://raspbsd.org/

That's confusing though. There are 2 images listed, with no indication of what the difference is.

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Boss hands dunce's cap to chap who turned off disk monitor

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Re: Too many incident tickets

"His solution?...everything on USB sticks. (I shit thee not..there's a box of them waiting to be deployed)"

I think I used to work for that guy, though it was floppies back then.

I did my own backups on the quiet.

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LaCie to shutter Wuala cloud storage service, data deleted Nov 15

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Re: See There!

"Every time I see "voilà" spelt as "wuala" I want to punch someone" (and I'm not even French)

Wuala came out of a company based in Zurich. It's a decent approximation (and even mildly funny) if you pronounce it the German way, but without that clue, it was well dodgy.

Its use of Java was the show stopper for me, and no doubt many others. When I got the chance to ditch Java and its incessant security patches, Wuala wasn't in the picture any more.

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Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

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Wakey Wakey Microsoft

"For example, the UK version of Cortana speaks with a British accent and uses British idioms,"

Ah, but which British accent?

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Re: There does seem to be a problem with Cortana

'Whats the betting that even with it disabled some cock up in a patch won't turn it on again and at a very in-opportune moment that voice will say "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that:"?'

That brings back painful memories of Clippy, which would periodically reappear even when you thought you had disabled it for good.

Edit: Three of you beat me to it. :-)

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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

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Re: It is called managed hosting

"It has a name, it is called managed hosting (being physical or virtual) or managed service, it's been available and popular from many providers since the late 2000's."

In the mid-80s I knew it as Facilities Management (FM). The particular model I came across housed and managed computer systems belonging to clients.

I imagine that not having to deal with BT directly was quite a selling point back then.

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Bandwidth too

"Why pay for AWS?" ...

"The only reason for going to an external provider is when the company lacks the expertise or resources to connect a server to the internet, which is the case of most web servers."

Also if your pilot project requires more bandwith than you possess. AWS et al have gobs of bandwith.

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Update Firefox NOW to foil FILE-STEALING vulnerability exploit, warns Mozilla

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Re: View PDF

"I always force my browser to download PDF's and then open, simply because I get furious when said plugin then decides to crash and take the browser tab with it."

I use the download route because I prefer to use an external PDF viewer.

If you are doing research on a subject which involves lots of PDFs it's a lot saner than viewing them in a browser.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: That won't guarantee anything. @Hellcat

"The way this is unfolding I wonder how many small and not so small shops will begin to ask serious questions about how much they really need microsoft."

At the end of the day it boils down to risk control and being able to manage that risk yourselves.

Microsoft have clearly demonstrated here that they don't really give a monkeys how they might disrupt your business, at which point I am forced to look elsewhere so that I can continue to manage risk.

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Re: Makes me glad

" switched off the auto-update on the laptops, along with the immortal phrase yelled out across the factory: ..."

I had auto-update firmly switched off on my 8.1 system, but the first time I hid KB3035583, Windows Update sneakily changed it to auto-update again.

Q: If I do allow the download and then refuse the Windows 10 EULA, will it stop pestering me?

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Re: They're sneaky even to WSUS users

"I suppose the way around for home users is to install WSUS on their own computer at home. Should this really be necessary?"

There's also WSUS Offline

I've used this in the past to update systems on slow broadband connections and it worked well for that, but I have no idea if it's up to the job of squashing the Win10 update related patches.

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Re: also autoticking the upgrade button in Win Update

Yes, but KB3035583 comes back again.

And again.

And again.

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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

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Re: LibreOffice on OSX: not damaged after all..

"Well, on the Mac it came up as "damaged. let me bin that for you", but that may be due to me applying the UK language pack before I had opened it for the first time."

That's a long standing problem and really ought to be documented on the language pack download page.

You've got to open it before applying the language pack so that OS X can check its signature.

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Re: (Some joke about code Nazis)

"So Ubuntu, based in London, is what?"

Surprisingly reluctant to offer an easy way to use GB English rather than US English. for a so-called British company.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: GnuPG

"the only code you can REALLY trust is that which you have compiled yourself, by hand, into assembly language, and then laid down byte-by-byte into memory."

But where do you stop? Write your own OS? Disk drivers? File system? Networking stack?

And any libraries of course.

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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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@ Lee D

"Did you ever actually buy the N version?"

Nope, never saw it offered anwhere, which is why I made the comment.

No doubt I could have bought it via the Windows Anytime Upgrade route, but that's always been full whack full retail price.

"Just because you never asked for it, or even that no seller bothered to sell it by default, doesn't mean it wasn't an option"

So a theoretical option which isn't actually stocked by anyone is really a choice? Methinks not.

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"Didn't ms already settle with the eu over this? And then paying almost a billion dollars for failing to offer a browser choice for over a year?"

And when the browser choice finally landed on my EU version of Windows 7, it was pretty crap, pointing at truly ancient versions of other browsers.

What everyone seems to have forgotten was the unbundling of Media Player for EU versions,

That never happened either with the EU versions I came across.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Re: One thing does

"Do you really fancy driving to your job knowing the truck driver behind you ... has worked 100 hrs in the past 6 days "

Nowadays truck drivers are only allowed to do a certain amount of hours at a stretch, must take breaks etc. and there's a maximum on the number of hours of driving they can do per week.

That's why trucks have tachometers, and the police do check these.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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Re: "It's worth turning on the (potentially) privacy-invading Cortana for that feature alone."

"But you can decide not to download Chrome and the OS on the computer doesn't push you into having a Google account."

That's not what I saw with my Samsung phone.

It wouldn't download any software updates without a Google account.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: Nailgun? Coffin? Go!

"Nooooooooooooo! Blue-Screen-Coffee-Machine? I'll shoot myself on site."

One up from the coffee machines at a previous employer which would swallow your money and then deliver nothing or cack, then.

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"if you are present at your PC at upgrade time you get a popup that you can select the delay between 10 minute and 4 hours. There's also nothing to stop you postponing for endless number of 4-hour intervals."

So bang go any jobs that I leave running overnight?

No thanks.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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"shirt rather than tshirt? smartphone in shirt pocket. "

I've always preferred a shirt to a T-shirt for exactly that reason, the pocket.

Pen, phone and some paper to scribble on. Also handy for business cards (yours or those of others).

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Re: Suit'n'Tie Guy

"I see a tie, I assume 'sales rep'."

"Hello", the salesman lied.

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@ Matt Bryant

"I don't wear a suit and tie when crawling through a datacenter but I sure do when I'm in the boardroom."

You missed the point of the article entirely. It is about developers who are not in a customer facing role being asked to dress as if they were.

If I were a visitor being shown around a company, seeing a development office full of suits would give me the impression that they are subject to a regime of office politics which will constantly interfere with their productivity.

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The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

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"dissuaded more than once by the appearance of Ubuntu"

I once set out to change Ubuntu's initial splash screen and desktop background because it was too garish for my taste.

Much Googling later and having tried what seemed like a gazillion different suggestions I found one that worked, but that was wrapped in words like "If this doesn't work, try the next method on the list".

All bets were off for the next release of course. I then tried Linux Mint and the first comment from my boss on seeing it was "That looks very professional".

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: USB sticks in the post

"Please ignore the other USB stick as we sent you this in error."

I expect the spooks have thought of that already

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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Re: Yes, they will emigrate

"Yes but English as a second language is a far more valuable commodity for Greeks and Spaniards compared to German, for example. There are far more places that speak English than German."

But a Greek with fluent German will be fine there. There are quite a lot of Greeks who have German language skills. The Greeks were working there well before the EU freedom of movement thing kicked in.

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Or, indeed, you ought to be be able to complete the job handsomely without having a team of deadheads dancing forever around behind you, barking orders, changing their minds every two fucking seconds and insisting that you must shave five days from your deadline because “God needs the window finished by Friday”.

After dealing with Parish Councils, vicars and church wardens, most of whom think they know your job better than you do, he's probably going to find dealing with the City crowd a piece of cake.

It won't be God who needs the window finished by Friday, but there will be a posh wedding or Harvest Festival or some other Important Event governing your deadline. The City bods might pay late, but they do eventually pay.

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That Go West video

I got this:

"Vous devez mettre à jour la version de votre Adobe Flash Player pour regarder cette vidéo.

Téléchargez-le sur Adobe"

a) Quite why I got that in French beats me. I live in a German speaking area.

b) Yes I do understand French, and that's telling me to go to Adobe's site and grab the latest version

c) I have consigned Flash to a Linux instance running in a VM. I got a shiny new version of Flash just yesterday. Is there another one up the spout already?

Checks updates to see if yet another Flash update has arrived.

Nope, but some kernel patches to apply. Another reboot on the way then.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Whose keyboard and whose chair?

"c) if you don't keep backups, the problem exists between keyboard and chair."

The only satisfactorily reliable way I found of backing up Windows 7 was via WHS2011*. It was swift too, especially when restoring the lot; I have a certain fondness for testing backup solutions before I rely on them...

Windows 8 wasn't supported for backups by WHS2011 so got consigned to life in a VM. From that I can roll back to the previous snapshot if a patch borks it and my non-MS OS copes admirably with backing up the complete Win8 installation.

* Windows Home Server 2011.

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LOL - The Windows version of Countdown

"I'll take 0 day, if you please."

I'll take a 0 day please, Carol.

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Re: no matter what MS force on us

"Exhibit A: KB3035583, that is described as "Install this update to resolve issues with Windows" - but actually adds the incessant "RESERVE YOUR COPY OF WINDOWS 10 NOW!!1!!" nag to the system tray."

That one again. Following earlier advice here I said no to that and hid it.

Windows Update (on Windows 8.1 here) promptly changed its settings to automatic so I had to change them back to "Let me choose", which is my preferred setting. I noticed that with this month's patches KB3035583 came back again, though at least it wasn't ticked.

Another data point: I have less than stellar bandwidth so when I saw a 750MB patch waiting in the wings a couple of months ago I decided to shut down my system for the day instead of waiting for that (a variation on the "I've got a bus to catch" theme). That 750 MB whopper never came back. I hadn't hidden it or anything so where did it go?

Is it any wonder I prefer to wait a while and review patches before applying them?

Another thing: Other OSes give me a link to click on for a full description of patches. Windows Update doesn't even give me the KB number in text so that I can select it and shove it into a search engine; instead I have to type it in manually, and "We can't find that KB article" happens all too often.

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Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

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Re: More Flash vunerabilites...

"Flash, be gone. your time has passed."

BBC please take note.

It is riduculous that I need Flash to listen to the radio.

(I'm not in the UK, so other means like iPlayer don't work)

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

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Re: Speaking as a Scientist... @Simon

"Perhaps your French/Spanish computer shoppes just don't offer a good customer service, or your choice of Wintel laptop brand just doesn't have a good service channel."

I'm in Switzerland and there is no problem getting what you want via a channel provider, but if you only have access to retail outlets you are well and truly stuck with Swiss keyboards.

Apple is the only major brand who offer an English keyboard at the retail level.

And programming with various European keyboards is a real pain, not to mention the occasional utility which demands a key combination which is not available (yes I know you can remap keys, but that's tiresome).

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"Acutally, it was because NT4 couldn't run a dial-up modem that I switched to Linux."

Eh? I ran a couple of NT4 boxes with dial-up modems without any hassle.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: I'm confused

This bit of I-70 has signs saying 'Eagles on Road'. Now that would be something worth seeing.

Has Joe Walsh got his driving licence back?

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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I think I get it - it's a statement of intent

The rectangle states quite clearly that this is not a company which deals with rounded corners

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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The day the operators went home

Early start one Saturday morning doing a practice run for an upcoming software upgrade.

As a precaution we'd write locked some disks so that all we needed to do at the end of the day was flip the write lock switches, remount as mirror masters, and the system would be back ready for production.

But when I was done, the 24 hour operations staff were nowhere to be seen and I couldn't get into the computer room to flick the switches.

Not the end of the world, since I had until Sunday evening to get those switches flicked, but nobody had told me that the operators would disappear.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Ransomware

Windows 7 Ultimate did that to me as well so I installed Linux Mint instead.

Who wants to run a system which can suddenly crap out without warning?

I finally got around to reinstalling Ultimate in a virtual machine without problems but by then I'd successfully migrated everything away from Windows, so toodle-pip Microsoft.

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"Better to lock him in a room with a blank computer, Win 7 Install DVD, and AT&T internet connection, then not let him out until he had a fully updated Windows 8.1 installed."

That was my idea many years ago but with Win98, Gates and a dial-up modem.

Seems some things never change.

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Iliad owner coughs €2.3bn for Orange Switzerland

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Re: Illiad is Free's holding company

"I hope that this will help our swiss neighbours as their telecom market has not always been a happy one..."

Here' s hoping. I'll be keeping an eye on them to see how it works out.

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

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Installing Linux was my answer to that

"Free upgrade for pirated (anybodies) install, then after 12 free, the monthly/annual sub kicks in. No pay, no windows 10, you'll have to find a nother hooky copy of win7."

I was using my Windows 7 box at the office and the first time I took it home to do some work over the weekend it saw my network and announced I was running a pirated copy.

Yes, it passed reactivation but left me with that nasty black desktop. Easy enough to rectify but why on earth should I have to do that?

"There's no way they are going to hold me hostage like that again" I thought,. and ever since have confined Windows to VMs.

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

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Re: I believe Java is still necessary for the hapless Libre/OpenOffice suites

Nope. I'm happily running LibreOffice without Java.

Yes, a few years ago the installer would bitch if you didn't have Java installed, but you could still go ahead and install it without.

I've just checked v4.4 and the database element wants Java. I can do without that bit thanksverymuch.

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Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

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Re: @paulf - Have they stopped

"browser.search.showOneOffButtons to false

Thanks very much. That works a treat.

I needed to restart FF for it to take effect.

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"El Reg search" now available in FF36

Updated yesterday and so far no problems.

With my browser on the main article here, I clicked in the FF search box and it suggested "El Reg search", which I accepted, and now it's there as an easily clickable vulture icon.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: BASED ON A MORRIS MINOR

"A half-timbered traveller, mayhap?"

But this time around one with a driver's door that doesn't sag when you open it, please :-)

Happy days. I could fix just about everything on those with a socket set, a few open ended spanners, plus screwdriver..

But not the rust which got it in the end.

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

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Re: Beat me to it

DougS wrote: " every time I install an updated Fedora and install VMware I have to scan the vmware forums to find a patch some guy has cooked up because Linux's driver ABI changes with every point release."

I had the same problem with VirtualBox when I was using Fedora. It was nice using the bleeding edge stuff that Fedora had but it was simply taking too much of my time so I moved to something more stable.

VirtualBox itself has got much better in dealing with this and even tells you the command to run to do the necessary rebuild (you do need to have installed the kernel development stuff and headers yourself though).

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

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Which poor souls are using both IE and Norton?

That's some combination.

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