* Posts by Adam Inistrator

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Re: Orealy?

Wileyfox Swift and Storm (100/170GBP) both get cyanogenmod nightly updates including security. Having been used one then the other for around 9 months. Works well, moved on to Marshmallow whereas phone as sold is still on Lollipop.

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Software snafu let EU citizens get referendum vote, says Electoral Commission

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Re: Anti-competitive?

UK is a considerable net importer of goods and services from Europe. They have more to lose than us. Negotiations will be tedious but no reason why they should fail.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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"Btrfs is *not* a stable filesystem & shouldn't be used for critical data."

Spouting nonsense I guess. You are way out of date. It is the DEFAULT fs on SUSE and well supported on Debian/Ubuntu just for the lulz?

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Re: Priorities?

zfs isnt as flexible as btrfs IMO eg Cant remove physical extents and rebalance. btrfs is the default fs in suse. and apt-get automatically snapshots every upgrade and you can rollback or co-exist even version upgrades although it requires command line to do so. I doubt ZFS even comes close on that score. Pretty awesome.

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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Re: Personally

"Probably the best near-vanilla experience would be something like Cyanogenmod. "

wileyfox 5" comes with lollipop CYANOGENOS the oem version for 130GBP. the CYANOGENMOD official nightly builds of marshmallow are available too if you want to root or enhance privacy even more.

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: Simpler solution.

btrfs has been the default file system for SUSE for a few years now. Those Germans know what they are doing. I find btrfs is much more flexible than ZFS which I used to use before.

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Microsoft cracks open Visual Studio to Linux C++ coders

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still twitching here

Visual Studio was indeed nice but the thought of having to go back to Windows from Linux gave me an involuntary shudder closely followed by a feeling of nausea!

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Don't blame users for the UI

I changed one user from Windows to Ubuntu experimentally and about a month later I heard that the other four users in the office were miffed they "hadn't been upgraded".

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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Re: We have a problem

"It would be prudent to take action"

or just foolish to allocate resources to some stupid mass hysteria. what about putting the same resources into getting to Mars for example. climate obsession might be just navel gazing.

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anything with the word "science" tacked on the end ... isnt!

that thought always makes me chuckle ^_^

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

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fig leaves

I guess he is really trying to stiffen the moral of the more hard-line mandarins and provide some cover against their more moderate colleagues. The way he sees it, any reason, however implausible, for the mentality of mass spying is becoming a dire necessity, but I think they are trying to hide behind their fingers.

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Windows 10 claimed another point of desktop share in February

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Re: Windows Server?

"Anyone know why Server 2003 is included, but not the more recent releases? Do they masquerade as a desktop OS, or is the data so limited, that one hobbyist has entered the stats on his own?"

because IE's "user agent" string identifies itself as running on 2003 but running on server 2008 and Vista cannot be distinguished ... so the Vista numbers will be including Server 2008.

I guess the vertical axis is labelled wrong. It should be market share FRACTION, not percentage

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We suck at backups. So let's not have a single point of failure any more

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"I have seen the enemy

... and he is us."

and I mean we need to view ourselves, as admins, as the true enemy, somewhat like Apple purportedly protects its users from itself or the idea of "who will protect us from the protectors?" so to speak.

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Hands on with Xiaomi's Mi 5: Great smartphone, but when do we get it?

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Re: Dual SIM

"What I need is to maintain two (useful) data connections - so I need is a phone with *TWO* UMTS capable MODEMs." What is the value in that? Like dual network adapters with load balancing or routed? Or choose one over the other at any one time?

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Rumor: IBM gobbles Bruce Schneier, Resilient for $100m

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schniers monthly email

a nice round up of his monthly observations and activities. good that he has some money behind him ... gives him independence to speak his mind.

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Dutch govt says no to backdoors, slides $540k into OpenSSL without breaking eye contact

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love 'em

love the dutch in all their forms and always reminded of "There are two things, I can't stand .. cultural intolerance ... and the DUTCH!"

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Who's right on crypto: An American prosecutor or a Lebanese coder?

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Re: Misses the point

""You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.""

"BUT IT MAY HARM YOUR DEFENCE"

this was added about 10 years ago I believe

very slimey

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smartphone ARE bugs

Everybody is willingly carrying around a personalised bug now. Public sector type's wet dream. Now they want to use the bugs legally of course. It was courageous to demand free speech in the past since it could be used for evil purposes that we . Likewise I perhaps we have to be courageous enough to grant evil paedo-terrorists privacy although it seems nuts. I despite your ideas but will defend your right to speak them ... could become I despise your ideas and actions but I will defend your privacy to the death.

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Top Android app devs found exfiltrating mystery stealth packets

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Re: No root firewall

It installs a dummy VPN disabling any existing running VPN, so no use to many.

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Re: @Chris 125

Good privacy guards provide faked contacts, faked imei etc so no problem.

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Re: Hang on a mo, Eric

BBC supposedly likes diversity ... except when it comes its own views which are relentlessly monotonic. Ironic.

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Re: We men screwed up badly in the 20th century

upvote for off beat "Gor books of John Norman" reference

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Tiny Robot Smartphone: Invasion Earth 2016 – prepare to be facially recognised humans

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Robot PR

Can someone please do for cute robots what Clown and other horror movies have done for clowns? Half the population under 30 involuntarily convulses when they see one now.

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

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my wife!

shrugs

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

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bbc monoculture

I guess hybridisation is just part of the on going BBC "multi-culti" message. The other day there was a program predicting olive skinned farmers on nuclear powered tractors in Scotland in 300 years. Is it just my biases or BBC's that I am noticing all the time. On another note, isnt it funny how an organisation supposedly wedded to diversity believes that its dominance in media is a Good Thing.

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

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Re: Note to self -

Reminds me of a John Le Carre character's observation, Smiley I think, about the capacity of violent minds for menial work.

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How a massive campaign of booby-trapped web ads went undetected for too long

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liability falls to the website surely

they are getting paid for the advertising therefore I can see legal minds placing liability on the hosting web site. I can also envisage that disclaimers might be held invalid and web site owners having to insure themselves against liability

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Jeremy Corbyn: My part in his glorious socialist triumph

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"daddy makes it and mummy spends it"

not pc I agree. but which party is which, I leave up to you

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Let's Encrypt certificate authority signs first cert

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Re: Encrypt the whole web?

I suppose you think "nothing to hide nothing to fear as well". changes everything. imagine market researchers standing on every street corner taking notes of EVERYTHING. creepy. but this is what goes on in the web.

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Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

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DUAL SIM *OR* SD CARD!

http://wileyfox.com/wp-content/themes/wileyfox/remote/download.php?file=/2015/08/WIleyfox_Storm_Specifications.pdf

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Ashley Madison hack miscreants may have earned $6,400 from leak

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64k?

sure it wasnt 65535?

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Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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Re: that’s giving our customers and advertisers what they find most useful.

See new google MICRO MOMENTS

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Using SQL techniques in NoSQL is OK, right? WRONG

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The Pick Operating System

"No joins in NOSQL" ... Come back PICK OS ... all is forgiven! ... 40 years ahead of its time.

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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Re: Well...

so basically it is either NOT DUAL SIM or NO SD card. I bet few people will want that.

I want

5.5" minimum

DUAL SIM

SD CARD

Cyanogen

... nowhere to be found

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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btrfs memory requirements

1. "... BTRFS tend to take up to take huge gobs of RAM to run properly ... "

2. "... Right now the plan seems to be for BTRFS to replace Ext4."

something contradictory in these statements. I think 1 is false

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

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your personal browse id

I always assumed that you can probably already be identified with 99% certainty from your browser characteristics and ip number so cookies are not required really anymore. they are just the sugar on the cake if you allow them.

https://panopticlick.eff.org/

the only safety I can think of is for your browser to automatically retrieve all links from whatever you browser to confuse the trackers

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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canned reply

can you believe that their PR department didnt have contingency plans for exactly this type of article and Bezos memo wasnt drafted well in advance? no? me neither

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

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Re: Bonds

"and the draw is only valid if it is statistically random." ... so if the draw came up 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 ... they would discard it as not being random?

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OK, forget DNS for a sec. Why not shift IP addresses and protocols away from Uncle Sam?

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Re: Who else will protect free speech?

well said

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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Re: Correction?

Guardian and Independent. Both left or liberal in the pejorative sense. Both hate money and economic success.

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usual ignorant predjudices

The authors real knowledge of Dubai seems based on the few nasty articles about it in the West over the past few years, couched in the language of propaganda and probably motivated by people who hate or cant understand the idea of any Arabs ever doing any good. Dubai is an oasis of tolerance compared to the majority of the Arab world. London and New York would have been money grubbing and born out of cheap labour so the hypocrisy is rank.

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Vic cops want 'potential radicals' off the Internet

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Police WANT trouble

otherwise why would they be paid?

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

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interop and fair use

If the US admin's finest legal mind tells Google that they are barking up the wrong tree and there is a better tree to bark up, then why dont they do so? and why didnt they do so in the first place?

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "Shy Tories"

If you want to summarise Lab and the Cons use my phrase "Daddy makes it and Mummy spends it". I leave you to work out who is who.

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

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Re: Cool

The point of this article is that large iphones are removing the need for ipad for many people. I use my large phone and no pad and many of my friends are starting to do the same despite the initial mockery. Apple are doing well in the large phone category but by copying Samsung who we have to thank for their vision in providing the large phone format NOT APPLE. Long may Apple to continue their success but they are riding more on goodwill at the moment. iWatch vanity project for example.

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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

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Re: Will anyone really understand the language?

"Any new feature should be put in libraries". Like any developer you long for simplicity ... but you seem to forget the famous saying that everything should be as simple as possible BUT NO SIMPLER. There are relatively few C++ programmers so the average comment here is from programmers who dont use and dont really understand C++ and instead conceitedly grandstand their ignorance to mostly more of the same. bleh!

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

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Re: système D

"a cheap and easy way out instead of doing something properly." sums up systemd neatly.

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Re: systemd a copy of Solaris SMF

"btrfs is a bad copy of ZFS" ... downvoted for this

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