628 posts • joined Thursday 14th June 2007 21:06 GMT
Re: Use NSA Linux?
"... and there lies the rub. Compile it with what? "
Re: @Gregor - English Taxpayers
"Scotland and England NEVER ceased to be nations.... not ever."
So, what is the ISO country code for England?
Re: English Taxpayers
"London gets more subsidy than the scots per head? You sure about that?
How many big government employers - paid for by the tax from ALL OVER THE UK - are based in London and the South East?
Londoners/Southerners seem to miss that point
Re: NSA Snoops on YOU
"Eadon is actually a sock-puppet of Microsoft PR, he spouts hyperbolic nonsense and makes linux users look like loonies, and he brings out the rational voices in support of M$.
It shouldn't work as well as it does."
You're right - it's hard now to think about Linux without thinking of loonies like Eaden. I must say, he is doing a good job for his Microsoft bosses
Re: NSA Snoops on YOU
"Our UK government should transition to Linux ASAP to avoid our tax going to pay for systems that are NSA telescopes trained on ourselves"
Who the hell are you to dictate UK government policy?
If I was to be so arrogant, I'd advise them to go with a truly free operating system, not the GPL-restricted Linux
Re: Use NSA Linux?
@Jamie Jones "Most of the Linux distrubutions are binary only - sure, you can get 'the source' from somewhere, but the distribution, and any third party ports are binary."
"You're a clueless Windows user, obviously. Go and look up GPL."
LOL, you've upvoted and replied to many of my pro-unix posts in the past, but this shows you are clearly memory deficient as well as brain deficient.
I know enough about the GPL, thank-you - enough to personally avoid it. (The fact it attracts fanboi freaks is another reason)
So tell me where I'm wrong, Mr Linux. As I said, the source is available, but all linux installations I've seen (and there are many) were built with apt-get (and their equivalent) and NOT apt-get source / apg-get build etc.
Similarly, the base OS is generally installed from binaries, not from locally compiled source.
So, quite simply, the 'default' method of package and OS install for most people does not compile or even download the source files.
This is why your constant banging on about the source code being available is a fools false sense of security.
This has sod all to do with the GPL, so maybe you should re-read your GPL bible.
Incidentally, this isn't an attack on Linux, but on the people who bang on about "the source code is available" as some sort of holy-grail, and yet then proceed to blindly install binary packages made by a third party.
I and others have said before, your over the top evangelism is doing Linux no favours. I'm just glad you aren't a fan of the main OS that I use and develop for.
Re: Use NSA Linux?
"What I can do with Android, however, which I cannot do with iOS or Blackberry or Win Phone 8 - this: I can download the Android source code, inspect it for spyware, modify it to remove it if I wish, compile it and put it on my phone.
So... You check every piece of code to make sure there are no backdoors? Of course, then you compile the code natively just in case the distributed binary doesn't match the source?
Most of the Linux distrubutions are binary only - sure, you can get 'the source' from somewhere, but the distribution, and any third party ports are binary.
Going by your own logic, that is a LINUX FAIL RIGHT THERE (caps for Eadonisity)
Re: Go read the EULA
Why do so many people blindly accept the terms of any EULA to be binding?
EULA's cannot override laws
"given that a file in Linux can carry any extension, even .txt, and still be executable"
More accurately, unix and unix-like systems don't use file extensions.
The nearest I've seen to it is from third parties (e.g. apache maps file 'extensions' to mime types)
"Yes, it might be an act of questionable legality in some places, but the last time I read a Windows EULA it allows them to 'break' it for DRM reasons "
It doesn't matter - no EULA can override local laws. Period.
Re: "NSA's "intent" to get specific figures on the number of attacks prevent out in the next week."
""Fucking McDonalds knows how many hamburgers they make in a day"
Surely you're not comparing that to the NSA not releasing figures.
They have to operate covertly without people knowing exactly what they do, who they are and how they operate. If their methods were all public knowledge then those they are trying to stop would know exactly how to circumvent them."
Ok... And how about the NSA?
@turtle: Re: @The Indomitable Gall
But you didn't "+1" it!
Re: "townie" here
"> "Edit Post" function plz?
There is one, but it's only available for a short time. I'm also not sure id Bronze badge holders get it."
silver and above only :(
Re: "townie" here
""Edit Post" function plz?
It may be a pain in the arse, but: "withdraw post" / "copy/paste/repost"
Re: MS porting Office to iPhone - how HUMILIATING. Don't mention the NSA!!!
"@AC 17:37 - why can't you choose a handle ffs?"
I thought you had to be registered to post a comment - even if you elect to post anonymously, don't you need to be logged in as a valid user?
Re: And you thought...
Don't jump to (bad) conclusions. If it is done like it is in the UK:
1) Public users will only use bandwidth that you aren't using.
2) They will not be identified as coming from your IP address - it will be a separate IP address, and users will have to login, so illegal use can still be identified to the user concerned.
3) Bandwidth used will not count as YOUR bandwidth.
Re: @MJI: Windows love hate
"There are times I would LOVE to get out of IT, Hmm small B&B by the seaside sounds nice."
Well, I'm looking forward to my Ibizian villa by my own private beach - no B&B though - I don't want strangers in my house :-)
Re: "Ripping off" is a subjective matter
" I read an article yesterday that suggested that Jon Ives already had the idea for a flatter UI back in 2005 "
Well then. I had the same idea back in 1995.
Re: Applause for Clapper
"Who, in the provided link, also used this superbly ironic malapropism...
"For me, it is literally-- not figuratively, literally gut-wrenching to see this happen...""
Arrrgh, I hate it when people use 'literally' as a form of exaggeration. I remember hearing a while back someone saying "When I heard the news, I was so excited, I literally jumped 10 foot in the air"
Re: Gravitational lensing @Robert Helpmann??
Re: Thank You
"ACLU, Mozilla, EFF and everyone on board -- THANK YOU! Please, everyone consider donating even a few pounds, euros or dollars to these organizations, especially you American readers out there!"
Why would anyone outside USA be grateful for this?
Hint: The article title is:
Mozilla, ACLU, others join fight against NSA domestic spying
Re: The video TheReg has quoted has been edited
FFS, the people who heard this and thought it was rape talk are the twisted ones..
"I watched the vid twice and even fast forward to 2:30 and didnt hear it. I could hear 2 people playing a game and muttering at each other with the usual insults but I certainly didnt hear the lines quoted by the reg."
I thought I was going mad. You are right, none of that was in the video - El Reg - did you post the correct clip?
Re: Death BY Powerpoint
"There has to be a push now towards open source systems and open systems that can defend (including by means of crypto) against spying that goes on by proprietary closed source code, e.g. Skype."
Eadon, go away. There are plenty of Register topics on the NSA snooping story, and the merits/use of encryption.
This article is about a powerpoint presentation. Keep your open source rants to a thread with at least some relevance.
Damn, I've been using Unix for 25 years, and an open source os and desktop for about 20, but your inane rabblings are enough to drive anyone into the arms of microsoft.
"Also, I find it annoying sites that support both flash and HTML5 for embedded video, but insist on pushing their flash version on devices which support both (Google Youtube, I'm talking to you -- clean up your code for embedding videos!)"
Youtube HTML5 is still in 'trial' mode, and you need to opt in:
Re: Windows love hate
"As to Windows server 2012, we want the menus back, why have server OSes got worse since Netware stopped?"
Huh? They've actually got much much better. ZFS, for instance. Better virtualisation with QEmu/KVM. Decent support for 64 bit and SMP... Hadoop, nosql, mysql improvements etc..
I get regular 15Mbps with "3"
Re: Reboot required
"I'm sure I remember my Solaris and HP Unix machines reopening my windows when I restarted back in the 1990s"
I'm pretty sure my Sunos box did that too..
Re: Reboot required
"Windows can't update important files and services while the system is using them. Save any open files, and then restart the computer"
Shouldn't that be "whilst" not "while"
Ahhhhh windows patch reboots - just as well they don't market windows as a server... Wait a minute!
Re: Yes, I notice Apple's Server OS wherever I look
"So, my ancient, white MacBook already acts as a disc server to my windows machine and has got enough of the LAMP stack installed by default"
That would be FAMP stack!
"I'd rather live in a policed state than a robber or terrorist state.
You are the uneducated one, sir/madam."
It's obvious you are American, because you haven't have to suffer the many years of terrorism that we have in the UK, and so you follow - sheeplike - the hysteria whipped up by the governments to allow them to erode your rights.
Re: It's terrible
" if yours aren't you really should try joining the 21st C"
Re: XBox - is a Licence fee
" I generally liked quite a few of the last round of MS products. Windows 7 is great"
It's a sad state of affairs when people call something like Windows 7 "great". I've used windows 7, and it's much better than any of the previous efforts, and crashes less, It's tolerable, but then I'm using a double core 4GB ram system.
The GUI is great, but the actual OS still suffers from the crap that it's always suffered from. The ridiculous RAM requirement - the inefficient disk swapping - the general disk I/O - the fact they still use a 'defragmented disk' scheme rather than a 'defragmented file' scheme, causing terrible defragmentation. Still, in this day and age, an OS that gets slower just because you install stuff on it.
The OS part of windows is still in the stone age. It's not so noticeable these days because systems have lots of RAM, fast CPU's, and fast/quiet disks - but the problems still exist.
Re: At Least VMS was GOOD (pronunciation)
How is Eadon pronounced?
- Up vote if you think it rhymes with the garden from which the snake was expelled
- Down vote if you think it rhymes with 'ead-on collision"
Upvoted - even with your misuse of the word 'rhymes'! :-)
"as a Yank I have to say failed government IT projects are pretty much a given aren't they over there?"
Yep. And it doesn't seem to make a difference which party is in power either
re: "post searching"
That's what first got me into apps development. You can easily make an "SQL-like" query to your user-id to pull out (say) all posts. Then a simple 'grep' on the data, assuming you don't need to automate it.
posts/links/videos/photos/comments/status-updates etc.etc. all have their own table you can query. It's such a basic function I am surprised it isn't wrapped into a user-search feature as standard..
"Simple: They never sell you the software in the first place, merely subscribe or lease you to it (think Steam and OnLive; both use the same model). You cannot resell what was never legally yours."
That argument has been proved invalid:
"On 3 July, the European Court of Justice made a pretty important judgement. It said that software makers exhausted their distribution rights when they sell software to a customer -- whether it's on a physical medium or distributed over the web.
That sounds dry, but what it means is that customers can re-sell their digital downloads, and developers have no ability to prohibit second hand sales."
Also, the court said: (From: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2012/07/04/curia-digital-distribution/1 )
‘The principle of exhaustion of the distribution right applies not only where the copyright holder markets copies of his software on a material medium (CD-ROM or DVD) but also where he distributes them by means of downloads from his website. Where the copyright holder makes available to his customer a copy – tangible or intangible – and at the same time concludes, in return form payment of a fee, a licence agreement granting the customer the right to use that copy for an unlimited period, that rightholder sells the copy to the customer and thus exhausts his exclusive distribution right. Such a transaction involves a transfer of the right of ownership of the copy.
‘Therefore, even if the licence agreement prohibits a further transfer, the rightholder can no longer oppose the resale of that copy.’
Re: I foresee a huge illegal profile-exchange market coming online ...
"....I foresee a huge illegal profile-exchange market coming online with these changes."
Illegal? How? Where? Despite what MS and the media companies want you to believe, they don't have power over the first sale doctrine, which is LAW in both the US and (under a different name) the EU.
"Although it will be possible to trade in, resell, or give away your disc-based games in some cases, and Redmond won't charge you any fees to do so, it's up to game publishers to decide whether it's allowed for their games – and how much it might cost."
No, it's up to the laws of the land.
Re: in the UK the government simply puts you in gaol
">If they could, the UK would still be a monarchy
The joke being I assume as a dumb yank you still technically are. Aren't a lot of the freedoms you have not guaranteed by anything but the queen letting you have them? Don't get me wrong it doesn't matter if you have a constitution guaranteeing rights if everyone ignores them and thinks they only apply to old technology like paper letters."
Yep, we still are, though it's basically just symbolic these days: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarchy_of_the_United_Kingdom
As for our freedoms, I don't know, but you are probably right. We do have a constitution and certain "human rights" granted by the EU though.
@Eadon; Re: The WHINING of the WINTARDS
"So what's up Wintards? You stuck with MS, you made your beds, now sleep in them. If you want to be treated like humans, not sheep, then there is this other operating system out there called, er. lumix? Linnix?..."
There are *many* alternate operating systems out there, not just the one you worship.