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2634 posts • joined 28 Apr 2006

Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

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Re: Their web page is already snooping...

So, all you need to do is run a less-than-truthful™ DNS server, which tells spare ribs about Google Analytics (and others who want to track your movements) and various advertisement servers. Certainly makes El Reg bearable.

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Eco-friendly fluid keeps SGI supercomputer cool and moist

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Re: Useful with a gaming rig?

The trouble with deionised water, to paraphrase Terry Pratchett, is that it doesn't stay deionised for long. It soon picks up enough stray ions to become conductive.

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Re: @ A J Stiles (was: It's going to fix itself anyway)

Well, having felt the exhaust blast from a stack of stage amplifiers, I know you can run silicon a lot hotter than room temperature -- when you have big, hefty transistors switching a few thousand times a second. My gut feeling is that a processor, with tiny transistors witching billions of times a second, would be rather fussier about operating conditions. But I'm ready to be proved wrong.

As a northerner who thinks any temperature in double figures is shorts and T-shirt weather, I could do with a special protective suit for the office sometimes!

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It's going to fix itself anyway

The thing is, this is all going to fix itself anyway, with or without Greenpeace's efforts.

Fossil fuels are becoming more expensive, while renewables are becoming less expensive even as government subsidies are withdrawn. A crossover is pretty much inevitable, and more probably sooner than later.

Electricity -- most of which ends up being turned into heat on-site -- is the greatest overhead cost for a data centre. As new data centres come online, they naturally will be equipped with the latest energy-saving measures such as solar panels, wind turbines, passive cooling systems and so forth (need the machinery really be cooled to human-friendly temperatures for the benefit of humans working on it, or could it run hotter with maintenance staff wearing special protective suits?), as well as ways to do something useful with the "waste" heat. (Some installations are already using that waste heat for growing plants.)

Also, somebody who is sociopathic enough to go out of their way to pay more for a product just because it pollutes the environment more than the nearest alternative, is sociopathic enough to use a less expensive, less polluting product and lie to their customers that they are using a more polluting product.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Because there are people out there who would seek to do you harm based on who you voted for.

If you feel comfortable advertising your political allegiances to the world, all well and good for you; but if not, then nobody is forcing you to.

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Re: This is a bad day for Mozilla and the web

Not clever enough to keep his odious opinions to himself.

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Good riddance!

And don't let the door whack you in the behind on your way out.

ProTip: If you must be a queer-basher, keep it to yourself. Or if you do go around showing off socially-unacceptable behaviour in public, then you shouldn't be surprised when you find yourself no longer socially accepted.

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Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

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Re: Sounds like a well executed plan

I first read that as "clowns with ties".

Actually, it still makes sense that way.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: Am I the only one ....

No it isn't*. Please learn the difference between a quantity and a rate.

(*) Unless it actually can deliver 20 A at 5 V. I'd still lay good money that it can't.

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Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service

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It's called "cutting your losses".

It's a shame that it has to come to an end; but at least Canonical are going to do the decent thing and release the Source Code for the underlying software behind the service. This means someone else will be able to carry on providing a service which ought to be a direct drop-in replacement, perfectly compatible with existing Ubuntu One clients -- and someone else will be able to improve upon it.

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NSW to expand e-voting

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Democracy is too important

Democracy is too important to automate.

The beauty of pencil, paper and ballot box is universal comprehensibility. Everyone can understand how the process works and what can go wrong. This means everyone is potentially an election scrutineer.

The more you complicate the paraphernalia used in an election, the fewer people to whom it is comprehensible. And if you use any proprietary technology at all (thereby elevating a corporation's "intellectual property" above the democratic process) then you have effectively blocked all scrutiny of the process. Furthermore, even if the specifications, blueprints, wiring diagrams and software listings for any voting machines are published, there is still no way in practice to verify that all the machines in use in an actual election correspond with the published data.

Everyone knows how pencil and paper work, how they can go wrong and how to minimise the probability of anything going wrong.. An election conducted using pencil and paper will never be stopped by a power or communications failure. And there is no way to tamper with a ballot paper once it has been placed in the box.

There is no such certainty with an electronic machine, which relies on making unverifiable copies at every stage. And adding a paper trail does not change this; it is always possible for the machine to record a vote for candidate A whilst issuing audit documents showing a vote for B.

Electronic voting does not solve any problems. It only creates new ones of its own. We always managed without it until now; and we neither need, nor want it.

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Vodafone brings African tech to Europe

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Re: ......

No jobs for you in the North West? MOVE.
Yes, because anybody can just move house anytime, at a moment's notice and at no cost to themself.

What's the view like from up there?

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It is quite funny listening to the politicos and church leaders going on about payday lenders and loan sharks. Those just the top of the iceberg - there is much bigger pile of "respectable" bloodsucking parasites who specialize in leeching from the destitute.
Indeed. I have a long-standing phobia about utility bills, so my electricity is paid for in advance through a key meter. The money is in my supplier's bank account, earning interest for them, before the juice comes down the wires to me. And yet they would give me a discount for paying in arrears by direct debit.

That is exactly backwards. In fact, now I come to think of it, it's borderline disability discrimination.

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Chinese patent app tries to own Wine on ARM

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Re: A waste of money

it's when you try to enforce it and a judge tears it up that you realise you've paid for something completely worthless
Ah, if only that happened .... That would be a pay-per-view moment.

Or at least an excuse for a beer.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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So, what do you recommend then?

I want a web browser, obviously; and I want the same Source Code and Modification Rights as I've grown used to over the years. (So not Chrome, Opera or IE, unless they have had a policy U-turn recently).

What does everyone recommend?

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Head to head

These are things you take into account at the time when you're migrating. What you probably need to do is take a step back and look at the bigger picture. And more importantly, concentrate on ends as opposed to means.

A spreadsheet with loads of macros in it is -- in all probability -- a horrendous bodge, never mind how many people are trying to do things that way.

Whatever is in the spreadsheet probably really belongs in a database; which naturally belongs on a centralised server in the office. And then you can replace all your convoluted macros with a few simple scripts in Perl, Python or your favourite language. Instead of e-mailing a huge spreadsheet around everyone and it quickly getting out of sync with reality, why not display it in a web browser, straight from the database server?

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Re: Ubuntu Includes Spyware

So, use something else then!

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Re: Head to head

You keep parrotting the argument that "you have to use the command line", which has all the hallmarks of superstition about it; as though somehow there was something wrong with that.

Seriously, what is so bad about the command line?

For me, the command line is simply a way of issuing a precise command straight to the computer, in a way that does not depend on the user's personal configuration options. In answering a question asked by a user, I can write "Open a terminal window and paste in the following:" and be confident that it will Just Work.

If I had to describe the process of clicking through various icons and menus, it probably would break if the user had altered their configuration from the default as shipped. It would also take a lot longer to describe the process.

Why do you think there is a difference between entering a quick textual command without making any pretence of understanding it, and making a long series of mouse clicks without making any pretence of understanding it?

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Wordwise Plus

Wordwise Plus on the BBC. WordStar under MS-DOS. Both used a similar principle, with commands to control printing embedded right in the text. Wordwise on the BBC even used a 40-column editing mode with automatic reformatting for printing; true abstraction of presentation from content.

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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Re: Testing or Polishing?

This is the fundamental problem with all software: it's released half finished!
Indeed. Half of all half-finished software is secure underneath but takes a conscious effort of will to learn how to use. The other half of all half-finished software is easy to use, even easier to use badly -- and thoroughly insecure underneath.

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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

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One more year -- and then what?

Unless the NHS get a strategy in place to migrate to Open Source software, this is going to happen all over again when Windows 7 goes EOL, and again when whatever replaces Windows 7 goes EOL, and again when ..... Well, you get the picture.

The NHS is big enough to have its own in-house IT department; which could earn its keep by being subcontracted out to work for third parties, whenever things in the NHS are ticking along smoothly. And certainly big enough to insist on Source Code and Modification Rights as absolute, deal-breaking conditions of procurement.

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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Re: If he had worked for NSA

That's the new way of doing security: Wait for some honest person to point out a gaping hole in your defences, then blame them for it.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Re: Deiberately missing the point???

So it would be fair for the property owner to have to pay 25% of the interest, and pay all the maintenance and legal requirements (not insubstantial) and still pay off all the capital themselves?
Yes, that is exactly what I am proposing. (Apart, of course, from the fact that it will all eventually be paid by the tenant in the end.)

If you intend to let out a property, then either you should have finished paying for it already; or you should expect to have to rent it out for longer than the 25 years it takes to pay off a mortgage in order to turn a profit. Houses are for living in, not making money out of.

But no, there won't BE any rental properties because your lovely idealistic idea of limiting rents to under the interest payments would stop anyone from being a landlord.
All those properties currently being rented out at extortionate rents aren't going to go anywhere; the landlords will just have to cut their expectations and make do with a fair (by definition, cheaper than buying) rent. (Did I mention that I would make keeping an empty property a punishable offence?)

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Re: Deiberately missing the point???

There will always be a market for cheaper rental acommodation, and so there will always be landlords willing to offer it.
No ..... there won't.

The rich landlords will just crank up the rent they demand to as much as they can get. The Government will pay most of what they are asking, and the tenant will simply have to make up the shortfall out of money that they might otherwise have saved for the future. And all the resentment will fall upon the benefit claimant, not the person who is actually getting fat off this.

We need government intervention to ensure that renting a property never costs as much as buying it would.

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Re: Somehow this came to mind....

Um, yeah, but now we have two things that didn't exist in Marx's time.

Firstly, we have a labour surplus -- more workers than jobs. And secondly, we have a new "consuming class" who, if they work at all, don't do anything so indispensable that anyone would notice if they withdrew their labour.

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Re: Deiberately missing the point???

No.

The point is that everyone sees a poor person claiming housing benefit; but what they forget is that every last penny of that benefit money winds up in the pockets of a rich landowner. And, Daily Mail scare stories ("How dare these poor people have nicer things than us???!!1!") notwithstanding, that poor person has no choice. They can't live in a cheaper house, because the rich landowners have already conspired amongst themselves to make sure there are no cheaper houses.

Instead of limiting the amount of rent that (rich) landlords are allowed to charge (I suggest a fair figure would be 75% of the equivalent interest, excluding capital repayment, on a 25 year mortgage on the property, reviewed no less frequently than every 2 years. A mortgage will be paid off sooner or later, but you can keep on claiming rent as long as the property stands), the government instead use a "monstering" campaign to make it look as though the poorest in society are idle, undeserving scroungers and so garner public support for limiting the amount of housing benefit that (poor) people are allowed to claim. Totally glossing over whose fault it really is that the poor can't even afford a roof over their own heads.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Re: So...

Another thing the Government could do, would be to make sure that not being connected to the Internet is no barrier to full participation in society.

Nobody should ever be dependent upon proprietary technology; and any technology upon which people have become dependent, should be forced into the Public Domain.

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Re: So...

Such a hardware firewall is also trivial to bypass by yanking the main network uplink and plugging it direct into the router, unless your system is playing the role of broadband modem as well.
Well, that depends how secure you want it to be ..... and for many people, unplugging and replugging an RJ45 cable is hardly "trivial". But try:

ADSL modem connects to eth0 of firewall machine. eth1 of firewall machine connects to switch, wireless access point and rest of network. The ADSL modem is configured in SUA mode, so it simply won't work at all if plugged straight into the switch; there needs to be a router in between. Its configuration page is password-protected; and restoring the factory defaults in order to get around the password protection will wipe out the ISP login and password.

If someone can hack their way around that, fair play to them. They probably aren't going to be too badly affected by seeing a bit of naked flesh anyway.

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Re: The News

Sometimes I wonder if news organisations deliberately want us to constantly live in fear and paranoia of the world at large.
You can stop wondering now. That is exactly what they want.

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Re: So...

Perhaps they would be better off creating and selling such a hardware firewall (perhaps even subsidising it), so parents can have a plug and play option?
You can construct a hardware firewall appliance entirely from scrap parts (you just need a motherboard, some RAM and possibly another network card if the mobo has only one RJ45; it's actually possible to run without a HDD at all, or with one of only a few GB capacity) and Open Source software, so it would not need any subsidy.

Get a bunch of unemployed people onto the case; and have them sort through scrap computers diverted from landfill and turn them into home firewall appliances. Pay them out of the fines levied on people attempting to dispose of the aforementioned computers in landfill. Job's a good 'un!

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Better Idea

Instead of various misguided attempts to try to make the Internet "family friendly", why not just accept the fact that (1) it isn't, (2) it never has been and (3) it never will be?

There are plenty of places in The Real World where you can't take a child, and people generally seem OK with that. Why does anyone expect it to be different on the Internet?

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Re: Why tie these people into the MicroSoft symbiosis.

Because there is money to be made.

Microsoft's thinking goes like this: Sell a person a fish, and you have sold one fish. But teach a person to fish, and you can keep on selling them expensive, proprietary bait and tackle for the rest of their life. Any beneficial side-effects (like, the people you taught to fish not being hungry anymore) are just a happy accident; it's all about making money. And your accidental-on-purpose failure to mention that there are plenty of other ways to get bait and tackle, possibly at considerably less cost and/or capable of catching more fish than the stuff you are selling, means they are in thrall to you.

What the Third World desperately needs is field-maintainability -- the owners of equipment should be the ones to determine whether it is worth propping up with spare parts or needs replacing at last. But field-maintainability is anathema to dinosaurs who are still wedded to the old economics of scarcity -- precisely because the inability to maintain in the field works in their favour.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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Re: Nothing wrong with boobs

Yeah, that's the most riduculous thing about the whole business: Every child has already seen nipples.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Re: @Anonymous Coward

Even if you can't feel which is the thin end and which is the thick end of the micro-USB connector, the phone's display probably will have lit up when you picked it up (or can be persuaded to do so easily enough) allowing you a few seconds to look at it.

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Re: Suck it, Apple.

Exactly right. It's not the job of the EU to impose stupid regulations like this one.
Erm ..... yes, actually, it is the job of the EU to impose sensible regulations like this one.

Otherwise, if manufacturers were able to use any connector they liked, untold misery would ensue; with a bunch of incompatible and proprietary connectors being used to ensure that the only replacement chargers available would be expensive ones from the original manufacturers (and whole rafts of devices could easily be rendered unusable at all, if the manufacturer decided to squeeze some more money out of you by discontinuing the supply of spare parts).

And no, the free market won't save you; because manufacturers would end up incorporating some "Intellectual Property" into their charging connectors, precisely to thwart third-party suppliers of compatible equipment.

Where's the common power connector for everything else? laptops, toothbrush, mp3 player?
That would be at the wall end -- the CEE 7/16 connector is pretty universal across Mainland Europe, although BS1363 rules in Blighty.

For all I know, you might bemoan having to buy your electricity at a certain voltage and frequency; but now imagine having to replace at least all your plugs, and possibly your appliances too, if you decided to change your utility company one day from one who sought to make it harder to switch by being the only supplier of their voltage and frequency..

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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Re: More cash than sense. Exactly...

Teach a man to fish, eh?
I can't help feeling, wherever Bill Gates is concerned, that it goes a bit more like: "Sell a person a fish, and you have sold one fish. Teach a person to fish, and you can sell them expensive, proprietary bait and tackle for the rest of their life."

Expensive proprietary technology that can't be maintained by village craftspeople with standard tools invariably ends up broken and useless, and causing more problems than it was meant to solve. A fairly low-tech pit latrine with an elevated vent pipe that actually gets used is better than people just shitting any old place because the last of the hi-tech superbogs put in only a few years ago is broken, and there is no sign of the original team of Western aid workers who installed them in the first place and might have stood a chance of repairing them.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Arrghgghghghg MAAPLIIIIIIIIIIIN

At least one invention of the Industrial Revolution was created after seeing Baron von Kempelen's "Turk" chess-playing "automaton". (Which was reckoned to be a fake.)

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Re: I ain't a hipster then

Permanent facial hair removal actually compares favourably with a lifetime's supply of razor blades and shaving cream.

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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Only confirms what I have said all along

There is exactly *one* hard currency in the Universe: the Joule.

Everything else that we think is a value token, only has value by mutual agreement.

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New Flash vuln exploited (again). Adobe posts emergency fix (again)

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Re: Nobody is taking this seriously enough.

Nobody ever said Open Source software was completely free of vulnerabilities. However, there are vulnerabilities, and there are vulnerabilities.

The vulnerabilities in Open Source software almost invariably get spotted by someone with honest intentions and fixed, before they get spotted by someone with dishonest intentions and used for mischief. (Which is hardly surprising, given the ratio by which honest people outnumber dishonest people.) Open Source vulnerabilities most often are disclosed to the public just after the patch that fixes them is committed. But a vulnerability in proprietary software might still get spotted, even without access to the Source code, by someone with dishonest intentions; and it might be exploited many times over before the vendor issues an update.

I agree that if people aren't regularly installing up-to-date versions of their software, then it doesn't matter what Source Code model is being followed. What I am saying is that if you remove the single point of failure by giving more people access to the Source Code, you end up with fewer exploitable vulnerabilities in the latest version.

Concealing Source Code from users benefits nobody, it ultimately harms users, and it's time somebody stamped on the practice good and hard.

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Nobody is taking this seriously enough.

Things like this happen for one reason alone: Nobody but Adobe has the Source Code to the Flash player, and therefore nobody but Adobe can search for and repair vulnerabilities.

Nobody but Microsoft has the Source Code to Microsoft Office, but that hasn't stopped very many pirate copies of Office from being made. And even if having the Source Code to Flash player made it easier to give away copies, Adobe probably wouldn't miss the £0 they aren't getting each time.

What I'm getting at is, this whole business of denying people access to the Source Code is actually making things a lot worse than they need to be.

How long must we wait, before some Ministry of IT in some country passes a law demanding that software vendors must make available the Source Code to any product they want to sell or give away in that country?

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TV scraper Aereo pulled off air in six US states after tellyco court injunction victory

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Crucial difference

If you are caught stealing someone else's pint in a pub, and they object, just tell them that you are pioneering 'Permissionless Drinking' - and they must back off.

Just like a pint of beer, a TV company no longer have a programme after somebody has watched it. Oh, wait, no, that's wrong. The TV company do still have the programme, no matter how many people have watched it.

Also, insects have antennae; televisions have antennas. Once a loan-word has acquired a new meaning, it follows modern English pluralisation rules in its new sense.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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Back when I was at University .....

Among AmigaSoc members, the initials F.A.S.T. stood for something else besides "Federation Against Software Theft".

Anyway, what would really serve Microsoft and friends right would be for Value Licensing's former customers to do an Ernie Ball. And if somebody actually did buy ten thousand abacuses, that would be so totally wonderful .....

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How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

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Sequi Pecuniam

The question you have to ask yourself, when reading an article titled something like "What $GENERIC_PRODUCT should I buy?" is a simple one:

Who was paying for the investigation?

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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FAIL

What good does bricking a stolen phone do?

There is a huge point being missed here, in thinking that if a stolen mobile phone is useless then nobody will bother to steal a useless phone. People don't steal mobile phones because they want a phone for themselves. People steal mobile phones because they don't want you to have a phone.

It doesn't have to work after it's been stolen. The sole purpose of the theft was to deny you a phone, not to acquire a phone. Mobile phones are already cheap enough not to be worth the bother of stealing, and most of your personal data really isn't all that interesting (and besides, those with the necessary wherewithal probably already have it all anyway).

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ISS astronauts to grow tomatoes and rice …. IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: Pot In Space

Welol, yeah. Hydroponics was originally invented for growing crops in space. Nowadays, of course, it's mostly used by space cadets to get themselves into orbit .....

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: Excellent!

You most certainly *can* preserve formulas in a .csv file. About half of the automated reporting software I wrote for work relies on that fact.

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

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Well, what else would you expect from a self-taught "developer" in his mother's back bedroom with a pirate copy of Microsoft Visual Studio?

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

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No Brainer

It's Microsoft's own fault for thinking they didn't have to bother complying with standards. Some of us can't run IE. So I develop against Firefox, test additionally on Konqueror and Android Browser, and call that "good enough". I don't even consider IE a target, for want of any way to test against it. If it works, that's a bonus; if it doesn't, well, you can just use Firefox instead.

Then there's what I call The Nuclear Option:

<?php

$browser = $_SERVER["HTTP_USER_AGENT"];

if ($is_ie = preg_match("/msie/i", $browser) && !preg_match("/opera/i", $browser)) {

header("Location: http://getfirefox.com/");

exit();

};

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

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Re: probably be a low take up

Linux's backward compatibility is strictly at the Source Code level -- you generally have to recompile anything to make it run on a newer kernel or libc.

This is intentional. Go read the Design Philosophy.

As far as the Linux developers are concerned, users having to type "make install" again to get an application to run after an upgrade (or, re-downloading the latest version of the pre-built package; which can be handled automatically by any decent package management system) is preferrable to them leaving vulnerabilities in the kernel just so that old, legacy software can be run without being rebuilt.

With Linux, the ABI is expected to change over time; and users are expected to deal with this by occasionally rebuilding software. And it's not the Linux kernel developers' fault if some software vendors refuse to play ball.

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