* Posts by tnovelli

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Sorry, admins: Microsoft says NO new Windows Server until 2016

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Not a problem

I can't possibly imagine a reason to dump Linux and BSD for any Microsoft server platform.

Not even systemd.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Google sold out ten years ago. IPO. Since then, profiteering has guided the company with entirely predictable results.

There may be employees who care about the right thing, even executives. Doesn't matter. Shareholders rule.

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Re: The new man

I think you overestimate the power of search. People go where their friends go, as relayed by IM, FB, word of mouth.

If the content creators flee YouTube, the viewers will follow.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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@jonathanb

Leave it to mobile carriers to make travel less easy.

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Re: Bet they don't stick to this

My thought too. But the FCC said commercial hotels etc, not government agencies or defense contractors. Pretty reasonable. The gray area could be interesting though...

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Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup

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Re: registry trust

Yep... got greedy, moved too fast, lost money. Their problem, not his.

Not that I have much sympathy for either party.

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Re: p0wned

That's the phonetic spelling. It's pwned, as in "you were pwned by a grue".

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

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Re: OK, it's a personal issue, but...

I made the switch sooner, as a migration path from DOS when it was clear that win95 and NT would break everything without fixing the real problems. Linux and BSD have their share of problems but license BS isn't one of them.

The last few years have been great. You can make a good living without giving a damn about Microsoft. I've been telling my few Windows based clients they need to dump their old apps and get off that platform. Office licensing is such a hassle they're switching to Open/LibreOffice etc and suggesting others do the same when they can't open a doc. Such sweet revenge.

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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Not that simple. The human interfaces, and the way people use them, are so different that it's better to write a separate mobile app in many cases. Trying to maintain a common codebase increases the complexity of both, exponentially.

And if every platform favors a particular language like Swift or Java(script), you might need 4 or 5 codebases.

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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Looks like a cheap TV clicker for the price of a nice mechanical keyboard.

If I want a one-handed keyboard I'll go with an old DIY idea of mine - the guitar keyboard... a ~7x7 matrix of metal strings and frets, plenty of combinations, little need for chording, good tactile feedback. I wonder if anyone anyone's done that yet...

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Microsoft & Paypal link hands, turn round and slap Apple Pay

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Re: ' “all forms of payments”. Hmmm, Bitcoin? '

Then we can hope that, if Bitcoin fails, PayPal will be left holding the bag. Muahhaha.

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Mr President, is this a war on hackers – or a war on people stopping hackers?

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Re: Why am I not surprised

Well then bring on the datapocalypse. Let the anarchists steal all the IDs, clone everyone a hundred times, destroy the govt's ability to dish out punishments and benefits. Hell, hack the govt and tweak their records. New anti-hacking laws aren't gonna stop that! That's one way to change things, if nobody in power has the foresight to do so in a less disruptive manner, lest they yield a shred of control.

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Why am I not surprised

...that abolishing SSNs - and other government-mandated invitations to massive fraud - is not among the proposals?

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Re: Let battle begin

My thoughts exactly - Microsoft, please return the favor for Android and Chrome users.

I have better things to do than dig through Google's bloated source, but for MS it's marketing... their favorite kind: FUD. Justifiable FUD, even. If a program segfaults, you can bet it's insecure.

BTW, Google isn't all open source. You could say that's just marketing...

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Medic! Intel can't stanch bleeding from mobile chip biz

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Re: Android

Maybe Asus are keeping their options open? If they want to stay first-rate they need first-rate chipmakers, and Intel's one of the few. And, there's the risk (and pain-in-the-ass factor) of proprietary GPUs on all ARM chips... Intel is kicking ass on that front. Making devs and DIYers happy. :)

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Suck on this, Larry: NoSQL pair hit the G-spot

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Re: 300m and counting yet slower than postgres

I guess I dropped Mongodb when I discovered your objects can't be larger than 16mb, then you have to use a different, quirky API called GridFS. It's still that way. Defeats the purpose of having one humongous db for everything.

Then we learn Postgres has faster I/O, and it's added a nosql-esque flexible data type, and it has full text search... on top of a nice robust relational model. I would love to ditch Solr (Java, grrr) and use Postgres for everything -if IT lives up to these expectations.

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Dot-word domains 'a shakedown, designed to get money out of people'

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If you need search to find anything

Who needs domains at all?

I for one would love to get rid of the registrars and the whole friggin' DNS clusterfuck.

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I don't think you're ready for this Jelly: Google pulls support for Android WebView

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The best way to secure an Android device

1. Place it on a hard surface

2. Whack it several times with a sledge hammer

3. Kill it with fire

Alternatively one could install a different OS, if there were a secure yet usable one....

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Docker's just a bit dodgy, but ready for rollout says Gartner

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Gartner, lol

I imagine their policy is, you can't label something 100% crap, you must say something good to avoid burning bridges...

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: Horses for courses

The defense industry was using TDD long before Agile was a thing. Probably before computers.

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Re: Hawking services and products...

And, whichever methodology is in fashion, that's the one that'll attract all the idiots.

Some 'agile' methods were genuinely helpful, back before they were buzzwords, so we had to think about what we were doing and why. Nowadays agile talk is a warning sign. Lately I've had better experiences on rush projects where we had to do some waterfall development to meet deadlines... and nobody really talked about methodologies, we just did our damn jobs. :)

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MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms

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Next question

Why are we still funding GCHQ and NSA?

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: Not a problem

Yeah... replace the guts with a Raspberry Pi or similar.

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Survey: Tech has FREED modern workers – to work longer hours

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head scratcher

"Internet" is IE... for an embarrassing number of Americans. The ones who answer surveys, anyway. I shit you not.

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Only for Windows 10?

If Microsoft stays true to form, IE12 won't be available on win7, let alone Linux/Mac/Android. It may be a decent browser (Firefox and Chrome are sadly lowering the bar) but what's the point if it's doomed by a silly business strategy?

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POS malware crooks hack IP cams to validate targets

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Re: pleased to see ,e?

Free, hot off the press, or proofread.... pick any two.

The local newspapers make El Reg look like a paragon of quality...

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Sucker for punishment? Join Sony's security team

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LOL

Sony could have hired (enough / the right) people when it had a nonzero reputation. Too late now.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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Re: This was going to be my first

I was just playing OOlite (total coincidence, testing a 144hz monitor) and it's pretty fun. Doesn't crash like the previous installment of Elite did constantly :)

Tons of expansions/mods available now too, if I ever have a chance to check them out...

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Re: If I'd wanted a connected game I'd play Eve

How hard could it be to bundle an initial set of universe data with the game? Easier than downloading it every time you play.

Sounds to me like a lame antipiracy measure.

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Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't

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Re: Hmm...

Yes. It's a little lax, not the greatest system, best avoided if possible. But that's not a vuln, it's a lack of awareness among people using VPS hosting in particular, and there are much easier ways to crack a friggin' WordPress or Drupal website.

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Re: An easier option ...

Sysadmins with windows? Wouldn't that be nice ;)

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Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

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Re: They were still going?

gamedev.net is the closest one I'm aware of, within a certain niche anyway. It's been around ~15 years, is independent AFAICT, and has a healthy user base. Looks like it'll be around for awhile if they can successfully make the transition from ad-funded to subscriber-funded.

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Chrome devs hatch plan to mark all HTTP traffic insecure

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Re: I don't see the problem with this idea ...

No, the whole concept of HTTPS is broken. It just encrypts data in transit to untrustable servers.

Real security requires (at least) a completely different architecture, where servers only store and transmit encrypted data, never having access to decryption keys. Data would only be encrypted on end-user machines, only within the program(s) that use it. Those programs, and the OS, would need far more robust security than anything in existence today. The whole system would be useless for client-server apps (like websites) and probably less than 100% secure anyhow.

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@AC "It seems there are lot of cry babies with HTTP-only sites who have a problem with browsers telling the truth to their visitors..."

Ok, say I run SSL on my 100% public site with no private data anywhere. Will Chrome warn users if my site's been hacked? Not until it's too late for many. Will it tell them if I'm passing their data to insecure 3rd party APIs, or selling any information I collect on them, or giving everything to NSA/GCHQ? Nope.

@David Lawton - The fact that you can get away with MITM filtering of most SSL traffic, even with access to the end user machines (malware does too), does not inspire confidence in SSL.

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Nice try

May as well mark everything as insecure because HTTPS is shit.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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"Sniper rifle"

.30cal bolt action with scope. Known in the States as a basic hunting rifle.

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

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Join the dark side, it's more fun

Contracting, that is, almost universally under clients' marketing chain of command.

IT does tend to get cut out of the loop. They're not prepared to deal with crap like Linux and WordPress though. Stuff would not get done. Yeah, I'm a little leery about the security aspect; marketing and design folks are too quick to reach for the cloudy sharing services. Fortunately the worst case scenario is just a website getting hacked. What worries me are all the doctors' offices, government agencies, etc outsourcing their record keeping to cloud providers. And ecommerce.

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Batten down the patches: New vuln found in Docker container tech

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Re: To be expected

This troll is correct. Systemd is relevant here; Docker is driving a lot of the buzz around it. And these Docker vulns, W-T-F... these aren't arcane virtualization issues, these are just stupid Unix tricks biting these guys in the ass. (Judging by what I read, anyway... I don't actually *use* any of this shite.)

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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Re: It will be a cold day in hell...

lol... Windows installation is an all-day affair. Licensing/activation, finding drivers, fumbling around in cryptic GUIs, googling for information which is usually wrong. Screw that. If it didn't come preinstalled on every new PC nobody would use it at all.

I've seen some crappy Linux installers but the decent ones take under an hour.

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Re: Windows in kit form?

Some sort of nickel-and-dime scheme like that, I take it.

Run.... far, far away.

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Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

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Re: Welcome to the Darkside

You'd rather not use credit/debit or PayPal?

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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@Mikey

We hate Ubuntu because they got it right, then screwed it up. The writing was on the wall as far back as 2007. It's fitting for them to get in bed with Microsoft. Good riddance!

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BACK OFF, KIM KARDASHIAN. BlackBerry CEO is NOT into SENSATIONALISM

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Trollface

Wow, they even hired three Register commentard downvoters.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: How much value to users put on web sites

hahaha, same here. Just installed Adblock Edge after accidentally opening an ad on this article.

I suppose I should send some dough to El Reg and some honest blocker/filterlist maintainers - but not ABP. Fuck them. Fire away, French lawyers!

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US Ass. Commerce Sec hits back at claims global DNS is DOOMED

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Dear God....

The US Department of friggin' COMMERCE owns the internet? As an American that troubles me; I can't imagine the rest of the world is okay with that.

Y'all need to build a fully decentralized internet, at the IP and DNS level, pronto. Sooner or later my government WILL fuck you over.

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Devs: Barack Obama's gunning for your job!

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10 PRINT "FUCK YOU, WORLD"

20 GOTO 10

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Unknown source of kernel lock-ups?

Those aren't REAL Linux users. He's referring to the 2 veteran sysadmins who bothered to try the bleeding edge crap at all. ;)

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Microsoft .NET released from its Windows chains... but what ABOUT MONO?

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Re: Reap what you sow

It's the same old Microsoft. I don't hold a grudge from 20 years ago. Problem is, I walk away but they keep getting in my face and pissing me off. Over, and over, and over. They've done some good things but not enough to overcome my negativity. Just enough to survive.

If only this company had the common decency to crawl into a hole and die...

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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700 kilotons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen, airburst at 300 feet... that'll teach 'em.

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