* Posts by nematoad

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

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Gah!

With all the complications now coming in to view, stuff like this, the NI/Republic border, financial passporting and so on I'm beginning to think "Why bother?"

Funny that none of this was mentioned in the Referendum campaign and which finally focussed on immigration and the mythical "£350 million"

What really gets me is the thought that if it really does go pear-shaped and we are reduced to a third party supplicant at the EU's door will we be able to hold those responsible to account? Probably not as they will, most likely, be spending more time with their money in the likes of the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda or the Channel islands.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Re: Such is life. Have a look around - it's a constant race of arms.

"My amp still works on the mains 240V,,,"

<pedant> They changed the voltage a while back to 230V so as to be in line with the rest of the EU. </pedant>

I don't know if that will change with Brexit though.

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Re: No Classic Theme Restorer?

"Pale Moon might be the solution..."

Yes, give Palemoon a try.

I moved from FF a while ago as Australis and other changes started to alienate me and I wouldn't go back. Mostly the same look and feel as FF although it is slowly moving away from FF. I'm lucky as Palemoon is in the PCLinuxOS repos but have noticed when trying out other distros that it may not be included. I don't know what the situation is with other OSs.

I think that you will be pleasantly surprised.

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UK.gov: IT contracts should be no more than 7 years. (Not 18, Fujitsu)

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Eh?

"...needs to be well planned and executed."

Just for the avoidance of doubt. We are talking about government IT projects, aren't we?

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Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

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Re: "was not intended nor has in fact created a tax benefit for the firm"

Whilst I agree with your analysis I do disagree with your characterisation of the message as "slippery language".

It is not slippery at all, it plain and simple says what it means. Cook and Co. don't give a monkeys about what we think. They are in it for the money, ethics and morality be damned. If that upsets some people then so be it, there are plenty of consumers willing and eager to buy their overpriced products and that is all that Apple care about. It's a stunning display of contempt for public opinion and hubris and I sincerely hope that Nemesis does eventually strike.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Re: Funny

"We know that no one likes price changes..."

Should be: "We know that no one likes price rises.."

Actually I think that people are in favour of price changes when they are in a downward direction. Not that happens unless the regulator starts knocking heads together.

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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

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Re: Of course not

" If a request isn't legal in Ireland, it's not happening..."

Maybe. Unfortunately Ireland is not the UK. Remember, the UK like the US is part of the "Five Eyes" intelligence group and it's a good bet that if one of the members wants data held by another member it will be passed on.

Being a smaller, non-aligned country certainly has its advantages when you want to say no to the likes of the US.

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MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad industry pressure

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Of course.

"...a move to the US where their privacy and data protection rules would allow me access to the data ..."

Yeah, right. A land of milk and honey where due to the current activities of the FCC under Ajit Pai, they've just gutted consumers privacy and that has gone down about as well as a fart in a lift.

So don't just threaten to take your business elsewhere where it's easier to screw with the lives of your customers. Think of a new way of making money or go out of business. I'm sure there are plenty of others waiting to take your place.

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Mozilla whips out Rusty new Firefox Quantum (and that's a good thing)

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Re: Terrible For Web-Devs

"Oh, anyone wanting to get their tabs back in the correct place in 57..:"

Or instead of all that shuffling around just switch to Palemoon.

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Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

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Who?

ESET is not naming the countries involved ("so as not to put anyone in danger," it said"

Who are they protecting? The evil bastards running these campaigns or the poor buggers being targeted?

If it's such a threat then least they could do is give those affected a heads up to warn them that they might be a target.

Looks a bit spineless to me, unless of course, they are frightened of stepping on some big toes and then it's all for their own protection.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: Sound

"For a premium product such as Apple not to provide a good DAC is just cheap"

About the only bloody thing that is cheap with Apple!

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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Same old.

It looks to me like ye olde Pentagon tap dance has started again.

Project officers are always keen to assure their superiors that all is going smoothly and that things will be delivered on time. After all there are promotions to be considered.

This way if anyone comes along and says "This aspect of the software isn't working." the contractor or project officer can turn around and say "Don't worry about that it's all fixed in the next version that will be rolled out real soon."

That way timelines are made just a bit more elastic and help give those in authority the impression that things are in hand and there is nothing to worry about.

I recommend Col. James G Burton's book The Pentagon Wars as an insight into how things are arranged and managed in the procurement of weapons at the Pentagon.

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Mo' money mo' mobile payments... Security risks? Whatever!

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No thanks.

"Trust us, we are a bank/IT provider/government."

I do not and will not trust anyone with my money unless I am the one in charge of the account and can see who is doing what with it.

As for using a smart phone for my banking, no thanks. Why should I pay the likes of Apple or Google for the privilege of paying a bill? Finally I do not have a smart phone and no wish to get one.

All pretty Luddite I suppose but I have precious little money to start with and certainly do without others taking a bite out of what I do have.

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Good.

"Ubuntu 17.10 will be a stock GNOME desktop with a couple of add-ons to improve the overall experience."

Oh, you mean like Cinnamon and Mate?

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Oracle’s cloudy cash dash could fall flat, insiders warn

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Avoid

" Many customers purchase Oracle cloud credits simply in order to avoid negative audit findings..."

Dear God, are people actually doing business with this bunch of shysters?

Following the link exposed a very nasty bully using all the tricks it can to boost their profile. If this was Microsoft I reckon the US authorities would be all over them like a rash.

On second thoughts, maybe not, given the President they have.

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Major shareholder: BT CEO Gavin Patterson should step down

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Maybe not.

"What BT actually needed was a guy who could take on the regulator, not a retailer and marketer."

Or perhaps, someone who could actually make the company obey the law.

Or is actually obeying regulations one of the obstacles to doing "business as usual"?

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Re: Blind support

It is "innocent unless proven guilty"

You are right, of course. The trouble is that given all the hysteria over the "dark net", "cyber war" and so on I reckon the Feds will keep pushing this on and on and not take no for an answer until he is found guilty.

Whether he is or not is immaterial, he's just going to be collateral damage in the war on "computer crime".

"Something must be done."

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Another day, another British Airways systems screwup causes chaos

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Re: Be careful what you wish for.

"Why are you outsourcing your holiday by going abroad instead of staying in the UK?"

Because it rains all the time!

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

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Oh!

(Wine is not compatible enough, WSL is amazingly compatible).

Now I wonder why that is.

Could it be that one is open and the other closed? So that MS can see what Linux is doing but not the other way round?

Looks to me like that old Pirates of the Caribbean saying. "Take all you can, give nothing back."

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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: Love the socialist speak

"And shouldnt the questions be why are we paying so much tax, not why are they paying so little?"

Oh, I don't know. Little things like roads, schools, law and order, national defence. You know, the things that companies use in their business dealings.

Perhaps you could do without them? I don't think they could.

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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Re: What about performance and security - on Linux?

"the proof of the pudding is in the eating!"

Bravo! someone who actually can use the saying correctly.

Have a virtual pint on me.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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"...why didn't one or two of them say "stuff it, it's not the right answer..."

Some did, Texstar and Patrick Volkerding to name two of the more enlightened ones.

The trouble is, so many distros are reformulations of Debian/Ubuntu and once they jumped on the systemd bandwagon it would have involved a huge amount of work to strip systemd out, and a lot of distros just don't have the resources to do that.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Re: But...

"It allows linux binaries to natively call their expected APIs under a windows OS, "

Oh, sort of Wine in reverse then?

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Ah well.

A nasty bug in systemd?

Shrugs, walks away.

PCLinuxOS

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Watchdog slaps NHS for failure to tackle correspondence backlog

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Bah!

"...is still discussing with NHS SBS how these costs will be split -"

They should be jointly and severably liable. SBS and Sopra Steria cocked this up. Just send them the bill and leave it to them to sort out who pays what.

Why waste money on trying to apportion blame? Let them do that at their own expense.

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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Re: Apple vs Google vs Microsoft

"It makes money by connecting all of the various bits of your data and metadata and then selling it to the highest."

Gasp! Do you mean that Google has a contract with God?

Probably should have added "bidder" just to make things clearer.

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Re: Whatever the reason given - it's bollocks

"What better would you recommend to test something major like this across every possible combinations of things?"

How about asking the owners permission first for a start?

Or is part of the cult the fact that you never actually own the ithing but are just using it with Apple's gracious permission?

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Re: Seems so long ago

"Today was a great exercise in our whole team coming together to solve a singular problem..."

Presumably said problem being how to kick off those few die-hards still using Windows mobile.

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Please keep it simple

If by real one you mean only a '60s Mini then I must disagree. My Cooper S is a limited edition of 50 produced in 1998 and purchased from John Cooper himself.

It's got all the classic Mini attributes. small size. an A series engine and lots of rust so I would contend that it is a "real" Mini produced at Longbridge on the original production line and by many of the original workers.

My point was that my car works well and is fuel efficient due to the modern technology. Imposed in part by the EU to reduce pollution but it is still a real Mini at heart with all of its, benefits and flaws. What I have no need for is for things to go any further.

Finally I would class you as a"purist" not a pedant.

Why BMW chose to call the new jumbo a "Mini" is a mystery to me.

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Re: Please keep it simple

OK, my Mini Cooper S, a real one that is, has an ECU and fuel injection and it works fine, but that is as far as I want to go down the "connected" route. I cannot for the life of me see why all these other computing systems are deemed so necessary. Now this may be because I am a grumpy old sod who has not moved with times but as far as I'm concerned it's horses for courses. Linux on my desktop and me in my car. I neither need or want to be "infotained" when I'm driving. I want to left alone so I can concentrate and avoid all the pot-holes, lunatics and other hazards present on the roads.

Of course it could be that there are reasons for the rush to computerise everything in the car but as far as I can see the the dangers outweigh the benefits: See also IoT.

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Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

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Re: Or just MAYBE some company will get a bit smarter

"The whole ink cartridge thing is a perfect example of that."

Ah, but you seem to missing the point. The case was about toner cartridges not ink-jet ones.

The whole ink-jet scam is well known but it seems as if manufacturers are also seeing a threat to their profits by the re-manufacturers like Impression Products. Now however, the Supreme Court has nipped that little scheme in the bud, for the time being, which can only be a good thing for customers.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Outsourced with Delta?

What's the betting on BA stonewalling request for compensation on the grounds of "exceptional circumstances"?

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Re: Operational Failover is incredibly complex

"...not during peak processing time!"

Ah, yes! The happy memories of faffing about switching things on and off at 2 o'clock in the morning to make sure that the DR was properly set up.

Unsociable but richly rewarding!

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Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

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"...I thought all you Linux enthusiasts were able to fix anything."

We are , it's just that from time to time some of us like to discuss in a rational and measured way some of the challenges involved.

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Some bits missing.

This article appears to be a partial look at the range of distros available. Yes, Linux Mint and Ubuntu are popular but what about some of the other branches?

Mandrake pioneered a lot of the user-friendly things now found in Linux distros and to my mind diskdrake still takes some beating when it comes to partitioning. After the regrettable demise of Mandriva/Mandrake there have appeared a number of derivatives such as Mageia, PCLinuxOS and Rosa. They have all inherited the Mandrake tools to make life easy for new users and are in the top rankings of Distrowatch so they must be doing something right.

My choice is PCLinuxOS.

As I say it is simple to administer and does not have the beast known as systemd entwined around it. Added to that PCLOS is a rolling release that seems to have cracked the problem of keeping the distro up to date without breaking anything. Added to which it does not use sudo as the default which gets a thumbs up from me as I consider the way Ubuntu uses sudo to be an accident waiting to happen.

So yes, the distros mentioned are worthy members of the Linux family, but the article only really tells one side of the story.

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Taking a bite out of our profit, Apple? Let's get legal, says Qualcomm

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Re: Someone is getting greedy

"Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties. "

If you change the word royalties to prices, that comment could easily apply to Apple as well.

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Google DeepMind's use of 1.6m Brits' medical records to test app was 'legally inappropriate'

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Ha!

"...and has never been used for commercial purposes or combined with Google products, services or ads – and never will be,"

Ah, that's as convincing as "Don't be evil."

Let's face it, these scumbags are in it for one thing and one thing only, money. They probably think that if a life is saved then that would be a bonus.

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For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

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Re: Double edge

Saying that the plaintiff has not lost any money from sales as it is under the GPL is missing the point.

There is the cost of having to go to court to enforce the copyright, lawyers do not come cheap, and secondly there is the diversion of resources involved in fighting the claim which might otherwise have been used to more useful purpose.

So yes, the FSF has lost out due to the behaviour of Hancom in not complying with the terms of the GPL.

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

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Oh!

And all of them with the added goodness of systemd.

PCLinuxOS may rate a try if you are up for a rolling release distro and the Mate desktop works well for me at least.

Texstar has said the PCLOS will *never* use systemd so it might be an option if you are like me resistant to systemd's Borg-like tendencies.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: "Why are the British government such a bunch of complete arseholes? "

"The proliteriat are dumb and lazy."

And also incapable of spelling "Proletariat" it would seem.

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Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

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Manners.

"This could be a classic case of the Microsoft ivory tower," the source suggested.

How very polite. I bet that's not what the punters are saying.

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Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

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It ought to be.

Copyright is a good idea. The trouble is that it is not being used in the way that the original proponents intended.

The creeping extension of copyright: "The Mouse Protection Act" provides a good example.

When first enacted copyright was for a limited period. See the "Statute of Anne 1710". Then copyright was for 14 years, now in a lot of jurisdictions it's more like 70 after the death of the author. What happens when Disney hits the expiry date on Steamboat Willy & Co.? Expect another extension is my prediction.

Copyright with limits is fine, unlimited copyright is nothing but a government approved perpetual monopoly.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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"When I sign in to Chrome, my bookmarks and history follow me."

You know that's the bit that worries me. If it is able to follow you around that means that it must be stored somewhere. In this case with Google, and that is a company that I try to avoid at all costs. My bookmarks, history etc. are mine, not something for someone else to mine, package and sell.

Chrome may do all you say but for me the snooping is a price too high.

I use Palemoon. Firefox without all the cruft.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: Honest inquiry

"Or is it just a party of no?"

In short, no it isn't a party of no just for the sake of it.

A lot of people, including me, dislike and distrust systemd because it does not do what it claims. It is supposed to be an init system but due to creep it has its fingers in a lot of other pies as well. Added to that are the like of a binary logging system which adds complexity and Poeterring's seeming fixation on turning Linux into a Windows clone complete with a Registry. I know that people say that systemd speeds up booting but who needs a quick boot on a server and at what cost? Finally as others here have said systemd turns its back on the Unix mantra "Do one thing and do it well."

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: People DO hate adverts

I have to confess that ads don't really bother me much. I seem to have developed an internal filter so that I don't even see them whether online or in real life. They might be there but they never register.

Having said that I do use an ad-blocker because of the ways they slow things down and provide a vector for malware. I've got used to ad-free pages and when I went to one newspapers site without an blocker the mess I was presented with was a real shock, absolutely appalling, and I was paying for it all.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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An alternative.

One browser that I haven't seem mentioned in the debate is Palemoon. A fork from Firefox it keeps much of the original Firefox look and feel but also keeps up with the times.

Some distros I've tried don't have it in their repos but it does have it's own website, so give it a try if you have run out of choices.

Oh, one more thing, it still supports ALSA.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Re: Totally ridiculous.

"As to Neil Armstrong, I would guess he had a few slithers..."

Are you calling Neil Armstrong a snake?

I think the word you are looking for is slivers.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Hold on!

"Maybe if the tech team had done a good job in the first place"

Oh, are you familiar with the team you mention?

If you are then please let us know what it is that they did wrong. If you do not then you are either just trolling or an accountant at BA trying to justify the inevitable cock-up that has just occurred.

Personally I was subject to this "outsourcing magic" Our team who had built and maintained the systems were ditched for people brought in from India. From what I heard later the whole thing turned into a shambles and the company involved had to take the support in-house again.

See, the thing is you get what you pay for.

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Reversible head transplants coming back to Windows Server 2016

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What target?

I just wonder who the changes were aimed at.

IT pros used to a command line or the "local experts" raised on a GUI and incapable of using anything else?

It does seem as if MS have gone a bit too far with point and click and have thrown the baby out with the bath water in the quest for "consistency".

There is such a thing as using the right tool for the job.

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