* Posts by Kiwi

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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@ Frank N. Stein

If you don't want to use an MSA, then you may as well remain on Vista because that's been required since 8.1 and apparently, that will be required for 10.

You can set up an 8.1 system (not that I'd advise it - 7 is much better!) without using the account. Some hunting around on the screen where it tells you to create the account there is something that lets you get past that bit without making an account. IIRC it's near the bottom of the screen (bottom 1/3rd anyway) but not necessarily obvious - not a clear "click here to not have your private data stolen".

BTW, you did do a custom set up where you can turn off all those "take photos of me and share them with advertisers" and so on stuff that is turned on in the default settings?

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: Multi-boot?

Is there any info about whether a multiboot using Grub 2 would be borked or left intact if the Win 7 partition were upgraded to Win 10? I admit, I haven't looked too hard at it yet.

Late to the party as usual...

With both laptop (I am fortunate to own a multi-HD one) and desktop that have dual-boot, I have the windows on a seperate HDD to the other systems. It's then a simple process to disconnect the disk (or turn it off in BIOS in some machines) and safely do updates etc to windows, knowing it's impossible for it to harm decent systems.

After the install etc is done, reconnect the main drive, if necessarily update Grub or other bootloaders, and we're done.

Wth my poor main desktop, it has a half a dozen or so HDD's, one common storage and the rest with different OS's on - prefer not to have more than one OS on the same physical disk where I can avoid it - no real technical reason (aside from physical failure), just personal preferance.

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Re: Windows 10 Upgrade

> Because you'll be trading your Windows 7 license for Windows 10. Windows 7 will no longer have a valid license and probably not activate.

Aha! Here comes the FUD.

Actually Win10 has a built-in tool to roll back to your old OS version if you decide you don't like it. But nice try, AC! You might frighten a few newbs with that one!

Is that anything like the nice system they had with Fista a while back (and I believe maybe with 7) - where legitimate users with a legitimate OEM license sticker on the side of their machine found a bug hosed the activation, and M$'s* answer was "You license has ... Your only fix is to purchase a new license" (in many cases where the license had never been used elsewhere, never been tried on another machine or anything else - only a bug in Fista that caused the problem)

*For those who bitch about people using "M$", "windoze", "fista" etc - it's often well-deserved, especially in cases where they were trying to steal more money from the poor deluded fools who used their crapware.

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Re: I'm confused

Before I start, interests of disclosure etc etc etc.. Fairly "fundamentalist" Christian here - but in a different sense to most - I prefer to get right back to the basic Biblical roots of my faith, rather than the "Westboro" et al brands of fundamentalism.

I'm also probably more correctly ID's as "bisexual" but I am pretty much gay, certainly find guys much more attractive than gals. And yes, I did spend some of my life with a rather nasty view of "gay" people - there were many mistakes made in the church back then. Still many today, but things are getting better - and largely because people are coming to understand the concepts of grace and forgiveness over the "law" - things like that you talk about below.

Creation story? Let's have two in Genesis within a few lines.

I've heard people talk about this often but.. I've never been able to read it. I read the Bible cover-cover in a repeating sequence, ie I start at page 1 and read a small amount each day until I get to the end then start again, and also read other bits as desired whether for study, fact-checking, or pleasure (yes, some of it is quite pleasureable to read - other bits I dislike but still read). I have read Genesis 1 & 2 many times over the years, in different translations (english translations covering some 400-odd years), and do not see 1&2 as different stories. It's like reading many manuals and other texts, including newspaper articles. The first part gives a basic run-down (whether first paragraph in a newspaper article or introduction/first chapter in a computer manual) and the next chapter gives more detail on a specific subject. I am yet to see the conflict.

Commandments? Yes, ten please. Although there's more than one list and they're not exactly the same. And there's more than ten, too.

You should look into that a little more. There's only one key set of 10, which relate to how to treat God and how to treat other people (the ones like not murdering, not stealing, not cheating on your spouse and so on).

There are other laws, that's true. But there's ceremonial laws, and health laws, things like that. Not all apply outside of the people they're directed to. Those commonly called "The 10 commandments" are global. The rest aren't.

Don't like gay people? Justify that nonsense on the old testament. And ignore lots of other stuff that's just as explicitly prohibited but less convenient. (Gay: no; shellfish: don't care; mixed fabrics: don't care; blatant hypocrisy: don't care, obviously.).

Yeah, that sort of stuff has been a problem for a while. Still is for some people as well. Sadly only in the last couple of months I had someone giving me a bit of hassle for being gay, quoting a certain passage from the Bible. I asked him about the clothes he was wearing, and pointed out that the same section of laws cover clothes and other things as well. I also love to point out the other stuff in those passages at times.

Change is coming, and people are getting to see that grace, forgiveness, and most of all love, kindness and mercy are the important things. In many places in the Bible God says that He prefers kindness and mercy over sacrifice and judgement.

What many in the church has spouted for a long time does not line up with the Bible. It is a slow process, but things are improving. And if you want to know what the Bible says for itself, read it carefully yourself. Forget about what other people have to say, read it and let it interpret itself.

Hope this helps someone...

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Re: Have i missed something?

Very late to the party.. Again.. But..

b) Work, but it keep on displayin an error message because it is not connected. You can ignore it, but then you will miss any other errore message because of it - while your wife/girlfriend/etc, will tell keep on asking you why you don't connect that damned device and get rid of the message

Fridge error checking 101 : Is stuff cold? If yes, fridge OK.

And the "Homer Simpson Engine Light Fix" is a perfect solution for "stopping" the display of any error or other messages. The screen would make a great place for your kid's pictures.. Backlit even... :)

(I need a "very damned late post" icon!)

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: Now, there's tech blog I'd actually read

Yeah like those photo blogs where you see a guy testing out a new £2000 lens and he drops it by accident

How do they manage that? I've had my favourite camera for 8 years now, ridden thousands of miles with it reachable while riding, climbed rock faces and mountains (before I got lazy), never got it wet and never dropped it. Any time these guys want to drop a lens, I'll swap em one! They can have my rarely used 300mm to smash and I'll treat their $2k one with the love and respect it deserves!

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Re: Apple Crap again....

I'd had iPods for years (I'm autistic, music is honestly the single most important thing in my life - how fucking pathetic is THAT…?!) and, as there's never been a 'Droid-based 'iPod', I'm a tad stuck.

Also autistic. Love music, can't live without it.

When iduds were over $1,000 for 8g and black&white screen, I spent $500 on an Iriver. 20g, 200+k color screen, Linux-based os. Lasted me from 2007 till a few months back with daily use. Unfortunately a short in the battery killed its charging circuit one night.

I used it for music but could also copy photos to it from my camera using its external USB port. It also had a text viewer and several other features. Much like an early raspberry inside really. Hmmm... Wonder if I could adapt the screen and controls......

Oh, and phones are evil.

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Re: The last thing I want to see

Add me to the (just) 40 plus group who can read, and prefers it by far over video. Much quicker and easiervto find what you want. And as someone else said, copy and paste works!.

Mmmmmm ... Coffee & pasta.. Know what I'm having for tea now!

Educated old git. ------------>

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Re: Oh come on

It might not be your industry, but that doesn't mean it isn't 'real work'.

I do web design work and generally computer repair work. Since being gifted a tablet I often find it is a valuable tool. Not only can I comfortably take it on the bike or even on foot to a customer's site, but it sure beats holding a laptop long-term while trying to look up specs or other information. And it lets me get a real-world look at how sites perform on these things.

I can also quickly and easily give customers a look at site design options, and explain I'm using the tablet for real-life examples.

They're crap for creating any real content (even typing this message), but can be a great tool for certain jobs. Find mine great, so long as I try to use it within realistic limits. Otherwise it would very quickly become an expensive frisbee. Especially with the keyboard trying to re-interpret and correct what I type (must download a better one!)

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Re: All these folks worried about processing their photos while on holiday...

...in reality no one else cares or wants to see them.

Some people are born to take crap photos, some have crap photos thrust apon them!

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Supply and demand

The fact that neither party is prepared to stump up the cash tells everyone all they need to know....

Yes,that a good advisor or responsible corporation knows that msdn is not worth wasting any more time or ¢ on.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Just another reason to use Bing I suppose.

There's as reason to use Bing?

Is it as bad as the MS maps thing? (their most recent satellite photo of my area is missing a whole street that's only been there for some 5 years!)

Sad really. I want better alternatives to google.

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Re: No ads - oh dear

I use adblock plus and not edge partly for that. I don't like being tracked, and I passionately hate flashing/moving ads, especially when reading technical content. I avoid brands whose adverts piss me off. For life. But I'll happily support text or static ads.

Text based ads are fine. If they fit reasonably with the content then I'll probably note them. If not I'll find a way to block them, and find an alternative brand to purchase from. Static images are fine. I could even accept the odd video add if it plays once and stops.

Annoying ads drive customers elsewhere. Or just drive us to adblock. If your site needs ad revenue then make your ads good or expect to lose visitors. Make a site not work with adblock then you're making a site that won't show in my browser.

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Re: incorrect analysis here

I don't think a simple html site will necessarily do the trick either; in my experience it takes java script and css to figure out what device type and screen orientation combo is needed to display a site well on every device.

Not quite true. I'm one of those weird js-hating freaks. I do responsive sites without it, CSS and HTML only. I may be able to be enticed to give you an example but I think it falls foul of El Ref's rules, even if it was a customer's site.

The sites I do work fairly well on any device and if modern browser without special coding (mainly coz I'm lazy and barely know an HTML tag from my own backside)

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Re: "Off-label" prescribing

Hey there.

I have a friend who is currently facing this nastyness - macular degeneration. Is there any way you can give more of a clue to the name of the actual drug?

(If you and El Reg staffers are OK with it, I'm happy for them to give you my email address OR they can work as an intermediary if necessary - but I would love for her to be able to get some help with this!)

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Re: read around...

journalctl gives you pretty much what catting the log file gives. It also has various options for filtering the output, or printing in reverse.

Well, that stuff could be useful occaisionally. Something to bring the relevant sections of various logs into order could also be nice (trying to track down a problem with the mail server, but is it the imap server, firewall, authentication or something else that is wrong? Would be cool to read the logs in one sequence! :)

However, what I know of it so far (and what I've read from it's main promoters own hands), Systemd (does the "D" stand for "disrupt" or "destroy" or somesuch?) still makes me quite nervous. Over the years many things (and people) have done that. Sometimes I've been proven right, others wrong. if it turns out to be good then my thanks to the writers. If not, then may the whole thing blow up in your faces ending your careers in computing, but not doing any real harm to anyone else.

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Re: Can't there be a simple and effective Linux distribution?

LP? Vision? Same sentence?

Sure. People who use hallucogenic drugs have all sorts of visions.

(If Pulse Audio is anything to go by, I think LP is far from the only one using mind-screwing substances!)

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Re: read around...

"My complaint is the opaque logs" I think this is most peoples problem but they invent lies about loads of other things around systemd to try and make the issue bigger. i've not got a problem with binary logs, if a file is corrupted, its unreadable no matter what format its in. The journal viewing program is brilliant.

Unless the corruption is significant, text files are easily readable up to and after the corruption. You can corrupt 20% of a text file and easily read the remaining 80% (perhaps unless the corruption involves numbers you actually need - but the remaining 80% is still readable). You could corrupt 90% and still read it.

But a single bit being flipped in many binary files is enough to throw the whole thing out.

Another issue with the binary logs - where I live I don't currently have a landline. I have an ancient cell phone that is my main source of internet at home (tethered), so connection speeds are down. Much better at work of course. I maintain a small number of headless web, email and file servers - no graphical displays or anything like that - such probably would be a hinderance (scuse spelling, for some reason spell checking isn't working in FF for me on here!) as I do find it a lot easier to work without clutter. I also fix Windows systems for a living so I am well familliar with gui-based systems.

Being on a poor connection and not being able to easily read and search logs or configs would be a problem, and re-drawing the screen with large amounts of graphics is a waste even with todays bandwidth - what if the system that has a graphical interface has a runaway process that either is chewing up the CPU or the desktop is locked? At least with CLI on most Linux systems even if the keyboard is locked you can get in over the network with SSH in my experience.

(The logs and config may not be an issue with systemd if it has a decent text-mode viewing program - I honestly don't know!)

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: I recently found a company nearby

I recently found a company nearby that will build a laptop to my specs for a very reasonable price AND you buy the OS separately. No bloatware, nothing you did not ask for.

Mind telling? I get lots of requests for laptops "without the windows tax".

Thanks

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Re: simples...

The first thing I do when I get a new computer/laptop is reformat it and install a vanilla copy of the OS.

As do I ;)

BTW Lenovo actually makes some decent kit - my last two laptops have been Lenovo and I've been very happy with them. No reason not to buy them, just wipe the disk.

It probably won't be long (if not already the case) that removing such item voids the warranty. Even if the pre-installed trial barely-AV crapware (or decent AV as a few companies do) finds and removes the rubbish.

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Re: Lenovo software now matches their build quality

Open any MSI G-Series laptop, and smile watching the build quality smiling back at you.

Actually, I was laughing when I opened a MSI gaming laptop. I can't remember the series but while the ease of working with it was great, the quality of the plastic wasn't. The hinge design was one that needed repair after a few months, and anyone who knows anything about leverage (the mechanical moving stuff kind, not financial/blackmail etc) would instantly see that it would break very quickly - huge amounts of stress on very small areas of plastic. I reinforced it with fibreglass as one side was gone and the other was on it's way.

For the price my customer paid, I would've expected a hell of a lot better product. MSI may have some much sturdier machines, and as far as other repair work/disassembly goes, and as far as the laptop itself goes - it was a great machine. But the build quality of the case was quite shite. I still would probably buy one if I had the $$$ to splash.

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Some questions..

Firstly, is this the same "Superfish" that I've seen come pre-installed on some Compaq/HP machines (although IIRC back in the Vista days, maybe not so recent)? It certainly seems a lot worse than the "Wild Tangent" stuff that many firms still push.

(Could anyone involved in advertising please see my last paragraph)

Forum administrator and Lenovo employee Mark Hopkins said following dozens of angry posts that new laptops will no longer be sold with Superfish. The company has also asked the company behind the program to issue an update squashing pop-up ads.

Er, Lenovo.. It should be YOU who provides the removal tools, and takes out a few million $ worth of ads in TV/Radio/Newspaper/YouTube etc ads to alert your customers (who brought your machines in good faith trusting in your name for quality and the security that implies) that they have this malware that must be removed.

We at DLIT will now recommend that people never trust your company again, and even take any Lenovo products back to the shop they got them from and demand a refund on the grounds that the machine has malware on it by design that compromises their banking sessions. I'm fairly confident that NZ consumer laws would make this easy, and maybe machines going back to the start of Lenovo could be covered since they never were "fit for purpose". (If a computer comes with software that messes with security certificates, when users buy them expecting to be able to safely do online banking and purchases...)

"Due to some issues (browser pop up behavior for example), with the Superfish Visual Discovery browser add-on, we have temporarily removed Superfish from our consumer systems until such time as Superfish is able to provide a software build that addresses these issues," Hopkins said.

The recommendation I am making to my customers as of this morning is that "Once is too much, never trust Lenovo again". You knowingly installed this software, you set it up and promoted it as trustworthy.

But had it not been for this quote - that you would only temporarily remove it - we might not be quite recommending "never trust Lenovo again" (screwing up massively is normal - what you do to fix it is what counts). However, since you are willing to trust such a company (who, later, through an update, could try to mess with things again - you're not so naive to expect otherwise I hope?). Since you haven't cut all ties with them, I must advise my customers to cut all ties with you.

Burn me once... Part of my job is to help my customers avoid being burnt ever.

As to those in advertising, perhaps you should be looking at any breaches of contracts caused by this? You know, where site owners have exclusive advertising deals with certain sponsors - perhaps people have been looking for "refreshing beverage" and this malware has been injecting Pepsi ads into a Coke fansite or something like that? Perhaps Lenovo should be facing some lawsuits over this?

(Oh, and FTR, until today I was the proud owner of a Lenovo Thinkpad tablet).

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Casting the first stone n'all

But is there anyone here who hasn't used a gold plated connector "just in case"?

Or not engaged in cargo culture "just in case" Or not bought a more expensive product (paint? after-shave? a car?) "just in case"?

Yes,. I can say that. I have not purchased products based on being more expensive, I buy based on doing what I need at an acceptable price/quality level - I'd rather buy D-Link than Cisco for example, because the D-link does wha I need. I don't shave, my only car was given to me and I spend as little on it as possible (I do look for things that will last but I know that cheap doesn't always mean nasty and expensive doesn't always mean good). Paint, I put my money and effort into the prep work. Purchasing is done with "NZ Made" being a very significant part of the equation (ie if it ain't made here, I ain't using it).

And I haven't done any of the "cargo culture" in programming that I can recall (althought I have only known of the term for maybe 5 minutes :) )

Oh, and if I do have any gold audio connectors, it's because they're on cables I found or was given, not one on a cable I purchased. Unless my phone's headset has them, in which case I did not deliberately purchase them. The phone had features I wanted at a price that suited me, the headset is still in the box.

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The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

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Re: Obligatory Oatmeal

Oh and that 2nd link reminds me, I must check out this "Game of Thrones" thing everyone on the internet seems to praise...or take the piss out of.

I suggest you check out the South Park pisstake first. Might be a warning or few in there you need to know about...

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: Well

Its wonderful that your short trip was so productive of hard scientific data, and that your childhood memory was so precise.

You do realise that realise that water tends to leave marks on things, like where tides come up to? You also realise that certain sea-born life forms cling to structures, giving a good indication of usual tidal heights? Do you also realise that engineering of warves and the like hasn't much changed for a long time, ie what was built for a certain size ship last century holds true for the same size ship today? High tide still reaches the same place today as it did when that structure was built. You can see that with one visit at low tide.

As to isostatic rebound, is that what they're using to explain away why we haven't had the tens or hundreds of meters sea level rises we were promised in the 90's? We're in 2015 now. Weren't we all supposed to be drowning by now? Amazing how isostatic rebound so closely matches the exact rate of gw-based sea level rise!

Don't take my word for it. Visit some of these places and have a good look and think for yourself. I know it's hard to do with all that screaming about how only stupid people look at the evidence and make up their own conclusions themselves (with appropriate levels of study involved), and really scary to stand up to the agw bullies for some, but it can be done and you'll soon see how much is truth, and how much really is fear-mongering.

And for the record, I am very much pro cutting pollution, very much pro renewable and nuke (truly green energy if you take the time to look and think), and extremely pro looking after this planet. But that means making the right choices, not the ones some in the gw lobby wants to waste money and resources on.

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Re: you're idiot doubters

The fossil fuel industry is the main culprit and the have spent a fortune sending out propaganda which you digest and regurgitate to your readers.

Just once I'd love to see some more this so-called propaganda. I'm nearly 42 (and proud of it!) and I'm yet to see anything like it.

Can you point me to some please? Or stop spouting this stuff because if no one can show it, how can it be real?

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Re: Why is the Reg so into this?

Not a single soul that reads this rag will be put out more than a dollar or two.

Really? I'm not rich, but with the "carbon tax" type increases in taxes on fuel, electricity, and all sorts of other things, I am out by several thousand dollars over the last few years. And I am very very far from "rich".

(And just for the record, I would much rather use totally renewable energy, and would love to not have to buy one drop more in fossil fuel or oil - not even for lubrication, and would love to cause no pollution (carbon is not necessarily pollution as it is a very important bit of plant food, and more carbon means plants can grow larger and faster)

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Re: The stupid. It BURNS.

given his track record on the topic.

An AC, talking about credibility and track records?

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Re: Picking ever shorter time periods to deny climate change

Building enough wind turbines to provide all the electricity we need all of the time would be an interesting thing to hear about.

You might want to have a really good look at that. How many turbines would you need - and don't forget that when the wind drops you need another turbine to cover the stopped one (yes I know, they have quite a lot of momemtum once moving...). Also look at how much energy and resources are required to make one turbine, how long it lasts, what it's limits are (how many times can it turn before needing to be replaced, and how much energy could it generate).

No idea where to find these numbers, but it could well be worth a look. Are large wind farms anything more than an expensive joke? Can they really generate more energy than the resources that went into making and maintaining them? I've known some small-scale operations that work well, but do they scale up?

Is it worth the loss of landscape, birdlife, and peace for those who live near them?

(Me would much rather some nice green nukes!)

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Re: What is it with the registers coverage of global warming.

Where "adapt to changes" means possibly abandoning coastal cities

Scary thought.. Auckland is a effectively a coastal city.. Last thing we want is them abandoning their city and spoiling the rest of the land!

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Re: Well

Personally I have been visiting the same jetty for the last fifty years, and the average water level has not changed in that time. I know because I scratched my name in a post at the high water mark.

Cool. Nice to see the comment I made a little while ago supported by yours some time much further back. Wonder why you got a downvote for posting provable, observale fact though? (bet the same person will downvote me :) )

How many other areas can you see where the sea level hasn't changed, and how many changes are because as you say land rises and falls/erodes?

Oh, and isn't the idea not "because we think it should be rising/falling" but "well, we don't think they knew how to read their instruments so we'll make it up as we go along, er, I mean correct their readings, because they didn't know what they were doing!" :)

Beer, coz hopefully In a few months you'll be able to sit down and have one in your summer (unless you're this side of the equator, in which case have it tomorrow - I hear it could be the warmest day this week.. SHIT! GLOBAL WARMING MUST BE REAL! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

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Re: Well

other overwhelming observable evidence like the on-going sea level rises every year, and that the oceans were the warmest on record too...

Like many Kiwi's, I live in coastal areas. I've spent my entire life a few hundred metres to a few K away. Right now I am actually about 7 k from the nearest shore.

Over Christmas I visited Opunake beach (very near where I grew up) for the first time in decades. I observed, quite plainly, that the sea was in the same place as last time I was there. If there were "observable" sea level rises over the last few decades, then I should've "observed" that, right?

I also visited other beaches along the Taranaki coast, including Patea beach; areas I spent almost every summer day (and many non-summer ones) during my childhood and teens. Areas with ancient wharfs which were built many decades ago, some even before electricity was common (and Patea was IIRC the 5th place in NZ to have electricity!). I observed that the water still reached the same levels in these places as when I remembered them, and indeed looking at the design of the wharfs, the same level as when they were built.

I recently visited Petone. Same thing with their wharf, built just a wee while ago (1907). Other beaches are the same as they were a long time ago, with the notable difference of the "shoreline 1840" markers a fair way inland on Wellington streets. These mark the old shoreine in 1840, but note it wasn't "global cooling" that moved the sea so far from where it used to be. it was largely (if my memory of history serves me right) a rather large upthrust of land from an earthquake that significantly altered the area, and a bit from "reclaimed land" as well. Mostly from the quake though.

Same for Titahi Bay, the Centenial Highway, the Pauatahinui Inlet - sea levels unchanged for as long as I've known them, and looking at the placements of very old boat sheds, boat ramps, and other constructions, the levels change with the tides, but no more. What his high tide today was high tide a hundred years ago.

So "observable" evidence is that the sea level has had no appreciable change in over 100 years. If you don't believe me, get on a plane and come over here. Plant a tree or two to offset the carbon of your flight like a good wee AGW-type, jetting around to prove how bad jetting around is... Er, anyway... If you want to observe it for yourself, get your arse over here and look for yourself.

I take most "global warming" stuff with a grain of salt, and given the observable levels of rise around me, a grain of salt would probably be enough to raise the sea much more than it has done in recent decades.

(One Wellington councilor did supposedly change his mind after a significant slip took out a chunk of the Hutt-Wellington rail line last year - but then I've always lived coastal, and I know that land erodes anyway, sometimes you get a big bit go in one storm (or even without the storm), sometimes you go decades without slips in a particular area - a slip during a storm is NOT proof or even evidence of global warming - I've been seeing them happen since the early 70's (when they were conclusive proof we were about to enter an ice age!).

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: I don't understand it

Carbon sequestration is a bad joke due to its appalling overall energy efficiency and a severe lack of very long term guaranteed non-leaking storage.

This should make you feel a bit happier. Carbon is quite safe to handle and doesn't need any special storage. You can touch it and eat it if you want with no harm (unless you eat too much). If you want to put it somewhere try in your garden, you might get some interesting results with plant growth that way :)

No serious attempts at producing enough low or zero carbon energy, such as desert-based solar-electric or thorium nukes, to replace our current sources are evident

I love the idea of renewables and nukes, but I think desert solar could be a serious environmental disaster for the area - blocking natural sunlight from large parts of that eco system (yes, even deserts have life!) can't exactly be good for it. Nukes will be much better.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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@AndrueC

But for me the big annoyance is the way Hollywood still insists on having people stay on the line for at least half a minute so that the call can be traced. I don't think that's been needed in the Western world since before the turn of the century.

It probably goes way back before that. Telco's have been able to bill up-to-the-second for decades (even if the billed in 6-minute blocks!), and you can bet that the moment 2 phones were connected, they knew exactly who and where (unless someone had been watching Hackers (or H2) and connected 2 phones together... :) ), so I've always been pretty sure that they've been able to know pretty much instantly where a connection was. I'm also sure in cases like kidnapping, they'd be quite willing to co-operate with the cops.

I've though for years that probably, it's a ploy to keep the un-enlightened on the phone for a critical 59-seconds in the hopes that they can get a local patrol car to the location. But then I probably watch far to many movies :)

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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Re: 4 screens vs 1

Or the tmux user

Yes... Whoever a) invented and b) "told" me about that, thanks to you. Gone are the days of having half a dozen separate shells into a server to a) work and b) monitor. Now I can do much more with one or two :)

But I do need more lines! If you want to punish your eyes, try tmux on a small smartphone... :)

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Re: You see what you want to see

I don't see why it isn't possible for a computer in North Korea to have been hacked and used as a proxy just as easily as anywhere else.

When I'm having a sneaky look at a competitor's website and don't want to tip them off, I'll fire up tails or whonix to make sure that I don't leak.

I'm not even close to being a hacker, but I know how to reasonably make sure others can't trace me.

Once the basic infrastructure is in place, it should be quite hard to accidentally leave it.

If, OTOH, I was to be using a bot-net or similar to attack someone, I'd certainly "accidentally" let some "direct connections" through.

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Microsoft patch batch pre-alerts now for paying customers ONLY

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Re: Maybe trying to cut down on zero-days?

You could be cynical and say Microsoft is just trying to get companies to sign up for Premier Support (which is not cheap but very necessary in a complex MS environment.)

When you're talking about vulnerability hunts at the scale of nation-states and organized crime, could even telling them that there's a bug in this component be too much information?

they might just be adjusting to the fact that vulnerabilities aren't generally found by people living in their parents' basements anymore...they're found by companies, governments and criminal gangs first.

But kid hacker in mom's basement won't have the finances to pay for the premier support, whereas nationstate and gang not only can afford that, they maybe can afford to bribe some MS employees as well.

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Re: I am glad.

But in the Linux and OSS realms, bugs are often freely and publicly discussed. Still no malware of any note there.

(Cue comments from AC about the Morris worm in 3.. 2.. 1...)

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Stuck on a coding problem – should you Bing it?

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Re: nGoogle

It's the "and more besides" that we're worried about! :)

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

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Re: Damn the torpedoes...I welcome the Dotcom Chat

Microsoft wrecked Skype enough that I welcome all alternatives.

Agreed. Loved being able to have ringing on the speakers and the actual call on the headset (y'know, so I could hear an incoming call while afk but others couldn't hear the call)

Then MS brought in their wonderful "new features" and we got some crippled crapware that isn't close to what it used to be.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: Not so hard

Aesthetics and technical excellence in one beautiful package.

We've had to dismantle a few over the recent weeks, a couple of Macbooks and various AIO models as well.

I've seen some quite neat engineering solutions which, sadly, had to be created to get around totally effing ridiculous design solutions. Life would've been so much easier had Apple got some intelligent designers in for a change.

And please don't get me started on some of their idiotic error reports and other such things,

A few months back I quite liked the idea of Apple stuff - sure, walled garden, but because they were anal about limiting what hardware and software was allowed then logically the must have an easier time with support etc.

Now I realise they're only so anal because they're full of...

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Re: Sometimes the reason OsX doesn't work

Was that a sideswipe at the poor and under-utilised El Reg Web Design Team?

Probably wasn't, but if they ever get near my car they might find one! :)

The site is j^ia4i9*()REF4fpt [ACCOUNT TERMINATED]

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Lizard Squad gang moves from PlayStation, Xbox Live attacks to Tor

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Re: the tablets will save us...

Cloud computing providers don't care what VMs are used for as long as there is a credit card to go with each one.

Not 100% true.

My servers recently came under an attack of some sort that I suspect was from a botnet. Not DOS levels by any means but several thousand more attempts to get in to SSH and other services than normal, ie rahter than the odd one or two per hour I was seeing hundreds, and all the same few login names (before security software closed the door on them) from many different ISP's.

These included some cloud providers. Often their IP's would show up in a close bunch as well, light I might get a dozen hits from one cloud company in a few mintues before things went back to random.

Anyway.. I made contact with several ISP's. A few responded, but a couple responded very well. I'm not sure if I should name one but I can say that from shortly after their people responded to my message, their IP's disappeared from my logs. Not just the IP's I'd identified either. (The NZ ISPs were appallingly unwilling to help! - yes, looking at pretty much al of you! Shame on you, if I could get my internet from another country I would. NK or China or Redmond would probably be more secure!)

Anyway.. Some at least will help, and it looks like certain ones will go to some good lengths to secure their systems (they won't tell me what they did sadly, I'd love to know even the basics).

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Scrap metal? @ Grease Monkey

Built - Nope assembled from parts. To say you "built" a machine to me means you actually fabricated significant parts or at least did some serious work in making those parts fit. Assembly - sticking stuff together that was intended to go together. Building - fabrication or at least serious adaptation.

You mean like where the writer talks about doing serious fettling and so on to get things to fit? :) Sure, it is largely assembled, but he did resort to hand-tools to re-shape stock materials.

As to the scrap.. As a former metal finisher, and previously a worker in a foundary and other related parts of that factory, and also time in a few other places where engineering skills (including various metal working skills that would put my metalwork teachers to shame) were required - and with a few "significantly repaired" cars and complete bike rebuilds behind me, I add my vote to those saying "it's scrap". In farming, a weed is "an unwanted plant". A rose is a weed if it's not wanted in that area, as is cabbage or tulips or whatever. Much the same for for metal.

A friend of mine got a new never-used stainless sink and benchtop a few years back for the price of the scrap metal (and a little extra - had to be nice). Perfectly functional, hours spent making it, beautifully done, and it was scrap. Because the builder gave the wrong dimensions, so the maker put it out for scrap. I brought it and friends of his built a bench to suit. It's not scrap now, but if I hadn't been there at the right time to see it being loaded on the scrap truck (and had a friend needed some kitchen improvements), it would've been melted down shortly afterwards.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

The original Speccy used an RF modulator (analogue TV signal), not RCA.

As someone below pointed out, the connected for the modulator was RCA..

But...

The feed into the modulator was composite. You could tap into that quite easily (especially if you had the "Saga 1" (IIRC) top case and keyboard - much nicer keyboard than the original!) and no more having to tune the TV into the damned thing.

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Re: calendar check....

if it is a clone - wouldnt the shipping date be may the 4th?

Very well done :)

(Surprised no one else has picked up... )

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Hasn't this happened already with Upstart?

It also has a great viewing tool for the logs,

Can I do that over ssh or telnet or whatever other method I use on a poor connection (I'm out on the road, 2g only signal at best, some problem with the web or email server needs immediate attention...)

Honest question. Haven't yet looked at SD, hoping not to have to but seeing it already has a death-grip on Mint on this machine (ie if I remove it the system pretty much dies) I guess I'll be forced to deal with it long before I have the time and other critical resources (eg inclination) to research it properly.

(Put me in the "I'm not sure it's a bad thing but it sure as hell looks like it, especially with "Kay S"'s (surname escapes me) attitude to what are clearly either quite serious bugs or extremely stupid programming decisions. If their attitude to people having a problem with the way they handle kernel debug commands is any indication on how they code, then their code is not something I would ever want on my machine - the attitude is NOT what I am willing to tolerate even in my small shop!)

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Re: This is gold

What "manners of hardware support"? its broken nothing on my machines, maybe you need a training course on systemd.

So whereas most systems the hardware just works, now we have this wonderful piece of software that we may have to do a course on if it breaks our hardware?

Why not stick with the systems where most things just work, out of the box? That's why I use Linux - I'm a fat lazy slob who can't be arsed looking for drivers etc and just want my machines to work. I don't want to fight broken hardware and missing drivers. If I did I'd use Windows.

I'm already deeply disappointed that I have to use Pulse Audio for Skype (thanks Microsoft - and you wonder why people have a dislike of you!), and may just cut off contact with those few people I do talk to on Skype (or encourage them to use something better) so I can go back to Alsa. (Maybe I should see if I can figure out how to set things so only Skype uses PA and everything else works much better.. See? Now I am having to get off my arse and do something.. Look what that bunch behind Systemd has made me do!!!)

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