* Posts by ForthIsNotDead

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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Re: Widespread Linux on the desktop remains elusive.

It's true that LibreOffice isn't very visually appealing, but so what? Neither was WordStar. LibreOffice *is* however very capable. I've written a 250 page technical publication with it and had no problems whatsoever.

I now prefer it to Word, but it's only because I know how to make it do what I want, and I haven't invested the same amount of time into Word. Nothing wrong with Word, though.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Alert

You know things are bad when...

...you DREAD receiving an OS update from your OS vendor.

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I've been absolutely delighted with Linux Mint, both in its 32-bit and 64-bit incarnations.

I recently bought a Lenovo IdeaPad from PC world with the intention of running Linux on it. I bought a new half gigabyte SSD for it, removed the factory-fitted 1TB spinning rust drive (didn't even power the laptop on, just took the drive out!)put in the new SSD and booted a Linux Format Magazine cover disk and installed Linux Mint 18.2 (IIRC).

BOOM!

So fast and snappy. And no nagging "Hi! I'm Cortana!" and no spyware. Found all the hardware on the laptop, no issues whatsoever.

I'm getting the hang of repositories, and simple sys admin tasks. It's not too hard. Installation of software via the software manager is simple - just search for it. Installation of software via the terminal (sudo apt-get install) seems pretty fool-proof. It just works.

It's found my WIFI printer and didn't need any drivers installing.

So simple.

Good luck. I've now left windows behind. I use it at work, and I'll keep a Windows laptop for legacy personal use (Siemens PLC programming software) but other than that I'm in Linux land and so far I'm enjoying it.

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Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

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I admit it...

I clicked on the article because of the pretty girls in the picture.

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: Actually

Bravo! You saved me a lot of typing!

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Re: Actually

"Rabble rousing populist with ludicrous hair, unexpectedly elected on a vague platform of making Germany America great again, overturning the political establishment, deeply suspicion of an Abrahamic religion, demonizing foreigners in general, berating the media, choosing lackeys on the basis of loyalty rather than competence and floating the idea of subverting the constitution by an Enabling Act Executive Order?

I see your point. No resemblance whatsoever."

Sure. But enough about Obama, there's a new boy in the Whitehouse now.

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IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

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"Blah blah blah"...

What a load of board room bullshit.

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Onwards to Valhalla: Java ain't dead yet and it's only getting bigger

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I didn't say I don't understand pointers, did I? Where above did I say "I don't understand pointers?".

I said that C's pointers syntax is tortured. And it is.

And I'm not the only one who thinks that. https://whydoesitsuck.com/cpp-sucks-for-a-reason/

It must be great to be you with your super l33t programming skillz. Look how much better you are than everyone else.

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Interesting that you think that. I wonder what leads to you think Java (the language) is shit.

At the moment, I'm writing libraries (to be consumed/used by others in a product) in C++. They are based on classes/objects as one would expect. I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible for everyone.

Given C++'s tortured pointer syntax, which sometimes still ties me up in knots after 20 years, I know which language I'd rather use!

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Re: It occurs to me...

Hi JMiles,

Well, simply because (and I'm happy to be corrected on this, I'm in no way a Java expert, having really only used it for desktop applications) it seems to me to be a bit of a mega-huge lumbering beast that uses a huge amount of memory, and (to a lesser extent, these days, admittedly) CPU resources).

When you are doing web, you want small, tiny kernals, each doing a small part of the overall web application. You wouldn't spin up multiple copies of a huge lumbering JVM for that, would you?

Genuine question - not sarcasm :-)

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It occurs to me...

...that with all the issues that Java has with garbage collection and heap management (for obvious reasons, being pure/almost pure OOP platform) that using it for web applications of any sort is just a, well... crap idea.

It comes across that all these clever folks that are beavering away so gallantly at Java to improve (in particular) GC are doing so in an effort to be able to shoe-horn Java into an arena in which (IMO) it has never been particularly well suited. I actually like Java very much. I'm not an expert at it, but I can put together code that works reliably and behaves itself. I've never considered it for web stuff, though, ever, despite all the webby technologies in its orbit.

Web is just not what Java is good at.

Java lives on the desktop, and the back-office. Not on the web.

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Thing is...

The speccy games were so much better. We had both a speccy and a c64 in the house, and... I dunno... there was just something about the speccy that I never felt with the c64, despite the c64 being a much more technically capable machine.

SPECCY OR DEATH!

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Memories...

10 for i=0 to 15:poke 53280,i:next i:goto 10

Ahh....

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Compsci grads get the fattest pay cheques six months after uni – report

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Pick a niche...

I earn a six figure salary (self-employed) and have done since 2003. Only got O'Levels when I left school in 1986. Never even went to college. Went on a YTS earning £17.50 a week, and worked ever since. Never claimed the dole. Have been out of work but never claimed the dole.

Degrees? I'm kind of meh about them, I recognise that if I *did* have one, I'm sure I'd be proud of it. I've met some really clever and fine people that are highly educated, and I look up to them and admire them. I've rarely, if ever, noticed/felt that they look down on me because I don't have any qualifications. You can either do the job or you can't.

There have been one or two instances over my working life where I've been shown something by a university graduate and lamented that I never knew that particular thing. A case in point: How things like hamming codes and error detection and correction work. You're just not going to learn that "on the job" because there's too much "more important" stuff to do, like keeping everything running. You're only going to learn that on a Comp/Sci course, and it's very valuable knowledge indeed, so degree courses do definitely have a place and value.

However, I can't say that not having a degree has ever held me back; well, certainly not in terms of ability to earn, which is the topic of the article.

I think at the end of the day, it's *motivation to learn* that is important. *How* you go about it is less important. If you choose to do a degree, great - good luck to you. If you choose to learn on the job, that's great too.

Eventually, you'll have enough knowledge and experience to be useful to an employer, and how you came about it will be less important.

I'm in my late 40's, so nobody cares about any degree that I may or may not have done when I was, say, 20 years old. It would only be an issue for younger members of the profession.

Whichever path you take, good luck to you! Not having a degree has never held me back financially, and I'm doing a job (as a contractor) that I absolutely love, to the point where I'm effectively getting "paid to play".

Happy days!

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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"We need an internet that is not under the control of a handful of corporations with very strong links to one small segment of the political spectrum."

I hear you, but, frankly, I think it's *far* too late for that.

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The solution is simple...

Just build a, you know, WEB SITE.

Seriously. All these vendors making "apps" for Apple, Android, etc.

Guess what, there is a technology called HTML which is platform independent, and is designed *specifically* for rendering text, images, even animations and videos on a computer screen, be that a desktop computer, a tablet, or a mobile phone. Marvellous what we can do nowadays, isn't it?

Just register m.gab.com and tell Google, and Apple for that matter, to go fuck themselves. Nobody needs to install ANYTHING on the devices. Which means if Google or Apple decide they don't like you, well, fuck them.

It's called the internet.

Most "apps" are nothing but thin wrappers around a browser anyway, with the stock images stored locally on the device.

We have a solution for that, too. It's called a web cache.

Is it me?

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Re: I wonder who the real oppressor is here...

Thing is, McCarthy was right: The United States political infrastructure in particular *is* indeed infested with Communists. Well, okay, maybe not card-carrying members of a Communist party, but post-modernist Marxist-Leninist worshippers. From Hillary Clinton right down. American universities are fucking INFESTED with them.

Burn them.

Burn them with fire.

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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

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Re: Napolionic

What has a conviction got to do with it?

Let's say you get done for drink-driving. You serve a 12 month ban and pay a fine. Why should your picture remain for ever more on the police national database, just so that they can match it up with the millions of faces that are captured daily on the millions of CCTV cameras installed in this country (because *that* is the true end-goal.)?

Why should that be?

You are either free, or you are not.

To be surveyed and tracked on the off-chance that you might do something wrong in the future, is to not be free.

And that's where we're heading.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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No Google?

If it means I can run Debian on it, and not have a Android/Google Spy Machine in my pocket then I've just settled on my next phone.

Fuck Google.

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Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why

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#CryMeARiver

See title.

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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Oracle: Cunts.

That's the only word that suffices.

Fuck them. Time to start boycotting their products by steering (gently) the PHB's to other (open source) alternatives.

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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I took the red pill...

When my beloved Galaxy S5 died suddenly for no apparent reason, I went back to my old S4 which was sitting un-loved in a drawer. It doesn't have Facebook or Facebook messenger installed on it. I was about to install them, and I thought "No. Let's detox from this FB shit for a while. It's all just Trump hating communist memes anyway; hardly a loss."

That was a month ago. Not one of my FB contacts has contacted me by email/phone (those that know me IRL, I mean) which tells me all I need to know.

I'm glad to be away from it, to be honest. It was quite *literally* a waste of real literal time. Nothing useful on it at all.

Now I have more hobby time for building valve amplifiers.

I should post some piccies on Facebook...

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Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

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Personally I like Linux...

<-- ...I'll get my coat

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Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick

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Well...

...I'd settle for Google NOT buying companies such as Boston Dynamics, which were a DARPA outfit, created to literally make intelligent autonomous hunter-killer robots, capable of running faster than a man, with the ability to get up when it falls over, and hosting a range of lethal weaponry, specifically designed to hunt down humans and kill them.

I'd settle for that, personally.

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Google routing blunder sent Japan's Internet dark on Friday

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Re: Fragility

They call it a "mistake".

I call it a test.

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Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

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What could possibly go wrong?

<weg> :-)

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Kalanick stations! Ex-Uber CEO sued for fraud by soured sugar daddy

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Uber is looking like a seriously toxic company...

They are just bad news. They're either stealing another company's secrets or treating women like shit or their drivers are tax dodging wrong-uns on benefits.

Avoid.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Wow...

I've read some shit in my time, but this article is REALLY pushing the envelope.

I just don't know where to start.

Why on earth did The Register publish this?

I can only think they're trolling/click-baiting their readers.

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Re: I'd say..

I think you're right. Though those that got to know him closely all report him as being a lovely, affectionate, family man.

Just don't do business with him!

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PAH! SCSI or death! :-)

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China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

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I'll do it...

...I have the management skills:

Scientist 1: I DEMAND time on the telescope RIGHT NOW.

Me: You're first in the queue. Knock yourself out.

Scientist 2: I DEMAND time on the telescope RIGHT NOW.

Me: Please take a ticket and sit in the waiting room.

Scientist 3: I DEMAND time on the telescope RIGHT NOW.

Me: Please take a ticket and sit in the waiting room.

Scientist 4: I DEMAND time on the telescope RIGHT NOW.

Me: Please take a ticket and sit in the waiting room.

Me: Would any of you like a magazine? Cup of tea?

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Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home

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Are Apple still a thing?

Wow.

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London Mayor slams YouTube over failure to remove 'shocking' violent gang vids

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Re: All they have to do...

Actually it's worse than that - it's backdoor censorship.

Yes. You're right. Have an up-vote!

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All they have to do...

...is claim that Paul Joseph Watson made the video and they'll take it down immediately.

I don't want to live in a censored world where the likes of Mr. Khan get to decide what we can and cannot see. What makes *him* the arbiter of censorship in the UK?

I want to see these scum bags for the scum bags that they are, right out in open, whether it be members of violent gangs; racists; mysogynists; KKK; far-left Antifa; or Black Lives Matter.

I don't need the likes of Mr. Khan to hide it and obscure it, so that he and other members of government can claim that a problem that clearly exists, doesn't exist.

It's pure censorship.

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Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

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Here... Let me fix that for you...

“Changes to U.S. immigration policies that restrain the flow of technical and professional talent may inhibit our ability to adequately staff our research and development efforts.”

“Changes to U.S. immigration policies that restrain the flow of technical and professional talent THAT WE CAN EMPLOY FOR MINIMUM WAGE WITH NO BENFITS may inhibit our ability to adequately staff our research and development efforts.”

You're welcome, Microsoft.

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If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

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Penny mail

Companies that want to send you email can do so, but it will cost them one penny, or a tenth of a penny, or whatever - it doesn't really matter.

If you open/read the email, they get their penny back. If you don't, they don't; the penny goes to charity.

That will soon stop spam.

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No vulns. No hardwired passwords. Patchable. Congress dreams of IoT: Impossible Online Tech

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Re: @Gene Cash

What you're describing isn't an Internet of Things thing. It's a complex, mission-critical control system.

This law wouldn't apply to your rail track signalling system in the same way it wouldn't apply to a bunch of Petunias.

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Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH

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Bah

If you really want to rail against the journo's hype of the story, then you'd gain some credibility yourself by refraining from statements such as:

"...Researchers from OpenAI found that agents would talk to one another in a kind-of Morse code when forced to communicate and work on a task together."

Which implies that this Morse code type behaviour emerged as a result of the two agents cooperating with each other, and the researchers were un-aware of this and discovered this newly emergent and spontaneously created behaviour.

Which is clearly a total load of bollocks. IF they communicated "in a kind-of Morse code" then it's because they were programmed to.

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PasteBin data dump: Hackers claim files are from Mandiant FireEye 'breach'

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#Russians

#russiansDidIt

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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I purchased a stereo on Sunday

Is "stereo" a bit old-hat these days?

Hifi. I bought a hifi on Sunday in Currys/PC World. It was a completely spontaneous decision - there was no prior web searching or web research or anything like that. I went in for a TV stand, and came out with a TV stand and a hifi. It's a very nice dinky JVC model with a valve pre-amp and traditional power amp.

At the checkout you are of course asked for your name, address, email address, blood group, religious affiliation, political affiliation, sexual orientation, number of children, home-owner or renter, and would you like breakdown cover on that. By an 18 year old with a hangover and love-bites.

Fast forward to today, and I'm getting ads in my browser trying to flog me a JVC hifi.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Why?

What are they hoping to achieve with this?

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Inside the ongoing fight to stamp out govt-grade Android spyware

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Whilst I don't have anything to hide...

...it does make one wonder. For example, let's say I sued the UK government for a particular reason, and it was a high-profile case. I think in such a scenario, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that it would be reasonable to assume that one could be targeted for surveillance by the government.

Hey, if they want to hack my phone go ahead - all they will find is loads of piccies of my children, and a ton of 80s albums.

It does make one think about breaking out the trusty old Nokia 6310i though... I'd like to see them hack that without installing a WAP gateway in my garden...

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Hackers can turn web-connected car washes into horrible death traps

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If you're using WinCE to control a freaking CONTROL SYSTEM...

...then you really do deserve everything you get.

These systems should be controlled by robust PLCs. Not fragile PCs. That's not to say PLCs are perfect. We know that security is an issue with a lot of PLC manufacturers, but you can mitigate that with firewalls and VPNs, but they are thousands of times more reliable in terms of just keeping running than a leaky Windows operating system.

Add to the fact that the vendor was informed TWO YEARS ago by the black-hatters (sounds like a very white-hatty thing to do, IMO) and they clearly don't give a rats ass.

Then they have the balls to issue a statement saying that all washer systems should be firewalled! If I had one of those systems on my forecourt, my response would be "So when are YOU coming by to put a firewall in, then? Until then, the system is switched off at the main breaker, since world + dog will now be searching the internet for your fucking web-based carwash user interface."

You really can't make this shit up, can you?

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Been using Opera for a while...

...Stylish, fast, lean, has a built in (free) VPN, private browsing, data saving mode for mobile connections ...the list goes on.

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Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

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WTAF...

... is a CPU driver FFS?

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Re: Good luck getting reliable support runing Linux on those obsolete silicons

Installed Linux Mint with MATE on an Intel Atom Netbook a little less than 24 hours ago. Found all the hardware, Wifi, Nic, USB ports, SD Port, Bluetooth, mouse pad, everything. Even running with hardware video acceleration.

Runs okay, too. Better than the somewhat creaky Win 7 that was on it before.

Perfect.

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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Scrutiny...

Of course, the ones paying REALLY close attention to this publication will be the nice people at HMRC.

I bet there's some loose sphincters at the BBC "talent" dept. today.

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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Population control

Bill Gates is watching with interest.

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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So, the car phoned home, right?

So, just to clarify, the car phoned home, after the crash, right?

Putting my "fairness" hat on, I can see why Tesla would want this data, with auto-pilot cars being an emerging technology and all, but I don't think I'd want it on my car in the future.

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