* Posts by herman

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Since the author mentioned the Lenovo S10 - I have one here running Fedora 23. It works nice, but not recommended for video processing though.

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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

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Funny that if you call it what it is: "Police want to use endangered birds to destroy children's toys", then it doesn't sound like such a great idea any more.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: Soon...

No, he said 'per capita' . Mao's indiscretions pales into insignificance when compared to Hitler, Franco, Mussolini, Lenin and Stalin using a 'per capita' approach, simply because there is never a shortage of people in China.

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Re: Soon...

Yeah, but it is very difficult to outdo the European atrocities. Blokes like Napoleon, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Lenin and Stalin were really special.

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Re: Soon...

...and the best way to oppose China is to buy all the commercial junk they produce, to keep them distracted from producing military hardware instead.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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The Wendelstein is a mountain peak in Bavaria. It used to have a lung function sanatorium a the top - now a restaurant. Very beautiful:

https://www.google.ae/search?q=wendelstein+pictures&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjL4oiTsd3KAhUHOBQKHVE0ARoQsAQIGg&biw=889&bih=463

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Google ninjas go public with security holes in Malwarebytes antivirus

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...and why would an infected data drive infect another machine? You need to execute a program on it for anything to happen. Scanning it will not execute anything.

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Socat slams backdoor, sparks thrilling whodunit

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It would have been ever so slightly more obvious if it was an even number...

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Save the trees

If you feel you have to print stuff, it actually indicates that your display screen is not good enough.

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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

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Paradox?

So what would have happened if she was convicted of the offense in 1990 and then didn't commit it in 1997 - would she still have been guilty?

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Obama: What will solve America's gun problem? What could it be? *snaps fingers* Technology!

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You may find that it is much easier for members of the NRA to castrate people like you, than the other way around...

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Researcher criticises 'weak' crypto in Internet of Things alarm system

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Re: For not at all simple homeowners

Yap - security is outsourced to the burgler it seems.

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Feeling abandoned by Adobe? Check out the video editing suites for penguins

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Re: Old Skool may be best

Edit 4k video on an Amiga? Bwaahaahaa!

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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

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Re: Since it wasn't mentioned by name in the article

Yup. The main problem with Linux (or any other kind of UNIX) is that so little support is required, that it is very hard to make a business out of it.

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Re: If not on-call, just don't answer

No, that was silent retribution from the transport manager for swearing at the boss...

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Facepalm time: MS Office update wipes custom Word autotext

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Edlin is for wussies. Ed is the standard.

About 30 years ago, I had to edit a file with ed and I'll never forget it.

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Launch embiggens Galileo satnav fleet

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Re: Embiggens....groan

Verbing of nouns weirds the language.

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Re: Thoughts

Well, if you want to land a small plane and it hits the concrete 1 m sooner than expected, then it can cause a bump and a VIP may spill his coffee in his lap. If you want to send a small bomb into the bedroom window of O'l Slobodan, then it may hit the wall instead.

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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I'm surprised that it wasn't WinME

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Oracle laying off its Java evangelists? Er, no comment, says Oracle

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Evangelists? If they were Oracles then they may have foreseen the layoffs...

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Russian "Pawn Storm" expands, rains hell on NATO, air-gapped PCs

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Just to name one example: Think of the Battle Star Galactica and the Cylons. Air gapped machines are used to prepare military plans. These machines may need to get weather data, which is distributed on removable media. The media is scanned on a dedicated air gapped threat scanning machine, and if that machine gets compromised, then the infection can spread quickly.

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Yes, I do know why and for $10,000 I could write you a neat report and recommendation about it...

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Australian cops rush to stop 2AM murder of … a spider

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Baboon Spiders

The South African wildlife can be rather scary too: http://www.baboonspideratlas.co.za/

and even Doom spray won't kill them - though it will slow them down a little so you can chase them out of the house with a broom or a mop.

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Lazy IoT, router makers reuse skeleton keys over and over in thousands of devices – new study

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Hmm, but what can one do with those devices once logged in? Using them to send spam email is so 20th century. Can one install a distributed file system and make a cloud with free redundant storage?

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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Hillary got it all wrong. The drug addled Daesh losers in Paris were too stupid to use encryption. Silicon Valley will have to make it easier to use.

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Refined player: Fedora 23's workin' it like Monday morning

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Wot? Nautilus still does something?

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

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Man will only be free, once the last king was strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

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May I suggest a couple:

Hell's Bells - AC DC

War Pigs - Black Sabbath

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One 72 year old virgin?

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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Re: Chokey

Well, with the handle 'Chokey', are you sure you are not a sleep walker? Found a big wad of cash in front of your bed one day and wondered where it came from? That may be why...

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Re: Holy shit!

No, it is 'Rub a dub dub, two maids in a tub', not nuns.

Well, technically nuns are maidens I suppose...

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BBC encourages rebellious Welsh town to move offshore

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Re: Will it work?

"If it's such high quality, why is it so bitter?"

Because of the high quality chicory root that is used to cut the coffee?

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The FSF method

For card carrying geeks, there is always the old Non Profit Charity trick pioneered by Richard Stallman and copied by Apache, Mozilla, all the BSDs and others. What that amounts to, is to donate your software project to a charitable organization and cost it at umpteen million dollars so that your actual company never ever makes a profit again...

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Re: Will it work?

You don't bring the money back. You take out a loan with the foreign money as collateral and write off the finance charges as an expense.

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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

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Backups?

I guess the backups will still be kept on unencrypted mag tape in the USA...

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Left or right?

Got to wonder which dude in that pic was Raymond?

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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

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Publish the browsing lists of May?

Maybe someone should publish the list of sites that dear Aunt Theresa visits regularly?

In fact, it doesn't even even matter if the list is true or not. That is the issue with this kind of data. It is so easy to spoof and frame someone with all kinds of unsavory shite.

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

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Good!

This will provide a huge boost to simple and easy to use crypto development. The UK might end up leading the crypto industry again. I already use TOR almost all the time. If that law passes, it will be even more.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

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Feberge Egg

Well, at least this equipment is somewhat useful.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Well, there is a utility by O&O software called 'ShutUp10', that can be used to, well, shut W10 up. Any half competent search engine will find it.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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All this Win10 nonsense must be doing wonders for Apple's bottom line.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Foreign journalists

The only solution I can think of is that journalists should all exchange jobs, so that all newspapers are published from foreign countries. Somewhat like Voltaire had to do in the 17th century, by publishing his French works in Holland and England.

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Flickering screens turn Microsoft Surface Books into Microsoft Surface paperweights

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Re: Maybe the flicker is...

Uhm, what do you mean? MS never was any good at software. All their successful products they purchased.

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SatNad failure as Lumia income drops over 50% at Microsoft

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The problem is that MS has a strong reputation for making operating systems that is slow and breaks easily, that absolutely no-one in his right mind would want a MS phone. It really is only corporate IT departments that insist on buying Windows based devices, since it guarantees their continued employment to maintain it.

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Europol knocks out mobile cybercrime gang in Spain

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and what would prevent a crim from turning those money wasting features on again?

Also, I thought that there are no more roaming charges in Europe...

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Hillary's sysadmin left VNC, RDP exposed to the internet - report

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RDP and VNC? The level of cluelessness is despairing. Fortunately, this server only had unclassified email...

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Stupid Yanks. They should supply Jeeps to the terr groups, since their brakes and steering can be disabled remotely.

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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

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Hmm, Moz should perhaps make two version of Firefox - fork their own product - one with Flash and one with everything else, since for most security conscious users, the flash version would be the one to avoid.

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The last post: Building your own mail server, Part 3

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Citadel - takes about 20 minutes

You can go through all this trouble to set up Postfix, or you can install Citadel. The Easy Install script takes about 20 minutes.

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Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

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Intern slave labour

Yet, in the much beloved and holy Yoo Kay and Yoo Ess Aye, children are forced to work for free as 'interns' - the modern name for an interned slave. This is a custom that was banned twice with anti-slavery and minimum wage legislation, yet practised in the open, in the very houses of government even.

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