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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

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Joke

Using a frigging magnet to re-align the bits in the bootsector

Obligatory XKCD reference:

http://xkcd.com/378/

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

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Re: Why Divide by Seven?

Chuck Norris can get away with dividing by zero.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: Or even....

This. Though I did also buy a small subwoofer to compensate for the lack of bass from the bookshelf speakers.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Richard Durkin's 15-year nightmare began when he walked into a PC World store

Yup, I know that feeling.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: Time out a second here, Skippy

And this would be a bad thing...?

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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FAIL

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm convinced

> The FAQ also deal with why the site site was so JavaScript-heavy.

>

> "We used JavaScript to create an immersive user experience for both

> audiences, allowing them to explore the content – learning the basics

> on their journey, while being able to choose to read further.

So by clumsily breaking out of a well-understood and well-tested user experience (browsing web pages) they've somehow made it more immersive? As opposed, to, say, introducing introducing a jarring dissonance?

And what happens to the "immersive" user experience when the user hits one of the (many, many) external links and end up off on some banking website or wherever?

> There are no page refreshes throughout the experience, which is

> completely served using HTML5 and JavaScript."

Okay. So the site's JavaScript-heavy because it's completely served using HTML5 and JavaScript. I don't think that explanation has quite the causal relationship they were looking for.

And anyway, what's wrong with a few page refreshes? Are we still all on dialup? Clearly it's much more immersive to spaff a great wad of JavaScript into the user's browser and have a cute little Shoreditch "loading" throbber every so often.

> Women aged 35-55 and SMEs

It's 2014 for $DEITY's sake. A surprising number of people know how to use websites without being patronised by cartoon graphics and so-called immersive experiences. Yes, that includes women aged 35-55 and SMEs.

> "Small changes in behaviour^H^H^H Wasting less taxpayer money on

> badly thought-out digital campaigns could save the public and small

> businesses in the UK a tremendous amount of money."

FTFY.

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Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

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Kim Jong Il Brief History?

It's 160 pages long! I've read tax codes that are shorter and less densely-written.

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Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Only supposed to cost £497m

Tenderise? As in, repeatedly pound with a hammer until it becomes more palatable?

Somehow seems appropriate.

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Nearly 1 in 5 of UK's Xmas gifts were bought online... not that it helped

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Re: Imagine how much better it could be

I suspect more control over the last mile is exactly where they're heading. Amazon Lockers, for example.

I used to have a cheap account with the local Mailboxes Etc, specifically so someone was always available to pick up/sign for deliveries. That's only a workaround though - I agree the delivery side needs to get better.

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Allonymous Coward
Devil

Retail sales grew measly 0.4%

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Christmas consumerism, bah humbug.

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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

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Re: Beautifully cynical

OK, it turns out they *are* on www.gov.uk, they just haven't closed down their old site:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

(Whether this is better/more usable than the old site is left as an exercise for the reader...).

I still find it interesting that they apparently feel the need to follow their own path with regard to development projects. It'd be good to know where some of this code ends up being deployed.

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Re: Beautifully cynical

So are the people behind that MoJ GitHub account part of/acting in concert with GDS?

Or are they acting in opposition to the centralised "our way or the highway" approach the GDS seems to be adopting these days with respect to other government departments? (I can't help but notice that MoJ are still at www.justice.gov.uk and not www.gov.uk/justice or whatever).

I agree with the low-level philosophy - sharing is good. Open systems are good. Users are important. But I also suspect the GDS are out of the honeymoon period and into the hard, unsexy, possibly intractable problems. I wonder if that's part of the reason for their recently-announced delays.

We've also already seen departments jumping off the GDS ship so I wonder how they're going to keep people on board; particularly people who want to do things and apparently have the independent skills to do them, such as MoJ.

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Last 7m non-digital Brits are OUT OF LUCK: I'm OFF, says Baroness Fox

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Re: DVLA Site seems fine to me.

That, I think, may have been the point.

The superficial Web 2.0-ified GOV.UK front door generates all the Lane Fox/GDS column inches and dubious industry design awards. But once you need to get actual things done you quickly end up back on the legacy DirectGov sites.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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WTF?

How poetically cyberpunk

"...we're holding it, but we might as well be plugging it into ourselves".

I read that phrase three times to try and work out WTF the guy was blithering about. Then I got it - he's using one of them metaphor things what shows how Amazon workers are all treated like robots.

What a clever little journalism grad. Here, have a bikkie.

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Pirate Bay co-founder Svartholm Warg to be shipped to Denmark

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Time to get on down

...to your local Ecuadorian embassy.

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Reg hack fondles a sexy Pro: An Apple MacBook 13in with Retina display

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You pretty much described my laptop. Used to have a Mac, which had some nice features (OS X, everything well integrated) and some annoyances (glossy screen, chiclet keyboard).

Replaced that with a ThinkPad off eBay. Many nice features, including matte screen and the best laptop keyboard I've ever used. Another £100 or so for an SSD and RAM upgrade a year or so later. It doesn't have the wow factor, and Linux isn't as polished as OS X, but I can live with that.

Macs are nice enough but they're not my cuppa. Maybe if I did video editing or lots of Photoshop or something.

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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

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Pint

Re: At what point

If you want to SOLVE a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them...

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Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

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One of the problems with Notes...

...was that most people thought of it as an email system, at which task it pretty much sucked.

We also used to use it to run bits of our intranet though - discussion databases, call trackers, that sort of thing. It was actually a pretty good system for that, back in the day.

I last used it about 10 years ago, at which point the UI was firmly entrenched in 1995. So maybe it's made it into the current century by now.

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Looks nice

However I have XFCE on Mint 13 LTS and it works well. I don't really want to update my DE and/or distro more often than I have a shave or haircut, despite that being pretty much de rigeur for Linux desktop users ;)

Maybe I'll give it a go when it hits the next LTS.

Choice; it's a wonderful thing.

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Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

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Re: Evolutionary Dead End?

The Canonical business plan syllogism:

1. We must do something

2. This is something

3. Therefore, we must do this.

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Windows XP folks: At least GOOGLE still loves you ... UNTIL 2015

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Linux

Re: Migrate away from MS altogether

Normally I take "Linux on the desktop" comments with a large helping of sodium chloride. However as a replacement for an elderly MS desktop OS you may have a point. If most of what you want is provided by applications a decade old, then chances are they'll work with WINE.

I run Mint on my main laptop, but have a small handful of Windows apps for which I've not found a decent Linux alternative. But because they're all simple and/or old, they run just fine under WINE.

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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Re: I know what's causing it

Didn't you sell me a Monster Cable last week?

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Assange fails in bid for election to Australian Senate

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The Chair recognises the Rt. Hon. Tub of Lard MP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmys4LH9jTE

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Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

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RIP Ken Wallis

Here's to an interesting and inspiring life, and I hope they have a beer ready for you in the great ready room in the sky.

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Australia threatens Adobe, Apple, with geo-blocking ban

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Re: Grey importing??

I've got family in New Zealand. They'd happily pay the license fee for a decent alternative to the drivel that passes as local programming down there.

Surely it can't be too hard. So I sometimes wonder why the BBC aren't doing it.

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

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If you're on the other side of the world

The Manapouri Power Station in New Zealand is worth a visit if you like this sort of thing.

It's not pumped storage. But it is underground, and in a fairly impressive wilderness location (no road access - boat only).

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US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings

Allonymous Coward
IT Angle

the robot probably gets some other signal

I wonder if he could use a mouse with his other hand?

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

Allonymous Coward
Unhappy

The bit I'll find sickening

Feels like this has reasonable odds of being passed. There doesn't seem to be much political downside. And on the upside it's a great opportunity for our Elected Reps to appear liberal and forward-thinking, yet at the same time grave and dismayed over past injustices.

Picture, if you will, a press conference fronted by a contrite-looking yet oh-so-liberal $senior_politician taking all the credit for righting such a shameful, shocking (shocking, I tell you!) injustice. We may not have got it right in the past, but your Government is so much more caring in these enlightened times. Honestly.

[Pulls out hanky, wipes away crocodile tears. Blows nose.]

Then picture, if you will, the "technology press" (by which I mean the "technology" press such as Rory Cellan-Jones) lapping this all up.

Now please excuse me. I feel a sudden need to go punch a wall or something.

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ZUCK out all my BUGS: Facebook gobbles Brit glitch-hunter

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(Finnish words)

I think (Finnish word) should be a new El Reg editorial standard, to be used whenever cuss-words are required in an article.

Examples...

Yahoo's! Market! Share! Is! (Finnish word)ed!

UK Gov IT project run by (Finnish word) consultancy is (Finnish word) expensive, (Finnish word) late. Quelle (Finnish word) surprise.

Page/Zuckerberg shock admission: "(Finnish word) your privacy, users"

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

Allonymous Coward

Re: This has now officially..

Oh no it hasn't.

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Unix luminary among seven missing at sea

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Re: I do not like this, it better not be a trend

> the richest businessman in the world

> And he is trying to save the world

Have Bill Gates and Batman ever been seen in the same room together?

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

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Coat

Simple

All the Russian government needs to do is declare his transit hotel capsule at Sheremetyevo airport an extension of the Ecuadorian embassy.

Anything's got to be better than getting on a plane to Caracas. I've been there. I've also been to Hull, Luton and Slough, and Caracas is worse than at least two of them.

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Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy

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Hit them where it hurts

Right in the bottom line.

Does the new version really do anything that important? Don't buy into the "cloud" fubar upgrade treadmill. Instead, donate a fraction of the money you save to GIMP or Paint.NET. At least they sometimes have their users' best interests at heart.

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1,000 O2 staff chose redundancy over Capita

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Re: Does this mean

I was a very happy O2 customer - broadband and phone - until a recent house move forced a change of provider.

When I rang to cancel my contracts, I got straight through and told the (very nice and helpful) call centre rep that I'd go with them again in future if circumstances warranted it. I would've too - their offerings were good and the support excellent.

Then within months their broadband gets sold off to Murdoch and the (very nice and helpful) call centre rep either gets booted over to Crapita, or perhaps she took the money and ran. Guess I lucked out with my timing.

I'm going to be looking for broadband and phone again soon, but not so sure I'll be looking at O2 any more.

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

Allonymous Coward
IT Angle

Here's what I'd really like to know

How can I get a $122K sysadmin job, and a pole dancing girlfriend?

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All aboard the patch wagon! Next stop: Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla

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Re: Adobe Reader

> 386sx with 4 gigs of ram

Holy crap. I want the PC you had 9yrs ago.

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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

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Coat

Re: 140 laptops onboard

Simple way around this. Put them in The Cloud.

The Cloud solves everything, don't cha know.

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

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Other alternatives

I think this is a particularly crappy move on the part of Adobe, but I don't use PS much any more so I don't really care. They can take their overpriced software and shove it up their activation API.

Back when I did more graphics, though, my go-to vector app was often Xara X. Now called "Xara Photo & Graphic Designer" or "Xara Designer Pro" depending on edition.

Worth a look if you want to get off the Adobe treadmill and CorelDRAW or Inkscape don't quite do it for you.

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Insight Enterprises EMEA president Fenton quits

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Pint

You beat me to it

Here, have an upvote instead.

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BlackBerry CEO: iPhone past its prime

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Re: I guess fancy UIs matter to some people

Who says I don't use an old school Nokia with a black and white screen? ;-)

Also... *requirements*. If one of my requirements was, say, to have an always up-to-date calendar in my pocket then I'd probably be carrying around a smartphone. Regardless of what I thought about the pointlessness of shiny-UI discussions.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Round lights or square lights?

Quite.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence#Style_obsolescence

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I guess fancy UIs matter to some people

I use what works for me. I tend to keep using it until my requirements change, or something new comes along that fits them better.

I don't give a crap whether it's boring, exciting, looks clunky or whatever. There are bigger things in life to worry about than flashy new shiny.

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Jerry Yang hired as fly on the wall at Lenovo

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Damn

I like ThinkPads. I hope this muppet doesn't get too much influence.

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When open-source eats itself, we win

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Re: dodgy data and misleading stats again.

Indeed. This is exactly how we use it. Though we strip the HTTP header.

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Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google

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Re: Lazy coders

Joel Spolsky has an anecdote about that particular bug:

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/06/16.html

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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Lexx

...now *there* was a disturbingly strange SF series. Whenever I watched it, I felt like I'd wandered into a cheese nightmare. Great stuff.

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A year on the run: El Reg tracks 2012’s techno-fugitives

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Coat

Yacht? Aim higher.

In other 2012 news, Larry Ellison now has his own island. For 2013 I quite like the idea of him building a lair underneath, and holding the Moon to ransom.

Mine's the one with the Walther PPK in the pocket.

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

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I wanted one of these

My Win7 Acer Aspire Revo, which was less than half the price, is a bit underpowered for high-res video. And its HDMI support is patchy.

I thought that if I got a Mac Mini, everything would Just Work. Sounds like maybe I dodged the metaphorical bullet by reading this review first...

*scratches Mac Mini off Santa list *

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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Linux

Re: wtf were Ubuntu thinking pulling this stunt?

Only met the guy once or twice, but I have a lot of respect for Mark Shuttleworth. Despite a few major missteps, he's done more for F/OSS than I (or most of us) ever will. And the technical people I've spoken to at Canonical have always seemed on top of their game.

My occasional dealings with their marketing people have, however, often left me scratching my head. I get the impression they don't really know what they're doing, or how to engage with their target market.

This feels like another example of that. Might've been an OK idea if they'd been upfront about it and made it opt-in. But they misjudged their audience and went about it all wrong.

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