* Posts by Cirdan

78 posts • joined 3 Jul 2011

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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

Cirdan
Devil

Self-promotion ...

How dare they!

OK, how did Google get me on their side?!?

...Cirdan...

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Unicorn adopts rainbow as logo

Cirdan
Happy

Bro...

ny!

Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie forever!!!

...Cirdan...

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Microsoft sneaks onto Android while Android sneaks onto Windows

Cirdan

Microsoft... shooting itself in the foot for four decades

Jack of all trades, master of none?

I'm actually starting to root for Microsoft to get its act together as a counterweight to Google.

Go figure.

...Cirdan...

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FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

Cirdan
Linux

Caveat emptor

And stick with F/OSS drivers!

...Cirdan...

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Is tech monitoring software still worth talking about?

Cirdan
Headmaster

Monitoring software has its place

With great power comes great responsibility.

...Cirdan...

p.s. Any professional organizations, like a trade guild, which band together for the common good of sysadmins across corporations? Would supporting the F/OSS solutions together make them more worthy?

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

Cirdan
Meh

Microsoft... shooting itself in the foot for four decades

I trust Microsoft to do exactly what an American corporation is required to do... increase shareholder value.

Morality not required. "Ethics" only insofar as it is required by law. Probably.

This makes Microsoft very predictable. Unfortunately.

...Cirdan...

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Network builders: LTE costs will transform the cell tower biz in 2016

Cirdan
Happy

Sprint network

Using an MVNO that uses the Sprint network, I'm satisfied. Though I've got to admit, my carrier stresses Wi-Fi first and I'm in a small city. So speed is not really my issue...

Go, Sprint, go!!! Give Verizon and AT&T a run for their money!

...Cirdan...

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

Cirdan
Megaphone

Roads. Electricity. Internet.

If they won't do it, tax them into the ground and do it for yourself... THIS IS what governments are for, after maintaining a military to keep the peace from abroad and a police force to keep the peace within.

...Cirdan...

(a very confused libertarian)

[edit... Yeah, Zog, ya beat me to it]

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Storage in 2016: Could abandonware claims come to the fore?

Cirdan
Joke

Aw, rats! And I clicked to see if...

... the storage would come with late eighties / early nineties PC games.

Naïvité, to be sure, wearing rose-coloured glasses ;-)

...Cirdan...

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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

Cirdan
Trollface

Since it wasn't mentioned by name in the article

Linux.

...Cirdan...

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OK Google? Firefox to nibble Chrome extensions from 2016

Cirdan
Unhappy

Ecce Firefox

Requiescat in pace, dear friend.

The writing is not yet on the stone, but I see it on the wall.

I'll visit from time to time, as I come to see SeaMonkey.

...Cirdan...

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BlackBerry: Comeback canter should be a trot... yet, weirdly, isn't

Cirdan
Trollface

Requiring WindowsPhone

Dear AC:

You work for Microsoft, maybe?

<evil grin>

...Cirdan...

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Verizon now owns AOL, so AOL now owns your web browsing habits, other personal info

Cirdan
Thumb Up

Re: Can't talk to Verizon without the password you never made

Verizon MVNO... PagePlus Cellular.

Resold and serviced by Kitty Wireless for the best experience for my money.

If Sprint is OK, check out Republic Wireless. Voice text unlimited $10/month plus tax/fees (about $14 total). Uses WiFi when available. Superior sound quality on Wi-Fi.

...Cirdan...

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Microsoft boffins build better crypto for secure medical data crunching

Cirdan
Linux

Microsoft?

More like MegaSlurp!

Use Linux instead!!!

...Cirdan...

(Tongue firmly emplanted in cheek <*>... I just came over because it says MS :-P... Yay maths majors!!!)

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PNG pongs: critical bug patched in ubiquitous libpng

Cirdan
Linux

Re: patching...

Ubuntu phone patches?

It's open source, baby! Compile your own!

(Yeah, no, me neither... I could, but...)

...Cirdan...

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

Cirdan
Linux

Ubuntu since 2006, now Linux Mint

Welcome aboard, folks. :-)

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Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

Cirdan
Meh

Blechh - Outlook.com

At least Outlook.com lets me use POP3 so I can use Thunderbird.

What an overwrought, cpu cycle stealing cow of a beast outlook.com is in the browser. Can't even find the "only text mail, no HTML dammit" setting.

Thunderbird. Better now.

...Cirdan...

"Get off my lawn"

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It's 2015 and a text file can hack your Apple Watch. IS THIS THE FUTURE YOU WANTED?

Cirdan
Trollface

Gratuitous jab at Adobe much?

I mean, I do...

But what has that to do with the iWatch?

Good Lord, iWatch runs Flash now?!?!?

...Cirdan...

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HERE COMES APPLE with some new sh*t or something

Cirdan
Linux

Aargh... Satire... Irony... Sarcasm...

Dude, it's 5 AM here on this side of the pond.

Inverse time frame British humor just blew my mind (boom)

Coffee on, coffee, do your job...

In the words of Monty Python, "He used... SARCASM!"

...Cirdan...

P.S. No apple hate. But Apple apathy at this point from me. Evangelist 1991-2005. Lost me to the Penguinistas.

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Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

Cirdan
Pint

Re: California?

Whoosh x2...

Or the best deadpan humor ever!!!

Have one on me, Jon :-)

...Cirdan...

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Pi-eyed: Microsoft ships slimmed-down Windows 10 IoT Core for gizmos

Cirdan
Devil

Godwin

I claim my free whale and petunia!

...Cirdan...

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Drum roll, please .... Results are in for the collective noun for security vulns

Cirdan
Coat

My favorite collective noun is...

Garbage truck.

I'll get my own coat, thanks...

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

Cirdan
Headmaster

Re: Hading a good time reading El Reg

Maybe next time use the "Tips and Corrections" link?

Author is aware sooner and we're not mocking typographical errors in the comments.

Good reading of the text, though; excellent use of contextual clues!!!

:-)

...Cirdan...

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

Cirdan
Linux

Linux... again... for me since 2006!

My Linux story:

My Apple iBook (blue clamshell ca. 2000... NOT Intel CPU) had been upgraded to maximum RAM and MacOS X 10.2

In 2006, it would no longer run a modern browser and I couldn't do much of anything useful on the Web with it.

I tossed a coin between Yellow Dog Linux and Ubuntu... It came up Ubuntu. Success!!! Firefox!!! A useful computer again!

Nine years later and I'm enjoying Linux Mint MATE (I LIKED Gnome 2.2) on fairly modern but modest hardware. Hardware detection and drivers are SOOOOOO much better now :-)

And, as previously mentioned... When my work computer had a motherboard failure, I was able to swap the HD into another (better) machine and soldier on... It just worked.

My kids want Win boxen for some specific games... But they're on their own for malware. They'll have to factory restore. I'd just nuke and pave.

Best of luck with what works best for you!

...Cirdan...

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Cisco network kit warning: Watch out for malware in the firmware

Cirdan
Black Helicopters

Black helicopters

Just sayin'.

...Cirdan...

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Police use RIFLE AND TASER to relieve man of iPhone case

Cirdan

safe disposal of gun replica

And 'dispose" of it safely"? Is there special handling required for a Phone case?

YES!

Small children must NOT get this as they might not drop it when commanded by police ending in a tragedy and a shattered law enforcement officer.

Scissors, with extreme prejudice.

...Cirdan...

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

Cirdan
Linux

Risk vs reward

The reward to risk ratio leads me to AVOID Win10.

At least the kids' Win 8.1 game machines are stable.

...Cirdan...

(And I'm on Linux Mint and Android)

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

Cirdan
Headmaster

Re: Still trying to work out

They exist.

Example:

(school district initials).k12.mi.us

For school.kindergarten through 12 th grade (pre college).state of Michigan.us

However, this was shunned for things like Okemosschools.net

FYI

...Cirdan...

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

Cirdan
FAIL

Well, THERE'S your PROBLEM....

Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, Linux, Unix, BSD...

It doesn't matter.

PEBCAK

...Cirdan...

Of course, administrative decisions hobble those in the trenches...

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Apple slips out security patches while world goes gaga over watches

Cirdan
Linux

Favorite Apple bug

The Codling moth.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codling_moth

:-)

...Cirdan...

p.s. Technically a larval insect and not a bug; poetic license... Don't get all pedantic on me!

.

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Out of time: Huawei, LG unveil watches nobody wants to buy

Cirdan
Holmes

Dick Tracey...

...eat your heart out!

Oh, wait... You had it first!

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

Cirdan
Linux

DR GUI VS ETHICS

"Maybe boffins such as Gui hope “the computer” can tell us right from wrong - possessing a God-like authority. But this would requires us to pretend that nobody programmed the computer, and it arrived at its decision using magic. ®"

Well, there's your problem!

Don't ask Dr Yike Gui...

Ask Dr Command Line. (Though if you use sudo you still possess a godlike authority!)

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Sony borks fanboi funboxes with dodgy PS4 update

Cirdan
Meh

Seriously...

Since they can push updates after the fact, are they really doing less QA than they used to back in the 80s or is it less bugs per line of code but SO MANY LINES OF CODE that a few slip through? I just don't remember this kind of stuff after a release.

Amirite, is it rose-tinted glasses, or am I just getting a little long in the tooth and short on memory?

...Cirdan...

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

Cirdan
Trollface

How about getting that kind of dosh for my HDD-based...

Zune?

...Cirdan...

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

Cirdan
Linux

Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

"Last time I tried Linux and attempted to install Firefox I first had to find an installer for the distribution I was using. Then I had to decide from a swathe of nonsensical file types, gar, tar, bar har-de-har-har (with no explanation of what they meant or do). Finally I had to go through the rigmorole of 'unpacking' them, and typing a load of cryptic command to try try to complete the install."

Linuxmint.com... download and install.

(MATE for me)

click on the little shield with the exclamation point and upgrade the packages.

Newest firefox for that edition ...poof!

Wanna live on the edge?

Linux Mint Debian Edition... Cutting edge stuff with most of the bleeding removed.

FYI, all new Mint editions (except LMDE) will be based on Ubuntu LTS versions, so LONG TERM SUPPORT. Kind of like Red Hat/CentOS, but with recent packages.

Try it again, you'll like it!

...Cirdan...

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DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

Cirdan
Coat

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit

Oh PLEASE tell me that someone has already made the joke for Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit:

Microsoft EMETic

Sometimes it really helps me if I've got a GI virus.

...Cirdan...

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

Cirdan

Re: Password Card anyone?

Nathan-

You're the reason cutpurses still exist! Chew on that.

Seriously, I'm interested. As a Septic, I wonder what counts as a 'purse' for a fellow across the pond these days? I just can't get the picture out of my mind of a leather pouch with a drawstring hanging from your belt next to your dagger and longsword.

...Cirdan...

p.s. thanks for the password card idea/reminder. awesome.

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FCC OKs $5 BEEELLION Wi-Fi cash splash in schools, libraries

Cirdan
FAIL

Wi-Fi for kids? Whatever shall they do with it?

The commission estimates that the new E-rate will expand <strikethrough>Wi-Fi </strikethrough> Facebook, Kik, and YouTube coverage to 10 million new students by the end of next year. ®

There. FTFY.

...Cirdan...

(it's like trying to hold classes in an 80's arcade with the lounge table games as desks and giving the kids an endless supply of quarters... Gah!)

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

Cirdan
Linux

They put out the bait...

who didn't see the hook?

And, yes, for some the hook was well-set some time ago.

...Cirdan...

(business use-case includes LibreOffice, thankfully)

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

Cirdan
Coat

Ariane is hypergaulic?

Put a French engineer using SI next to an American engineer using SAE and watch them spontaneously ignite.

Hypergaulic.

...Cirdan...

(Mine's the one with two bottles of clear liquid in SEPARATE pockets.)

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

Cirdan

Re: dead animals: yes

Regarding animals dying (n.b. humans are animals):

First hand experience two weeks ago:

My beloved 14 year old Alaskan Husky, Samantha, was suffering from a sinus tumor. After a year of reasonably good health, she finally refused her favorite food, cheese, and I knew it was time to ease her pain. My dear daughter Katy (12 yo) wanted to be there to comfort the old girl who's looked after her since Katy's birth.

The wonderful vet prepared my daughter, telling her that after Sam were gone, it would be normal for her to leak faeces and urine.

As Sam breathed her last, she collapsed in my arms and Katy caught her head. This wonderful vet cleaned up the leaked faeces as we grieved the life and love we'd lost; the vet placed an absorbent pad under her hindquarters to catch the leaking urine.

Sorry for the teardrops on this post. In answering, I wanted to give voice to a kind soul who quietly (wolves don't bark, silly) cared for my two babies and masterfully went from beta female to alpha on the loss of Jäger (my dear Belgian Shepherd who passed at age 15 four years ago)... after a week of indecision, she put the new Plott hound adolescent in his place and kept him there even though he weighed 85 pounds to her 50.

And should this be of help to anyone, my twins both chose the right path for themselves. Katy was there the whole time. Sean stayed home...too intense for the boy on the autism spectrum. But they grieved their own ways well. And Sean wanted to sprinkle shredded cheese on her shroud before burial.

Thanks, Samantha. Thanks, Jaeger. If there is a heaven, they're running and playing together again.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

Cirdan
Linux

Tee hee hee hee hee...

:-)

That is all.

...Cirdan...

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SanDisk surfs cash tsunami on biz SSDs: Prelim nice, but DIMM?

Cirdan
Angel

OK, but how will this help me...

watch more episodes of My Little Pony?

Let's keep this relevant.

...Cirdan...

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French hard-drive maker LaCie cops to YEAR LONG card data leak

Cirdan

A bug in Adobe software? INCONCEIVABLE!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. --Inigo Montoya

...Cirdan...

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This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices

Cirdan
Linux

HOME?!?!?! Paid for office?!?!?!

Sorry, I'm sticking with LibreOffice and my Box account.

And Kingsoft Office on Aneroid.

Cheap, yes... and no damnable .docx BS upgrade lock-in treadmill.

Thanks, The Document Foundation.

(Yes, I have given money to more than one F/OSS project... Call me a CHEAPTARD, ok?)

...Cirdan...

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Not your father's spam: Trojan slingers attach badness to attachment WITHIN attachment

Cirdan
Linux

Can I get pwned by ZeuS...

...if I'm running Linux Mint? No WINE?

Oh. Good, then.

So Grandma's safe from this, too?

Super.

Just checking.

;-)

(The part of EADON today was played by...)

...Cirdan...

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

Cirdan
Mushroom

Re: Luxury item

"I've seen morbidly obese people order a double bacon cheeseburger, a large bag of chips and a DIET Coke. "

Screw you. Just because we're fat doesn't mean we should give up completely.

And stop by the health food store sometime to see the supplements to PUT ON WEIGHT. If those folks' metabolism let them keep their calories, they wouldn't need the help, now would they?

...Cirdan...

192 cm

150 kg

P.S. Look up "leptin" and postulated receptor issues & variances resulting in atypical homeostasis ("obesity"). Or just decide that all those native Hawaiians are just lazy self-indulgent pigs...not noticing the only ancient Polynesians surviving long sea voyages would be those who held on to their calories...and passed on the genes. Whichever.

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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

Cirdan
Headmaster

FUD

A culture of FUD.

Marketing depends on FUD.

(OH NO, they might run out of the eyeFone 13s before I get mine! How many do they have left? Should I get an extra for my girlfriend while I'm in line... I don't think they'll have any tomorrow.)

The "Call to Action" (yes, there's a marketing term for that) is usually about a great time- or quantity-limited deal that you'll regret missing... SO ACT NOW!!!

Be aware of it...it tries to bypass your neocortex.

...Cirdan...

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Dish and DirecTV deal: Damned if they merge, damned if they don't

Cirdan
Facepalm

Dish competitors--

While I was being courted by a phone call from AT&T in the USA to entice me to pay for their "U-Verse" IP television streaming ("cable") service, I responded that I didn't need a different provider.

"How do you get your TV now?", the representative asked.

"Terrestrial", I replied.

"Oh, and how much does Terrestrial charge for their service?"

DOH!

The state of education in the United States shocks me at times...

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

Cirdan
Happy

Sleeveface at the MOMA?

I thought it rather amusing.

And if you don't actually know the person, it's just art. You'd never recognize them on the street.

Now... Which album cover to use?

...Cirdan...

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