* Posts by nematoad

1082 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

2016: Death of the wallet as NFC tap-cash arrives at last

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FAIL

Sigh.

This looks just like the push to the cloud. A lot of overpaid executives anxious to get their hands on your money and data.

Google or PayPal? No thanks, I think that I will keep my hand on my wallet thank you. After all you can trust Google and E-bay can't you?

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It's time to end the Windows Wait

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Linux

Oh, right.

I haven't used Windows in years so I'll have to take your word for it that PCs loaded with Microsoft's finest are slow and full of bloat.

As Andrew Baines has said once the price of SSD comes down to within touching distance of a HDD then I'll think about jumping ship, until then I'll just have to put up with my Linux boxes booting in about 30 seconds or so.

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Canonical: Mobile OEMs are going to love our Linux

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What?

"Canonical will start to focus on making a mobile Ubuntu".

Bah! I thought that they already had with that Unity rubbish.

The "Janet and John" of UIs.

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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

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Yes but...

... what a lot of people seem to have forgotten about the threat that Jobs made about spending all the money Apple had to defeat the "theft" of Apple's IP is that it was not his money to spend as he saw fit. It was the shareholders'.

What did he think Apple was, a piggybank?

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Jobs: 'I'll spend my dying breath destroying Android'

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Quite right

This from the man who quite shamelessly named his company Apple Computer knowing full well that the name Apple was already taken by The Beatles for their own company Apply Corps.

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Ubuntu's Oneiric Ocelot: Nice, but necessary?

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Hmmm

"it is not bad once you understand the workflow". Yes, but that's the point. The UI should get out of your way and let you do stuff. Not keep tripping you up in order to try and figure out how the programmers think you should work. You should be the master not the UI.

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Top Tory 'lost voters' personal info' days before ID fraud week

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FAIL

Well maybe

"They are not documents of a sensitive nature."

Bet you that the people who wrote the letters to Mr. Letwin might have another view on this.

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Microsoft gets trademark for retail store plans

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Linux

Nah...

us poor Linux users get what's called a new distro every six months or so.

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Microsoft's Android patent ransom to 'total $444m' next year

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Stand and deliver!

The point here is where does all that lovely money come from?

Indirectly from the end-user, that's who.

You don't for a minute think that the likes of HTC or Samsung will fail to pass the added cost onto their customers, do you? No, this is a shakedown of biblical proportions and I can't for the life of me see who is going to stop it.

Google? Maybe, as although they make no money from Android itself they are being squeezed by the fact that MS is making the Android ecosystem less attractive by increasing costs and thereby slowing down Google's ad revenue, but I won't be holding my breath.

Motorola, that's debateable, as they seem to be a bit short of cash just now.

Other than those two who has the resources and motivation to put a stop to this appalling highway robbery?

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Faustian descent into backup hell: A play in two acts

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Linux

Should...

... have got hold of a copy of Clonezilla. It is Linux so that might scare some people off but as Mr. Collins was in a hole anyway what had he to lose? Cetainly not his data. Link: http://clonezilla.org/news.php

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Ex-Microsofties' IE6 kill squad hits UK

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Happy

Great.

"Microsoft delivered IE6 a decade ago and despite three successors, it remains firmly entrenched because so many businesses-critical apps in the public and private sector – things like Siebel CRM – were hardwired for the browser at the time."

Now that's what I call lock-in. Shame that MS is not actually benefitting from it though. Hah!

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MS denies secure boot will exclude Linux

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Actually..

I think you mean William Gibson

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Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux

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Well, maybe

I agree that the EU might well look on this as a form of monopoly manipulation by MS, but the US?

I am not so certain that they would, look at the way the DOJ handled the last monopoly case against MS. That didn't do much harm to MS did it? After all they do invoke the magic words "security"in their specifications for Windows 8 and you know how keen the authorities are on that. It would not surprise me if MS spun this as a tool in the "fight against terror" or something.

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No pain, some gain: Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot examined

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Totally agree

What I think we are seeing here is something like "justifying your existence" or in this case job.

Having thought about the changes in the UI that have been introduced lately, i.e KDE 4 Gnome 3 and Unity, I think that they have basically run out of things to do with the, shall we say, conventional desktops and are frantically searching about for new ideas that will allow them to do "neat things". Unfortunately for them, they seem to failed to grasp what the user really needs, something that launches applications and allow maintenance of the users' system but basically gets out of the way. As they say in cricket "if you don't notice the wicket keeper, then he's doing his job."

I think that Xerox PARC got it right all those years ago, after all if you were to design a hammer from scratch I would put money on it looking like a hammer when you finished. They're just designing solutions looking for a problem.

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Agreed

It seems strange that any of the distros based on Mandriva score high in the newbie friendly stakes but Mandriva itself is going in the same direction as Ubuntu. I can recommend either PCLinuxOS or Mageia. Mainly because they both use Diskdrake and Mandriva Control Centre. One other thing, PCLinuxOS uses apt. That makes installing applications a breeze. Personally I much prefer apt-get but new users might need Synaptic.

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Don't bother

Mandriva has started down the same road as Ubutu, something to do with an outfit called Rosa Labs I think. Nope, for the real Mandriva experience you now have to go to Mageia. I've taken a look and it seems fine to me, just like Mandriva used to be in fact. That's the one to look at.

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XFCE

Try it, its now Linus's desktop of choice.

It's good, lightweight and reliable.

Recommended.

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No thanks

I mainly use a 24" widescreen monitor, why on earth would I want something that would be more at home on a 5" smartphone? The size of the icons would be huge and I see no benefit to stuffing everything into a bar on the side of the screen. Canonical must be having a laugh with this name "Oneiric Ocelot" more like " Onanistic Ocelot" to my mind.

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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

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FAIL

Agreed

"The evidence is clear: the way to lower software piracy is by educating businesses and individuals about what is legal"

Yes, I agree, just use Linux, then you can show these characters the door.

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Spamhaus victorious after 5-year fight with mass mailer

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FAIL

Why...

... should they have to pay anything? As hinted at in the article the UK has not yet become the 51st state of the USA. It seems to me that the US courts are starting to suffer from delusions of grandeur, their arm may be long but to coin an old phrase "their writ does not run here."

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Google+ is an identity service, Schmidt says

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Linux

OK

I'll have to give RMS the word that he's going to have to edit the GPL

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Slow broadband blackspots mostly in south, not north

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Unhappy

Hah!

"but if you are sharing your concentrator in the exchange with 49 other people, and a large number of those are on-line and making use of bandwith-heavy applications (streaming media, bittorrent, etc), then you can *easily* find yourself down to speeds in the 1-2 MBps range at peak times."

1-2 MB/s. I wish! That's about as high as I ever get and that not often. As said above it depends on the distance from the exchange and I'm over 2 miles away from mine.

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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I'm surprised...

... that no-one seems to be using or developing Trinity, the KDE 3 fork. I may be wrong, I sincerely hope so, but it seems to be being totally ignored. If I could get hold of a distro with Trinity I might be able to abandon my Mandriva 2008.0 setup!

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Icons on the desktop

If you have got your desktop set up as you wish that's great. What a lot of people posting here are saying is that they should be allowed to setup their desktops as they wish. If that includes icons then why should they be denied them?

No, the desktop environments should get out of the way and let the user have the last say in how things are organised. Speaking as a someone who cannot get on with KDE 4 or any flavour of Gnome I am still stuck on KDE 3.5 and am currently looking at Trinity 'cos that works the way I like it.

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Grenade-gasm autogun gets Raoul Moat Taser shells

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Mushroom

Dangerous...

... for whom? Looks like the the arms industry have just declared war on the civil population. I think that we should all invest in body armour, which would also boost the profits for the merchants of death (tm), so a win-win for a much neglected and vital corner of industry.

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Microsoft COO: Our greatest enemy is old Windows

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or...

... the fact that they are a convicted monopolist, with the same ethical standards as Capt. Jack Sparrow "take what you can, give nothing back" and a stunning lack of innovation.

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running a business?

No, what they are really doing is the same old monpolistic trick that has served them so well and the buying public so badly. Churn, churn,churn, that's what all this is about. To quote Bob Geldof "Give us your ------- money!

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BSkyB/News Corp merger: Wait for the cops, says Ofcom

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Neither do I, but...

by allowing the takeover the authorities would give News Corps a very powerful position in the political life of the country. Just because you and I do not read News Corps offerings does not mean to say that everyone will be immune to the slanted news and opinions given in the papers and on TV etc. Remember " It was the Sun wot won it." or something like that. Politicians seem to be terrified of Murdoch and his minions and I reckon they might just have good reason for their fear.

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Google bypasses admin controls with latest Chrome IE

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Right...

Presumably you are not an IT person as such, rather a "gifted amateur".

Two things immediately spring to mind:

1) Who carries the can when things you have done to your laptop cause it to go belly up? Don't tell me your IT department repairs things for free.

2) I presume that in order to be in post and be issued with a laptop by your employers, you are expected to do some work from time to time. If you are not working for the IT department why are you wasting your employer's money doing stuff for which they are not employing you?

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Dam Busters dog dubbed 'Digger'

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Operation Chastise

"They're remaking a film which celebrates a mission of questionable strategic significance..."

No, although Chastise was of questionable tactical importance the strategic ramifications were huge. For one thing it enabled Churchill, in the USA at the time, to announce in a speech to Congress what the RAF had just achieved. Thus boosting Britain's prestige with the American public. Secondly it boosted British morale at home. The papers were full of what 617 Sqdn had done and in view of the state of the war at that time was a good reason for undertaking the operation. In the larger picture the loss of life is of course, to be regretted. But don't forget,as the saying was " Don't you know, there's a war on?" In war people get killed. One of the most tragic aspects of the deaths caused by the breach was the fact that a large number of those killed were in fact women from a Russian forced labour camp downstream of the Mohne dam.

On a separate note one of the things that Chastise did demonstrate was the superb skill of the crews of Bomber Command. To navigate, at low level over hostile territory at night: to rendezvous at a given time and place and then to attack at 60 feet, no higher or lower, shows the tremendous skills of the crews available to AM Sir Arthur Harris, AOC Bomber Command. Harris was not convinced that his crews had the ability to attack the precision targets that would shortly be called for under the Pointblank Directive. Chastise and the later operations by 617 Sqdn. as directed by Gp. Capt. Leonard Cheshire proved to him that Bomber Command was capable of such attacks. This enabled the RAF to multiply its effectiveness and thus shortened the war. So, although of limited tactical importance Chastise was a milestone in the strategic bomber offensive, showing the way to future possibilities.

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Cabinet Office talks to Facebook & co about new ID system

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Not so

"No-one in parliament spots the obvious flaw because none of them have any legal expertise."

Nope, sorry a LOT of MPs are lawyers, Tony Blair (remember him ?) was one and look at the way he viewed the privacy of the public.

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Has Steve Jobs killed the consumer hard disk industry?

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FAIL

And if...

you are like me, on a slow connection and with a cap on your internet account? What to do, eh?

Besides as a Linux user I agree with RMS in that I do not trust Apple, Microsoft, Google etc with my data. Should I blindly store my stuff on an unknown server in an unknown jurisdiction? I think not. "Warrant, what warrant?"

Apple have a tendency to lock things down to the maximum possible degree, and if Mr. Jobs decides that what you are storing on your virtual partition does not meet his standards then what might happen. Do an Amazon and unilaterally delete said offending content?

No, I do forsee the day coming when flash overtakes the hard drive as the main backing storage medium on PCs, but in a data centre, not for a long time, I think.

I still believe in the "personal computer" aspect of my use of IT. If I have to switch from HDD to flash then so be it, but trust my data to the giant proprietory companies pushing the cloud, no.

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Skype reverse-engineered and open sourced

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Samba, anyone?

"It’s hard to replicate perfectly the behaviour of any software under completely clean-room conditions, and probably even harder to prove that such conditions existed."

If that were the case then I would have expected the developers of Samba to have been beaten in the court case of a few years ago. Andrew Tridgell and his co-workers seem to have avoided all such unpleasantness when they reverse engineered SMB and actually produced a better implementation of the protocol.

Not having seen Bushmanov's work I would not like to say how he did it, but it was possibly not done illegally.

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PSN gaming network outage sparks DDoS rumours

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Lucky you

I have noticed that getting onto PSN has been rather hit and miss over the past couple of weeks. I contacted the help desk and they confirmed that the account was all in order. I could access other things via the PS3 like BBC iplayer but not PSN or LoveFilm. Checked my router, that was OK but following the help desk instructions I switched the router off for a time. The PS3 loggted onto PSN for a while then dropped off again. This has been happening ever since. On one minute off the next. I don't see that Sony need any DDoS attacks, they seem to be doing a grand job all by themselves. Bah!

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Boffins demand: Cull bogus A-Levels, hire brainier teachers

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OK, well done A/C 10:37

If you have achieved your goal in life with the gaining of the degree that you wanted, then congratulations. I too worked hard for my degree and post-grad diploma. I'm not lazy and do take exception to the ad hominem attack.

What I have tried to do in my couple of posts is to say that even with the best will in the world and trying till one is blue in the face some peoples' brains are not wired up in a way that maths makes any sense. Do you critisise someone for not being a good painter or writer? No, probably not. So why dive in mouth first and slag off others who hold a different view on the value of different skills?

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@it wasnt me

"If you want to go and do vocational course and fluffy crap "excuse to party for 3 years"

Just try digging out footings by hand in July on a very sensitive site wth the soil made out of compacted shingle and stone building rubble.

I didn't say that the job I used to do was badly paid. (I'm now retired). As it happens I got a post-grad qualification in systems analysis and design. Believe me when I worked at some of the largest companies in the world (BP, GE, Zurich) I paid plenty of tax. I also earned a lot of money which I retained. What I am saying is that there are different horses for different courses. Not eveyone is skilled in maths. What if it was decided that no-one could get a job unless they could also run a four minute mile or some thing equally arbitrary?

Anyway the whole reason for a university degree is just to turn out droids able to be slotted into the production line. It is also to give the person concerned the skills to learn, marshal your thoughts and arguments and present them in a logical fashion.

In any case who says that the study of man's past is worthless? Are you saying that the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Maiden Castle, Pompeii are of no worth? If you are then you are doomed to live in a impoverished shallow world with no roots.

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Hold on a minute

What you and the Royal Society seem to have missed is that the reason people take "the fluffy subjects " that is:

1) they are interested in the subject

2) some people do not have an ability with maths.

I am such a person.

I left school with 3 O levels and never got to take any A levels. After studying with the OU I got a place at full time uni and graduated with a BA in Archaeology. OK so archaeology may not be the best subject to make a lot of money, but I did it because I loved the subject and believe me after three years hard grind if you don't love the subject at the start you sure as hell won't at the end. So why didn't I do a "useful" degree? Simple, I would not have been able to complete the first week let alone three years, my mind just does not work that way. If everyone was the same think of how flat and boring it would be.

It is strange how people with a talent for maths seem to think that everyone should have it as well and that those who do not are either lazy or terminally stupid.

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Hack of Irish job site exposes user names, addresses

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Me too

Yes, I got one of these e-mails. I'm glad I now know what it was all about. Looking at the thing rang alarm bells and I just deleted it, I have also deleted my account with RecruitIreland. I haven't used it in years and sheer inertia kept it going. So in one way the spammers did me a small service.

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O2's free Wi-Fi in detail: How free is free exactly?

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Not just MS-Dos

We used to have loads of Win3.11 PCs running with DECnet. It was a real pain having to switch mental gears from DECnet to IP depending where on site the PC was. Glad that is a thing of the past.

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UK.gov 'HyperHighway' aims to 'speed up the internet by 100x'

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Ha!

To get to 2 Mb/s would be bloody marvellous.

Re. the failure of downloads, use a download manager . I always use KGet for any long-winded jobs and it has saved me a lot of hassle.

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Passenger cleared after TSA checkpoint stare-down

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Think that they were Scimitars

The "tanks" that were referred to were, to the best of my recollection Scimitar Light Tanks, not Challenger Main Battle Tanks. Still it WAS a very silly stunt as I cannot think of any way they could have prevented a hijacking or whatever. Except to try and shoot the plane up which sort of destroys the puported "security" reasons given.

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Apple seeks touchscreen display mouse patent

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Don't forget the magnifying glass

I wonder about all the new fangled devices like smart phones, some of the smaller tablets and now this strange concoction. All I can say is the developers must have eyes like hawks and finger ends like needles. Some of the PDA's I've used were only usable with the stylus. That now seems to be a thing of the past. Instead we have things that make using them akin to looking through a keyhole and waving a wand to do anything. I wonder how old these developers are, not my age that's for certain. Personally I find my 24" widescreen monitor a bit restrictive these days. And what about the visually impaired or do they not count any more?

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UK.gov descales public data with new corp launch

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Tax payers money

“make more data free at the point of use, where this is appropriate and consistent with ensuring value for taxpayers’ money”.

The point he seems to have missed is that the people have already paid for this data through their taxes and yet they still want to make a quick buck by selling it to us. Even the US treats government research, funded through taxes, as being in the public domain; so if in the land of free enterprise this should be so, why can't the government of this country grasp that idea?

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The New Linux: OpenStack aims for the heavens

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Open but is it free?

I see that MS is said to be enthusiastic about this project and that rang alarm bells. Now it is well known that MS is deeply averse to the GPL so the question is what license has this project been released under?

The answer is Apache 2 see:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/19/nasa_rackspace_openstack/.

Now the reason NASA ditched Eucalyptus and started NOVA was because of the "open core" aspect of Eucalyptus meant that they were unable to contribute code to increase the scalability of Eucalyptus. By adopting an Apache license thay have gone to the other extreme and basically given away all their work to any proprietary shark that wants to freeload on the tax payers' dollar and take the whole shebang private. No wonder MS is keen.

Another wasted opportunity to make the project truely free and open. Bah!

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Ubuntu Wayland: Shuttleworth's post-Mac makeover

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Pirate

Yep!

"Does that make me a pirate?"

If you live in the UK then yes, it does. There is nothing in the law that allows you to transfer material that you have legally purchased from one type of media to another.

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Google Cr-48: Inside the Chrome OS 'unstable isotope'

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Not quite

"So people are just lumping it as a kinda netbook that doesn't work as well."

No, I think that the wories about this O/S is one of trust. Do you trust some mega-corp to have your best interest at heart? Not without some rigorous SLAs thrown in. With the Wikileaks/Amazon example so fresh what if Google decide that your face doesn't fit?

Sadly I think that there will be some take-up of this device but then as RMS has said there is a mug born every minute. We have to make sure that we still have the choice to store our data where we choose in five years time.

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Yep, pay, pay and pay again.

I agree, this is another "screw the suckers scam". Unlike you though I can't see a real use for this thing. Maybe some people are dumb enough to want all their stuff locked behind a toll gate. I looks to me as if Google wants the penny and the bun. Get their hands on all that juicy personal data and also make you pay for the priviledge of handing it over.

What concerns me is the rise of the rental mode of doing business in IT. That way you can pay and keep on paying. This might suit the likes of Google but it's not for me. I may be an old fart but to me the PC still stands for "personal computer".

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Google Chrome OS mauled by Richard Stallman

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WTF?

Why bother?

Why go through all that rigmarol just to get a secure, private O/S/ The joy of FLOSS is that there is plenty of choice, GNU/Linux/ the BSDs and so on. Just because it comes from Google diesn't make it a mandatory install. Just say NO!

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'The New Kingmakers': Tech giants pay for the love of coders

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KIlling the goose...

Yes, the likes of Microsoft and Oracle are in a position to buy FLOSS companies. That's not the real trick though, what is is keeping the developer communities commited and productive. Microsoft's problem is their past history vis-a-vis Linux and other FLOSS projects. The trust is just not there. Sure, you can have some people that buy into the MS way of doing business, Miguel de Icaza for example, but most FLOSS devs don't trust MS at all. In Oracle's case their handling of Open Office and Java has shall we say, been less than adroit. If you want to drive away the innovators and experts then just follow Oracle's lead. So yes there is expertise in getting money from the efforts of others but what you have to do is make all the effort being expended worthwhile; and I have my doubts as to whether a lot of giant proprietary corporations have either the skills or even the will to do this. More likely they will either turn the purchased company purely proprietary or like the asset-strippers of old suck out what they can and dump the rest.

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