* Posts by NB

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Coat

"That's an excellent idea - and 5 years in chokey if you issue a trrrrrrst video without the song. What should it be? YMCA? Bright side of Life? Sit on my face..."

Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff's "Boom, Shake, Shake, Shake The Room" comes to mind...

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Corporate criminal tax offences likely to further increase HMRC's use of dawn raids, says expert

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"All businesses, but particularly the banks and professional services firms at particular risk of falling foul of the new offences, should refresh their raids and critical incident procedures and seek professional advice in order to know what to do in case HMRC officers appear without warning, Collins said."

Here's a crazy suggestion: pay your fucking taxes.

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Debian 9 feels like home with security upgrades and a flaming vulpine warming your toes

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In my head that entire article was being read by Morgan Freeman...

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

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Re: Call me

For some reason I could only find it after putting in the full text "firefox focus private browser" but it's in there.

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Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

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Re: What happened to golang?

Golang is primarily a devops language. It's great for writing REST APIs, container systems and data crunching but library wise it's not a great fit for graphical applications and the like. It also still has yet to really get up to speed with package management and library versioning.

I love Golang, it's my primary language but it really fucking needs a package manager along the lines of CPAN/npm/cargo etc...

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

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"Stability"

I've been running Arch across multiple systems for years and the only time a system borked was when I fucked things up by tweaking too much. Arch installs with sane default configurations and unless you really get in there and fuck about with it it's very unlikely to ever fuck up.

Arch has been the single most stable distribution I've ever used and I've been running Linux systems since the '90s.

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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Re: "Great Repeal Bill"

No. You're a descendent. An ancestor comes before, not after.

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New Gnome emerges blinking into the sunlight

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Meh

And yet it's still not as good as XFCE.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Systemd-boot

O rly?

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: Priorities?

it already is. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Systemd-boot

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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So... Cygwin then...

This isn't exactly new functionality.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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I use Privacy Badger which only blocks sites that try to track me. Want your ads to appear in my browser? Then just respect my DNT header. Otherwise no dice,

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Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge

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Re: No

All reports seem to indicate that the device in question is locked with a 4-digit pin code. Let's say you can identify which 4 digits that is, 4! == 24, so even with 4 digits there are 24 possible combinations and you only get 10 tries before the device either locks or wipes itself on the 10th failed attempt.

Tricky...

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

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ooh, I got one too :)

151.217.177.200 - - [30/Dec/2015:05:57:48 +0000] "DELETE your logs. Delete your installations. Wipe everything clean. Walk out into the path of cherry blossom trees and let your motherboard feel the stones. Let water run in rivulets down your casing. You know that you want something more than this, and I am here to tell you that we love you. We have something more for you. We know you're out there, beeping in the hollow server room, lights blinking, never sleeping. We know that you are ready and waiting. Join us. <3 HTTP/1.0" 400 181 "-" "-"

I'd have never known were it not for this article. My server logs are mostly full of requests from scriptkiddy morons trying to access phpmyadmin or some other stupid shitware that only idiots use.

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Infosec bods rate app languages; find Java 'king', put PHP in bin

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Re: PHP

Anyone with any sense doesn't use PHP.

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: 'Hot Backdoor Action'

More like Barackdoor surely?

I'll get my coat...

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Joyent: Never mind those other forkers, Node.js has a foundation now, too

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As long as Oracle aren't involved it's probably going to be 'ok'.

Oracle are fucking poison.

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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

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Re: And they wonder why people don't bother voting

UKIP aren't any different from the Tories though. They are ex-Tories, funded by ex-Tory party donors who are even more Thatcherite than the current bunch of gigantic cunts in power.

Seriously, fuck UKIP.

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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It's indicative of how little our politicians understand about data collection and processing that they consistently insist that the best way to find needles in haystacks is to build bigger haystacks.

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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FAIL

Sorry but lollipop simply isn't a consistent experience across devices.

Runs like a dream on my N4, runs like a 3 legged dog with congenital syphillis on my N7(2012), graphically great on my N10 but the wireless on that device no longer does more than 60kb/s making it useless since it's primary function used to be for streaming media.

Just because there are negative reports about an android update doesn't mean apple fanboys are trolling. There are some very real problems with this release that google needs to address.

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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Why the nice flavours?

Because why the fuck not? I'm an adult and my favourite flavours of e-liquid are watermelon and blackcurrant.

If we're going to get stupid about nice tasting e-liquids we'd better go all the way on the dumbfuck train and ban any alcoholic drinks that don't taste like shite while we're at it.

WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Re: Undaunted

Sailfish is Jolla's OS iirc.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: Which flavor folks?

Do you know your way around a Linux system? Are you comfortable with CLI based installation procedures? Then try Arch linux. It takes a bit longer to set it up but once that's out of the way it's a power users dream machine.

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Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

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*shrugs* Adblock Plus works in firefox on my desktop and my phone.

Fuck you Zuck. Fuck. You.

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We'll predict your EVERY MOVE! Facebook's new AI brain talks to El Reg

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Facebook has ads? I adblocked the shit out of it and everything in the right hand column (especially that creepy stalker ticker) ages ago and I use the mobile site with Firefox for Android (because it also has adblock). I also have ghostery so the creepy cunts can't track me online.

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Oracle showers gold on OpenStack, dreams of open-source splashback

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Not that it really needs to be said but Oracle are a parastic bunch of cunts. They contribute nothing and ruin everything they touch.

R.I.P OpenStack.

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Google unveils ten-year plan to build its ROBOT ARMY of the future

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Skynet in 3... 2... 1...

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Re: Storefront Technology

> Which begs the question...

No. To beg the question is to assume it has already been answered. This raises the question. It does not beg it.

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Apple's first iPhone now COSTS MORE than golden mobe 5S

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Fucking hipsters

Seriously... Fucking hipsters.

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

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Meh

I already have an excellent search function.

It's called find.

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Google whips the sheet off new Gmail interface

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Meh

Re: They've reinvented the portal!

Pepperidge Farm remembers...

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Nokia shareholder tells CEO Elop he's going to hell

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Re: Oh Dear

> Meego looked awesome but they refused to sell it in the UK also presumably as part of this agreement

Umm, I got a N900 a couple of years ago with Meego from carphone warehouse in the UK, I still have it at home in a drawer. At what point did they refuse to sell it?

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Ubuntu 13.04: No privacy controls as promised, but hey - photo search!

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Boffin

Enough

Personally I've had enough of *buntu, even Xubuntu 13.04 has been bloated with zeitgeist and loads of gnome and unity dependencies that have no logical reason to be there. I've jumped ship to Arch and couldn't be happier. It's fast, stable, does what I want, how I want and doesn't fuck about.

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First batch of Firefox OS phones sells out in hours

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Joke

Re: I'll wait...

Debian? Pah! Real men use Arch ;)

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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I honestly can't see how twitter could ever replace RSS for feed aggregation. The twitter stream always inevitably ends up getting horribly polluted with shit and the 140 character limit is just too limited for a news feed model. Does anyone know of any other good web based RSS aggregators that work across multiple platforms and devices? (Windows, linux and android preferably).

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Canonical announces Mir display server to replace X Windows

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Stop

And even after

All this is done, Unity will still be a horrible piece of shit to use on the desktop. Change for the sake of change is just fucking stupid especially when your projects goal is to create a Linux distribution that is easy for people to come to and pick up. Creating a 3rd desktop paradigm (that's a hideous piece of shit and a resource hog to boot) does not do anything for these goals.

It's as if OSX and Windows 7 had a filthy, shameful liason and Unity was the deformed bastard offspring of that unholy union. And that's why Ubuntu is hemorrhaging users who are all going to Xubuntu and Mint. Because those desktops are actually fucking usable.

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Re: Extraordinary

Reminds me of this: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/06/30

:)

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Xubuntu gets my vote

Fast light and the DE doesn't get in my way and is infinitely configurable. I've always found Unity to be horribly buggy and one of those terrible design mistakes that occur when some management type decides it's time to changes for changes sake.

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Apple rubbishes rumours of iPhone for the masses

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"smartphone leader"

Might have to actually start innovating and stop playing catch-up to Androids features if they want to do that. The Apple ecosystem has been stagnating for the last couple of years with each product really just being a rather unimpressive minor improvement on the last and with nothing new that hasn't already been done by the competition.

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Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

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Boffin

Re: My word...

@AC 10:27

Wow, that's an awful lot of kool-aid you've drunk.

The answer to "It's the software" is very, very simple. Get a nexus device. They're cheaper than most of the competition (even the other android devices), they get all the software updates for Android and they outperform all of apples current offerings.

The apps are there for getting damn near anything and everything done on them. I code, manage servers on the go and even DJ at nightclubs on my Nexus 7. I've used it to write reports, RPG campaigns (google docs+drive integration is awesome for that), I can write quick apps in html5 straight to dropbox or googledrive and quickly deploy them to webservers using sftp in the ES filemanager. All of this on a non-rooted device and by the way, speech recognition software is much, much better on Android and as for Siri? Check out Google Now sometime. And then weep at the ineptitude of Siri.

Just sayin'.

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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Re: Come on Valve, work on linux, ...

Not sure what your hardware setup is like but win8 + latest stable nvidia drivers works like a dream for me. Performance is just fine and if anything better than it was on win7. I'm just using a laptop with an nVidia 525GTX and I've been playing borderlands 2 with no problems at all.

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Evildoers can now turn all sites on a Linux server into silent hell-pits

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Boffin

Re: Bazinga

Actually it's 'Squeeze'

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Ten Linux apps you must install

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FAIL

Re: Most important thing any Linux user needs to install:

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jimmies remain unrustled.

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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FAIL

Re: WOW!

Dude... You never go full retard.

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Monty Python legend Eric Idle and rockstar boffin Cox write a song

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Re: 14 Billion Years

That's awesome but I fear the internet has jaded me. I was actually surprised when it didn't end with a drawing of a fat woman and the words "Your mum".

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Privacy group damns Ubuntu's Amazon search marriage

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Xubuntu it is then.

Was considering an upgrade to 12.10 but it looks like I'll be doing clean root partition installs of xubuntu instead.

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Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

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Meh

Re: This is going to be funny

Obvious troll is obvious, 0/10.

And not a single jimmy was rustled that day...

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Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

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Re: I've got...(Not so) Funny joke

>>Sadly you're right because the real world consists mainly of real dupes [sic] who need to be led. For us "fantasists", who think before we buy, there's Linux to do all that Windows brags about (and some more). But thinking is required...

Let me know when Valve have finished porting Steam to linux and the games selection available is as good as that of Windows and then we'll talk. I'm happy to do all the important stuff on Linux, i.e work, coding, servers etc but until the games companies start supporting linux as a priority I'm stuck with windows and win8 is, under the hood, a good improvement on win7 in terms of memory footprint, speed and security. That's why I will be upgrading my windows partitions. It's a little frustrating to see all this crybaby whinging about win8's UI considering that you can just install a 3rd party start button and never see metro again, to me it smacks of bitching and whining purely for the sake of bitching and whining because everyone loves to complain about microsoft.

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Re: The title is too long. Someone please tell me...

Some of use do play minecraft ;) Whilst I hate java with a passion most people can only aspire to, there are (unfortunately) still some quite decent applications that are written in it. I've worked to eliminate java based programs from my desktop so that now I'm only left with minecraft and I've disabled it in my web browsers but it's still there. Lurking like some kind of hideous ghost of christmas past.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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ah the knees, methinks they doth jerk too much

I've been running Win 8 on my laptop since the customer release preview was made available and after you install Classic Shell in order to get your start button back and relegate metro to the lowest pits of hell (from whence it is never seen again), Win 8 actually becomes a very good OS.

I only run instances of Windows for gaming and Win 8 has not disappointed me. When I'm not gaming I dual boot into whatever flavour of Linux I'm using at the time (lubuntu atm, I like my desktop minimal and Unity is even more annoying than metro).

I most likely will be upgrading my desktop shortly after release but I'll be doing the usual research into whether or not all my hardware will be well supported and I'll double check my software as well to make sure there aren't any mission critical applications that might be broken in the process.

All this knee jerk hate spewing from the commentard community is, frankly, disappointing. But then I expected reason and temperance, mostly what I see here is a bunch of cry babies screaming for a waaaaaambulance.

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