* Posts by nematoad

1013 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

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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Windows

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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Kremlin-linked hacker crew's tactics exposed

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No need.

"May be the meddlers wanted to undermine the credibility of elected President, "

I don't think that he needs any help with that.

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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Re: And they claim to be the land of the free

"Like many things with a trump badge, its really not thought through is it"

Of course it is.

Don't you know the government of the USA is "Of the people, by the politicians, for the corporations"?

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Joke

Re: Why?

You missepled "frustrating"

And you misspelled misspelled!

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

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Who cares?

Look, Capita already knows that its reputation is shit so any comeback about the quality of service provided by off-shore workers will be as water off a duck's back.

"Customer satisfaction? We've heard about that."

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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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WTF?

Re: "Web native" developer?

"...while its kernel is good, a lot of the stuff built upon it is still truly ugly, developed by teams lacking the proper resources, "

Oh, really?

Last time I looked most contributions are from big companies, including Microsoft.

See here

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Re: Full Admission by GCHQ!

" I do not use phone lines no more."

I see what you did there, sneaky.

So you do still use a land line?

Aren't double negatives a bitch?

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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Re: ULA not willing to let go of the gravy train?

This situation reminds me of the one with IE. Microsoft had had a near monopoly on browsers for a long time and that got lazy and more or less said "Here's the browser, take it or leave it." That lasted until Mozilla popped up and shook things up much like SpaceX is now doing.

Rest on your laurels for long enough and someone *will* come and knock you off your perch.

Oh, note for ULA, it's supposed to be a "free market" not a benefit scheme.

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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Re: The pi-zero w is less than £10 and I bet it would do all they need and more.

" I'm told that a so called smart meter won't work for me because I have solar panels and the meter isn't smart enough to cope with 'Reverse Energy'."

I have solar panels as well but that didn't stop the numpty sent to remove my electro-mechanical meter, that did let me know how much electricity I was using via the little rotor, with one of those "smart" things. It was only when I pointed out that there was very poor reception where I live that he had to put in a "unsmart" one. Which is a PITA to read and does not show what I am using.

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This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels

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Re: Is this to replace the existing chain ferry at Ryde?

No, there is no chain ferry at Ryde, there is nowhere for it to go. You do however, have a choice between a catamaran and AFAIK the only commercial hovercraft service in Europe

You must be thinking of the floating bridge between East and West Cowes.

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Experimental satellite-slinger seeks cargo: What could go wrong?

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Oh dear!

With the large amounts of space junk already threatening satellites any proposal for increasing the ease in which such stuff is launched should be looked at very carefully indeed.

Given that cubesats are by definition small it seems to me that it would be nigh on impossible for the owners to guarantee that they were capable of being disposed of safely. An 800 Km orbit would probably take a long time, if ever, to decay and where would you put the equipment for a controlled re-entry?

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Re: Futurism...

What I want to know is: When are our shiny silver jump-suits going to arrive?

It may be that Mark Pesce has got a bit carried away in his dystopian musings but if even some of it comes to pass will we all have to take in each others washing to survive?

Not that I am worried, I'll be pushing up the daisies by then.

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Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

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Re: Stern carving.

"Give it back, it's part of our history!"

There's a two word answer to that:

Elgin Marbles.

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Bah!

"...some people are experiencing problems downloading BBC iPlayer content to computers. "

Yes, me for one.

Not because of any cock-ups with the iPlayer but because the BBC does not recognise Linux as an OS. I have complained repeatedly to the BBC about it and have always been blown off with the reply that "We do not support Linux" Why the hell not? Don't tell me that some IT people in the BBC have never heard of Linux.

If my licence payments are good enough why should the fact that I use Linux disqualify me from something I actually pay for?

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Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

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Re: The Deep State Strikes Back

"Pathetic. Is this as good as it gets for the Loser Party?"

Oh, you mean like the rest of the world?

Unfortunately when the US sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold.

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

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Re: But

"It involves a soundproof room with no windows, padded walls, rubber globes, lube, a wooden stool and pain...."

Balls.

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

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Re: IPv6 is fundamentally broken

"...just cutting your hand off to spite your face,"

Nose

Its "Cutting your nose off to spite your face."

What does a hand care about a face?

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As Microsoft touts Windows Insider for biz, let's take a look at W10's broken 2FA logins

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Windows

Neat.

"The Windows Insider Program recognizes IT Professionals as a critical asset to any organization," purrs Microsoft in its pitch to the industry.

The question is: Are you now an asset to your company or to MS?

The way I see it is that Microsoft have a devised a cunning plan to use your company and its staff as alpha and beta testers at no cost to themselves.

Nice for MS if they can pull this off!

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Bloke, 27, arrested, tech gear seized by cops over UK Sports Direct hack

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Grr.

OK then, here's a question.

Who is guiltier, the numpties running this portal or the bloke that hacked it?

The law will come down like a ton of bricks on this poor sod and leave the managers of the company with nothing but a bit of egg on their faces.

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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Re: It might not be the Newspaper of Record...

"We look forward to seeing how the Mail's editor, Paul Dacre, will respond to the snub."

Simple, he'll just label them "Enemies of the people."

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Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza

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Re: Who'll think of the trees?

You forgot "The best!!!"

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: Tech not politics!

"This is clearly a measure meant for people who already arouse suspicion. "

Oh, you mean like Constable Savage See here when he arrested someone for being in possession of curly black hair and thick lips?

Sod transferring Savage to the SPG he's a natural for the TSA

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Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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Re: Chrome is done

"Between this and the latest change that cripples your plug-ins, I don't see the point of Chrome any more."

I never did, that's why I use Palemoon.

Chrome comes from Google so what did you expect?

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: Trumps orders starts to look like fatwas...

"Trump and Bannon are now putting commisars into every agency, forcing them to follow public opinion rather than reality."

I'm not sure that it is public opinion, just look at all the marches and protests to see that. No, to my mind it's more the echo chamber reflecting back the message that they want to hear.

And at the risk of violating Godwin's law it does look like the start of a very slippery slope.

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Trump lieutenants 'use private email' for govt work... but who'd make a big deal out of that?

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Re: Megalomania ?

One thing NPD people dont have, is a sense of humour.

Trump must have, because he has been taking the piss out of hairdressing since the campaign started.

FTFY

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Re: Trump

Up vote for correct spelling of haemorrhoids.

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Re: As they say in Russia, to my frieds everything, to my enemies the law.

" ...you cannot take them away from him."

I think that you will find that Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution does in fact allow for the President to be relieved of his duties.

So if Trump throws a wobbler then the Vice-President and Congress could step in

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Wait.

"No such crimes are being alleged here..."

Give it time.

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Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

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Go

Here you go.

"so what mainstream distros are available now that don't use systemd? And I mean mainstream, not homebrew distros cooked up by one man and his donkey..."

PCLinuxOS for one.

Texstar has stated that he will NEVER use systemd.

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Google hardwires its Android app store into new Chromebooks

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Re: It had potential ...

"But some have said, Hmm, yes, that looks and interesting piece of hardware, I wonder if I can run native Linux on it..."

Given that it is Linux then the answer must surely be: "Probably".

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Re: It had potential ...

"The greed of some people is unbelievable... c'mon, spend some money, you won't bring them into the tomb..."

Perhaps your remark should be better addressed to Google, Apple, MS and Facebook.

I mean what the hell do they want all that money for as a lot of it is just sitting offshore doing nothing. Or is it as some people have said "It's just a way of keeping score."?

Oh, did you forget the <sarcasm> tag?

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UK.gov still drowning in legacy tech because no one's boarding Blighty's £700m data centre Ark

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Windows

Bah!

"We all loose (except the big suppliers of course)..."

Down vote for "loose" when it should be "lose".

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

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Re: I was quite interested in the Echo...

"It doesn't recognise half of what I ask it unless I talk to it like an utter simpleton..."

Don't you get it?

That's the market they were aiming at, not someone with more than two brain cells.

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Tech committee slams UK.gov for dithering over digital strategy

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FAIL

'Duh

"...the UK needs another 745,000 workers with digital skills by 2017."

And how many of those will be recruited from the EU? 'Cos I can't see the UK being able to produce that many.

Oh sorry, I forgot we are going to "take back control" so will not be allowing EU candidates in after 2019.

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Re: Cool effects and animations

"Text should not be light grey on white or dark grey on black etc."

Yes, this does seem to be the fashion of the moment and a bloody irritating one too.

My eyesight is not what it once was and these schemas are the bane of my life. I play EVE Online and that game is hard enough as it is without the invisible text that the devs. seem to think is so "kool"

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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

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WTF?

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

"The UK recently made a similar decision, with its Employment Tribunal ruling that drivers are employees and entitled to the minimum wage, a ruling it said it would appeal."

Eh?

Do you mean to tell me that the government won a case and is so unhappy about it that it is going to appeal?

Surely you mean Uber is going to appeal?

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Fedora 25: You've got that Wayland feelin', oh, that Wayland feelin'

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"...(forget Nouveau it's crap)"

And who's fault is that?

Nvidia who will not work with FLOSS or the guys working to reverse engineer the Nvidia blob?

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Army social media psyops bods struggling to attract fresh blood

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Simple.

They should try recruiting politicians and their minions.

They're good at spinning and lying.

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A vintage year for snoopers and big state-ists

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"2017 is shaping up to be an interesting year."

And, as everyone knows, that a paraphrase of an old Chinese curse. "May you live in interesting times."

Interesting maybe, but to my mind a bloody awful time to have to live through.

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Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?

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Linux

"Well, well. I'm sure there's someone somewhere who wants one."

You obviously don't use the BBC iPlayer then.

Come on BBC, drop Flash and start using HTML5.

Oh, and by the way any chance of being able to download stuff from the BBC Store yet?

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Houston, we have a problem: 'App dev stole our radio station'

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Re: There is these consultant types...

"There is these consultant types... "

Grammar!

There are these consultant types...

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HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

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Not the first time.

"So yeah, lots of cooperation between US'ian and British armed forces."

In 1943 the US Navy had lost carriers at the battle of Santa Cruz so the Admiralty leant Victorious to the Americans for service in the Pacific. After a few months replacement USN carriers were available so Victorious went home.

Later in 1945 she was again operating in the Pacific where she was hit by Kamikazes. British fleet carriers had armoured flight decks whereas her American counterparts had wooden ones, so apart from a few dents and a lift out of action she was soon operational again.

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Clients say they'll take their money and run if service hacked – poll

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Alternatively.

Why bother to try and breach all these firms security when the government will have all of your details. Just breach them and hit the jackpot. Then where are you going to turn?

And if you believe all the BS about how well all your personal data will be protected then you might be interested in a bridge I have for sale.

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