* Posts by Joseph Haig

212 posts • joined 25 Apr 2007

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

Joseph Haig

Re: Isn't it free already?

"What are they actually giving them? Pressed CD's"

I believe that is what the second sentence of the article says, yes.

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Joseph Haig

Re: As a german..

How about people who have heard that support for Windows XP is about to expire and, although they may be concerned about this, have no real attachment to one operating system or another? The options are to upgrade Windows for €€€ or try this new-fangled thing that the library are giving out free.

Admittedly, a lot of people would just take it as an opportunity to buy a new computer, which would probably come with Windows 8.

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Joseph Haig

Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

My guess is that LiMux is heavily modified to hook into the government office infrastructure and most of these modifications will be of little use to other people. I am quite happy to use a similarly customised distribution from $EMPLOYER but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone outside of the company.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

Joseph Haig

Re: Suicidal Squirrel?

Well, to keep in line with Ubuntu they will need to go alphabetically, so maybe Terrifying Tarantula and Undead Unicorn (hey, it is the national animal of Scotland so what does it matter if it is fictional?)

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Joseph Haig

Suicidal Squirrel?

Is this the kernel that is going to appear in the "Saucy Salamander" release of Ubuntu? And can we expect similarly alliterative names every six months?

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

Joseph Haig

Makes sense now

Now I understand why they keep telling me that my profile is incomplete and asking for my phone number.

First rule of Facebook: Don't post anything unless you are perfectly happy for it to become public knowledge tomorrow, regardless of the privacy settings you choose.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/388043_10150400636492271_81771217_n.jpg

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Joseph Haig

Re: Originals were great?

It is notable that one of the most memorable lines (Leia: "I love you", Solo "I know") was an ad-lib because the original was so crass. Possibly others as well. Maybe they should have just let Harrison Ford re-write the whole script.

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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 debuts with IBM code side and centre

Joseph Haig

Sidebar

I have had to suffer Symphony for a few years (hey, guess who I work for) and one of the things I actually liked about it was the sidebar. I am surprised that the author of the article missed it after "hundreds of hours in its word processor". My main gripe with it was that (as far as I could make out) they had forked an old OpenOffice build and so was always going to be lagging behind.

I will reserve judgement on whether MS Office compatibility has improved. This was never particularly good in Symphony, and generally worse than the latest OOo.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Joseph Haig

Re: The more MS pushes this.

"A text editor would be more attractive than Microsoft Office"

Not Notepad. Having your eyes gouged out with a rusty spoon is more attractive than Notepad. Perhaps this is why it is the only text edtor that comes by default on Windows - so it doesn't compete with Office.

However, a *proper* text editor with LaTeX. Yes, that is certainly more attractive than MS Office. :-)

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

Joseph Haig

Re: An unfair system

"AFAIK, patents last for 20 years. Music copyrights last for 70 years from death of author. Where's the fairness?"

You are not comparing like with like.

A patent is granted to an inventor to give them exclusive rights in exchange for making the details of the invention public for the benefit of all. This legal protection is granted in recognition of the fact that someone may lose out on the benefits of an invention because the idea could be taken up by other people who are better able to market their product. Famously, the Rubik's Cube was only patented in Hungary and so Professor Rubik recieved very little royalty for his invention. A limit of 20 years is granted to give a reasonably time for the inventor to benefit from it but after this the idea is available to all.

Copyright, on the other hand, is a protection against unauthorised pubishing of someone's work and this varies from one country to another as well as for the type of material. The date of death + 70 years you quote is (as I understand it) for written work in the UK, so it would apply to the actual music of Pink Floyd separate from any recording. Copyright for recorded material is normally from the date of creation, and is 50 years in the UK and 70 years in the US. This is what Cliff Richard was trying to get changed a few years ago because his earlist songs are now becoming public domain.

From what I understand, Pandora are trying to circumvent this copyright protection to avoid paying the royalties to the artists that they are legally entitled to.

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Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

Joseph Haig
WTF?

Say, what?

OK, I've heard strong opinions for and against MySQL that are well thought out and reasonable, but

"He is Swedish, so we can't expect too much."

Seriously?

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

Joseph Haig

Re: what are you on about?

"Remember that he isn't talking to you and I, ..."

I think you mean "you and me". OK, I wouldn't normally be this padentic but it seemed appropriate here. :-)

I'm also not a Cameron fan and also think he is actually speaking sense here (and will probably also be voted down as a result). You and I know that programming is not a 'modern method' - in fact, you might argue that 'ancient' is a better adjective with regards the history of computing - but he is addressing people who have been brought up on word documents and spreadsheets. In this context, the notion that you can actually program a computer to do anything different is truely novel.

I cannot help feeling that there is an air of "the Tories said it so it must be stupid" about this.

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Tennis pro serves up pic of bad French Open line call

Joseph Haig

The umpire may have made one mistake but, as he lost, Stakhovsky made dozens so he has no room for complaint. That's what I was told by my coach years ago, anyway.

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IBM gets ready to push more UK and Irish bods overboard

Joseph Haig

Re: "Workforce rebalancing"?

"Next you'll get happysized"

Do you want fries with that?

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Good news: Debian 7 is rock solid. Bad news: It's called Wheezy

Joseph Haig
Happy

Good news: Stable; Bad news: Name

I much prefer this to the opposite. For example, I think that 'Vista' is quite a good name ...

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Dinosaur embryos FOUND: Resurrection 'out of the question'* - boffin

Joseph Haig

Nature finds a way

As long as they only create female dinosaurs I do not see what could possibly go wrong.

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Ubuntu support periods slashed

Joseph Haig

Where is the problem here?

People who use the 'regular' release do so because they want the latest and greatest as soon as it is available while the "security-conscious and otherwise careful" use the LTS version, which still has the same 5-year support. I do not see any logical reason for sticking with a particular 'regular' release once the next has come out. If anything, this change should improve the quality of each release as people are freed up from supporting four or five versions in parallel.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

Joseph Haig

It hasn't been 2 years since his last gaff. Only a few months ago he declared that 'improbable' means the same as 'impossible':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLIvwtIuC3Y

He states this as a 'mathematical fact', which probably had every mathematician in the country shouting obscenities at him.

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North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some

Joseph Haig

Re: Daily Mail

"what exactly does this have to do with World IT?"

Now, if it were guidance about suitable beards lengths for sys admins ...

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

Joseph Haig

Anti-cloud?

One minute they are trumpeting their new Cloud OS and the next they are talking about locking down applications to a single physical machine. Exactly what is their strategy at the moment?

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

Joseph Haig

Re: @Joseph Haig

Well, um, it was, sort of, a joke so, ...

Oh, forget it.

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Joseph Haig
Coat

Is it gas powered?

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth embraces tablet terror: Our PC biz will survive, too

Joseph Haig

Re: Good Luck To Them

One OS to cover every device is one thing but I hope they don't go down the same route as Windows 8, and produce an environment that only really works on a tablet and is frustrating to use on a desktop.

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

Joseph Haig

People actually read the Wikipedia front page?

I had no idea that there was a "Did you know?" section, let alone that it was often filled with facts about Gibraltar.

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Inside Microsoft's 'Cloud OS'

Joseph Haig
Coat

Is 'Cloud OS' the new term for 'vapourware'?

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Harry Potter's Filch conjures Doctor Who's dead first time-lord

Joseph Haig

Twelve Doctors?

When I first saw this news I thought that there were going to be plans for a "Twelve Doctors" episode. However, this would probably require replacements for most of the other doctors as well, including several who are still alive. Either that, or a serious amount of make-up.

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Joseph Haig

Re: RIP DB?

Given that the first Doctor was an old man and the series started 50 years ago I hardly think that you can read anything sinistre into the fact that both actors have died, Hartnell at the age of 67 and Hurdall at 73.

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Fedora project may expel MySQL

Joseph Haig

Re: Which ones?

I wouldn't call that "many other Linux distros". The only major one I can see is openSUSE, and they have both MySQL and MariaDB available. This is hardly the mass exodus seen from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice.

It looks like, rather than being behind, Fedora is in the forefront here. If Fedora makes the jump then that will filter through to RHEL, which would be much more significant.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

Joseph Haig

Meh

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Facebook testing $100 fee to mail Mark Zuckerberg

Joseph Haig

Old news

Isn't this the same story as this? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/21/facebook_paid_message_delivery/

Someone has just noticed that Mr Z is on the list of members in the trial. $100 does seem a bit steep, though. Does it vary for who you want to mail?

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

Joseph Haig
Coat

You never recieved the email containing UrgentFinances.xls.exe?

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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

Joseph Haig

Eh?

I sometimes wonder what Facebook is up to. Are they actively trying to turn away their users or is there an internal competition to see who can come up with the most ridiculous idea that the users will swallow?

"Next, lets require that users enter three valid bank card numbers before they can post anything. Then we can replace their passwords with a concatination of the security codes."

Erm, if that becomes reality remember that you saw it here first.

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Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

Joseph Haig

Just what we need - another social network!

I just went to so.cl and I have absolutely no idea what I am looking at. It looks like a schizophrenic kleptomaniac's scrapbook.

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Facebook shoves your face in Microsoft's Bing thing

Joseph Haig

Re: Why don't these f*ckers tell us when they are sharing OUR SHIT ...

I think you misunderstand your relationship with Facebook. You are not the customer - you are the product.

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Joseph Haig

Re: Well

"None of this compares to the Great Computer Programmer Incapacitation of '93, when thousands of IT professionals were hospitalized by the sheer dumbness of Jurassic Park's "It's a UNIX system. I know this!" "

You say that, but the flight-simulator style file browser was genuine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fsn

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Headbanger plays Star Trek theme on floppy drives

Joseph Haig

Dr Who

This is not a million miles away from what the people creating the original Dr Who theme tune were doing.

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Brit student locked up for Facebook source code hack

Joseph Haig

Facebook would do well to employ this guy instead of prosecuting him. He clearly knows better than any of their current security team what needs to be tightened up.

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Trust me, I'm a computer: Watson takes on health care challenge

Joseph Haig

Only slightly bad idea.

"Watson still got many answers wrong."

True, but so do humans. The correct way of using it would be to use it as a source of advice rather than a way to get a definitive answer. Having said that, the way a lot of people blindly follow satellite navigation is probably an indication that your concern is at least partially valid.

I'm more concerned about the bedside manner: "What is ... you have 2 months, 3 weeks, 5 days and 7 hours to live?"

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iPhone 5 to include Japanese earthquake warning system

Joseph Haig
Coat

Does the app have a good rating?

Erm, http://xkcd.org/937/

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Daleks given a well-earned break

Joseph Haig
Alien

You know, just once ...

... I'd like to meet an alien menace who wasn't immune to bullets!

I, for one, am glad that the Daleks are being given a rest. Much as I am grateful to RTD for bringing the series back I found his stories to be amazingly lacking in imagination and the recurrence of the Daleks and Cybermen (and sometimes both) ad nauseam was just a symptom of this.

The weeping angles, on the other hand, were scary. Who invented them? Oh yes, it was Moffat.

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Who needs 600 friends when you're a bride of Christ?

Joseph Haig

Symptom or cause? Or, perhaps, not even connected.

"Sr Maria's expulsion does appear to be a result of internal strife, rather than any Church position on Facebook."

So she (a) used Facebook and (b) got kicked out of the convent, but there is no clear indication about what the relation between (a) and (b) is? And I thought El Reg was read by people with a scientific mind-set. (Perhaps global warming is caused by a lack of pirates after all)

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Facebook facing fall-down issues

Joseph Haig

Facebook security?

If Facebook were at all interested in security, they would enable SSL for the whole site, not just the login page.

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/209333/how_to_hijack_facebook_using_firesheep.html>

The lesson from this is that you should never use Facebook (and a number of other sites) while connected to an open WiFi.

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Vatican confirms Simpsons as Catholics

Joseph Haig
Thumb Down

Ho hum.

You are reporting a 10-month-old opinion piece from Osservatore Romano as church teaching? Slow news day?

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 2: Preparing to dual-boot

Joseph Haig

32-bit vs 64-bit ...

It is possible to get the 32 bit kernel to see more than 4G of memory but it requires a patch to be compiled in. For Ubuntu, this is not in the desktop kernel but it is in the server kernel so

$ sudo apt-get install linux-image-server

will allow you to use all your memory.

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'Clickjacking' worm hits hundreds of thousands on Facebook

Joseph Haig
Coat

Re. Flash, haha

... saviour of the universe?

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RHEL 6 - your sensible but lovable friend

Joseph Haig

RHEL 4 -> RHEL 5 -> RHEL 6

"my organisation has just gone through a lot of pain going from RHEL4 to RHEL5, the majority of the difficulties came from changing gcc and the QT libraries."

And that is why you have overlapping releases. You can still run RHEL 4 for another couple of years and, with RHEL 5 released two years ago, that is 4 years to resolve all the migration problems.

"Is it possible to upgrade a RHEL5 machine to RHEL6 without a clean install?"

Possible but not recommended and certainly not supported. It is assumed that you will keep at the same major release number until you plan to replace the hardware, at which time you can roll out replacements with the new major version. This is supported by having long support cycles and overlapping releases - when RHEL 6 is released there will be 3 versions all supported in parallel.

I know people object to this and want to be able always to upgrade to the latest and greatest, but Redhat and Ubuntu have different policies. Not better or worse, just different.

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Microsoft stealth launches 'historic' programming language

Joseph Haig
Gates Horns

F#?

F# is a fourth higher than C#, so perhaps this is Microsoft's version of Forth.

Alternatively, F# is an augmented fourth higher than C, an interval sometimes called the devil in music, so perhaps this is an subtle hint regarding Microsoft's plans for a new version of C.

The image seems appropriate.

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Nine year-old blamed for US school system hack

Joseph Haig
FAIL

Very intelligent 9 year old?

How exactly did the 9 year old get the password? It is not entirely clear whether it was just written down on the teachers desk or whether key-logging or similar was required. In the latter case, I may concede that the kid was clever, but in the former, more likely, case I would say that it was stupidity or naïvité on the part of the teacher. I would also point the finger at whoever set up the system giving teachers administrator access. Why on earth would they need that? With his teacher's account he should have been able to mess around with assessments, but not the passwords of other teachers and enrolment lists.

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Microsoft roasted for Office 2010 standards FAIL

Joseph Haig

Best standards requirement ever.

"Presumably it does this on its hands and knees, picking up individual characters with its teeth."

Is that one of the requirements?

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Joseph Haig

Nothing new under the sun

"Microsoft explained the delay to implementing the strict version of 29500 by saying it needed time for customers and partners to transition."

Wasn't OOXML put on the fast track for being made a standard on the basis that it was already a de facto standard?

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