* Posts by nematoad

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

nematoad
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Re: GNOME, KDE, LightDM, XFCE ...

" ...and discover that certain programs require a specific Desktop."

I don't see what your problem is. I use Mate on PCLinuxOS but I came from KDE many years ago and still prefer some of the KDE utilities like K3B. I just installed K3B and Synaptic went and fetched the KDE runtimes so that K3b would run. Yes I know it uses more space on the drive and introduces other overheads but the systems these days are more than capable of dealing with such issues.

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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"Did someone not read the small print?"

Probably not. Remember, this money is not theirs. The government has no money, it's ours. Forcibly extracted through taxes. As there seems no downside to making a mess of any contract, project or scheme why would anyone bother with due diligence?

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Chrome 70 flips switch on Progressive Web Apps in Windows 10 – with janky results

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Re: Fixing a problem that no longer exists?

"Where's the problem?"

Google.

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Re: Please, give me an OFF switch

"Linux and Mac Chrome users will be able to join their Windows 10 and Chrome OS..."

I think I'll pass on that "opportunity". Google are intrusive enough already so why would you trust them with all your applications and data? The question in my mind is: whose computer is it if you start using PWA? Not mine I think.

So thanks but no thanks. My PC will remain my "personal computer" and not some data syphon to Google so that they can sell me to their users.

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Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

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Re: I'm just wondering

You know something? I'm really glad that I have retired.

The shit hitting the fan courtesy of MS is enough to drown any IT department. God knows there are enough problems around without the OS vendor joining in.

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Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

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A question.

What's the difference between the likes of MS, Oracle et al and the Raspberry Pi Foundation?

"That said, there's been lots of grumbling, so we might end up putting it back."

With the first group take what you are given and be grateful.

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Sopra Steria exec on warpath as its UK Government profit crashes ... by millions

nematoad

Typical management.

"The exec said he had been forced, in the day before the memo was sent, to explain to his boss, CEO John Torrie..."

Or in other words "I've had my arse kicked, now it's your turn."

Pathetic, why not try to understand the problem instead of foaming at the mouth and blaming everyone but yourself.

If I had shares in this company I would be selling them immediately.

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Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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Re: Stupidity or cunning?

"...having a cyber-czar?"

I can imagine a conversation in the Oval Office.

"Cyber-czar?"

"Wait, Czar is a Russian word so it must be a Communist plot. We ain't having none of that foreign garbage here!"

Baby, bath water etc.

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Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

nematoad
Unhappy

Yep.

Having read the above article I checked my cookies, which is something I do regularly especially with anything from Google, and lo and behold there was a Google nasty sitting there. Now I don't use Chrome or anything else from Google so it has me puzzled as the where it came from. Maybe a drive-by from a site associated in some way with these characters?

As I use Palemoon I was able to deep-six it immediately.

Turds of the first water.

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That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

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Re: The problem isn't "google slurp" alone

A bit off topic I suppose but your mention of a silver badge hit a nerve.

I used to have one but it disappeared a while ago.

As you can see I still have the html privileges but I want my badge back!

Alternatively it could be a post-badge syndrome a bit like when an MD becomes a surgeon and reverts to "Mister".

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Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs

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"a not insignificant proportion of new recruits get the engineering training and then leave at the first opportunity ..."

I'm not sure what the waiting time is now to get out of the Army early, it It is a long time since I did so. But the reason I bought myself out wasn't the lure of civvy street and its better jobs, it was that we were given nothing constructive to do. I was in the RAMC which I believe has a recruitment problem, they certainly did when I was there. The trouble was once they had you they struggled to find something for you to do. In my case it was putting up tents for the TA training camps and when I made enough of a nuisance of myself they shipped me off to BAOR where they had me counting stores and painting shovels and other important items.

It is true that the alternative i.e. having to handle badly wounded soldiers and recovering bodies would have been infinitely worse but as a young soldier I wanted to see the world not paint it. So I left.

Things may well have changed since I were a lad but being bored, underpaid and under appreciated might still have something to do with the problems of retention.

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MPs' proposal to cash in on public-private algos given a solid 'maybe'

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Re: "MPs [..] call for this to be leveraged"

Being politicians they are willing to sell their granny for a few extra votes so selling your data to their commercial friends is no cause for concern to them.

You, of course, may not be so relaxed

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It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge

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Re: My solution.

"Don't drive anything manufactured after about 1970."

Why on earth pick 1970? My Mini Cooper S is from 1998 and does not have any "connectivity" so why not use a slightly newer car? Having a car as old as you suggest brings its own problems, parts, future regulation and general reliability to name just a few. God knows my Mini gives me enough problems and it's 28 years newer than your choice.

On a separate note there is one question that has been nagging me. Why all the emphasis on "connected cars"? As a believer in the old Unix adage "Do one thing and do it well", what's the point of having something in a motor vehicle offering so many threat vectors. Surely a car is a means of getting from A to B so why do you need to be "connected"? Is your life so busy and you so important that you need to be available at all times? Speaking for myself the answer is no and no. Indeed I view driving as a chance to remove myself from the demands of others and get on with the task in hand i.e. driving. That in itself is demanding enough without being infotained*.

* The idiot who coined this little beauty should join the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation up against the wall.

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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FAIL

Re: governments can always legislate

"No amount of legalese will ever change the laws of mathematics..."

Yes, didn't some Australian politician say that the laws of physics had to bow to the laws of Australia? I thought that he was a bit deranged but it looks like the contagion is spreading.

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Give yourselves a pat on the back, top million websites, half of you now use HTTPS

nematoad
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I'm not surprised.

I note with some amusement that the Daily Mail is one of the guilty parties.

That's probably because the editor and minions feel that HTTPS is a foreign plot to control the voice of the people and by not succumbing they have "Taken back control".

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: Glorified proxy

"...offer services that either require ipv6, or work better with it."

I take your point, but when does such a decision morph from a carrot to a stick?

Much like MS denying the latest and greatest to anyone not running Windows 10 I feel that this is a very tricky line to walk, and beating someone over the head just because you want to "move on" risks alienating the very people you need to have a business.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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" If I don't comply they said they will install Windows 10 on me?"

Indeed a cruel and unusual punishment.

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

nematoad

Re: Something wrong

No, that's the Great Pyramid alright.

The one with some of the casing left at the top is Khafre's. It's built higher up on the plateau so looks bigger but Khufu's is both taller and wider.

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Re: It was aliens wot did it

Yes, the "Pyramidiots" are still in full flight.

Just like Charles Piazzi Smyth the former Astronomer Royal for Scotland, some scientists get a bee in their bonnet about the great Pyramid and spout some appalling nonsense, and go around inventing such things as the "Pyramid inch" so as to validate their theories.

As a former archaeologist myself I would say to the present proponents of weird things in the Pyramid of Khufu.

"Don't give up your day job."

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UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom

nematoad

Good idea.

"cut down on the admin rights..."

Yes, that's one thing that has always puzzled me about Debian based systems. Why is it that sudo is used instead of su? To me that looks like an invitation to meddling and the chance of doing serious damage to your system.

I use PCLinuxOS and their forum has a piece on the potential abuse of sudo and why sudo is not recommended for use in PCLOS.

See here

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You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

nematoad
Unhappy

Not a good idea for me.

"Dark versions of interfaces are reckoned by some to be easier on the eyes..."

Not if you are my age. I struggle with dark themes and avoid them where I can. Physiologically your eyes let less light in the older you are. The cornea of a person of 60 will only pass a certain percentage of light to the retina compared to that of a person of 20.

Lack of contrast on some sites, I'm looking at you EVE Online, makes my life a misery. Black on white is definitely easier to read than white on black, or in Eve's case grey on black. Bah!

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Brit tech forges alliance to improve cyber security as MPs moan over 'acute scarcity' of experts

nematoad

Sigh.

" ...no real sense of the scale of the problem or how to address it effectively".

No change there then.

See also: Brexit.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

nematoad

Re: @Ledswinger

"...and even if it did the EU would need a slice for there coffers..."

There, they're, their. With that choice you have a one in three chance of being right

Spoiler alert:

It's their in this case.

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Re: it is only fair that we fine some of theirs back!

"the UK fined Facebook half a mil (how they must be laughing now)"

That was the maximum the ICO were allowed to fine Facebook under the regulations at the time. Now with the GDPR it's a percentage of the offending company's turnover. 5% if my memory serves me correctly.

So no, it wasn't because the ICO went easy on FB, they had no other choice.

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

nematoad
FAIL

Gah!

"ingress-proof"

He means "sealed"

"it's English Jim, but not as we know it."

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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

nematoad
Happy

Right.

Yes, yes, yes, that's all very well but will it run Linux?

Didn't I see that MS "loves" Linux or is that pushing things too far?

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

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WTF?

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All this shuffling around, requests to be half-in half-out of many of the EU agencies like Europol and Euratom. Convoluted schemes to prevent a hard border in Ireland, admissions that we will all be worse off when the UK leaves, not to mention Galileo, makes me wonder why we should bother if all we are going to do is lose out.

What I want to know is what's in it for the likes of Nigel Farage, Arron Banks, Boris Johnson and the rest of that scurvy crew? Some like Lord Lawson are openly showing that they are hypocrites having recent applied for a a 'carte de séjour' so as he can remain in his luxury abode in France. There must be something really big in it for the others to sell the country down the river like they are.

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Do you really want your kids' future in the hands of Capita? Well, too bad

nematoad
Mushroom

Re: Why?

The question that should be asked in this continuing fiasco is: Qui bono?

What ties has government got to this bunch of shysters or is it the case that they have got some kind of "kompromat" over our beloved leaders?

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

nematoad

Re: 'Some of us stopped being The Product some time ago'

We're doomed I tell you, aye doomed.

Alternatively switch away from Google, Facebook, Microsoft et al. You might like it.

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GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

nematoad
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Re: UI elements that make it obvious what they do?

" Make them the same colour, its going to be far to confusing if the user can tell where one control ends and another starts."

Ah, you must have been playing EVE Online. There everything is either white or pale grey. You can't see a bloody thing and have to rely on muscle memory to work out where the controls should be. It drives me mad and all I got when I mentioned this to CCP was that it was an attempt at "unifying" the look. The result is cold, impossible to read and a complete disaster, just as you have described.

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

nematoad

Re: He was the top salesman in the group

"When I'm on a plane I will take a safe and boring pilot over a dynamic agile guy with edgy haircut any day of the week."

There is a saying in aviation circles: "There are old pilots and bold pilots, there are no old,bold pilots."

Looks like IBM missed that.

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A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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"Could always use PlayonLinux"

One problem with Playonlinux, there is very litlte help available. I've tried without success to join their forums and have tried to contact them directly. Nothing heard. Also don't try asking for help with POL at WineHQ. I made that mistake and got a very dusty answer. It seems that the people at Wine don't particularly care for those at POL.

The short answer is: POL is fine if it all works. If not you are mostly on your own.

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Trademark holders must pay for UK web blocking orders – Supreme Court

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Re: Good.

A sensible decision, much like the "polluter pays" doctrine.

If the content companies cause this process and the process costs money, and with lawyers involved it will, then those seeking to enforce their rights should pick up the bill.

Or are they so entitled that they feel that they are justified in asking third parties to pay so as to protect their revenue streams?

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USA! USA! We're No.1! And we want to keep it that way – in spaaaace

nematoad

Re: Just wait.

Yes, I should have said "manned missions" sorry.

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Just wait.

"but an adventure back to the moon elicits little excitement,"

Let's wait and see what the reaction is when the Chinese and the Indians announce missions to the Moon/Mars.

I can't see the "Land of the Free" taking that sitting down.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

nematoad

"A company that's known for supporting stuff for years..."

The trouble is that's not all it is known for. Lose trust and you lose everything.

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FAIL

Re: Shite

As ye sow so shall ye reap.

See also Oracle/Open Office.

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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Mushroom

"... not being able to volunteer a social media profile can make someone the subject of suspicion in countries such as the US."

It's a good job then that I have absolutely no intention of visiting the USA. Alternatively they might try the only "social media" account I have ever had and checkout Friends-reunited. Good luck with that!

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Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

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Happy

Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

"...but the IP lawyers will be very upset they have lost this resource."

That's all the justification I need to approve of the GDPR.

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

nematoad
Happy

Maybe.

Let's hope, that the Bearded One can make a better job of it than he did with Virgin East Coast.

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GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

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Re: must be an error

"The biggest amount of work we do at GCHQ is to figure out how we can twist the letter of the law to our purposes," he said.

No need, the tame poodles at the Home Office will quickly run up a new law so as to shield GCHQ from any nasty attempts to hold them accountable.

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FPGAs for AI? GPUs and CPUs are the future, shrugs drone biz Insitu

nematoad

"...that can be problematic because they don't want their data going anywhere else"

OK, I get that, but with their increasing use of "the cloud" and off-the-shelf GPUs and processors how are they going to make sure that the stuff stays safe? They will have to trust in third party security and we are all aware that things can and do leak or are just plain broken.

If I was in the market for such assets I would want to be certain that all the data was under my control rather than spreading it all over the internet.

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Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

nematoad

Re: It's maybe even a little worse

What are these computer chips of which you speak? I have never seen them.

Seriously, this whole thing smells to me like a solution looking for a problem. More complications = more to go wrong.

Ned Ludd might actually be proved right in this case.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: I sincerely hope...

"I wonder if the eventual outcome will be a paid-for (with money) service?"

That would indeed be interesting. Then, perhaps, we will see just how much people value the services provided by Facebook for "free" as opposed to the punter having to pay real money to use FB's stuff. Another benefit would be that the user would become a customer and not the product.

Interesting times!

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Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes

nematoad
Happy

I paused my Windows updates in 1998 when I moved to Linux.

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

nematoad

Re: Email is fundamental to modern life

I don't know if it runs on anything other than Linux but Sylpheed has been my e-mail client of choice for years.

Lightweight and easy to configure I just hope that the devs can keep the project going.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

nematoad
Joke

Re: Copyright extensions need to stop

"It sort of says it all about "greed" and the music industry."

I don't want to be rude but you are repeating yourself.

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Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit

nematoad
Happy

Re: "lost faith in their ability to rely on... marketing"

"... but several have actually averred that they replaced and/or purchased the product multiple times, believing that the defects would be fixed,"

Yep, you can fool some of the people all of the time.

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