* Posts by Jay 2

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Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

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Can't agree enough. I commented at the time that no good would come of having three different (and non-compatible) products called Windows 8 and sharing the same interface. An interface that was an OK idea on touch devices, but was stunningly un-suited to a traditional keyboard/mouse setup. The most stupid thing is that as soon as the public saw/used Windows 8 on a PC in test/beta they said it was shit and Microsoft decided they were all wrong and continued as planned.

Windows 8 x86/x64 != Windows 8 RT != Windows Mobile 8 (or whatever it was called)

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A computer file system shouldn't lose data, right? Tell that to Apple

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Re: Error handling is hard - let's not do it!

Yes, I recall that with SP2 XP became OK. Didn't it also gain built-in Bluetooth driver at the same time (or was that SP3)?

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‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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Re: Not a crash but

Was that in a building known as Commodity Quay by any chance?

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DevOps: Bloody hell, we've got to think about security too! Sigh. Who wants coffee?

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FAIL

From my experience (as a security-minded sys admin) security isn't anywhere on the radar/horizon of DevOps types. They think it's quite normal to drag in who-knows-what from the outside world to use every five mins. And then once it's in they'll have a long list of complaints that they can't do X, Y and Z because our (sane) security policies forbit it or that they've implemented something which doesn't conform to anything else we have.

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Who can save us? It's 2018 and some email is still sent as cleartext

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On the subject of email clients I use Thunderbird on the Mac (s'OK I suppose) and Spark on the iOS stuff. Any of the default Apple mail clients drive me to distraction when I try to set them up as they constantly try and second guess what they think I'm after. Just let me put in all the sodding config myself then test it!

For my sins at work we've got Lotus Notes, of which the saving graces are that it's not as bad as it used to be and it's not actaually a dedicated emaul client as it does loads of other stuff too.

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Heart Internet outage... three days and counting

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Unimpressed

It doesn't give off the impression that their setup/kit/etc is ideal. Things happen, but you shouldn't really ever be in the position of having a disk fail in a RAID 10 to cause such an outage. If it was multiple disks, then either someone wasn't monitoring or they used crappy disks (no excuse for either if hosting is your business!). And that's before you even mention the fact that their estate doesn't seem to support moving virtual machines to other hardware as other commenters have mentioned.

The only bit I have empathy with is when a disk goes, the RAID controller does its best, but a filesystem makes itself read-only until you can run an fsck/check. But still, at worst that's a reboot and a few hours. And if your business is hosting, you should be able to withstand a piece of physical hardware breaking.

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Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

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Indeed. I recall that the excellent Zombie Survival Guide did stress quite highly that fire does not initially kill/stop/slow the undead and in the meantime they will probably set fire to everything they come into contact with...

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Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

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Re: Hmmm ...

Oh dear god, you've reminded me of SCSI terminators. Now I'll be having nightmares where I have to figure out if it was a single-ended or differerntial I needed...

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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

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One slight problem for the consumer is that with a dish, things are relatively easy to troubleshoot for the engineer who will come round (dish, LNB, cable, STB). However if it's all over broadband then there's bound to be the usual (ISPesque) fobbing off that the problem is almost definatley not with Sky, but elsewhere. So in the worst case you'll have to juggle both Sky and your ISP to sort things out. On an equally bad case then Sky may be your ISP. And then throw in the entire BT/OpenReach thing that the ISP should be doing.

I'm sure it'll be mainly fine when it's all running, but wouldn't like to be around when something goes wrong.

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Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

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No, mine name iz Qvaid!

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What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

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Back to the future

In the 80s flick Cherry 2000 things in society have got so bad, that people have to take lawyers with them to bars to draw on contracts before any hanky-panky can take place. Due to such things, the main protagonist prefers to have a sexbot.

To a certain extent, both those fictional things are now things.

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CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

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Re: What is difficult about setting a registry key ?

Ha! Haven't thought of that for a while, for good reason! I always hated the mid-80s requirement for cartoons to have some sort of younger, "edgy", annoying-as-fuck character such as Godzooky or (the worst offender) Scrappy Doo.

I'd like to think that The Simpson's use of Poochie in Itchy & Scratchy has hopefully stopped this sort of thing forever.

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Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll

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Ignoring the sailing-enthusiast elephant in the room it seems! Probably a mistake, as if you like them or not (usually the latter), it's usually quite difficult to forget said elephant.

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Ex-Autonomy exec agrees to be a witness for HP fraud case

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Buyer's remorse

Translation: We had sod all before, but we've managed to coerce someone to allegedly spill some beans by using the stick of a million years prison time and the carrot of non-prosecution for something (which we can change our minds on later).

I'm sure it'll all come down to some sort of stitch up, all because HP had no idea what the hell they were buying.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

Yep, I recall at the time I was looking for a new PC, but MS and the all the hardware manufacturers had colluded and decided that Vista = new hardware all round. For example my perfectly good scanner that worked fine with XP would be deliberately not supported in Vista due to a lack of drivers.

So in the end I got myself a Mac and could still use my scanner. I too have not looked back. Every now an again I fire up Win10 in a VM to see what's going on, and am reminded that I made the right choice.

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'Do the DevOps?' No thanks! Not until a 'blameless post-mortem' really is one

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Unhappy

As a sys admin my biggest problem with devops is getting forced into supporting some convoluted buzzword-based crap that some devs have come up with, that pretty much ignores any conventional wisdom.

So we have Docker containers that are mimicing a proper server (when a virtual machine would be a better and easier option) using 2GB+ images. Pretty much the complete opposite of what a container should be...

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What will £450k buy you? A new CEO at Softcat

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Happy

Happy Softcat customer here. For me at least they put the Value Add into VAR. Our account manager is always fairly quick to respond and able to help withever strange pre/post-sales technical query I have. This is in sharp contrast to some other VARs who seemingly can't even correctly read the server specs I send them...

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TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

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Boom!

I first misread landline as landmine in the title. Still neither seems to be capable of doing voice communication in their current states.

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Web uni says it will get you a tech job or your money back. So our man Kieren signed up...

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Re: "...a good percentage of the population is not suited to programming..."

Once upon a time I thought I was a good programmer (on BASIC/COMAL), until I got to University and then had to learn a new language (Modula-2) and the concepts that went with it. And whilst I was getting to grips with that we also had to dabble in Ada, Lisp, C and some other stuff. My problem was that I couldn't adapt the concepts to the language spec easily.

Fortunately I got a lucky break along the way and became a sys admin. I do quite a lot of coding in shell scripts and little bits of Python/Perl where needs be, but would never consider myself to be a proper programmer.

When it comes to the more technical doing stuff bits in IT (be it hardware or software), I find that people generally have a knack and are interested or they aren't.

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Snap, crackle ... patch! Apple kicks out iOS 11.0.2 to tackle crappy calls, fix email glitches

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Still on 10, maybe I should wait until 11.0.3? I have to somewhat agree with the first post, there were quite a few people on the beta (I know of two). Though at times like this I do wonder how many people on the beta were active (bug reporting) participants and how many just wanted to play with the latest and greatest(ish).

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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd reads 'mean tweets' about his 2025 vision

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If Oracle are all about the cloud, maybe they can do something about the appaling state of their ULN repos for Oracle Linux. They're slower than a glacier and it takes minutes just to get a yum repolist all to complete (takes seconds on a similar RHN setup), so it's completely unusable. And the most insane bit? That's the stuff you pay for! The free repos on some other CDN are fine...

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Re: It's the singer, not the song

No, they also need a fairly decent car. Just look at Schumacher's near misses in the late 90s. I'm not the biggest fan of his, but he could really hustle a car when he needed to. One of best example was the 1996 Ferrari F310 which was a real disaster and he still managed to grab some wins in it. In fact I have heard that in his collection of F1 cars that he's driven, that one is noticably absent!

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Re: Results speak for themselves.

Well if you recall Vettel's last year at RedBull when the current engine formula was ushered in, he was beaten in the drivers championship by team mate Ricciado. After finding the previous few years' chassis/engine combo to his liking (for whatever reasons), the same could not be said for that final year. I also recall that was about the time Adrian Newey took a step back from the F1 car slightly to do a few other things.

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Re: FlightControl

It would appear that EA (who now hold the rights to Flight Control) dropped it a few years back as they couldn't be bothered to support it any longer. They've already got your money, why do they care?

Annoying as it was also one of the first games I purchased too.

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Re: Ugh

Whilst checking though what apps are going to potentially stop working I noted that all my 2K games (CivRev, Pirates, Ace Patrol, AP: Pacific Skies) are in the list. Also annoyingly I found that EA dropped Flight Control some time back.

I guess as they've both already got my money, they don't care...

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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Happy

I belive Bond villan emulator Musk is a fan of Banks' sci-fi writings and has therefore named things accordingly in tribute/homage. Long may it continue!

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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Re: Delay by design

Oh yes. Walk into Monument and follow the signs to the Northern line (and proibably DLR) and you'll end up going all over the place through a warren of tunnels and it will take you a good few minutes. However a more direct route is to walk down to the Eastbound Disctrict/Circle platform then proceed to the Northern line.

Obviously they don't want the corridor that links the N and D/C lines to become completly clogged, but the official route is somewhat round the houses.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Re: Did He Have An Option ???

That sort of reference is pretty standard nowadays, and is carefully worded so that the company doesn't get into any (further) legal problems. I'm not a great fan of it myself, but remember this sort of thing is drafted by HR who you must always remember are looking after the company's interests and not yours.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Ah, I think I'll blame the MBA for this disaaster then. She should have stuck to business stuff, and left the IT procurement to someone who doesn't think that Windows on device A means Windows on device B because they're both Windows.

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Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job reference

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Same here, makes things a lot easier (on both sides) as it doesn't go into detail.

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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Damn fine coffee...

Hmm, it would appear that I haven't done many of the things that I should have done before watching the new series of Twin Peaks, no wonder I have no idea WTF is going on half the time!

Admittedly I haven't watched the first two series since they came out, but I'm somewhat sure they didn't used to be a strange as the current one (quirky yes, but not so downright WTF).

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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For me, I would expect the following:

Sausages, bacon, eggs (fried or scrambled), beans, grilled tomato, some buttered toast and a cuppa, the availability of both tomato and brown sauce

Optional extras that I wouldn't say no to, but are not essential:

Black pudding, mushrooms, hash browns, fried bread, orange juice

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Re: I'm waiting...

With aplogies to Toni Basil et al

Hey Siri, you're so fine / You're so find you blow my mind / Hey Siri etc...

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

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Re: A Stonking Year???

I loved that game, even if I was rubbish at it! I recall the only time I managed to win was when I led the enemy on a magical mystery tour and their supply line ran out.

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Second one this month: Another code bootcamp decamps to graveyard

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Re: Who didn't see this coming?

Agreed. The best IT bods I've worked with are people who like messing around with that sort of thing. On the other hand there are people who have drifted into IT for one reason or another and have no real passion for such things and it shows.

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

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Re: "I am prepared to trust the security forces."

Or something like Buttle/Tuttle/whatever. And then before said mistake has been noticed/rectified they're bound to find something of interest to them to not make it a wasted visit and keep those arrest/convictoin stats up.

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Russian hackers and Britney Spears in one story. Are you OK, Reg?

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Paris Hilton

What's the Britney angle?

Obviously a few Britney fans lurking in the El Reg comments. Maybe a change to the Paris icon is required?

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Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

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Re: Ohmigosh I am such a marketing sucker

For my sins I do have a few bits of Bose kit, all of which I quite like. The Wave CD is still going strong after 18 years, though to be honest it's only used as a glorified alarm clock nowdays. Though I've recently attached my old AirPort Express to it so that it can do a bit more.

Though a few years back I did try some of their new (at the time) in-ear cans, but to be honest compared to my UE with custom tips they weren't very good.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: Isn't restore 101

Agreed. Though it looks like after the power off whoops event, someone thought that just switching on the power again without any full-on checks of all the various power bits and everything connected with it was a good idea...

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Ah but,

Yes, before you know it said system will want to start integrating itself with things like stearing and braking...

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

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Re: Brazil ? Or 1960s Britain ?

On similar lines, some classic Peter Sellers; Balham - Gateway to the South

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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Re: There is a simple solution

Agreed. We seem to have sunk to a level where to get some sort of response from many companies you have to publicly shame them on social media for them to actually take action. Quite annoying.

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Machine 1, Man 0: AlphaGo slams world's best Go player in the first round

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Yes I recall when Deep Blue was winning against humans one of the higher-ups involved with it dismissed thoughts of us being crushed by computers (or whatever) due to the fact that aside from doing one thing extremely well they were "as thick as two short planks".

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Re: Willow

This sort of thing annoys me more at home than at the cinema. Basically many films now have a volume range of too fucking quiet at one end, too fucking loud at the other and pretty much sod-all in-between. So you have to turn up the volume to hear WTF some acting type is mumbling and then there's bound to be some loud action-oriented event which will then cause the increased volume from your TV/receiver to deafen you and make your house fall down.

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'The internet is slow'... How to keep users happy, get more work done

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Re: What a wonderful world you live in...

One of the banes of my life as a sysadmin is people asking for stuff/permissions/etc without even bothering to check if they already have it or not. A plague on their houses!

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Re: Actions == consequences

Ah I see, I didn't know that rather important bit of info. In that case, he better start researching how friendly the Oz government want to be with the US...

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Actions == consequences

Well I'd like to think as soon as he steps foot outside the embassy we'll nick him for bail jumping.

At that point it wouldn't suprise me if Trump (after a quick win, and smarting about the release of Chelsea Manning) decides to put in an extradition request. After all it may have been Manning who aquired the data, but it was the Assange-led Wikileaks that gave it a wider audience.

And then all the self-publicising idot may end up where he was trying to avoid in the first place, deep in the US legal system. All that because he wasn't very sensible when it came to use of what's in his trousers.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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WTF?

Pure hipster wankery

I could hardly believe my eyes when I read "force users to revert back to old habits (eg the touch interface)". If it's one thing I can't stand it's jumped up UI/wizards/etc that will force you to do something its way or some bastardisation of not-at-all/as inconviniently as possible. See the fuckup that was Windows 8's TIFKAM for another example.

Surely Samsung, as a TOUCH SCREEN PHONE, the user may expect to be able to do what they require via the fucking great big touch screen that is touted as one of the main USPs of the phone in that it is big and doesn't have those pesky bezels to get in the way. If I'm going to talk in the presence of a phone it's beacuse I'm making a phone call, not talking to the sodding device itself.

This sort of thing is pure hipster wankery that comes when someone doesn't remember that just because you can do something, it doesn't mean that you should!

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: So what about the battery

Some years ago I recall noticing at LHR tube that my lock was missing and in my bag found a note from TSA that said something along the lines of "It's your fault we broke into your bag to have a look and if there's any loss or damage it's your fault, so fuck you there's nothing you can do about it".

I had a small last laugh/cuckle as the iPad box was empty (contents in my hand luggage), so they couldn't steal it.

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

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Re: CentOS + Cinnamon

Yes, if you want bleeding edge (and potentially re-installing a new release every 9 months or so) then you could do worse than Fedora. But for something a lot more stable (and behind the times), then you could go with CentOS. Both assuming you're happy with the RadHat (RPM) branch of things.

As a sys admin I spend most of my day on the command line of RHEL/CentOS, fending off devs who want the latest and greatest version of something or other that invariably isn't in our repos and will probably cause some dependancy nightmare.

Every so often at home I usually download the latest Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Fedora into VMs to have a quick play and see what's going on. The last time out I preferred Linux Mint, but now that Ubuntu has dropped Unity I'll have to take another look.

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