Take no prisoners
I shall be installing this tonight. I will be setting it to have no mercy and leave not one ad standing.
1012 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
I shall be installing this tonight. I will be setting it to have no mercy and leave not one ad standing.
You mean that it doesn't really mean "We love Yul Brynner"?
Hmm. I wonder what the Thai government would do if someone were to post https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_and_I#/media/File:Brynner_the_King.jpg and similar pix all over assorted Thai government websites?
Edit: thaigov.go.th appears to be down or at least isn't reachable from Deepest South Florida. What a pity.
So... there's no downside to this, eh?
About here I'd kill Google.fr, remove all aspects of everything Google from inside France... and make damn sure that all those links that the French are so worked up about are available from Google.com. And tell the French government to stuff it if they want a 'fine'.
I wonder how many days, make that how many hours, of not having any Google ads would elapse before French companies have a quiet word with the government.
No, France, you can't tell Google what to do outside of France. If the French government really wants to not have those links available, then perhaps they should, oh, block Google from France. That should work well and have no side-effects. Or perhaps not.
"...for Apple when they comprehensively tested it before release. Um. They DID test it before release?"
Oh, they tested it. However, it seems that the majority of those who are having problems went directly from iOS 7 to 9, skipping 8. The majority of Apple's in-house testing would be on either new-build machines which never had an older OS or on machines running iOS 8. There would be some testing on systems running iOS 7, but that would be quite limited and edge cases would probably not get noticed.
Worse, the outside testing, by both the open beta and the 'Apple Seed' programs, by definition is done by people who are at least moderately enthusiastic about Apple kit. This means that almost all of them will have had the latest released version of the OS before they started testing, so the number of test installs on iOS 7 devices would be... quite limited. Again, edge cases would probably not get caught. To catch this, Apple would have had to have done a _lot_ of testing using iOS 7 devices. Finding external testers who had iOS 7 devices which could be upgraded to 9 and who care enough to be part of a test program but yet didn't care enough to update to iOS 8 for the last year would be... difficult. Apple basically figured that anyone who was using iOS 7 was probably going to stay with iOS 7, and was on their own.
And, finally, Apple posts this:
"We do not recommend installing pre-release software on personal-critical and/or business-critical systems. Backups should be maintained to mitigate data loss in the event of an application or system crash. Apple is not liable for malfunctions resulting from the installation of this software. Furthermore, Apple makes no guarantee that data created or modified by this software will be compatible with future versions."
to all participants in outside testing. Please note the second sentence. Anyone who was an Apple external tester and had a problem would either have had a backup, or wouldn't be able to complain 'cause he was bloody told 'make a backup before installing, dolt'. And the rest of that note is kinda scary.
I cannot understand how anyone could make a major OS update without backing up first. I really can't. And I felt that way _before_ reading Apple's little note.
Errm... the statement "the inability of iTunes to create more than one backup (and trying to overwrite that on connect) is absolute rubbish" is, ah, not entirely correct. You _can_ have more than one backup. You merely need to go to iTunes preferences/devices, select the backup you want to keep, right-click, and select 'archive'. That backup will not be overwritten. I routinely do this before updating the OS on all iOS devices. This means that I have a succession of backups of older versions of iOS which I can go back to and use to restore, should I ever want/need to drop back.
Furthermore, you can turn automatic backup off. Then you have to select the device you want to back up and back it up manually.
For further info, check out https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203977
You're looking at Paris Hilton. That'll kill excitement in most men.
Now, now, now, let's have a little perspective, can we? I mean, next thing you'll be saying that they're as bad as Gordie Brown, and that's just not possible. All of them together could equal Gordie.
the webcomic Kevin & Kell sent Lindesfarne the hedgehog into orbit back in July 2000.
For those who haven't been following the (drumroll, please) longest running continuously updated webcomic still around, Kevin is a rabbit. Kell is a wolf. They're married. (Yes, really. Kevin's a really big rabbit.) Lindesfarne is their adopted daughter. She's really British royalty, but can't stand the taste of English food. (Yes, really. She had her big ears trimmed.) There's more, but the strip's been running every day since September 1995 and has had MANY story arcs. if you don't like predator/prey jokes, stay away. If you don't like puns, particularly predator/prey puns, stay away. http://www.kevinandkell.com/about/ leaves a lot of stuff out.
they volunteered for military service in a cause they _knew_ was directly contrary to HMG's policy. They _knew_ that HMG was active on the other side. Indeed, this knowledge was (allegedly) a major motivation for them to join up. Take the consequences of their actions.
And, oh... during the Second Word War, there were a few dozen Britons and white Commonwealth citizens in the Britisches Freikorps of the Waffen SS. (Indians, despite being more Aryan than Teutons, were in Frei Hind; there weren't many of them, either.) If they'd faced Empire and Commonwealth forces, it's unlikely that they'd have been taken prisoner. Mostly they were operating against the Soviets. After the war there was a lot of noise about the less than 60 total BFK SS-men. France, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway all provided substantially more troops for the Waffen SS. The last defenders of the Hitler's bunker in Berlin were from Charlemagne, the French SS unit. Some Charlemagne men had engaged Free French troops in France in 1944; several prisoners were brought before LeClerc, who asked them why they were betraying France by wearing German uniforms. They sassed him back by asking him why he was betraying France by wearing American uniform. He had them shot. Further back, there is the example of the Batallón de San Patricio, mostly Irish deserters from the US Army during the Mexican American War. (That didn't end well for them, either.) I'm sure that readers can think up a multitude of other examples.
I expect that the RAF would have bombed the BFK if it had been larger and thereby worth paying attention to. I _know_ that Free French and Free Dutch and Free Norwegians flying RAF aircraft bombed and torpedoed ships run by French, Dutch, and Norwegian seaman under German command. This 'news' item is not new, is not unexpected, is not unusual, and is not news.
In times past I would do things like check personal email, banking, etc., using MY personal laptop (not company issue) and a connection which went via a USB stick from MY personal cell phone account which wasn't with a cellco that the company did business with. I made very sure that the laptop only touched company networks when I actually wanted it to and when I was actually doing company business. I have replaced the USB stick with an iPad and a tethering arrangement, again one which _I_ pay for, not the company. The company does not need to see my personal business.
There was one idiot who tried to suggest that the company had an interest in anything I did on company time; my reply was that did these things while on break, and was therefore NOT on company time. My machine. My connection. Not on the company net. Bite me. M'man's main objection appeared to be that I was 'bypassing' the blocks set on accessing certain sites (no, not pron sites, though those were blocked too, and not Arsebook or similar sites, also blocked; m'man had a problem with 'hacker sites', including el Reg. Be proud, El Reg, you're known as a dangerous hacking site, at least amongst the dimmer bulbs out there. Just don't be too proud, CNET's on the 'hacking site' list too.) I pointed out that I wasn't bypassing a damn thing, I was using my own connection, the company's net was unpolluted by contact with the nefarious hack sites that are El Reg and CNET. (Not that I spend much time at CNET...)
"In a three sided debate, two sides are WRONG."
It is entirely possible that all three sides in a three-sided 'debate' are wrong.
Most intriguing. I have the Guardian's site up in Safari on my iPad Air right now. Didn't crash on going to the site, hasn't crashed on going to a few stories ("USA Welcome Australia to Chicago with Rugby World Cup in Mind", "When you're as bad at campaigns as Scott Walker, you should just give up", a few others) though I have noticed that the Guardian really, really, REALLY wants me to get 'the Guardian app' and blinks the screen, showing the app ad full-screen and then going down to merely eating the top inch or so when I first go to the site (every flipping time) and whenever I load a new story (again, every flipping time). I suspect that what you're seeing as crashes may be related to the Guardian's attempting to flog their useless app. I have ten browser tabs open, including (ick) an Outlook Web Access (or whatever new name Redmond's come up with now) tab and one pointing to Wiki and another to one of the company's systems over the VPN.
Does anyone have any other sites which repeatedly crash Safari in iOS? Really interested in finding a few, as I've never had that happen even once. Ad-based annoyances, yes, roll on iOS 9 and nuking all ads, but no crashes.
"You make some good points to start with and the get silly with the "cloudy crap" comments. What is your beef?"
the very next comment after yours showed exactly what my beef with cloudy crap is.
"How have you got Office 2016 for the Mac and not used the 365 (aka Cloudy) version. I thought the 'Boxed Set' wasn't going on sale until October?"
I used the beta. Once they stopped the beta and insisted on going cloudy, I deleted it from my system. It worked quite well while it was there.
what market will this be aimed at?
The bling-loving toy-wankers won't want it. It doesn't have the Apple icon.
Anyone who does serious graphics won't want it. The GIMP is many things, but a replacement for Photoshop is not one. I know. I've been looking for a Photoshop replacement since Adobe went cloudy; Affinity Photo is very nice indeed, is cheap, and isn't cloudy... and much, much better than the GIMP. In addition, Affinity Design may actually be _better_ than Illustrator.
General-purpose users won't want it. Sorry, LibreOffice simply is not as good as iWork. Even after iWork was crippled to make it.... work, for lack of a better term... with iOS. It's not close to MS Office. That's just how it is. LibreOffice is pretty good for what it is, a free office suite. It's simply mediocre at best when compared to non-free office suites. Free only goes so far.
Devs who must work with Windows or Mac or iOS stuff won't want it. How can they run Visual Studio or XCode or whatever?
Gamers won't want it. It can't run Crysis. Or Call of Duty. Or...
Yes, some of the problems can be fixed by application of VMs or WINE or something similar. But why bother when you can get the real thing and not need to go to extra trouble?
I use an ASUS laptop as my main laptop. It's getting a little old. Time for a new machine. Frankly, I'd not even consider replacing it with the new Xiaomi as that machine can't run the software I need to use. (Yes, I really have looked at the GIMP, and LibreOffice. I really have. I'm still using Creative Suite 5.5 because I didn't get CS 6, it was too soon after the last upgrade, and I will never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever use Creative Cloud. If the GIMP would do what I need I'd long since have dumped Photoshop. It doesn't. Similarly, I've tried to use LibreOffice. Several times. Every time there's a new major release I try again. I currently have v5.0.1 installed and undergoing testing. So far it still doesn't do what I can do with MS Office 2010 and 2011 (Mac) and 2013 and 2016(Mac) and 2015 (beta). I'd love it if it did, Apple has gone cloudy with iWork, and Microsoft is trying hard to go all cloudy, too, and I'm not letting their cloudy crap near my systems any more than I'm letting Adobe's cloudy crap near. It would be beautiful if I could just dump MS Office forever, but I can't. LibreOffice is the best FOSS office suite out there, and it's simply not up to the task.)
In the site linked above, there is the following quote as an example of a 'gaffe':
" In 2006, John Pluthero, the UK chairman of Cable & Wireless, sent a memo to staff, which said: "Congratulations, we work for an underperforming business in a crappy industry and it's going to be hell for the next 12 months."
He warned of job losses and added: "If you are worried that it all sounds very hard, it's time for you to step off the bus.""
Mr Pluthero was perfectly, 100%, absolutely, correct. Well, except for the '12 months' part, it took a little longer. But this had been quite clear to anyone who had been following the disasters which senior management (and a lot of the staff) at C&W had been perpetuating over the previous two decades. Hint: For a substantial portion of those two decades, the only profitable part of C&W was C&W (West Indies), which really meant C&W (Jamaica), BarTel in Barbados, and TSTT in Trinidad. When the Jamaican economy went down the rabbithole, so did C&W (West Indies)'s profits, and with it, C&W PLC's profits as a whole. The fact that C&W (Jamaica) was roundly hated by the Jamaican public (see further 'disasters perpetuated by senior management and staff', above) and got really truly hammered in the cell phone market once Digicel arrived from Ireland (prior to Digicel, C&W (Jamaica) had 350,000 cell phone clients; six months after Digicel arrived, Digicel had 250,000 clients and C&W (Jamaica) had 250,000. Six months after that, C&W (Jamaica) was down to 175,000 and still falling, despite literally giving away handsets, while Digicel was fast approaching 500,000, out of a total Jamaican population of around 3 million. It's hard to retain customers when everybody hates your guts. C&W (Jamaica) has changed its name to LIME Jamaica, in an attempt to hide from its past. It's not working. Everybody still hates them.) didn't help C&W (West Indies)'s profits at all.
Hmm. I've had old flip-phones last more than five years. Also, my ancient Samsung Omnia would be able to work today (it turns on...) except that it was a Verizon device and there is no way that I am ever going to go anywhere near Verizon ever again. For one thing, it's still locked to Verizon as Veriscum refuses to unlock phones, even out of contract. (Or at least they refused back when I was a Veriscum victim, they may have changed lately. Doubt it, though. I hate Sprint, but they're not a bad as Verizon.)
Anyone want an old WinPhone 6 Omnia, still in working order, still tied to Veriscum? Going cheap...
If something I want is blocked, I'll know it, and unblock it, or I won't know it, and I'll live without it.
I don't need anything associated with 'sponsored sites'.
I'm typing this on Firefox running in Win 10. I have a 3rd-party firewall installed (Kaspersky) just to annoy Microsoft. Before I installed it, I turned off all the spy features I could, also to annoy them. I have AdBlockPlus installed. I have Ghostery installed. (Currently blocking DataPoint Media, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. Naughty, naught, el Reg.) I have Privacy Badger installed, (Not showing anything. Better, el Reg.) I also have modded the HOSTS file heavily to blackhole certain notorious sites. Between them, I no longer see ads, 'sponsored sites', or any of that nonsense.
Certain sites have complained about my blocking ads on them. I have ignored them. Some sites have gone so far as to block access until I whitelist ads on their site. I have declined to go back.
I don't know why anyone would use the pattern feature, it's so obviously easily broken. Same with why anyone would use the fingerprint reader on iPhones and some Androids, the complete and total lack of security for that 'feature' is blindingly obvious. Personally, I have configured my devices (two iPhones and an iPad) to use the 'advanced' security feature, which allows me to avoid the easily broken four-digit, all-numerical, PIN code (only slightly more secure than the pattern or the fingerprint reader) and to use instead an alphanumeric combination of my choice. I currently have a ten-character code, nine letters, two of them uppercase, seven lowercase, plus one number. The number and the uppercase characters are not the first or the last characters. Two letters are duplicated; one is both an uppercase and a lowercase character, one is just lowercase in both instances. The overall passphrase is based on a phrase from <name of language redacted>; one of the guys on my floor while I was at uni was a native speaker of that language, and I made note of certain phrases, transliterated into the Latin alphabet. I deliberately misspelled this particular phrase. To guess it, someone would have to know which language I started out with, how and why I changed the transliteration, the strange capitalisation I used, and where I put the number. I use other phrases from that language, again deliberately misspelled, as 14 to 18 character passphrases for things I'd like to be fairly secure. There are less than a 100,000 native speakers of that language and it does NOT use the Latin alphabet, so in this case even the starting point is rather obscure. Yes, it can be hacked, if someone goes to enough trouble. But they're really going to have to want to get onto MY stuff in particular to do that. Easier to go after someone else's stuff. Such as stuff 'protected' by a pattern or a fingerprint.
I assume that Android has a feature similar to this. (If not, why the hell not?) I used to have an Android phone, but it was so annoying to use (it froze. All the time. This was actually great security, in that it was unusable... except that I couldn't use it either) that I dumped it and replaced it with an iPhone. I never did get around to setting up security beyond the 4-digit PIN, not that it mattered as I never put anything important on that useless hunk of plastic.
"Still confused -- it says "32Gb RAM" which would be 8GB RAM... So which is it, 3GB or 8GB?
(Guessing 3GB since the cheaper model has 2GB RAM.)"
Errm... 32Gb is 4GB, not 8 GB. The possibility exists that it is really 32Gb, a.k.a 4GB, with up to 1 GB of it not being available to the user, and therefore leaving 3GB for use.
The possibility also exists that whoever wrote the advertising/press release/whatever made a typo. Or that s/he was clueless about phones. Or both. My money's on both.
"In the US, a film studio filed suit earlier this month against 11 people who were accused of illegally using the service to access the Adam Sandler film The Cobbler. "
I mean... isn't watching an Adam Sandler film, especially if you're not being paid to do it, sufficient punishment all by itself?
<cough> Mr. Bond is notoriously a blunt instrument. </cough>
What on _Earth_ are people doing with their devices to run the batteries down so fast that this looks like a good idea? I just plug mine in when I get home; in a short time they're at full charge again, and I unplug 'em. If, for some reason, I need to charge one during the day, there's the car charger or I can plug it into a laptop or desktop for a short time. Not usually needed unless I forgot to charge the thing last night. In most cases I can get by for two days without charging, but that's pushing it. If I'm on the road a lot, then Waze tends to eat battery, but that's why I have the car charger.
Why would anyone register on AM from a No Sex Allowed account?
"Withdraw Sir! Withdraw!! You are not a gentleman."
You might, however, be St. Julian the Ass(tm).
"If someone copied the "mafias" logbooks, published them, and subsequently the mafia lost income, would that also be theft ?"
That would be:
2 very stupid.
They _would_ find you. And they would not involve the cops. And you would not like it.
Yes, Ashley Madison is run by scammers and low-lifes.. It's still possible to steal from them, though.
It is, however, really funny to watch the results of someone hacking them. Just as it would be really funny to watch, from a safe distance, the results of someone hacking the mafia.
I use a throwaway email address (from gmail, easy to get another if I want) and a throwaway password. I couldn't care less if some gormless twit hacked El Reg, I don't use this email address for anything even remotely important. Furthermore, anyone who knows me also knows that I don't use this address for anything important, and, more important, knows the email addresses I use for important stuff.
I am seriously considering getting a domain and setting up my own email servers and simply generating as many throwaway addresses as I want to, as often as I want to, and in any way that I want to.
""Your infidel analogy was also flawed, I very much doubt that the infidels in question ever agreed beforehand not to be infidels. ie: got married and took an oath about remaining faithfull."
- but if they had, you'd be the first in line to chop their little infidel heads off, right?"
I'd be first in line to chop _your_ little head off, laddie.
Of course, first I'd have to find it. That would probably require an electron microscope.
Old, old, old stuff. See further _The Day of the Dolphin_, by Robert Merle, 1969. Not a great book, but far better than the movie, staring George C. Scott, 1973. I still have the book somewhere. I saw the movie, once. That was twice too often.
Other, much better, and much more weaonized dolphin tales include _Startide Rising_, David Brin. 1983. I've got that one somewhere around here, too.
A few questions:
1 this 'app-driven' UI... I take it that you can't access the device except via the app. Interesting. How is this different from Apple's AirPort routers, which also can't be access except via an app, and have been around for quite some time?
2 is this app available for platforms other than Android? Apple has AirPort Utility available for iOS, OS X, and Windows. Not, so far as I know, for Linux or Android. I do hope that Google doesn't mirror-image this.
re the firmware updates:
1 again, Apple has made a habit of issuing firmware updates, usually via the Apple Store, for a long time now for the AirPort routers. It's a relatively painless system. Will Google be doing something similar?
2 several firmware updates for Apple's AirPort have had... problems. They were fixed promptly. (Well, promptly for Apple, anyway.) Google _will_ have problems. I do wonder just how fast they will fix them.
re the Ethernet ports:
1 it's got _how many_ ports? Really? You're kidding, right? Even Apple manages three ports plus the WAN port....
re the design...
<looks at AirPort Extreme in the corner. Looks at pic of Google thingie.> No comment. I suspect that there will be lawyers at dawn, though.
I have recently installed Kaspersky A/V precisely because I don't believe the alleged evidence allegedly delivered by an alleged entity allegedly calling itself 'Reuters'.
" I wonder why the Register is so negative about Windows 10, I loaded it onto a 4 year old Windows 7 Lenovo Laptop. I hardly ever used it because it was so slow, like treacle more like and it has been transformed into fast really usable machine - fast in starting and very fast in use. No problems, it is solid and reliable. much better than Windows 7(I never bothered with Windows 8). All I can say is very well done Microsoft!
Comeback in about ~Two Months, after you have installed Office, Acrobat, and or Photoshop, or a vary healthy internet tmp cache and say that again!"
Errm... I installed WIn 10 on top of a Win 8.1 install. That install already had Office 2013 and Adobe Creative Suite (NOT Cloud) installed. The same machine had a Win 7 install on another partition of that same hardware. I can say with absolute certainty that Win 8.1 was faster, on the same hardware, than Win 7, and that Win 10 is faster, on the same hardware, than Win 8.1, which makes it _much_ faster than Win 7. And it's not just faster at boot time, it's faster generally. It opens applications faster. It opens files faster. It's just faster. It's better behaved, it's easier to handle, it's just better. And, yes, I turned off the spyware while installing, and, yes, I have installed my own firewall so that I _know_ if stuff was still being exported, and, no, the firewall hasn't detected any naughty stuff.
System: Asus A53S laptop, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB drive (shipped with 4 GB and 750 GB, respectively)
Two partitions on the drive, one Win 7 Ultimate, one Win 10 Pro. The Win 10 partition used to be Win 8.1 Pro.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 for A/V and firewall
Office 2013 and Creative Suite 6 on the Win 10 partition.
Office 2013 and 2010 (yes, I know, Microsoft doesn't want you to have both. Screw them.) and Creative Suite 5.5 on the Win 7 partition. (Note: I haven't actually paid full price for either Office or anything Adobe since Office 98 for Mac. Since then I've had either free installs due to being a 'student' or reduced price installs, typically $10 for Microsoft stuff and $200-500 instead of umpty-ump thousand for Adobe stuff due to being 'faculty' at certain Institutions of Higher (it is to laugh) Education. Getting cheap software is one of the few perks to being an adjunct instructor.) I used to have the Office 2015 beta on both partitions, it's gone 'cause experience on Mac and iOS platforms indicates that Microsoft is going to start bleating about wanting Office 365 installs, which ain't gonna happen. (Yes, buyz'n'grrlz, I have actual Windows and Office install DVDs actually from Microsoft, going back to Office 2000 and Win XP, which were either free or cost $10. I have ISOs downloaded from Microsoft sources which were free, and which cost me only download time and the cost of blank media. I didn't even use my own bandwidth to download 'em, why bother when the school had a 100 Mb/s (now a 1000 Mb/s) Internet connection.)
I also have LibreOffice and Open Office installed, but rarely use them, they're just too clunky compared to MS Office. (Memo to Microsoft: if you continue to yammer about Office 365, my attitude towards LibreOffice/Open Office can change.)
I have Hyper-V installed and park Win XP and Ubuntu on it. I don't usually use either one very much, it's just that certain software that the office uses requires XP and every now and again I test out Ubuntu to see if I could actually spend a day using it. So far, the answer is no. XP in Hyper-V under Win 10 behaves more-or-less like XP in Hyper-V under Win 8.1. Ubuntu might be a little faster. If so, it's not by much.
The whole reason I still have a Win 7 partition was that I made sure to have it when I installed Win 8... and Win 8 was so annoying that I went back to Win 7 almost immediately. When Win 8.1 came around, I updated my Win 8 partition, and found myself spending more and more and more time there instead of Win 7 because once I got rid of the damn tiles Win 8.1 behaved better than Win 7. Win 10 behaves better than Win 8.1. It's that simple.
Getting his hands on (the contents of) a dress was the problem in the first place.
"most printers currently available for the home market are winprinters"
Errm.... you sure about that? [looks at assorted Brother, Epson, and HP printers, inkjets, lasers, even a dot-matrix, and not a one of them is a 'winprinter', if only 'cause every one works with Macs.]
"finding a linux driver that works is very difficult"
That depends on the driver and the distro. In many (not all) cases, if the printer has a properly done Mac driver which is compatible with CUPS you can get it to work with some (not all) Linux distros. http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/openprinting/database/cupsdocumentation The boys at Gutenprint http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/ cover a lot of printers, and their drivers are sometimes better than the official drivers. HP also has fairly good Linux support. http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html
In times past I used to use Gutenprint (then Gimp-print) drivers for several of my personal printers in preference to the official drivers. I could get PostScript-like output from cheap inkjets, which was a good thing.
Properly done Linux distros should ship with CUPS already installed and set up, all that's necessary is to get hold of the CUPS (that is, Mac) drivers from the vendor and install. As the vendor's installer will be aimed at Macs, that can be interesting, but there are sites which have Linux installers available.
Now, if the printer you want to use doesn't have Mac drivers, you might have a problem. But that printer really will be a winprinter.
"So like Obama, one parent was US citizen and thus he would qualify.
Unlike Obama... he's never tried to hid his childhood..."
Errr... Obama was born in Hawaii, and was born there after Hawaii became a state. He didn't 'hide his childhood'. He didn't need to, having been BORN IN THE UNITED STATES. Hellfire, I knew that he'd been born in Hawaii back when he was still a Senator from Illinois... Cruz was not only born in Calgary, he still had Canadian citizenship until 2014. McCain, who I voted for back in 2008 (despite Palin...) was born in the Panama Canal Zone. Goldwater, who I'd have voted for if I'd had a vote at that time (I was both rather young and not yet an American citizen) was born in Arizona before it became a state, and there's some yammering about whether or not that counts. The main diff between Obama and Cruz is that one of 'em is black and the other one's Canadian and should be deported back to Canada and used for bear bait.
Deport his ass back to Calgary. And make him take the Biebs with him. Hell, let him use the Biebs for target practice, if that's what it takes to get him back to the land of his birth.
If we can't get him back to Calgary (preferably in time for the next Stampede, http://www.calgarystampede.com/ so that he can finally take up his true calling, rodeo clown) send him to Churchill and have him pet some of the nice white bears.
On the other hand, I can see why Calgary was so happy to see the back of him, and sending him back might mean war with Canada. I can live with that. Hey! Canadians! Y'all shouldn't have unleashed him on the US! That's not the act of a good neighbor! If you don't take him back we'll send you some Mexicans, Donny Trump says they're all very bad people, you don't want them up there in the Great White North!
"And if senior exec X installs a non approved bit of software and tells all his reports to do the same, which turns out to be malware, what then?"
If you don't give him an admin password, he _can't_ install a damn thing, not on a Mac. (Apple takes security semi-seriously. Well, more seriously than Microsoft, anyway...) He _has_ to come to IT to do it. You can then tell him, "No, you can't install that, it's malware." If he demands to do it anyway, make him put it in writing. I have done this. One particular senior VP swore he'd see me fired before the end of the day. Strangely enough, he was outtathere by the end of the week and I am still there.
I have also done this with Windows systems. Just don't give them an admin password and remove any privs that they don't need. Make it _impossible_ for them to do this... or, if they're willing to commit themselves to taking responsibility for the machine, in writing, give 'em admin privs and let 'em screw themselves. Make sure that the written document states that they're responsible for any problems on the network caused by their idiocy, so that all overtime required to fix the problem gets billed to _their_ cost center number. 'Round here we get time and half for regular OT, double time on weekends, and triple time on holidays. (It's good to be able to force concessions out of HR.) After we drop the OT bill on their desk, they suddenly don't need admin access anymore. Funny, that.
I upgraded on Friday. Just in case there was a problem, I'd downloaded the 'install Tool' from Microsoft and used it to build bootable install media (an old 4 GB USB2 thumb drive) but I never needed it. I clicked on the 'Get Windows 10' icon on the taskbar and shortly thereafter was downloading the update installer. In short order the install was over, I made sure to NOT use the 'Express Install' and so had a chance to turn off the more objectionable items. The only irritant was that Win 10 didn't recognise my printers, but even that went away after I installed the first one by hand. Suddenly all of them, including my (now redundant, as Microsoft shipped one...) PDF printer, showed up..Win 10 appears to be slightly faster than Win 8.1, which makes it _considerably_ faster than Win 7. Furthermore, Microsoft seems to have (finally!) figured out how to do an upgrade install. Took 'em long enough. I installed right over my old Win 8.1 install, and so far all apps tested are working as expected. (Yes, Edge was the default web browser. That lasted perhaps 10 seconds, or the time it took to click on the 'set defaults' notice and change back to Firefox.)
"So who are El Reg's BBC-hating pro-copyright right-wing climate-sceptic sponsors?"
Donald Trump and the dead muskrat on his head?
"Copying CDs to music players is illegal in the UK. You have to buy the same content again or face 10 years in jail in the UK."
I've been copying my music onto formats I like for well over 40 years now. If someone actually wanted to try to prosecute because I moved to a different format, despite my having a truly large collection of CDs and vinyl LPs plus the equipment necessary to turn them into digitalised formats, I'd say for 'em to come get me.
It is true that I haven't bought much music lately. Current music tends to annoy me, so I listen to my older stuff.
"I buy content in the form of CD's It can't then be deleted from the media/devices I then choose to transfer it too."
Sigh. With (some) books and with movies you might have a point. Not with music. From the very first versions of iTunes (back when iTunes was actually usable...) it was entirely possible to ensure that your purchased content couldn't be remotely deleted. (Step 1: download content. Step 2: set up a playlist. Step 3: burn a CD or otherwise copy the playlist. Step 4: put the copied content back into iTunes. Or, indeed, into anything which would play said content. Apple would be completely unable to delete that content. Until iTunes Match arrived, Apple wouldn't even know that content existed. And, yes, if the music was DRMed at the start, it's not DRMed anymore. From the beginning iTunes could burn up to seven copies of any playlist, and the copies would NOT be DRMed. You'd think that Apple was deliberately trying to sabotage the music companies, and you'd be correct.)
I don't usually get books from Apple; virtually all of my ebooks are acquired from other sources, converted to epubs (if necessary) and had their metadata massaged in calibre, and then moved to iBooks and iTunes strictly so that said ebooks may be viewed on my iPad. calibre doesn't touch DRMed content, so I don't, either, unless I absolutely have no choice. Those few ebooks I have from Apple (and Amazon, via Kindle) are copied over to calibre, too. (I prefer the iBooks reader on my iPad to the Kindle reader for iOS. I suspect that Amazon has deliberately crippled it, and their readers for OS X and Window, to try to get users to get a Kindle. That, or the Kindle interface is just truly crappy.) This means that I usually have at least two copies of any book, one in calibre and one in iBooks. And Apple can't do a damn thing to the calibre copy. (Neither can Amazon.)
It should be noted that there are ways to deDRM almost all ebooks, should I absolutely have to do that... and I have done exactly that. This means that I have several hand-built epubs sitting in calibre and usually in iBooks. Neither Apple nor Amazon have any idea that I have them, and so they cannot delete them.
Movies I don't know about. I usually use my Amazon Prime membership to access free (well, free after I pay for a year of Amazon Prime, which I would be doing anyway just for the free 2nd-day-air shipping) content and I simply don't care one way or another, as it's streaming content and doesn't live on my drives anyway. Movies and videos that I want to keep, such as my complete collection of every single episode of Farscape, are MKVs parked far, far, FAR way from iTunes. I don't even know if iTunes can handle MKVs, I've never tried.
He left off Eadon's fav bit: the NONSENSICAL SENTENCE IN ALL CAPS. Gotta have at least one if it's to be an Eadon post.
I still say that it was really someone at Google yanking El Reg's chain. hard. No-one could have been serious when they spewed all that... could they? Please tell me that it was all an epic troll.
Has he really been gone for two years? Seems like only yesterday that he was roaming & foaming....
El Reg has Simon, the PFY, a carpet, and some quicklime. The lawyers don't have a hope.
"Why not buy a smaller SSD for your OS and programs, and keep your data on the cheaper spinning rust?"
1 my laptop doesn't have enough space for two internal drives and I'd really rather not haul around an external drive
2 my Windows desktop already has all the internal drive bays filled up. I'd have to pull _two_ drives, replace one with a drive large enough to hold the data from the two drives, migrate the data, and then put in the SSD. Easier to leave well enough alone until the next time I build a new system.
3 my Mac desktop (a Mac mini) has space for two internal drives but both are in use. Again, I'd have to migrate the data to another internal drive or to an external. Messing with the innards of a Mac mini is non-trivial, though better than it used to be. And a new Mac mini is not on, Apple has deleted the ability to have two internal drives for reasons which no doubt made sense to them.
That said... I'm not buying one of these because of the price. It's more than I paid for for any of the computers I'd use it in. (Yes, it costs more than Apple kit, which pretty much says it all.)
if the girls says stop, and you don't stop, that's rape. Even if she had said 'yes' earlier. If after the girl said 'stop' he not only didn't stop but used superior force to continue, that's forcible rape. And if he had some STD (anything at all...) and the girl caught it, that's forcible rape and aggravated assault. If the STD is incurable, that's assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
I had not thought that my opinion of St. Julie the Ass™ (and of those who support him) could go any lower. I was wrong.
The Donald hates Mexicans 'cause he was once chased up a tree by a Chihuahua. It was really after the dead muskrat on his head, but The Donald didn't know that.
Hmm... I'm at home at the moment, and just in this room I, personally, have...
2 cell phones
2 desktop computers
I'm not counting the server ('cause it ain't in this room and it's only barely connected, in that it's on a network which has a connection) nor am I counting the tv (the set top box for it, that is) or the blu-ray player as they're not in this room, either. Nor am I counting the other tvs/set-top boxes, blu-rays, computers, cell phones, or tablets elsewhere in the house. And not the VOIP phones. And I'm pretty sure that there's something I'm forgetting.