* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2508 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

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Re: If it had been the 9th circus court...

It's simply not the role of judges (at any level) to inject their personal politics into their decisions. They are there to apply and interpret the law. They should be as close to "justice machines" as possible.

They should even resist the temptation to bend to public opinion and the mob.

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

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Re: Change "email" with "money"...

No. The data is in control of a US company. Changing it from data to money really doesn't change a thing. They are trying to play a shell game in order to hide from the courts. The courts should not have any of it.

If a foreign corporation was doing this kind of thing in the US in order to hide from their own courts, I would have no problem with it going the other way.

This situation is nothing like hiding money in the Cayman Islands.

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Badass alert: 1 in 5 Brits don't give a damn about webpage crypto-miners

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Re: Hang on a minute...

I wouldn't expect any more than 1 in 10 Brits to even understand the question. I would expect most people to look at you like you have two heads after asking them that kind of question.

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Linux laptop-flinger says bye-bye to buggy Intel Management Engine

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Oh Really?

So you expect a laptop with 2.5TB of SSD storage to be sold at Walmart/Tesco type prices?

Yeah, a machine with a Xeon processor or 4 NVIDIA compute cards will set you back a pound or two too.

Although they also have cheaper machines.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Re: Not to mention investment...

It's easy to turn on a dime when you can execute civil servants for not being up to snuff and you don't have to worry about silly things like democracy or civil liberties.

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Re: fossil fuel - we're addicted. @katrinab

The "overnight charge plan" only works if you are nothing but a commuter. Do anything else and your approach to batteries becomes completely unworkable.

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NHS England told to get a grip on patient records after £6.6m blunder

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Re: Not getting a break

I'm no fan of socialized medicine, but repairing the current leaky ship probably makes a lot more sense than building a new one from scratch.

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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...as if.

> Like it or not, Microsoft are the choice for almost all businesses,

It's not 2000 any more. You need to get out more.

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Re: The problem was the motivation

School kids these days don't even get the whole platform wars thing to them. To them it's a strange oddity for dinosaurs. They don't care about what brand of OS or application they use. They move between them all with equal agility.

If you think a kid these days needs to be taught a particular brand of software, you're way past the times.

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Yes, a database... a piss poor one.

> Blindly making changes to Linux config files you don't understand is likely to end in tears as well.

The great thing about text files is that they lend themselves very well to in line documentation. You can have very nice explanations for everything you might want to change. No special tools are required and the entire "hive" is very nicely partitioned. They're easy to view, edit, and backup with generic tools.

One problem with the registry is that you end up with crap in all kinds of weird places. Stuff is cryptic and byzantine and hostile to human interpretation.

The registry is over centralized over complicated trash that just barely gets along now that the underlying file system is robust enough to make up for the fact that the registry itself is a sad joke as a database engine.

The fact that a system will strongly type data doesn't prevent you from inputing total gibberish.

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Re: Delivery

Is the Under the Linden subway line still under construction? They were calling it "Under Construction Street" when I was in Berlin last.

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Re: Doomed from the Start??

Even if you save in MS it will still be the latest revision and bugger any of your legacy MS users.

That's been MS SOP since they still had to sabotage Lotus.

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Re: €49.3m for Windows 10

Pretty much all of that bespoke vertical stuff should be going into the cloud just like everything else. It doesn't matter if it's in house stuff written by Munich itself or something they sourced from someone else. The vast bulk of their stuff should run inside of a generic web browser at this point.

Look at the calendar.

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Re: and i doubt anyone on the El reg Forums does either

Meh. When it comes to software, even dodgier options from Google manage to do the trick. Forget about more robust desktop applications (on any platform).

Pretty much everything you've mentioned is actually MORE of a problem on Windows rather than less.

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Re: "They'll be back."

So you're saying that every piddly little contractor and tradesman and individual that wants to make major renovations or build something needs AutoCAD. That sounds derangely beaurocratic even for Germany.

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That other OS

The elephant in the room here of course is Apple. If they can't migrate off of Windows because they have a crazy number of Windows only applications, then that equally prevents them from running MacOS. Not only that but it sounds like this would be true for the entire country of Germany and not just Munich.

Sounds like an awful lot of power to hand over to a foreign company.

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Re: Shush, you didn't here it from me....

> Why on earth would they move to a cut down OS that has less functionality and worse security even than Linux?!

The same reason anyone ever bothered with WinDOS... "everyone uses it".

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

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Re: What did you expect?

> You right wingers are so tribal.

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> You automatically think that anyone who criticises a republican is obviously as much of a democrat sychophant

This sounds like very mundane kind of DMCA stuff and most of you are unhinged with hate over it. You aren't "merely criticizing" here. You're not even rationally looking at the situation to see if you should be getting hysterical.

Your response is positively Pavlovian here.

This nonsense is absurd to those of us that view ourselves as in the centre.

Your hysterics really do distract from genuine issues and lowers the S/N to pretty much zero.

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Re: Trump will want to be re-elected

> A level of intervention in the judiciary's independence which is presently being executed in USA

What kind of crack are you on exactly? The judiciary is giving Trump the two fingers every opportunity it can.

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New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

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Re: Coffinships

No modern capital ship sails without escorts. Even American carriers depend on the rest of the fleet for defence.

Why would anyone expect this ship to get terribly close to Chinese missiles?

This also isn't a carrier by American standards.

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Deranged nonsense.

Sure, because there are just so many liberal snowflakes in the service.

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Re: Is it too late...

Forget about Austin Powers, this is all Orville.

This guy must be one of Gordon's ancestors!

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Re: Ah, if only it was called the F18 Grumbler.....

The Growler is a replacement the Prowler (ECW version).

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Re: Number of people offended

I saw one deranged comment that implied this was some protest against the Cheeto-in-Chief. Some nob got DC confused with Washington state.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: "The way that Communism was actually implemented"

Sure. Give the Tories absolute power. Makes perfect sense. What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: fast forward.

That's hilarious. It was the merchant class that got us out of the real dark ages.

They continue to come up with useful things because there's profit in it.

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Re: fast forward.

Beyond pervasive corruption, the problem with communism is that commerce was a capital crime. If you saw that there was a material deficit and tried to remedy it you were KILLED if the state found out about it. The entire economy was badly mismanaged. Anyone that tried to help fix the situation was treated as an enemy of the state.

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Re: fast forward.

> "About the only one left now is Cuba. With no personal incentive to advance there is little advancement."

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> So the nation with well educated children and a good health care system show no advancement?

You are peddling a ridiculous fantasy there.

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Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app?

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Re: "I swore I'd never use one of these"

I would be surprised if octogenarians had the strength for that kind of shenanigan. They're more likely to be drooling, deranged, and restricted to wheelchairs.

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Re: Can't come soon enough

This seems like something that might work for dermatology but not much else.

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Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

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Re: All those acronyms...

What makes you think that one random pervert wants to be associated with an entirely random different sort of pervert? This is entirely orthogonal to the question of whether or not pervert #1 approves of or supports the agenda of pervert #2. Tolerating them is quite distinct from supporting their particular agenda du jour.

Even if you identify as pervert #2, you may not buy completely into the agenda du jour.

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Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

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Re: Guzzling?

You really want to be squished by cement mixers and tractor trailers on the freeway?

Do you want to be going the same speed as the rest of traffic when you're ready to merge into it?

In some places (Germany, some places in the US) the on-ramps are insanely short.

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Re: Electricity always flow toward ground

...assuming there's enough room. Make refueling into an extra high latency experience then you're likely to be stepping on a bunch of extra people waiting around for no good reason.

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Re: Musk, the new Jobs?

At least he's doing something versus inventing a new form of financial derivative. You want to whine about wealth transfer from the middle class to the rich, then complain about that kind of shenanigan.

Money thrown at people like Tesla might actually result in something real coming out of the ashes.

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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Such Microsoft centric nonsense.

Windows itself was shit until it started to try and be more like MacOS. Back in the day, some of us even tried to resort to 3rd party products in order to make Windows more civilized.

There are also a host of various other influences that get ignored on the DOS-fixated crowd.

I would not brag about being inspired by CDE.

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Re: If you want to change the default browser from chrome to firefox

On the other hand, the current version of Windows makes you go hunt in the control panel if you want to alter the default browser.

You have actually used the current version of windows right?

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Re: odd

Even PPAs put up by one lone useful power user is still less dodgey than the vast majority of sites that host Windows downloadables.

Forget about malware. These days even the semi-legit stuff has shovelware crammed into it. Unless you are VERY careful you end up getting some adware infested alternate version.

Every time I have to touch Windows in any non-trivial manner it reminds me how spoiled I am by using Linux.

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Re: Not a Noob

Forget about Linux. The rube should be able to handle VMS or CommieDOS without breaking a sweat.

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Re: Not a Noob

> I have never been able to figure out HOW TO INSTALL AN APPLICATION !!!

So modern smart phones must also be a mystery to you then.

I call bullshit on all your nonsense. It really doesn't get any easier. Macs and certainly WinDOS can't compare.

There is no boot manager I've ever had to tinker with on any Linux distribution unless I wanted to do something weird and custom.

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Re: Begs the usual question...

Yeah. Sure. An old cast off PC is just the PERFECT thing to run Steam on.

This reminds me of when I had my old Macs and I heard Civ was coming back to MacOS. Unfortunately, none of my Macs had the juice to run the dang thing.

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Re: nice to see...

> I find anything Ubuntu touches turns to crap after a few months. I've never reliably ran an Ubuntu-based system for longer than 6 months.

You must tell us how you manage that. The rest of us haven't figured it out yet.

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The usual obvious trollish nonsense...

> And to think it's only taken 20+ years for a Linux distro to acquire that capability.

You mean like using the GUI frontend for the package manager and selecting options from a drop down menu in login manager. That stuff predates Ubuntu.

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...as if.

Barring the occasional tool that I use the same way under Windows, I haven't used Linux in that way since pretty much forever.

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Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

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Re: "no means no" - or DOES it?

Yes, there is "persistence". Some of know married couples that are married because of persistence.

You're lumping a lot of things together and pretending they're all the same. Some have fluid non-definitions. You're part of the problem.

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Re: "no means no" - or DOES it?

For every one of these "me too" posts, there should be bloodshed and a police report.

You really should have to fear getting your balls ripped off. You should expect the same fiery retribution that would occur if you physically accosted a guy. The victim mentality feeds itself.

There's a basic culture problem and members of both genders feed it. "Feminists" feed it too.

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: Safety-critical updates?

It sounds like a nice idea at first (if you're a Ferengi) but stuff like this would permanently crater the insurance business. Insurance companies can't be TOTALLY untrustworthy. They can only be somewhat untrustworthy. Otherwise the entire business model falls apart.

This sounds a bit like the industry trying to slit it's own throats.

These places quite literally have posters to the effect of "take it but not give it back", but you can't really run the business that way. The product becomes worthless.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Re: "With the F-35 I'd imagine the flight control system masks any issues from the pilot."

> Let me guess the RAF advice will be "don't get into situations where you fly at prolonged periods at transonic speeds "

Not sure that flying at trans sonic speeds has been a thing ever. Super sonic burns too much fuel and dogfights tend to happen below the trans sonic threshold.

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Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least

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Some things are just utterly impractical (like tape)

Seagate seems to be the only real problem here. As long as you avoid them, you won't have much of a problem. Even if you do buy their stuff, it's only just a bit more of an inconvenience really.

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Meh

If you're willing to part with the money, 2TB SSDs aren't that bad now. They cost about as much now as my 1TB drive did when I first got it. It hasn't been that long either.

They aren't dirt cheap but they aren't ridiculous either.

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> All these use cases are short term anyway. 16TB SSDs are already here

Sure, and it only costs as much as your house.

I would rather have 2 or 3 of the cheaper drives. I don't really need the extra speed and you can't trust any storage technology not to fail.

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