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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

AlbertH

Re: Fair dues...

Not quite....

Apple really screwed the pooch by suing Samsung. They now have to pay full price for their screens (Galaxy rejects, incidentally), full price for their memory and wildly inflated prices for their processors. Samsung really loved the terms of the Californian "settlement" - it gave them all the excuse they needed for a more aggressive pricing policy.....

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Bank-raid ZeuS malware waltzes around web with 'valid app signature'

AlbertH
Big Brother

The validity of Windows signatures has long been suspect. It's just that the suspicions are now supported by facts.

Moral? Don't use Windows for anything to do with finances, business or personal communications. It might be OK for games, but watch out for those in-game purchases!

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: So, let me get this right...

Systemd sends excessive data to the kernel logging system to the point where it either hangs or crashes, right?

So it's a bug in the kernel then.

Errr..... No. If a routine is flooding the kernel with spurious nonsense, it needs to be shut up. The kernel actually does that. Sadly, the programme that causes the problem is fundamental to the boot routines of a couple of Linux distros. The dingbat who wrote the faulty code should fix it. If he can't, he should admit his inability, and ask for help.

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Crack CERT warriors arrive to save UK from grid-crippling hack attacks

AlbertH
FAIL

You can bet your bottom Dollar that those w*nkers will be using Windoze.

Game Over before they even start!

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AlbertH
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Re: What's that sound ?

The sound was grasping hands rubbing together with a huge chorus of "Kerching!"

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Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

AlbertH

Re: B'stards

Whilst the "little old lady" they thought they were playing was keeping them on the phone, we gained access to their servers and wreaked havoc. Every Windoze infection we could find was unleashed in their network. I hope they still haven't cleaned up the mess.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

AlbertH

Re: Aqua Marina

Homeopathy, to any rational person, is just silly. Diluting herbs to the point where there is none of the original material left simply leaves you with water. That's it. Pure and simple. Water.

Water cannot have "memory" - it consists of pairs of very simple molecules, each made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. I'll be happy to compare some ordinary clean water with any "homeopathic" water in whatever scientific instrument a "homeopath" chooses to demonstrate the magical difference. There will be no difference whatsoever.

As a rational scientist, it's fun to laugh at the clueless who're gulled by these charlatans, but I do feel very slightly sorry for the people who have suffered so grossly at their hands. Anyone who declares that they are a "homeopath" should be locked up, just like any other fraudster.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

AlbertH

Re: Linux?

Linux is secure because it doesn't suffer from the stupid structural design choices made by Bill Gates himself in the name of "ease of use". Just three utterly stupid design decisions rendered every version of Windoze completely insecure, and condemned every Microsoft user to a hell of anti-malware snake-oil nonsense in a completely useless effort to keep the nasties out.

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

AlbertH

Re: The irony

NO wind turbines actually "work". They consume energy in low wind situations (they have to keep turning to stop them jamming) and they'll NEVER pay back the energy used to manufacture, transport, install and commission the damn things. They are as bogus as "cold fusion", just like the vast majority of "green" projects.

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

AlbertH

Re: Rubbish All round after 15yrs!

Orange used to have somewhat patchy countryside coverage, but calls were generally possible. The amalgamation with T-Mobile has reduced connectivity radically (their 4G service is mostly hot air), their customer service (great when they were Orange) has become unusable, and they've put the bills up!

The sooner this joke of a company collapses, the better.

Sadly, O2 have serious coverage issues, and Vodafone are incredibly expensive for a sub-O2 service.

When can we get a proper, truly ubiquitous, high quality, reasonably priced service? Mobile telephony should be a "licence to print money" if done properly!

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

AlbertH

Re: "He used my access to make you a domain admin?!"

In the Linux world, there's "Blue Proximity" that requires a particular Bluetooth device to be close enough to the computer to keep it unlocked. Walk away with your phone in your pocket, and your machine automatically locks itself. It's a great way of automatically keeping prying eyes and unwanted digits away from your computer!

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

AlbertH

The utter cluelessness, incompetence and stupidity shown on this site ensures that nobody will take it seriously. Also, much of the information is just plain wrong and there's no mention of Linux or BSD.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

AlbertH

Running Android on an iPhone 4S has been done. It turned it into a MUCH nicer phone....

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Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

AlbertH

Moral?

Don't use licenced software. There's nothing in the "licenced", proprietary sphere that isn't well covered with free, open souce software. Microsoft are seriously scared about the end of their business - their "licence to print money" has been revoked!

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

AlbertH

Scary Stuff

It actually scares me that so many people could be gullible enough to believe the claims of this clown - particularly at under £1000 per unit.

I've worked on ANPR and £100k single point systems (like used in garages in an effort to stop "drive-aways") are never better than 45% accurate. The Police systems (typically £2m and upward) achieve close to 80% accuracy, but no better.

There are NO systems with anything approaching 100% accuracy.

Errors are very frequent, so if you're logged on the way into an "average speed" zone, you'll probably be missed on the way out (or vice versa) - they're no real deterrent at all. If you're "convicted" by one of these systems, ALWAYS contest it in court - the Police will invariably back down because they cannot be absolutely certain (to the degree required as "legal proof") that it was your car that they logged.

The London "Congestion Zone" ANPR cameras actually are not automatic - they're bogus. There's a large room full of CCTV operators in Lambeth who watch video from the cameras, and type the numberplates in by hand. This is almost as flawed as the automated systems (so can usually be successfully contested)!

ANPR? Don't make me laugh! Under £1000? Ha!

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

AlbertH

Re: bribes

Quote: "Government ministers getting a truckload of unwanted windows phones, surface tablets and xbones as "gifts" any second now...."

The really influential ones will get holidays, cars and even houses!

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AlbertH

Re: Seen it before

To quote: "A similar announcement was made a few years ago, stating that more open source software and more open standards would be used. It happened just around the time the government was negotiating a big Microsoft contract if I remember correctly..."

That was the time when several Government Ministers (including Blair) got lovely houses for when they left office......

Bair's Belgravia house was a "gift" from Bill Gates.

If Mr Blair says that this wasn't so, he's welcome to sue me - I'll be happy to see him in court (he knows where to find me) - and the whole sordid truth about him and his corrupt, banana-republic "government" will be revealed!

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AlbertH

Re: Important change

You're obviously some kind of Microsoft apologist (and they've got a hell of a lot to apologise for).

Linux is good enough for progressive governments from Munich to Brazil, and there are now gigantic global corporate deployments that would be impossible with the brokenware that MS supply. Open document standards are perfectly workable - their specifications include all the "value added" goodness that comes with proprietary formats, and they are operable with and manipulable by both open source and proprietary software.

MS Office becomes "just another" proprietary suite of programmes - just like Windows with a web browser is just a proprietary client for the Unix and Linux-based internet - beancounters the world over will ask if the "paid for" software adds anything that the free versions don't.....

Windows and Windows software will just continue its decline into irrelevance.

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So Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor walk into a bar

AlbertH

"Beats"? Bulls*@t!

The "Beats" products are made by the idiots who brought you "Monster" cables. A great way to ship cheap 'n' nasty distorted headphones: - stick an obvious logo on the side of them and put the price up to "aspirational" levels.

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Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

AlbertH

Orange used to be the very best in terms of customer service, and they'd always try to accomodate their customers. Now they've been subsumed into the T-Mobile Borg, their service is non-existent and their prices have gone up. They're now just as crappy as T-Mobile: they were downgraded to match.

O2 have abysmal coverage in much of London, and Vodafone are insanely expensive and just as customer focussed as EE.....

Is there a good mobile service available in the UK any more (and don't mention "3" - they have about 20% of the coverage of the others).

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

AlbertH

Re: In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?

Perhaps you need to learn the principles of digitisation and read up on Mr Nyquist. A 48kHz sample rate won't quite handle a CD bandwidth.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

AlbertH

Re: numbers need adjustment...?

We're quite fortunate here in the UK in that we have several suppliers who will sell you a machine without the Windoze infection. You also do have the right to demand the refund of the price of Windoze if you refuse to "sign" the EULA - I've got refunds from several computer manufacturers including Dell, HP, Compaq (when they existed) and many others. You just have to be persistent!

I'm typing this on a Novatech quad-core Intel thing with 16Gb RAM, 1Gb of NVidia graphic card and 4Tb of HDD space, built to my specification, running Ubuntu. They supplied it without Windoze and I spent the money on an extra hard drive.

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AlbertH

Re: I don't get it

Apple hardware is just commodity gear in pretty boxes. It's insanely over-priced. They could grab a huge market share by reducing their prices into line with Windoze machines, and all they'd lose is their massive profit on hardware. This would be more than counteracted by their hugely increased sales and the sales of software to support the platform.

Sadly, Apple's management don't understand the "supermarket principle" and still believe that they can survive in their niche markets.

The third player that's gaining market share rapidly is Google. There is certain to be a standalone implementation of "Chrome" soon enough - a solid Linux base with all the pretty attractions of an Apple-alike desktop. Apple will scream "foul" and discover that Google can be evil if they feel like it!

Microsoft will continue to lose relevance and revenues with their concentration on "touch" interfaces and the disasterous mess that is Windoze 8. MS just haven't realised that their particular game is over!

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

AlbertH

What did you expect?

Windows users get all they deserve - closed source, deliberately vulnerable, obsfuscated code, bloated, overpriced and fundamentally broken. It's obvious that this almost ubiquitous mess will be targeted by every Nogoodnik, Government spook and script kiddie.

Snowden has done the Open Source world a power of good!

Remember - Microsoft have NEVER released a properly working product!

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

AlbertH
FAIL

Re: Most annoying thing for me

...Of course a proper operating system doesn't need an anti-virus.....

Shame that MS still can't get their heads around the basic concept of permissions and add properly granular access control to files and processes - like we've had in Linux since 1992.....

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AlbertH

Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !

I've just uprated a Windows 8 "Ultrabook" to Mint whilst reading this article and the comments! My only needed interventions were to tell the installer that yes, I do want to use the whole hard drive, that I'm in London, and I have a UK keyboard. It's done the rest, and is now installing a few applications that I like to have on board. Total install time? Just 25 minutes, including a comprehensive suite of applications.

Game Over, Microsoft!

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Sneaky new Android Trojan is WORST yet discovered

AlbertH
Linux

Re: does tend to prove the point

Breaking into and abusing any Windoze kernel is trivially easy (due to the stupid anti-security decisions made by William Gates back before he needed to shave). The faults in Windows persist right up to today.

Conversely, the Linux kernel has remained largely secure despite its massive installed base. It's the predominent internet OS - for servers of all kinds, routers and switches. Even Microsoft use it where Windows won't scale! Android is just a shiny desktop, and does nothing to compromise the basic kernel.

Kaspersky are just like all the others of their ilk - selling non-existent solutions for non-existent problems. (None of their "solutions" actually do anything useful)

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AlbertH
Linux

Re: What Security?

Kaspersky want to SELL you a malware solution for a problem that CANNOT exist. There is no means of any software installed with user priveledge gaining root access without manual user intervention.

These are desperate times for the anti-this and anti-that manufacturers. Even the latest iterations of Windoze are getting more secure, and MS's own, free anti-malware programs do the job better than these bogus third-party efforts. McAfee, Kaspersky and all the other snake-oil salesmen are rapidly going out of business, and these specious claims andmalicious lies are their final efforts to keep their businesses alive.

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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

AlbertH

Re: What's the purpose of O2 now anyway?

They've also sold what used to be the best ADSL ISP in the UK (BeThere) to Sky. You want a betrayal? That's the worst!

Also: Be persist in trying to take money from me for service I've cancelled. If they persist, they'll be in Court for harassment. I'll be seeking damages in £100k+ range (and I'm told that I'll probably get it!).

The sooner they go out of business, the better.

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Prankster 'Superhero' takes on robot traffic warden AND WINS

AlbertH
Coat

Re: here's another one

I got a ticket for parking in a prescribed place.

Illiteracy and stupidity should both be actionable!

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AlbertH

Re: Send an invoice back

More than a few times I've invoiced companies for wasting my time, £35 per letter or email sent, £25 per phone call made, £15 per letter, email or phone call received and my personal favorite £15 for drawing up and processing each invoice.

I started doing exactly that after my bank charged me £25 for a letter telling me that I was £2.14 overdrawn. I replied (enclosing an invoice for £30 for MY letter) thanking them for their concern and that the account would be adjusted that day. Over the next year, they ran up over £600 of debt with me which they refused to pay on the grounds that the claims were "frivolous".

I took them to Small Claims Court - the bank Manager refused to appear, so I had to send Bailiffs to compel his attendance (and to shut the branch for the duration of the Court Action). The reputational damage to Natwest was significant, and I was ultimately awarded my money, damages and costs. Natwest had to pay out almost £8000 and lost most of a day's business at a city centre branch. I moved my overdraft elsewhere immediately, of course!

I hate this silly ambulance-chasing litigious nonsense that's going on these days for all the spurious "injuries" people suffer, but I'll always take on Banks, Parking Companies, Railways, airlines and any other companies who provide me poor or overpriced "service" or try to apply additional charges to their headline prices (the airlines!).

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AlbertH
Pint

Re: @AC Appeals process a sham, sherlock

I think you need to be a little wary when having these "debts" sold to a debt recovery company

If they do that, send them a brief letter threatening to sue them for libel. It's always worked for me (even against Notional Wastemaker Bank). If they try to substantiate their silly claims in Court, you will invariably win, and they will have publically defamed you - which is actionable of course!

UKPC and Network Rail currently have to pay me damages of just over £7000 for their trying to register me as a bad debtor with a Credit Reference Agency. I'm still waiting for the money, but have been assured by the Court that they are paying for my summer holiday!

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Japan's XP migration solution: Remove network cable

AlbertH
Mushroom

Re: Windows FULLSTOP is not ready for the INTERNET

Speaking as one who was there: - Dave Cutler offered Bill Gates proper user and file permissions, "like UNIX". Gates said that it wasn't necessary and would make operation more difficult for the "average user".

This one flawed decision has spawned the malware and anti-malware industries, and ensured that every subsequent version of Windows was insecure BY DESIGN!

Windows networking was an afterthought, and "security" came very low on the "wants" list. In fact, security was seen as a disadvantage as the NT line of Windows was supposed to be the "ultimate" in ease of use (Yes - Bill actually said that!).

Incidentally, I'm an ex-Microsoftie who hasn't used even one of their products since 1995.

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Scramjet X-51 finally goes to HYPER SPEED above Pacific

AlbertH
Mushroom

Ha ha ha...

"space weapons are banned by treaty."

So are nukes, chemical and biological weapons. The good ol' USA have plenty of all three (and so does Britain, France and a few others)

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Peak Apple: Yet ANOTHER supplier reports drop in demand

AlbertH
FAIL

Aging products, a tortuous supply chain, angry suppliers.....

Of course Apple is in trouble. They haven't released anything truly "new" in the last four years.

They've shot themselves in the foot with their only supplier of screens, memory and microprocessors - Samsung won't deal with them directly any more. They've had to source components on the open Asian markets, and have lost their "favoured customer" status with all the component brokerages. Their component prices have multiplied recently (nearly 400% up).

They've even upset their principal manufacturer Foxconn by trying to force down factory prices so Foxconn just changed their lines to making generic PCs for more profit! The prices to Apple ROSE by over 300%....

Their only hope is to carry on their spurious litigation against the whole of the rest of the computing world - they've patented rounded rectangles and multiple touch. They'll just have to buy "friendly" judges as usual and flood the legal system with these bizarre claims. Microsoft will be in trouble over the "touch" content of Windows 8....

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Notebook makers turn to Android in face of Windows woes

AlbertH
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Re: Yea more netbook junk

My Samsung Chromebooks are marvellous. They run Ubuntu really well, have long battery life and are robust but light enough for daily commuter use. They also cost me well under £200 each, and are significantly more capable than my previous 2006 Sony Vaio laptops (which cost £1400 each).

You're just wrong!

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Brussels clears Liberty Global's £15bn Virgin Media takeover

AlbertH
FAIL

Hopeless Dopes

Virgin-on-the-ridiculous are utterly hopeless at anything they try to do:

"Fibre broadband"? No - the same old ratty coax cable that was installed as cheaply as possible in the 1960s.

"Unlimited Internet"? No - traffic shaped, DNS-restricted, download limited, and never as fast as they claim.

"High reliability"? No - average time to restore lost service measured in weeks, not minutes.

"Low Cost" No - slightly cheaper in some ways than Sky, but you get less than half the service.

Making the company bigger will just make their service poorer.

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Virgin on London Underground Wi-Fi: O2's company, Three's a crowd

AlbertH
FAIL

In Budapest and Vienna, there's full cellular coverage throughout the subterranean parts of their metro networks. It's been like this for at least five years. This is now also done in many other European cities.

London Underground are notoriously slow at taking up any kind of innovation. Getting even the most basic radio communications down the tunnels took many years. Getting Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance "Tetra" radio underground took the Kings Cross disaster to even begin installation!

Each tunnel is equipped with several leaky feeder cables, so it's a fairly trivial matter of adding cell sites at stations and combiners on to the existing infrastructure.

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AlbertH
Linux

Re: Cellular

No - it's just luck that there's a cell site close enough to the station that gets into most of the platform areas.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

AlbertH
Flame

Re: "Most influential tech-tweet of 2011" title on the tweeter's site

to the best of my knowledge Dr Black's doctorate is a real, earned one; not a made up or honorary one.

That may be true, but it doesn't save her from being irredeemably stupid.

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Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

Brian Cox is a lecturer in Astrophysics.

I can't stand the guy, but he does know what he's talking about when it comes to space and the universe. More by luck than judgement - he was one of my graduate students, and (to quite quite frank) was the dimmest of the lot. If he had two brains, he's be twice as dull.....

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ASA says 'unlimited' broadband can have 'moderate' limits on it

AlbertH
Mushroom

Re: Funny

That's strange - you must have the special "friend of a Murdoch" package that's unavailable to the rest of us!

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Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

AlbertH
FAIL

Re: I was afflicted with 3 myself - but not any more!

Unfortunately, Three are a complete joke in most of London. They have less than one hundredth of the capacity of even the execrable "Nothing Anywhere", and it's seldom possible to get any kind of connection at all. When you do, it's at rates much worse than GSM data....

There isn't a competent, fairly priced mobile service of any kind in Britain.

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Samsung's new co-CEO: 'Windows isn't selling very well'

AlbertH
Linux

Re: It's not that Windows is not selling well

Indeed.

Amusingly, Nokia are testing their latest hardware with Android 4.2 at present (according to my inside man!) and they have plans to compete with their own Windoze product!

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Yet another Java zero-day vuln is being exploited

AlbertH
Linux

Re: OpenJDK ..

No - of course not. It only affects Windows

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AlbertH
Linux

Of course....

.... it only affects Windows (l)users. Those of us bright enough to delete the Redmond rubbish don't (and won't) suffer from vulnerabilities like this.

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AlbertH
Linux

Re: Non-admin accounts, Software Restriction Policies, ....... LINUX!

Simple fix:

Get rid of Windows. Install something that works properly!

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Judge slashes Apple's pile o' cash Samsung judgment

AlbertH

Re: Doesn't Samsung supply Apple with A6 processors?

They also supply Apple with screen and memory (albeit indirectly).

Apple approached almost every Far Eastern component manufacturer and broker to try to source their parts elsewhere. LG, Sony, Fujitsu and all the rest told Apple they'd be happy to supply all the parts they wanted - at massive mark-ups because ALL of them buy their parts from Samsung....

Most of the component brokers I work with refuse to deal with Apple - they have a dreadful reputation for getting brokers to source parts (using their time and efforts) then pulling out of the deals at the last minute.

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