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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Anything but the products...

Except of course it's apparently the users not the people who control the infrastructure who are complaining (probably because some icon is a different colour to what they use at home). Do you think they give a rats arse about the specifics, so:

""Oops - we got the messaging system a bit wrong. Nothing for it but to trash the lot and switch horses again." Seriously?"

Yes, seriously. If it was the people who ran the system who said this, your point may have been valid

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"Which means it is not ready or fit for any corporate environment. 'Sorry you can't get your email. Some dude might provide a fix one day."

And how is that Microsoft alternative working out, then?

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Re: An amazing piece of work?

"Thanks for explaining to me why so many people insist on quoting the entire email back but don't edit their answers into the questions"

I'm still surprised (and annoyed) that even the posters to the FreeBSD technical lists largely do this too.

If old-fart unix hippies do this, we've no hope.

As an aside, in my last job, I once received a long 'reply/quoted/reply/quoted/reply/quoted' etc. email from BT that somewhere in the depths of it were things we were not to know about, along with strict instructions not to tell any of us at ICL what was being discussed.

Of course, many generations of this email later, and someone had replied to this 'chain mail' with info. that was destined for us, so our contact at BT dutifully forward it onto me, with all the secret history included!

It strikes me that this braindead form of blind 'include original message after reply' would not be necessary if typical mail clients kept a copy of mail sent, mail received, and had the ability to thread / group conversations..... Oh.... Wait a minute...

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

" Possibly the significant comment is the one about it taking several weeks to set up the Mayor's smartphone to receive email.

That sort of embarrassment in front of the big boss tends to lead very rapidly to change, regardless of any other factors."

Sheer ignorance and incompetence is no excuse! That so called admin had the cheek to admit that, when really he/she should be looking for a new job....

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Re: Easy

" thunderbird+ldap+mozilla lightning."

...... very very frightening...

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

Quite. And even if there really isn't anything suitable, paying someone to write software, or tweak existing software would be far cheaper than paying for MS licenses, and the hardware upgrades the monster would require.

And then to be bound again by a company that tried to force metro big blobby buttons onto it's customers..... WTF?

The thing is, none of the staff that are complaining have to foot the bill, and don't understand/care about the issues.

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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" Another reason why I don't drink any more."

.....says 'bloke down the pub'!

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Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests

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Re: How does this compare to Virtuozzo?

" Containers have been the fastest VM technology for a decade thanks to Virtuozzo and OpenVZ."

I think you mean '.... for over 15 years thanks to FreeBSD jails'

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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Great article, but spoilt by.....

"You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech"

I realise it's likely the subheading was probably not added by the author, but PLEASE El Reg, stop using brain-dead ''buzzfeedisms".

They are obnoxious, patronising, and part of the dumbing-down culture.

You'll find that the majority of the readership here will 'believe' this article. Further, I'm sure a decent percentage not only believe it, but knew it already.

Please stick to innuendoes, childish humour, and nob jokes, like you do best!

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: 20th century

PIN number!

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: Opt-in?

Yes, because Google are so short on internet infrastructure, they need to go wardriving.

Seriously, they admitted they were storing MACs and their location. This may or may not be something to be concerned about, but do you really think Google wanted to crack the private emails etc. of wi-fi users? Especially when considering there was no way to tie an online user to this data in a way to improve ad targetting,

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: It's happening, get over it

I always get much lower latency connecting to my US servers from the UK using IPv6.

Yes, I know this is due to link usage/capacity etc., and nothing directly attributable to IPv6, and that this load imbalance could well change in future, but still, it's a 'real world' advantage for me to have IPv6 at the moment!

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

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Re: 30cm?

manfrommars1, there's little point you posting anonymously!

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You've got three days to patch Adobe Flash, Air, Reader

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Use after free?

Really? In 2014?

What happened to NULLing pointers after freeing? A trivial modification.

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Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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Re: Aren't we jumping to conclusions a bit too quickly?

" This is an Internet Forum - it's what we do."

Just add the crappy car analogy, a few digs at MS, and sprinkle with ad hominem attacks, and we have a full house!

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This is what cats typically get up to:

Mildly NSFW for some, maybe.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC179QpCS3I

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Re: John Q. needs to realize that...

" TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS"

Am I the only one who, on reading the above, visualised Steve Balmer bouncing around a stage chanting in a frenzied way?

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Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs

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Re: Interesting

I'm not saying this is the same as having the functionality natively, but for a techie, you can use 'xposed' without cyranogen etc. to remove privileges, and other apps to remove events.

("Android Tuner" combines these in a nice logical permissions gui)

I mainly use it for event disabling. The number of apps that request to be started up just because I plug in the charger caused the tablet to crawl.

Unlike permissions, you can generally kill all events without buggering up the app.

I use 'maps' and G+ once in a blue moon, so why do they attempt to startup on bootup, and everytime you fart, or look at the tablet in a funny way...

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Re: I'd rather have user-defined system-wide granular app permissions

One of the first things I did was 're-unixfy' my tablet.

I have a full command set, users (/etc/group; /etc/passwd etc) home directories, ssh daemon, cron, boot.d/rc.d nfs mounts for media, native ipv6 ( com.google.process.gapps always connects via ip6 to 2a00:1450:400c:c0a::bc:5228), iptables (athough to be fair my tablet came with a nfs/ipv6/ipfilter enabled kernel ..), unix based 'su' (based on unix passwds not some gui allow screen (although to fix the 2 apps I use that require root I fudged by manually altering the 'su' code to let them su with no tty prompt.)

I don't trust it enough to assume it's unrootable - alot of the android subsystem runs with root privs, and it plays fast and lose with some file protections (though I try to proactively monitor/fix them), but it's basically a working unix subsystem - you can do wonders with a little knowledge, busybox, mksh, dropbear, and a suitable cross-compiler and then native gcc!)

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Re: Clarification

Naaaah, some of the infrastructure was put in place in lCS (and could be s to a fashion by someone with technical knowledge) - however, the full user account system was definitely before kitkat... 4l. or maybe 4.1

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Example of a Breach

" BBC streams recent episodes, but only to folks who live in the UK.

If you could find a proxy, you could watch that Dr. Who episode on the BBC web site via the proxy, against the rules."

Actually, (although I haven't checked this for a year or so), the CDNs that BBC Iplayer use to deliver programmes are *not* restricted geographically. In fact, you can even get a 'restricted' program in the US straight from a US based CDN!

All the restriction etc. are done on the website side. Once you gave a valid rtmp/rtmpe URL it will work from anywhere.

You can easily test this out - download get_iplayer - configure it to use a UK proxy. then monitor your network.

You'll see the actual video file comes direct via your nearest CDN.

Facebook do similar with photos and videos - it doesn't matter what restrictions you put on your photos/videos, the URL of the actual media file is unrestricted.

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Re: What law has been broken.

" Robots.txt and a suitable deny list for the ones who ignore it - works wonders."

But he wanted to be indexed, otherwise his experiment wouldn't work!

And as for the dodgy ones, well, as you say, they'd ignore it anyway!

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Re: Short term memory loss

" ATI Radeon video cards + the ocl-hashcat program = bye bye wireless passwords."

No chance.

You're not talking about brute forcing the password for a given hash you know, you would have to try and authenticate with every guess!

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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Re: 10$ a year mandatory SSL certificate

You can get SSL certificates free: startssl.com

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Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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" between my uk.ac.stir.cs account an a uk.co account (yes, those were the days of backwards domains)"

No! Those were the days things were the correct way around. It's *now* everything is backwards!

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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Suggestions...

" But we're almost certain that our commentards can think of something to top Monye's suggestions.."

How about for every video, forced to watch 'Neighbours' for a week, and for every audio track, made to listen to A Bieber album.

P.S. I you are prepared to lose some pinkies, you can hear her here : www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLdC_ONUObk

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Re: Doom for US tech companies

" Good luck with all your endeavors in the future."

Trevor!

I want your babies!!!!!!! <3

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Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 275% hike in mobile spectrum fees

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Re: Huh?

Ahhh ok.

thanks!

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Huh?

" Mobile network operators currently pay an annual combined total of £24.8m per year for 900 MHz spectrum and £39.7m for 1800 MHz spectrum. Unlike the 3G and 4G spectrum, they didn't pay for the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands,"

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Good news

I remember a few years ago, some big belt tightenings were done at El Reg.

Nice to see it is now again a success story in this cut-throat niche market.

I'm sure it will be an interesting job - but it's not for me - I couldn't write my way out of a paper bag...

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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More anti-US bashing

A while back, I defended criticisms of American policies in response to a post by 'asdf', by noting that criticisms were more apparent because of the Snowdon leaks, and we Brits would welcome justifiable criticism from our American pals regarding GCHQ, the government, the weather etc.

I've always felt there's a tendency for Americans to get too defensive over criticism, maybe due to their huge patriotism.

Whilst I still hold that general view, I have since realised I was wrong about this site.

Since then I have noticed that any trivial excuse is used to trot out the same tired old anti-US jibes.

By my non-scientific evidence, Americans are the second highest readership of the Reg, by count (second only to the UK) - I'm beginning to wonder why they bother.

Ho-hum.

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Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

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" As cops escorted her from the aircraft,..."

"As cops escorted her from the aircraft, other passengers bade her farewell with a rendition of The Hokey Cokey, STV reports."

Haha, best reaction ever! (Awaits downvotes from the PC)

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Re: Why?

Even so, the Dons point is that they could have constrained her without much issue.

Obviously, I wasn't there etc. but it does sometimes feel such diversions are done to make a point, in the hope it will deter others in future (which isn't actually a bad idea, but it's still theatre)

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: Fines

" I hope that they all got fined for misuse of emergency services."

I always thought they were, in the UK, but seeing those numerous examples in the press, and on YouTube etc. it doesn't seem that they are.

Remember some of the UK cases (I''m sure you can find them by Googling) :

- Woman complains someone has stolen her snowman.

- Woman complains she's run out of fags

- Man reports strange object in the sky - turns out it was the moon...

- Woman complains that her husband is hogging the TV remote ...

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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

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Re: Arrrrr

"I'd be tempted to say (though without being able to cite experimental data) that the majority of people driving think exceeding the speed limit (_especially_ on the 'fast lane' of motorways) is perfectly acceptable and something they do already. So by the argument you appear (to my Idiot wit) to offer, democracy should rule and there should be no police action on speeding."

Errrrrr, that's the idea behind democracy - the government is there to SERVE the people, not rule them. Laws are designed to enforce consensus opinion.

If thr *majority* of people support a speed limit on motorways of over 70mph, then that should be enacted. If the current government won't, then elect one that will....

However, that's the problem - it's often hard to find a party that will out such changes without messing up somethin else, which is why a referendum is a good idea as long as the population is correctly informed (yes, I know... big caveat there too)

So yes, there are practical problems, but you seem to be of the view 'majority conscensus doesn't matter. We must blindly do what the gpvernment says " - I know of many dictators that woul welcome you as a subject.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Off Topic

Nice to see you, Bill.

I thought you'd left the Register?

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Re: Realism

"Combine that with other wonderful plans such as a pinning your national economic future to a currency union with the rest of the UK, which the UK government has already said they won't agree to"

It shows that I'm not an economist, but that has always confused me.

What's stopping an imdependent Scotland (or any other country) deciding to mirror the value of the UK pound? The only restriction I can see is potentially international copyright laws, but why then couldn't they keep parity but call it (say) the 'ellbie' or something.

I realise I'm being stupid here, so please reply with constructive answers not flames :-)

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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"Now that's what I call Firefox 31"

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Re: Nearly had me agreeing

"Imagine Netflix content is delivered by the lorryload to your home from a Netflix factory on the other side of the country.

You pay your local council to maintain streets and local roads that connect your home to the motorway network."

Your analogy is flawed, because whilst you mention roads, you don't talk specifically about cars!

All geek analogies should be based on cars! It's the law!

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Re: very appealing for a small ISP.

"Might not be appealing, but does it provide the service you promised to your customer? I'm paying my ISP for the connectivity, not Netflix.

If the ISP wants to modify our contract to include a Netflix peering surcharge, because the cost of that connection is disproportionate to the rest of the service (use whatever method of determining typical non-Netflix user you want) that's fine and I'll evaluate the value of that new contract."

Exactly! I have sympathy for the ISPs, but the way the model is structured, it isn't Netflix pushing lots of data into ISPs, it's the ISP customers requesting/pulling/downloading the data as allowed under the terms of their contract.

If an ISP no longer finds the 'all you can eat' (but hopefully not many of you will) model sustainable, then they need to reevaluate that model. Whether it's to place restrictions, up the prices generally, or charge more for higher usage (and it should be based on the data amount, not who's supplying it) then so be it.

As it is, they are charging customers for the right to download that data, and then when they do, they want to charge the provider of that data too.

Yeah, I can see how as Netflix gets popular it seriously impacts on your business model, but that's not Netflixs fault for supplying data your users have paid to be able to receive. The flaw is your underselling, and it's only your problem.

You'd have the same problem if all your users simply downloaded the same amount of data from loads of other random sites.. You going to try and charge every site for the data your users download from it?

P.S. I'm referring to the basic bandwidth issue - the CDN/cache/local server/hosting aspect is another big can of worms

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Re: metering

"according to wikipedia (I know), UK metered supplies covered 33 of households and leads to a 5-15% reduction in usage."

Fair enough, though I've never known anyone to leave taps on for the hell of it.

Though I do know some people with meters don't flush the toilet...

" I know I am much more aware of water use on a metered supply than I was ona flat rate supply"

Aware, maybe, but I'm curious to how you use less. (or rather, what you used before than you don't now).

Not being a git, I'm genuinely clueless - other that watering the garden, maybe washing the car less, but as for the indoor use...?

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Re: ...

"forcet? Don't you mean 'faucet'?"

Errrrrr, more than likely! *cough*

"Regards, AC"

Thanks, AC! You get around a lot!

PS. Three downvotes for getting a spelling wrong - either that or some people resent me not wasting data.. The rest was simply factual. How can you downvote that?

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Re: The Rest of the Story

"Basically every non-mega-internet-corp in the world has a blend that includes Level3 or Cogent in their mix and you know it"

That would be the stereotypical view that America == World? :-)

I know level3, HE, and others have global links, but you'll find in the UK at least they are at public peering points, and sometimes with the big ISPs but definitely NOT the small to medium ones!

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Re: ...

" Can you image the waste if people paid a fixed charge for water, electricity & gas regardless of consumption?"

Um...You said 'tap' instead of 'forcet' which implies you are in the UK - yet you still don't know that the majority of properties here have unmetered water supplies?

In my 40+ years, every property I have lived at in the UK has had a fixed water charge, and funnily enough I've never left taps on for no good reason!

Similarly, I won't leave live video streaming running on my unmetered internet connection if I'm not using it.

If you think about it, I'm sure you'll find many things you don't waste even when cost isn't a factor.

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Patient: "Doctor Doctor, wherever I go, I keep thinking I hear people talking about the Ukranian crisis "

Doctor: "Oh boo hoo. Crimea river"

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Re: Odds?

" wrwyuustqut (which I believe is Welsh for haha)"

More or less! :-)

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Boffins build FREE SUPERCOMPUTER from free cloud server trials

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Re: Maths failure?

I am indeed!

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