* Posts by Chairo

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

Chairo
Paris Hilton

OK, but is this really relevant?

I wonder which sysadmin would have let update KB3035583 passing through?

Someone too lazy to even do a basic check and just installs everything that is offered?

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

Chairo

Re: Now students, please use "free" and "Microsoft" in the same sentence.

was there a 9 or did that get missed?

rumour says there were some windows 9x versions and Microsoft didn't want to take a risk with lazy programming checking for the version string,

Another possible reason to jump directly to 10 might be, that the number "9" stands for hardship and suffering in some Asian cultures. Perhaps they learned this lesson from NT 4, as "4" stands for death there.

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

Chairo
Devil

Looks nice

My first impression was, that they put their logo on a female derrière in blue jeans.

Quick - let's start a shitstorm about facebook's sexism! On facebook, naturally...

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Chairo
Joke

They couldn't possibly have known this

Microsoft employees obviously have no friends and no contacts out of work and family, so how could they have guessed it's a bad idea?

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.Free domains at Amazon while Google says bye to .family

Chairo

Only one use

for the new domains - to squeeze out money from companies that now have to register for new domains in addition to the .com .co.uk or ."whatever country they do business in".

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Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

Chairo

If Samsung's software is interrupting Microsoft's updates then not only are people going to be at risk, but it could affect system stability

I suppose the reason Samsung disabled windows update in the first place, was exactly this - systems getting unstable after the drivers were updated automatically. One doesn't go to such lengths as disabling windows system update, without a very pressing reason.

The question is now, if the broken drivers will still be installed once they enable windows update again.

Not a good time to be a (private) Samsung PC customer.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

Chairo
FAIL

Funny no one mentiones the X240

I got one for work a few months ago. A beautiful looking machine and it boots up lightning fast from its SSD.

Unfortunately that is pretty much the only good thing that can be said about it. They managed to create a machine that has both, scratchpad and the keyboard knubble and to make both unusable with their retarded mouse button concept. The mouse buttons are now emulated by the scratchpad. The whole pad has to be pushed down. As it offers quite some resistance, the thumb tires quickly after a few double-clicks. What's more, the pad-button is really noisy. If you are in a silent meeting room, you can tell, who's got a X240, just by listening. That is - if you can find a X240 user who doesn't carry around a mouse. Oh and the mouse that came with this machine is a "standard sized" affair, not the compact mouse that used to ship with Thinkpads.

I could go on with a longer list of this machine's deficiencies, but let me put it like this - this is the first Thinkpad that I am sure I will not miss after the end of its lease period.

Give me back the classic thinkpad design - please!

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

Chairo
Flame

Doesn't this fit nicely

to this story about Microsoft implementing a new "Antimalware Scan Interface" (AMSI) in Windows 10, that will effectively hand over all opened documents unencrypted to the installed AV product?

How convenient!

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Chairo
FAIL

Strange

No one here talks about the implications of the new payment model for the customer.

Obviously Amazon tracks your reading on a page to page basis. It's nasty enough that they know which books I own, now they also track what and which part of it I read how often. I for one don't like someone looking over my shoulder while I read. That includes Amazon.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

Chairo

@dogged

Curse you for putting the image of Nadella raping a dog in my mind!

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Post Office launches mobe service for aged greybeards

Chairo

TV remotes won't make calls?

Given that lately more and more gear has no remote control any more and relies on some dodgy app and the "cloud" to work, greybeards might well need some kind of smartphone, as it might be the only way to switch channels on their new "smart" TV.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

Chairo
Devil

Free IPhones

Aren't those the ones, bundled with these grossly overpriced contracts?

Aren't these contracts a bit like the ones that are usually offered to emerging bands? Kind of "give us all your music and we will pay you a pittance for the next ten years"?

Just asking...

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Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

Chairo

Re: Question

Does this mean that there was a generation of stars with only hydrogen that fused into helium, went nova and spread that around?

This new helium went into making new stars which fused hydrogen into helium, and helium into Lithium, then they went bang, ekcetera...

Well, I am no star boffin, but as an interested amateur, I'll try to answer your question. If there is a real star boffin reading this, please feel free to correct me.

As far as I understand all elements up to iron are fused inside stars in a more or less consecutive sequence.

The density and pressure inside of a star is so high, that elements normally couldn't exist. The electrons would be pushed away and the neutrons fuse together. This fusion, however creates energy, which causes s outward pressure. In a star, the inward pressure by gravity and the outward pressure by fusion energy is in a balance. Not all elements fuse under the same conditions, First helium is created by the fusion of Hydrogen atoms, if enough hydrodgen is used up, the pressure in the core goes up until the helium ignites and so on. This process only happens in the star's core and the elements bred there mostly stay there. Until all fuel is used up, that is. What then happens depends mostly on the star's mass. Generally the star is blown apart spectacularly with some of it's core left over as a white dwarf, a neutron star or a stellar black hole.

The gas blown away is still mostly hydrogen, but it is polluted with the elements that were bred in the star's core. It can clump together again to form new stars, planets, whatever.

So we are made of star ash. Literally.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

Chairo

Interesting concept

So in a nutshell, each application supporting AMSI, hands over every to be opened content to this interface for verification before the content is executed.

Sounds like a kind of extended input check to me. Probably useful. However I am not sure, how this is supposed to stop already running malware. Especially malware that is executed before the OS is even loaded.

Also if this interface is taken over by malware, it could become a tool to break encrypted documents. The data has to be sent to the AMSI interface AFTER decryption, right? Btw: I wonder how DRMed content will be handled. It probably cannot be scanned, as there could be some DRM removal Software hooking in that interface, pretending to be a AV scanner.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

Chairo

Oculus is PC-only for now

Isn't it long overdue, that we stop counting a Microsoft OS as part of the PC definition? Plenty of Linux and MacOS PCs out there.

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Google exec and avid climber dies on Mount Everest

Chairo

I wonder

what is the job description of a Google privacy exec?

Making sure their customers have as little privacy as possible?

That said, I'm sorry to hear about the earthquake. Every person killed is one too much.

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Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year

Chairo

Good strategy?

We just got the announcement that one of our core applications will be migrated to a non-oracle database soon.

It was running on various versions of oracle for more than 15 years.

I wonder if this is connected to oracle's new business strategy...

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

Chairo

Ultimately, the idea is to stop miscreants installing malware on a machine

-> Ultimately, the idea is to stop users installing open source software on a machine

Boosting their app shop takeup is probably just a welcome side effect.

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

Chairo

Re: Please come visit Fukushima

I also live in Japan, recently I went to Hiroshima. It's quite a nice town, despite the fact that some 70 years ago roughly one kilo of plutonium blew up there and most of it was spread over the area. So much for the 300 years...

The fuckup in Fukushima is mostly thanks to the Democratic party that tried to show they are doing something and stays so because the liberal democrats prefer to ignore bad history and signs of Japanese weakness. Judging if the area is safe would mean to take responsibility and decisive action and would bring the topic back on the table. Something Abe would never risk.

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HP blasts $5.1bn sueball at ex-Autonomy execs, Lynch preps return fire

Chairo

HP top management bought a company that everyone said was overpriced an overhyped, and now they are shocked that it was indeed overpriced and overhyped.

Sure, that must have been someone else's fault, right?

Didn't they check Autonomy's accounting before the deal? Oh, wait, it was only a 11bn deal - hardly worth any attention.

Stranger than fiction...

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

Chairo

Of course

concerning deadly animals and other natural events, Australia cannot be beaten by Mexico.

On a more serious note - there have been quite a lot of mass extinctions in the past. This one could be connected with the P-T event 250 million years ago, also called the "Great Dying". Until someone figures out the exact age of the impact this is all speculation, of course.

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Pirate Party leads Icelandic voting intentions poll

Chairo
Facepalm

Re: Yarr!

In Germany the party was taken over by the "antifa" - violent left wing nuts, and imploded. The topics remain relevant, however. Hopefully there will be another party picking them up.

Btw: In what way is "eternal copyright" an inspiring vision for society?

We all know that even the current 70 years are already bullshit, pushed through by a certain lobby group to avoid losing the copyright on Micky Mouse. Oh, and of course home taping already killed the music industry back in the 70s, right?

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Oxford boffins publish fine-scale regional genetic map of UK

Chairo

Aren't you lucky...

... to have such a homogeneous genetic map? On the continent there has been more or less constant warfare since the dawn of the Roman empire, with each army leaving their trace by slaughtering, burning down and raping the local population. It would be interesting to compare the genetic map of island populations like Britain, Ireland and Japan with continental populations like French, Germans or Chinese. I dare to say the continental genetic maps would look quite chaotic.

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Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?

Chairo
Thumb Down

He was just uttering lobby talk in public

The car industry is now working seriously on automatic driving and other bandwidth heavy in-car applications like on-line vehicle data tracking, content streaming, you name it...

They need some serious mobile traffic for that. Unfortunately the internet is not really well suited for real time data exchange, but prioritizing traffic might help in this case. So they are lobbying heavily to get their way. Looks like he grabbed up some lobby phrases and slung them around in public.

Not a smart move, but he was sent to the EU commission for a reason - that was probably not "being a good politician".

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Dot-word sensation: Google forks out $25m for a fist of .app-y pills

Chairo
Joke

.app?

Oh no, Google bought the wrong domain. It should have been .apk...

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HISTORIC HOVER-ROCKET takeoff held up by 'SLEDGEHAMMER' winds

Chairo
Thumb Up

Me for my part, I am looking forward to see a very boring perfect landing, though. No fireworks this time, please!

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

Chairo

Not surprised

Some years back I bought a discovery and found it virtually useless (for me). The brush on the bottom of the device has the tendency to wind up everything that's lying around.

In some rooms I could still use it when I put the carpet fringes underneath the carpet, but wherever it finds wires it just pulls them in and jams. Unfortunately I tend to have a lot of wires lying around, so to make a room "roomba ready", took more time than just cleaning it conventionally.

That said, it is still a nice toy and I don't regret buying it. Not so much because it is useful, but more for the fun.

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

Chairo

Re: "... photos NASA later released as a GIF."

Because Flash is busy at Mongo?

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Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach

Chairo
Devil

Insurances - aren't those the guys

who want us to carry tracking devices and pedometers 24/7 to give us a "tailored" health insurance plan? And also to hook up our cars to their driving habit surveillance system, again to give us a "tailored" car insurance? The ones drooling about IOT and how to use it for best exploiting helping their customers?

Good idea to give them even more data. They seem to handle it well.

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NSA raided hackers' troves of stolen data: report

Chairo

"take" is a new one. In the dictionary I can find "booty, spoils, plunder, stolen goods, contraband, pillage". Perhaps "take" should be added, as well.

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New claim: D-Link router exposes unprotected config controls to web – DNS hijackers, ahoy!

Chairo

ISP DNS

I stopped quite a while age using the DNS service of my ISP. Since then my connection got noticeably more stable and reliable. Unfortunately most of these cheap router boxes don't support using a different DNS other than specified over DHCP, so I had to change the setting on my devices themselves. I suppose this should also be a good workaround for having a router with hijacked DNS.

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You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way

Chairo

This is going to be fun

I'm just waiting for the first people updating their 7 inch atom win8 tablets to win10 and realizing their little tablet has been castrated to winrt functionality.

It's going to be another publicity nightmare for Microsoft.

One would hope, that they see it coming and still offer the desktop for upgraded machines, but I am not holding my breath.

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BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

Chairo
Happy

Re: Safe functions

Well, yes, the oxcart is retired now, but you have to admit, the A-12 was a cool piece of technology.

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

Chairo

Not using Chrome as the Android default browser...

...is the real problem here - why did they integrate a Browser as a system component that has pretty much the same functionality than the Chrome app they offer anyway? Chrome gets regular updates, the "Browser" component only when the OS is updated. What's strange as well, is that other system components like "Google Search" are updated regularly. Why not the browser?

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Linux chaps want to recycle your mobe as a supercomputer

Chairo

That would be very similar to a cluster of Rasperry PIs

Or perhaps beagleboard's, as the PI's CPU is not the exactly fastest one in the market.

Isn't this discouraged by Raspberry due to a bad performance/Watt ratio?

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

Chairo
Thumb Down

Again doing the terrorist's job?

What those terrorists hate most, is our liberal society which allows free speech and expression.

Our governments plan to reduce them.

The terrorists will be happy to hear this. Mission accomplished, right?

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Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

Chairo
Devil

What they don't say

Redmond's not naming who will offer those solutions, but says all will be revealed in January 2015 and that Office 365 customers will be offered generous pricing.

They also don't tell how much these 3rd parties have to pay to get on the list. I'd bet it's not for free, by a long shot.

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

Chairo
Meh

revolutionary - forward looking - modern

And what we got was Windows 8.

Hearing Microsoft talking about Awesome gives me the creeps... Windows 98's awesome "active desktop" comes to mind.

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

Chairo
Coat

They do it wrong

If they would make an auction out of it, they could finance the whole mission just by naming one single crater after the revered founder of a certain entertainment giant. He certainly fulfills the requirements, too.

If they would bent a bit and accept fictional beings, they might finance the next couple of missions by naming a few craters after a certain mouse and its friends, too.

The one with the big round ears, please ------------>

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

Chairo
Devil

between Singapore and Jakarta? I wonder if those coelocanths have taken to chewing cables

Nooo - don't tell the Singaporean gouvernment that cables can be chewed! They might prohibit them!

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Apple bitchslaps iPhone rival Xiaomi: World No 1? That's BIG TALK

Chairo

Re: Necessary Now

cheap iPhone with cheap service contract

Well, if you want an Android for some reason, it's rather nasty to sponsor a cheap Iphone for the fanbois. I for my part rather don't like IOS. Been there, was glad to leave.

My solution was to get a feature phone contract, throw the phone away and use the sim in an unlocked handset I bought overseas. For mobile data I use a 3G modem.

Not very comfortable, but it works.

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Chairo

Re: Necessary Now

You say "nobody is forcing you to buy the Merc", but at least here in Japan, that is exactly what is happening.

In a car analogy, it would be like Mercedes made a contract with all car dealers in the whole country, to each sell a ridiculous high fixed quantity of Mercedes cars. What is happening here is - all Japanese telcos are giving away IPhones for cheaper contracts than even the lowest spec Android handset.

To come back to your analogy - they will still sell you a Fiat, but you will have to cash out more than for a Mercedes.

Of course, this is not Apple's fault - it's the stupid Japanese telcos that signed such contracts.

For Apple it's a nice situation. They enjoy a 50.4% market share in the home country of Sony, Sharp, Fujitsu, Kyocera, ... and with hardware that doesn't really fit to the Japanese market. As an example NFC is extremely widespread here, but even the IPhone 6's NFC doesn't support the Japanese "seifu Ketai" (mobile wallet) system.

So yes, if you can establish a monopoly by smart contracting a limited channel (Only 3 big telcos here), you can happily gouge the customers. At least until someone else breaks in by offering a better alternative for a reasonable price. In case of Telcos this is difficult, as you need the infrastructure. As a result smart phone contracts here got significantly more expensive here in the last few years. Dumb-phone contracts not so much, as there are still some independent 2G providers around.

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

Chairo

Republican minority Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday. "We live in a dangerous world, and the threat by ISIL only makes it more so."

The sad truth is, the world was always a dangerous place and most likely it will stay this way. That's why police and military were invented and got a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence. To prevent them from misusing this monopoly checks and balances were introduced.

The PATRIOT act weakens these checks and balances. Does this make the world safer? Perhaps. It's trading one risk against another on the cost of your individual freedom.

But is it really a risk? There are so many examples of countries that failed, because these checks didn't work or exist. Military putsches are rather the rule than the exception. Is the US an exception? Again perhaps. The US government seems to be happy to bet on it. Hopefully they don't lose!

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Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data

Chairo
Thumb Up

Today you need a supercomputer

in 20 years you can run this your desktop PC.

I still remember, when my university installed a CRAY2 back in the mid 90s. 4 CPUs with 4GHz in ECL technology. And it could do SIMD operations!

Now, where did I leave the floppies with vectorfortan...

edit: Looks, like the CRAY 2's processors were "only" running with 244 MHz. It was the memory that was 4GB. Great looking machine, anyway.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Chairo
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Re: Standard mistake to make

@dan1980

Thank you very much! That is EXACTLY how I feel as well.

Btw: In another post someone wrote that it might be OK, if the servers are open sourced and free to set up. I really don't feel that way. Perhaps if you can set up your own private server, things might be different, but then we are back at single player, anyway.

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Chairo
Unhappy

Pity!

A real sequel to ELITE is something I waited for since 30 years. Unfortunately online gaming is a big no go for me, so I'll pass that one out. People who want that kind of stuff are probably already on EVE Online. One more of the same is kind of pointless imo.

Btw: the oolite project offers the original ELITE gameplay with all missions as FOSS. I just spend a few days hunting down the constrictor and being blown up by thargoids.

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

Chairo

Obligatory xkcd reference

http://xkcd.com/221/

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Samsung: Every breath you take, every step you make, we'll be watching

Chairo
Coat

Skin temperature 29 deg?

Obviously the wrist is not such a good place to measure body signals. It needs to be worn at a different place. Or maybe it needs some remote probe, that can be put into the ... mouth?!?

Coat please - no, no, not the one stuffed with all this electronics. Mine's the wearable and washable one.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

Chairo
Facepalm

Looks like

Someone is desperately searching for something IOT can be used for.

Do you bring the solution or are you part of the problem?

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Oracle gives HR tool to track your fitness

Chairo
Facepalm

Nice treat

Most employees already feel like a hamster trapped in a treadmill.

Now this can be extended to your private non company time?

Great, just great.

On a more positive note, this kind of tracking might be illegal in most EU countries, so there is still hope.

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