* Posts by nematoad

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Shaping your next desktop upgrade

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Yeah

Amen to that brother, though you might have mentioned more than Red Hat and Ubuntu. There are lots of distros to suit all levels of experience like PCLinuxOS or openSUSE, and because most are available at no cost you are able to try them until you find one that suits you. Who knows you might decide that Linux from Scratch or Arch is just what you need! Take a look at distrowatch.com to see what there is.

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'Big Four' lose filesharing case against Irish ISP

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Good for the Irish

As a former, very contented, Irish resident I say "Good for you". Tíocfaidh ár lá. About time the rule of law trumped the wallets of big business. Personally I still prefer to have a tangible and concrete item in my hand i.e. a CD. Stuff your "licensing" malarkey and sell the stuff . After all, Big Media seems to have forgotten who actually pays the bills. Our day will come and that's not a political statement, just the truth.

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Angry Birds tweet fury at Redmond

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FAIL

In US only, I presume.

This would not wash in the UK. I have a feeling that the Advertsisng Standards Authority would come down on it like a ton of bricks. I think that it would fall foul of the rules against deceptive content. If it does not work on Windows Phone 7 then it cannot be claimed that it does. Though given the influence MS seem to have with whatever party is in government the consequences would probably be slight.

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Voice-routing call fingerprint system fights 'vishing'

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Headmaster

@AC 09:23

GIT is a revision control system developed by Linus Torvalds after he decided that he was unable to use Bitkeeper due to a change in the terms of use by Bitkeeper's developer Larry McVoy.

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Europe sets minimum PNR standards

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FAIL

Oh and if they fail to honour the rules?

OK I can see the logic to having a standard form of agreement throughout the EU and it's encouraging that the EC has taken on board some of the reservations about the current situation; but how do they propose to enforce these rules? I can't see the EU refusing to let people either in or out of the EU just because another country does not live up to our standards and requirements. As with the US/GB extraditon treaty the table seems to be tilted in favour of the US, so how is reciprocity to be enforced and who in the world is going to police all this? The parties themselves? That's not a runner as far as I can see, more likely it will be a case of "you scratch my back..." Maybe the whole agreement will be overseen by a third party committee or something but again, who will do this.

To my mind this is window dressing to keep the general public quite whilst business goes on as usual.

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Private lessons

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@ Bob Gateaux

I would seem from your comments that you do not use any of the add-ons mentioned in the piece. On Firefox and Seamonkey on Linux at least, Adblock Plus, BetterPrivacy and No Script all inform you that a new version has been released and asks if you wish to install it. Simple.

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OOXML and open clouds: Microsoft's lessons learned

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Hearts and minds

"He reckons, too, that Microsoft has learned its lessons about dealing with open sourcers — people it's relying on to deploy PHP and Ruby apps on Azure."

The trouble with that is most floss developers already have an opinion on MS, and it's not a good one. Since the majority of floss is released under the GPL they have already seen how untrustworthy MS ( baseless patent assertions against Linux etc.) are and probably would not touch any project rolled out by MS with a bargepole. I am in no way a programmer but as an former IT professional I know through bitter experience the greedy, manipulative, bullying that is MS's modus operandi. It for this reason that I will have no truck with the likes of Mono or Moonlight etc. MS's past will be a huge obstacle in gaining any acceptance with the developers. In any case when Linux is now in a state to compete with Windows why should anyone want to do business with a convicted monopolist like MS? Certainly server/internet developers would be writing for a minority O/S if they switched to supporting MS.

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Microsoft should starve on radical penguin diet

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Linux

@pan2008

"Persoanlly, I would like my software to just work " Should have bought a Mac then. As someone who made a very nice living for a number of years babysitting and nuturing various varieties of windows, I can say that MS stuff does NOT just work. It needs to be massaged,fiddled with and have its hand held on a continuing basis. What I guess you might be getting at is, you want your OS preinstalled and ready to run, that's different. Anyway, as a Linux user I smile at the CDs included with pretty much every peripheral and spare part I buy. Most of them appear to contain drivers and so on, I can't say for certain as I never need them. With a Linux distro these days all the housekeeping is done for you. You might say it "just works" !

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Microsoft clutches open source to its corporate heart

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FAIL

Yes, when this happens

Air Traffic Control to Gloucester Old Spot: "You are cleared for takeoff on runway 27L"

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UK competition authority probes Amazon

nematoad
Happy

Try Alibris

Try Alibris.com, they provide an excellent service worldwide and don't have any connection with Amazon. I have used them for over three years now and they have not let me down, so far.

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Met launches net café spy operation

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Big Brother

They have a name for this

In Germany in the 1930s thay used to have a name for people like this: "Blockwart" who were people who's duty it was to spy on the people in their apartment blocks. Seems that this government is really digging into the archives and doing its research.

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Dell bars Win 7 refunds from Linux lovers

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Buying a car.

"if i go to buy a new car i dont buy it then say can i have a £100 rebate for the cd player as im using my own."

I did when I bought my Mini Cooper S from John Cooper. I asked that they fit my cassette player and not the CD changer and I got a £560 refund which I partly used to have a rear washer/wiper fitted. It can be done if you haggle.

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Good for the lawyers, eh?

I just wonder if the people in this case (Dell) who make these kind of decisions are like Darl McBride (ex SCO CEO) in that they have brothers who are lawyers.

If Mr Drake decides to pursue this case, and I hope he does, then really the only people who will gain are lawyers. IANAL but on the face of it it would seem that there may be grounds for arguing that Dell's terms and conditions are unreasonable in as much as seems that they are tying the sale of the computer to the sale of the operating system, and if I recall correctly that has been deemed to be unlawful.

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Gelsinger stuns analysts and colleagues with storage pool plan

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Stop

The dream never dies.

It never ceases to amaze me the twists and turns these corporate types will go to get their hands on your data. This isn't a scheme to distribute date globally, this is attempted blackmail. I run my business on my own systems, I own the data just as I do the copyrights etc. There is no way that I will allow my business's future to be held hostage by people such as Amazon, Microsoft or now EMC. PCs are called PCs for a reason, "personal computers".

Anyway how can you trust anyone who takes liberties with the English language such as "and we architect our solutions around these traditional obstacles." What I think he is trying to say, is that they will design the architecture of their product to avoid these problems. Just a guess though!

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MPs bash broadband tax

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Bah!

Why should anyone be penalised for living in the country?

I live where I do because I was born here and my family live all around. I know I'm lucky as I live in a beautiful part of the world and accept that there may be some drawbacks to doing so , though what you have never had you don't miss; but why should I be penalised for going back to where I came from? What I originally posted were some questions asking who would pay but not use the improved broadband service and used my personal example to point out what the consequences of this part of the bill might be

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nematoad
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Definitions please

"a majority who will not, or are unable to, reap the benefits of that charge,"

What does that mean? Does it mean that people who are forced to pay the levy are in areas that will be covered by fast broad band and thus will pay for something they already enjoy? Or, does it mean that people in remote areas who pay will never reap the benefits because they are too far from the exchange? Finally does it mean that people who have no interest in using the internet, 10 million, by some accounts, will have to pay regardless of the fact that they don't want broadband fast or otherwise?

I am in the second category, I have broadband, of sorts, but will NEVER get 2Mb/s as I am too far from the exchange. So why should I pay when there is no likelihood of me benefitting?

Lots of questions, any answers gratefully received.

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Westminster politicos told to grasp Vista nettle

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Stop

Not that old chestnut, again

@ David Arno

When was the last time you looked at Linux, if ever?

I gave a Mandriva box to my computer illiterate sister a couple of months ago, apart from saying "Where's the start button?" she took to it like a duck to water. Another thing, I don't suppose that MPs will be installing Linux themselves, although that is now much easier than it was and even easier than MS Windows. Also why should we be wasting OUR money propping up a convicted monopolist?

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Windows 7 'genuine' nagware winging its way to OS

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Sigh!

@Doug Glass.

You know that it doesn't have to be like this? I realise that Windows may be vital to you in that there are applications that are not available elsewhere or that you have invested time and money in your Windows systems and would find moving difficult. This may be true in the the short term but do you really want to spend the rest of your life on the MS treadmill? Take it easy and move over to Gnu/Linux a step at a time. The amount of time currently spent dodging MS's schemes to control you could be much more productivly spent freeing yourself from their grasp. An added benefit of course is that you would cease giving your money to MS and that would hurt them much more than you getting a bit of satisfaction from defying "the Man"

Think about it, there *IS* a better way.

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Drayson locks Forces chiefs out of Defence budget carve-up

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Who's money?

"in its bid to pocket more government cash."

Just a brief note to remind everyone that the government has NO money. It's the taxpayers i.e. yours and mine.

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Google Toolbar caught tracking users when 'disabled'

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Big Brother

Re. Hate the Googlebar

It makes me want to go all open-source and grow a beard!

Ah, beards are not compusory especially for the ladies!

I did note that the bug/feature is only applicable to MS IE.

Score one for Firefox.Seamonkey, Opera etc then.

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Testimony spills messy details in eBay-Craigslist squabble

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A recommendation ?

"and an inability to use PowerPoint." If that's a disqualifier for running a company then I have to say that I am surprised that so many companies are still trading. This said after suffering for what seems to be years to the rambling, incoherent drivel that is usually presented using the above software.

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Mozilla to open - gasp! - Firefox add-on store

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Let the market decide

I think that Mozilla should test the waters on this. If someone devises an add-on that people are willing to pay for then in the spirit of FLOSS then they should be allowed to ask for a fee. What would not be acceptable is for Mozilla to take the Apple route and dictate who and what is in the store. Job's mob really don't need to squeeze their market for money, what really rocks their boat is control. If this was tried in a FLOSS enviromnent then, like the internet people would view this as damage and route around it. After all, free is in freedom as well as in beer.

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Windows XP on netbooks to lose life support?

nematoad
Linux

@Goat Jam

Well, that's quite a trick seeing as the Asus eee701 didn't ship until November 2007. I got one of the first from RM and apart from upgrading the memory it's still running as well as ever and does all I want from it i.e. web surfing, email etc. No office apps, if I need to write something I can use Kwrite. It's great, because when I go abroad it does not make much of an impact on my baggage allowance and fits easily into my cabin bag.

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Tories will scrap 'pre-crime' vetting

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Big Brother

I won't be the first or last

I won't be the first but this is 1984 come true. The Onset programme is of course concentrating on thought crime. Perhaps when we get a new government they will finally rename the Home Office/ Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Love. "Scotty beam me up!"

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Anti-filesharing laws revive crypto fears for spooks

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Big Brother

Ah! but that's the point.

GCHQ "has long battled public use of cryptography." Ah! is that why encryption is so tricky for the average punter? "Make a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door" So come on cryptologists and programmers make encryption such a trivial thing to set-up and you will be doing the world agreat service.

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Internet Archive uncloaks open ebook dream machine

nematoad
Headmaster

Control? What control?

If I have to buy a book I would rather get a paper based one. Then *I* decide what I can and can't do with it. If I want to give it to a friend I can and if I want to sell it I can. I have absolutely no trust in either the good faith of e-book sellers or the "cloud". I may be thought old fashioned but when I pay for something I like to think that I should be the one in charge.

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Managing the Windows desktop estate: Your view

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Security by weight

I left the desktop support scene long ago but the best antidote to users opening their boxes was, in my opinion, a 21" CRT monitor. Those beasties weighed a ton and took two people to unpack and put them on top of the desktop form PCs we had. It would have taken someone with the physique of Arnold Schwartzenegger to lift one of those off to get inside. Pity it was only the CAD department that had them. A lot of grief would have been avoided if all the PCs had been as inaccesible.

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