* Posts by Pookietoo

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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Re: *nix

*nix is just a handy way of writing "Unix, Linux, OSX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD and similar systems" - what's to hate about it?

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Re: no reference to session days

Is that really relevant? If the court only handles these cases one week in four, they'll just be seeing four times as many cases over a quarter of the time, and none for three quarters, so the annual average works out the same.

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Re: Tad more...

A tad is a "little bit", just like a "wee drop".

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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Re: Confused: Dust can get in, but water can't ?

There's a groove that dust can collect in - not a hole into the insides, just a gap between the screen and the bezel.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

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Re: Code monkeys

Is a disparaging term.

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Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

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Re: Is this even remotely practical?

It's about search and capture - having shown that to be viable they can work on multiple captures, and dumping the garbage without destroying the cleanup sat. That would require something capable of multiple significant orbit changes, rather than just deorbiting itself, so rather more expensive and not necessary for this trial.

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Re: re: Am I naive?

Some people are just less concerned about privacy. They think the trade-off is worth the benefits. I don't mind Tesco knowing what I buy, in return they give me vouchers for stuff I like and a discount on petrol. I'm a bit wary of quite how much Google wants to know about me, I only tell them some of it, so I don't benefit from all their magic.

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

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Re: distribute the server load

I'd have thought P2P is an obvious solution for spreading the load.

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Re: Why can't they

Because all the market growth is in mobile, and Microsoft doesn't have a competitive product there. How many people do you know who've bought a desktop PC for their home recently, or even a laptop? And how many businesses are adopting Windows 8?

The number of people recently still on XP is indicative of a long-term slowdown in the Windows upgrade market. MSFT is trying to catch up in mobile by leveraging their traditional presence, but people have got used to Android and iOS. MSFT's traditional partner, Intel, is in a similar position.

It's got to the point that you can hook up a phone to a keyboard and TV to make a "PC" (non-IBM-compatible) that is quite usable for browsing, social networking or working on your cloudy stuff, which are apparently what people are interested in these days.

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Cell division: The engine of life – and of CANCER. Now some of its secrets are revealed

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Re: Drosophila Melanogaster

Sounds like a character from Gormenghast or Discworld.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Re: Gorgeous car

I'm quite fond of the GT6.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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Re: before ubiquity of power steering

I was very proficient at handbrake turns. I loved my Minis. :-)

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Canadian dirtbag jailed for SWAT'ing, doxing women gamers

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Re: might think twice

But a narcissist will always expect to get away with it, because he thinks he's so much smarter than everyone else.

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Re: the guy needs proper pschiatric help

There's not a lot you can do for someone with severe personality disorders - as he's definitely a threat to other people, prison may be the best place for him.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: Linux long ago reached parity with Windows and OS X.

> What does that even mean?

It means that you have a functional "desktop metaphor" from which to launch programs and organise windows, which you can customise to some extent to suit your preferred appearance and behaviour. Coupled with the programs you need to create/modify/display various file types and interact with networks in various ways. All in a mostly pointy-clicky sort of way.

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Re: I am thinking about moving over to Linux

It's not an introduction to Linux for the prospective new user, it's a brief survey of lightweight desktop environments for people who fancy extending their Linux experience to some of the crufty old hardware they have gathering cobwebs. I'm going to set up such a machine soon, mainly as a music player (for the room where I tinker with mechanical things) but with the occasional need to display a web page or PDF - this sort of setup sounds good for that.

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Pwned so many times - but saved by the incident response plan

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You might write "overheard ... I discussing", but do you think perhaps "overheard ... me discussing" sounds a bit better?

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It's official – HP really will get you a Windows 10 PC on July 29 (barely)

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Re: but we all know it'll be coming

Do we? What happened to the frequent small update schedule that W10 is supposed to be running on?

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Re: when there is nobody left who cares about quality

We just enjoy the music? As a kid I had an AM pocket transistor radio ...

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Re: 1970s Cambodia

The Concerts for Kampuchea? Except that was in Hammersmith.

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Re: thinks that he is hearing

The faint rustling of paper?

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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Re: Singling out an individual service station

Just don't disrespect Little Chef breakfasts. :-)

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Thunder-faced Mozilla lifts Flash Firefox block after 0-days plugged

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Re: but only for windows, not linux

491 is in the Ubuntu repo now

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Re: An alternative to Flash and/ or Shockwave ?

There are alternatives, I've used Gnash in the past, but it didn't offer full functionality/compatibility. That was a while ago, so maybe worth trying it again.

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Re: soft block

I have flash set as "Ask to Activate" so it made no difference to my surfing behaviour, just showing a "use with caution" notice that didn't need to be clicked through.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: using the latest features in the SDK as soon as it's released

And when they deprecate a feature in the SDK and it's suddenly unavailable to your app ...

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Re: a positive move by MS for the vast majority of **consumer** level users

Apparently 96% of consumer-level users are already running Windows Update, so why deny those few percent the chance to choose "no"?

"what we are used to on smartphones" - I always check what's updating, and deny anything I'm not sure about until I have a chance to check it out.

"if MS get lazy on testing." Wake up - the whole point of this is that MSFT can use the consumers as beta testers for their new-look rapid update cycle, before giving new stuff to their corporate clientele (who are the only ones that really matter).

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Re: "No, they haven't made a Linux version"

A surprising number of Windows apps work quite well with Wine these days, and for those essential apps that don't they can always run Windows in a VM - either locked down and firewalled or as a disposable image. The only real need to run Windows on the metal is for some games, which can be handled by dual booting (don't many gamers have a dedicated machine anyway?)

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LOGITECH - TECH = 'LOGI' ... that's non-Logitech tech, is it?

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Re: watch their new brand video

Somewhat reminiscent of that crappy MSFT Surface advert, I thought.

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Re: absurdly expensive ... wear out very quickly

They're £30 on eBay, and I find they last for years. I have some with serial port connection, which would probably still work if I could find a serial port, but were put away because the ergonomics were not as good as the later USB models.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: The year of Linux on the desktop

All some distro has to do is a fair impression of XP and they'll be ahead of this game.

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Call that a mugshot? Aussie model/fugitive asks rozzers for more flattering pic

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Re: pictures that resembled you as you normally look

As you normally look when stuck at immigration, so "please look tired and grumpy".

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Microsoft's Surface Hub mega-slab DELAYED 'cause you demanded it

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Re: But will it

display a higher resolution BSOD than ever before.

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Re: they might have found themselves in a very sticky and expensive situation

Like that $900M of Surface RT tablets they had to write off, you mean? :-)

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: instead of fixing the implementation

The thing about free software is that each software "product" is developed by a team of people who want to work on that product with that team - on the whole people aren't going to work on stuff that doesn't interest them, or work with people they don't like. And there's politics, of course. When OSS (which never worked very well with Linux) went proprietary it was obvious that Linux people would develop an alternative, and by the time it went free again people had invested heavily in ALSA development.

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Re: Linux ain't happening here.

Getting audio right can require a bit of tweaking sometimes, particularly if there's e.g. an audio device in your graphics card and another in a PCI or USB slot. Also PulseAudio doesn't always do its thing properly, so sometimes it's useful to temporarily disable it and revert to plain ALSA.

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Re: I cannot for the life of me think why you would want Windows

I've been using Linux for just about everything for more than 5 years (started using it about 20 years ago) but I can see that there are legitimate reasons people may need (or even want) to use Windows. Saying that they're all stupid doesn't really make you look all that smart, you know?

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a bunch of MSFT shillsfans populating the fora at the moment, looking for every excuse to talk-up WindowsX/Office on Android/any of their other attempts to regain market/mind-share, and Linux Loons make an easy target for them.

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

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Re: Satnavs haven't caused a huge spike in accidents have they?

I suspect it depends where they're mounted - if it's in the middle of the dash, you need to look away from the road, while if it's on top of the dash behind the wheel you hardly look away at all..

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: x86 emulation on ARM

That's not really a problem (anyway there are now Intel Atom phones and tablets that seem to work quite well) but getting the UI to work adequately on a phone would be unreasonably difficult for a lot of Windows apps.

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OOH, it's so HOT in here! All my ATMOSPHERE is coming off

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Re: Amazing Picture...

"Artist's Concept"???

My desktop wallpaper is a real Hubble image, part of one of these.

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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"deprecated"

(no body)

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: why it was obvious he was wrong at the time

The simple fact is that nobody can know enough about complex situations like these, with an unknown number of unknown variables, to be able to make predictions that are guaranteed to be accurate, so anyone who claims that ability is overstepping his authority and subjecting himself to ridicule. It brings to mind the great horse manure crisis of 1894.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: "I would really like you to show me a site ..."

Here you go then. Or here.

How do you think the various Windows 8 Start Menu modifications work, if you can't mess with the UI?

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: I hate this chisel shit

Chiclet?

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Au-mazing! Cornwall sold GOLD to Ireland back in the Bronze Age

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RE: it's leprechauns

More like Piskies (or perhaps Knockers) if you believe the boffins.

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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

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Re: you're prepared in any event.

So the car leaves a safe gap behind the car in front, which is promptly filled by another car, so it has to slow to establish a safe distance again, and another car cuts in ... all the while it's decreasing the gap and increasing the closing speed of vehicles behind it.

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Attack of the IT monuments men: Museum wants your kit

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Re: I bet they don't want any of mine

I don't think anyone will want mine, but it's hard to sort the "total trash" from the "might be useful or interesting" - for example I want to keep some ISA motherboards to use with my collection of ISA sound cards (if they were in keyboards or rack cases they'd be "classic vintage collectable") So I start with sound cards and then I think "how about a DOS games machine?" and so it goes ... yeah, I know I can emulate them, but it's not the same.

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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

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Re: The process you wanna kill is GWXUX.EXE

The fix is to uninstall update KB3035583.

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Re: the number of patch testers is about to increase

But them being ordinary users, their feedback might not be worth much.

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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Re: a tourist is mauled to death

"Management at the park has described today’s incident as unfortunate and has urged visitors not to leave their windows down."

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