* Posts by J 3

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

J 3
Devil

A Linux desktop with the look and fell of OSX?

Fine, as long as I don't have to use it.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

J 3
Happy

Re: Such a loser...

You forgot to end with: Sad.

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Life after antivirus: Reinventing endpoint security

J 3
Thumb Down

Gee, I gave up in the middle of this text. Boring as hell PR thing, that is what it sounded like to me.

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

J 3
Paris Hilton

Leveling down to the lowest common denominator

As someone posted above, I also care about facts. Many people do.

Sure, quite a few people do not care, and no amount of fact-checking and/or logic and/or pleas for human decency will make a difference to them. Fine. It is always been like that, and always will. That does not mean we should then just give up our will to live, go live in a dumpster, and all that. After all, what's the point, right? No.

There are lots of people out there, all those who are not political junkies, who only started paying attention to this circus after the first presidential debate. They might have "heard" rumors on their Facebook timeline or Twitter or whatever that there was craziness going on, but they might not have really read anything until now, or paid attention to the candidates. They are NOT saturated in this like I am, for example. Maybe they do not know one cannot literally acid-wash emails -- for all they know, one can, who knows. Some might be even more uninformed and actually be ready to believe that Hillary has been fighting a less than 10 year old organization "all her adult life", even if she somehow is a co-founder of said org (huh?).

Sometimes fact-checking seems pointless, and it sure is if you pick the right scenario. That does not mean that it is without value.

But yes, "who fact-checks the fact-checkers" is a VERY relevant thing to keep in mind. Since this is all a bit new, maybe mechanisms (not necessarily tech) will pop out, or have already, to establish who is trustworthy (always under revision) and who is not, just like it is done with polling.

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

J 3
Trollface

Re: Have you tried . . . ?

...thinking before writing?

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J 3
Flame

I know, right? Only thing I ever used the Software thing for was to immediately install Synaptic ono a fresh Ubuntu. Just today, coincidentally, this damn Ubuntu Software crap took a few seconds of my life. A collaborator brought her Ubuntu laptop over to solve a scientific problem of ours here. Long story short(er), I decided to install a program that needed Java. There was none. Searching for "java" in Ubuntu Software returned a long list of programs that depend on Java... but not the OpenJDK or anything useful like that. Not willing to spend even more time trying to figure out whether (and if yes, how) that damn thing could show everything that is in the repos, I just installed Synaptic instead.

Hopefully the new Ubuntu Software will ease that pain -- mind, I will probably still use Synaptic anyway, but at least I probably (hoepefully?) won't have to install it in other people's computer when I help them...

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

J 3

Czechia

Interestingly, a Russian friend of mine used Czechia to refer to that country a few months ago, when I told him I was going there... Funny thing, serendipity.

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FBI electronics nerd confesses: I fed spy tech blueprints to China

J 3
Windows

So...

So, this FBI employee was traveling around the world, exchanging sensitive data over unsecured channels, and all that, and HE had to disclose the info to his spook employers? Uh... I thought I heard these fed guys now know our every move and conversation and blah blah blah... But they did not catch a careless spy in their own midst? Hm, weird. Either they are not as skilled and powerful as we are led to believe, or there is more to this story than meets the eye.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

J 3
Alert

Re: Of dubious jurisdiction

"Argentina (or is it Brazil?) has an ongoing fight with Whatsapp over encrypted messages."

I don't know about Argentina, but Brazil judges sure keep trying to block Whatsapp every once in a while.

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Dying! Yahoo! writes! off! half! of! the! $1bn! it! paid! for! Tumblr!

J 3
Devil

Desperation

So that is why damn Yahoo Mail is playing videos automatically on the page that loads after emptying the spam folder? I think there is a special place in hell for people who design pages that have auto-playing videos.

OK, I don't think there is such a silly thing as hell, but it is at times like this that I wish there was.

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

J 3
IT Angle

Re: Netbooks

Er... I wouldn't use such blanket statements. My circa 2011 Asus netbook has an Atom (N550) processor and it has been happily running 64-bit Linux distros from the very beginning.

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Not smiling for the camera? Adobe's Creative Cloud suite can fix that

J 3
Meh

Mouth...

OK, mouth "control" to get more smile. Hm. Assuming it works, a smile that only involves the mouth (or will this also automatically change the rest of the face, specially eyes?) will not look creepy and/or forced at all. Sure not. Uh huh.

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

J 3
Mushroom

Very hard to imagine scenario

Except for the facial recognition part, how would the following, very unlikely (not) scenario play out?

Your phone is there, sitting on the coffee table at home. So it is near all the Wifi, Bluetooth whatevers you have. It is connected to a known network, of course. Location says it is home, obviously.

Then your 6-year old comes along and decides to play with your phone... What could go wrong?

Or worse, someone mad at you comes along and finds the phone... With malicious intent. Could a photograph of you fool the facial recognition, by the way, or is that already solved?

Would the typing pattern criterion take care of this? How? Would we have to provide typing samples every time to authenticate? Sounds very practical (not).

Edit: forgot about the voice recognition thing, too. So this scheme would have to use everything to be secure? Well, we'll see how this works in real life (because in marketing land it will always be rainbows and unicorns).

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

J 3

And it's not just heart rate either...

I have had a Charge for about 1.5 years now, and it is very prone to "false positive steps", lets call them. When you are actually walking, it is accurate. But ride the car/bus with it on and it will measure hundreds, if not thousands of steps. Tapping your chairs arm also counts steps -- sometimes I get the vibration signaling 10,000 when I'm sitting down, and had been for a while.

OK, I understand that it might be hard to differentiate vibrations due to walking from those of car riding (although regularity of steps would be expected in the former but not in the latter, I expect), but their app, which is far from stellar too by the way, should obviously have a function where you can log such things (as you can many others). Say, two hour car trip? Then zero steps from time X to time Y. Same thing if you were sitting down for a couple of hours, etc. Very simple, isn't it? To me, it goes to show that the guys who make the device do not actually wear it.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

J 3
Coat

Wait, what!?

"Discovering without any surprise that my nine-year-old username and password were still valid, still granting me admin rights that I had no rights to any more"

You remember your password from nine years ago!? I believe that was the most (the only?) amazing, unbelievable even, part of this story... I can barely remember passwords I had to create last week!

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

J 3
Pirate

Re: Embrace....

Embrace and extend, sure, possible. But how can they extinguish free software?

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Gnome shrinks the upgrade footprint with version 3.20 release

J 3
Joke

installed when the system's not running

Wait, what?

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Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away

J 3
Mushroom

To be fair, I'm paying at the moment by not blocking adverts too aggressively

I was too, until recently. As said in the bootnote to the article, and I agree, these sites need some revenue source. But I got fed up with The Register locking up my Firefox browser, sending RAM usage through the roof, stuff like that. I don't visit the site too regularly, so I can't estimate when it really started, but I first saw it happen in mid-August, I believe. If I loaded an article an very quickly pressed ESC to stop the loading, whatever code that was going to be loaded did not have time to load, and I could read and not have the browser lock for minutes at a time (until it showed a dialogue about that, which was useless). If I wasn't so agile, then I was screwed. In all article pages here.

So I installed NoScript, and that problem disappeared. The footer bar right now says that it blocked 20 scripts. Really? WHT? I know some are for El Reg's own operations (the page looks and behaves differently in some little aspects), but come on...

My daily online newspaper of choice (where this locking problem sometimes also occurred) is even worse: I see between 50 and 80 blocked scripts reported by NoScript. This MUST end, really.

"The Register for its part goes to some length to pull ads from reputable entities."

OK, but even if they are "reputable", in the sense that they are not serving purposeful malware... do they know how to code, or are their scripts going to lock my browser if I have the misfortune of trying to read an article here??

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

J 3
Trollface

Re: Value?

Yeah, but it is an APPLE keyboard, so people will buy it, and then rave about how so much better than anything else it is.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

J 3
Joke

pick this screen up for £500 on Black Friday

Ye folks over there in Blighty celebrate Thanksgiving like the colonials, who'd have thought!

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Watch out, Tokyo! Samsung readies a 15 TERABYTE SSD

J 3
Happy

15.36 or 16...

I do not care, I want one for my server!

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SourceForge staggers to feet after lengthy STORAGE FAIL outage

J 3
Mushroom

10 days later...

Well, almost. Nine days. It's 2015-07-28 and SourceForge is still not fully functional -- try adding a new project.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

J 3

Re: Teaching kids

"Schools are supposed to teach kids stuff."

Obviously. But are basic good manners one of them? Sure they can help with that, specially in the "interacting with lots of people" kind of situations, but good parents/family should probably be the ones doing most of that otherwise. The blaming of schools for the lack of simple human interaction skills sometimes goes too far, methinks.

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J 3
Headmaster

Re: @werdsmith

"The standard of English found on the Internet suggests YOUR RITE. But THEIRS a well-attested phenomenon of contextual usage."

Er... I hope you were going for "funny" there. On purpose.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

J 3
Paris Hilton

Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

And from whom is Netflix licensing the content?

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

J 3
Mushroom

WTF!

Nevermind the "mistake". What shocks me is that the capability exists in the first place!

I could always say "no Samsung telly for me", but what good would that do, when all other makers are probably following in their footsteps soon, if they haven't already?

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Japan's death threat hacker collared ... BY A CAT

J 3
FAIL

This is one crappy article...

Unintelligible, or maybe I'm being slow due to Friday. So, why the hell did the cat have an SD card on its collar? How does that have anything to do with catching the guy?

It makes you wonder: if I have to go elsewhere to understand what happened, why read The Register in the first place? Damn lazy writers...

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

J 3
Go

Re: Ubuntu is using flash sales, announced via Twitter, as a marketing tool to create buzz

It works for Apple, so why not give it a shot? Maybe it works *only* for Apple, not sure, but still gotta try to be sure.

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Strap on fitness finesse: Withings Activité Pop

J 3
FAIL

Unimpressed

It looks nice, but functionality-wise it seems too expensive for what it can do. I got a Fitbit Charge about a month ago, which works as a watch (show month and day too) and measures more things than the Activité seems to. And I paid $130 (note: US thaler, not sterling pound) :-)

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

J 3
Meh

How much longer are consumers and businesses going to put up...

Agree with what you said there, but I do not think either "consumers" or "businesses" care about "Microsoft's dirty business practices", really. They use that stuff as an amoral tool, they have little choice in what to use, and could care less about the details of how that particular sausage was made. They don't even look for that info to begin with. Guys like you and me and I suppose most El Reg readers are the people who read these stories and know these things. Some of us do care -- but end up having to use the "evil stuff", whomever made it, anyway since their job demands it. But the populace out there? They just use whatever they need to and go home and don't (nor want to) think about it.

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

J 3
Joke

And then...

Oh, and then just add a keyboard and a screen to the unit and that would be perfect!

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

J 3

Indeed. My wife has been using her iPad with a stylus for 3 or 4 years now. I pretty much never see her finger touch the screen...

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

J 3
Alien

Last thing it saw...

...was probably this guy. ===================================>

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Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

J 3
Joke

Hm...

To avoid legal trouble, should they choose to resurrect such worthy and advanced project (screen shot looks like something from the mid-90s), I suggest they name the basketball-playing character something like, say, Pennis Manrod or whatever? Oh, way, wrong genre.

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Android users are massive wan … er … smut consumers

J 3
Coat

link vaguely NSFW - no pics but still contains the word Pornhub

As did El Reg's URL (not as domain name, sure) and article...

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

J 3
Terminator

"eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable"

Hm... I suspect they use the implicit assumption that disease and poverty are solvable by technical means. Disease, in some cases (but not most), is indeed waiting for "technical" solutions. Poverty, on the other hand, is a purely socio-political problem, and no matter how much tech you throw at it, it will still be a problem until there is the real will to solve it. Resources are not lacking.

Now, is it reasonable to expect that a digital super-intelligence of some kind will manage to somehow convince humanity to end poverty and (most) diseases? Depends on your answer to the questions: are people rational enough? Are people good enough?

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J 3
Headmaster

Re: Kill Robot Kill.

Oh, I do think the robot will have trouble understanding that command.

If it was "kill, Robot, kill", then it would have no doubts.

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Sony releases Nork flick The Interview straight to DVD (digital video download)

J 3
Coffee/keyboard

Why is he complaining?

From the screen grabs I've seen, Sony has at least made the Supreme Leader look much better in the film than he actually does in real life...

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

J 3
Mushroom

Re: Not convinced

People seem to like very saturated, high contrast pictures. I see the same phenomenon in photography. After my photographer friends pass their shots through Lightroom, for example, they come out supersaturated and very sharply contrasted, I've noticed. That's always gets plenty of oohs and aahs -- and since I was sometimes there when the shot was taken, I know that the sunset looked nothing like that to the naked eye...

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

J 3
FAIL

Still

"[interface] sufficiently extreme that users had difficulty using apps and navigating the operating system"

Still seems to be the case, at least from my admittedly anecdotal evidence. I hadn't seen Windows 8 until about a month ago, when I went to a scientific conference where the laptop that was being used to feed the projector was running W8. Or maybe 8.1, don't know. Either way, it had that accursed tile interface.

What kind of surprised me was that everyone but one or two guys in the audience seemed to be baffled by the thing. Considering that it has been out for a couple of years, I had expected more people would be familiar with that. But whenever people accidentally fell out of PowerPoint, they would have no clue what to do to get somewhere familiar. Not even the "AV support guy" who was there seemed comfortable in it -- and the guy from the audience who knew would tell them from the back where to click. It would be funny if it hadn't been annoying.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

J 3
Mushroom

Re: Seems wrong...

Yeah, made me think of this segment by John Oliver...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz29_bFxBZA

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Beyond the genome: YOU'VE BEEN DECODED, again

J 3
Headmaster

Identical twins

Well, nearly. Even they have differences. Much fewer than two non-identical-twin siblings, of course, but they are not guaranteed to be identical. Examples:

Bruder, C. E. G. et al. Phenotypically concordant and discordant monozygotic twins display different DNA copy-number-variation profiles. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 82, 763–771 (2008).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18304490

Maiti, S., Kumar, K. H. B. G., Castellani, C. A., O’Reilly, R. & Singh, S. M. Ontogenetic De Novo Copy Number Variations (CNVs) as a Source of Genetic Individuality: Studies on Two Families with MZD Twins for Schizophrenia. Plos One 6, e17125 (2011).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21399695

Also, each gene can code for quite a few different proteins, due to various processes, starting with alternative splicing and taking off from there. Really cool stuff.

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J 3
Happy

Re: @Trevor

There are just some 3,500 known species of mosquitoes (the actual number is expected to be at least 3 times larger), so keep swatting.

Oh, by the way, "only" about 200 of those species are vectors for disease causing critters.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

J 3
WTF?

You must have one hell of a gigantic tablet, for 1080p tp make a difference...

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

J 3
Joke

Sponsored...

...by Google and Samsung?

Seriously now.

"A lot of these issues could be fixed if Google encouraged manufacturers to push out updates to Android faster."

Well, there is also the question if the near-free tablet even has the hardware capable of running the latest and greatest, no?

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

J 3
Paris Hilton

Re: Does the LibreOffice formula editor appear?

I'm also running 14.04 (LibreOffice 4.2.7.2) but in my system pressing the left Alt then iof (with or without shift, just in case) just brings down the insert, format, and file menus in quick succession. Pressing the right Alt then iof just gives alternative characters). Am I doing it the wrong way?

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

J 3
Meh

Re: What if you're mad like me

"What if you're a bit mad, like me, and keep your watch running a couple of minutes fast so you don't miss the bus, tram, train, boat or whatever?"

Problem is, besides being a bit mad, I'm also an adaptive bastard. So I got used to my watch being fast -- oh, that's OK, the watch is a few minutes fast, I've got time... Famous last words.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

J 3

Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows

Well, the non-Retina iPad mini is much inferior hardware compared to the Nexus 7 (2013 and up), at least in my book. Starting with the screen, but much else too. So it would not be surprising if the prices were similar, obviously. But when both of them were new... The mini was grossly overpriced -- or the Nexus 7 2 grossly subsidized, if you wish...

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

J 3
Paris Hilton

Re: Another reason it might be pointless

vulnerability != spyware

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