* Posts by nematoad

1008 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Re: 1957: Russia is planning to launch an artificial satellite

"They used hydrogen, which burns and explodes quite well because helium wasn't available."

Not quite. Helium was available in the thirties but the US was the main supplier. The Hindenburg was using hydrogen when it caught fire in 1937 because the Americans had refused to supply Nazi Germany with the non-inflammable helium.

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Oracle to shutter License Services division – source

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I see.

"Despite this, Oracle customers faced with large non-compliance bills have seen them cut in return for taking other products or services from Oracle."

Or in other words an offer you can't refuse.

That'll be the Oracle license police looking for your wallet.

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US Politicians tell DEF CON it'll take Congress ages to sort out how to regulate crypto

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Re: Trust!

"f you don't trust government, you don't trust ANYONE and that makes you an anarchist..."

And what is wrong with that? Experience tells us that you should never take on trust anything anyone tells you. Especially politicians with hidden ulterior motives.

I.E. Feathering their own nest at someone else's expense

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But.

"...introduce protectionist policies that are hurting American companies..."

Or it could be the Europeans are trying to protect the privacy of their citizens from the free for all that seems to be the attitude in the US to other people's private data.

Just because Europeans are "protectionist" doesn't make them anti competition. Just a bit more careful of what the likes of Google and MS hoover up for their own benefit.

I do not look forward the the attitude of the British government now we are about to lose the protection of the EU from such data grabs.

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Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day

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Re: Huh?

"...plum your sales figures straight into the accounting departments spreadsheets"

No, that's called cherry picking.

Spelling!

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: Don't care!

"...and then try to pass on there no [sic] so extensive knowledge about Windows..."

Or even those who don't seem to grasp the difference between there, their and they're.

Stones, glass houses etc.

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Re: Bing had better 'techy' results for me, than Google for the first time this week.

"BS! Do you not re-install Windows when you get a computer..."

Nope, I build my own, then like the OS I use I know exactly what's in there

Don't judge others by your own standards.

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Re: Don't care!

"...feel you HAVE to pipe up about your "alternative OS to windows, m'kay"??"

Sorry, I didn't realise that this was a private forum.

I also apologise for intruding into private grief.

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Re: Bing had better 'techy' results for me, than Google for the first time this week.

"Often if you search for the name of say a missing driver that HP.com has pulled from their driver support page servers..."

I'm sorry if this gets read the wrong way but, do you still need to fish around for third party drivers in Windows?

I'm asking as I haven't used Windows since the days of NT4 and Win 98. I would have thought that that sort of thing was long in the past by now.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Re: You should go right ahead and upgrade

"Are most people really lame enough to use an operating system that installs programs you don't want without even asking you?"

Yes.

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

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Re: Microsoft is now in total control

"...command Line - everything must be done in powershell or bash."

For the benefit of the uneducated bash is a command line.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Re: His words:

"...netting me more adoring fans."

It seems to me that Yiannopolous doesn't need any more "adoring fans" his self-regard and ego are such that that should suffice.

What's the betting that his middle name is Narcissus?

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Re: Privateers

"...they had US Government Letters of Mark"

And Reprisal, which is exactly what this law suit is.

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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It looks to me as if the people trusting in this sort of stuff have just put themselves on the short list for the Darwin Award.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Um...

"Maybe we need something Darwinish ..."

Nitpicking I know but the accepted word is "Darwinian"

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: Fantastic

"But you'll need a visa to fly it anywhere past the Isle of Wight"

Oh? Care to explain?

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Re: Excellent!

A couple of things about the names used in this project.

1) Reaction Engines, lets hope that this company fares better that Power Jets, Frank Whittle's start-up which built his jet engines. Again Britain seems to be leading the field in this sort of technology, with luck this time they don't let others overtake them.

2) The name Sabre, let's hope that it does not follow in the foot-steps of the last engine named Sabre. That was the Napier H layout piston engine that had so many problems that it nearly caused the cancellation of the Hawker Typhoon ground attack fighter.

Fingers crossed for this one.

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IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

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Re: Cobol, jokes ?

OTGH,

+1 for the Niven and Pournelle quote.

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Microsoft: Give us better staff

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Re: It's not like Microsoft is the prime reason for shit basics and security problems

"One can only vote Trump and hope that the Redmond Cancer gets its comeuppance ..."

Throwing out the baby with the bath water comes to mind.

Be careful what you wish for etc. Just look at the state of the UK to see that!

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Avast there!

The thought occurs to me.

Who pays the bill for all the well trained recruits demanded by MS and other companies?

Not the likes of Facebook and co. judging by their reluctance to actually pay tax on their sales. Do they really think that CS graduates grow on trees or is it a case of "Take all you can, give nothing back"?

I'm sure I've heard that before, now where was it?

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Re: The fascinating part...

"...really is the fact it's running on a £35 computer the size of a credit card."

Actually that'sa $35 computer. GBP price about £28.

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Re: Hopefully this will mean cheaper planes

To employ a Napoleon misquote "God is on the side of the big battalions"

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Quick note: Brexit consequences for IT

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Re: Switzerland

"Its possible they even negociate a deal that keeps much of the EU policies as they are..."

OK, so continued free movement of people, adherence to EU regulations, acceptance of EU decisions on data transfer etc. etc. And all without a seat at the table to influence things.

So what the bloody hell was the decision to leave all about then?

A protest against the government as I have seen reported? Xenophobia finally showing its hideous face? Just look at all the reports about abuse and racist graffiti to see that. Or was it all to do with the overweening egos and opportunism of leading members of the Brexit gang?

I hope that the people that have inflicted this on my country will wake up and see this whole thing for what it is. Jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: Geolocation/verification, an observation, not a complaint

"...if I were to do it from work during my lunch hour, I would presumably be removed."

That depends. If you are a UK citizen then it doesn't matter where you are, you can sign. It is after all only a petition. I do have doubts that the filters or whatever are being used to remove all the dross are up to the job.

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UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources

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Re: All is not lost yet

"...British expats and youngsters age 16 and 17"

Well there seems to be a bit of confusion on the ex-pat side. Not everyone is entitled to a vote. If you have been out of the country for more than 15 years, then sorry, you are out of luck. Which, in my opinion, is as it should be. If you have such distant links to the UK then you may not have the best interests of the country at heart. For those who do qualify there seems to have be a bit of a fiasco in as much as some voters never got their postal votes or if they did, did not have enough time to send them in. An inquiry is going to be held on this.

As for 16-17 year olds not having a vote that's because they are not old enough. Hard on them but that's the way it's set up just now. In Scotland they were given a vote, probably to try and skew the result but that seems to have failed.

Basically it's a matter of the franchise and those people you mentioned mostly haven't got it.

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Re: @Doctor Syntax

"The odd thing is that in these here parts (S.West) most farmers seemed to vote leave - at least, judging from the Vote Leave posters in every field."

Yes, hypocrites to a man.

Just look at Cornwall, the beneficiary of EU grants and yet they voted to leave. The County Council is now bleating that the Westminster government should ensure that Cornwall keeps all its subsidies, not from the EU of course but from the rest of the UK.

Talk about having your cake and eating it.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Re: Wow the dummy spitting is funny to watch

"Wow there's alot of butt hurt remain supporters here, you want some lemon with that bitter??"

Just stop and think, if you can, why are so many people in despair at what the "Great British Public" have just gone and done?

Could it be that people are genuinely worried about the future of the country outside of the EU? Or could it be the prospect of the country disintegrating given that the Scots feel that they are being dragged out against their expressed will? The spectacle of politicians on the Leave side quickly moving to disavow the claims plastered all over the campaign bus. "£350 million a week, where are you?" Or is it even the fear that the next Prime Minister will be a mendacious, self-serving buffoon who puts his own ambition before that of the country? Just look at how that worked out for Gordon Brown.

If you could just stop crowing about your "victory" and start to actually think about what has been done then you might be less dismissive of people's fears and dismay. Though judging by your tone I won't hold my breath.

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Rose tinted?

"I'm old enough to remember the the time before the UK was a member of the EU."

Well if you are old enough to remember the UK pre-EU, I am, then you may also remember Harold Wilson and "The pound in your pocket" quote.

Things weren't better then they were just different.

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Re: Complete Tosh!!

I'm not sure that that is how it will pan out. We have irritated the other members for years and by this vote has really rubbed their noses in it.

Don't expect any favours from the others, hurt feelings are one thing but the European Commission is certain to take into account the possibility of other countries trying the same trick. It would not surprise me if the EC play hard-ball "Pour encourager les autres."

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Re: "Never was so much lost by so many due to one stupid decision"

"A long chat with Norwegian leaders wouldn't hurt either."

That's already taken place and the short answer from the Norwegians was "Don't go there, you really won't like it."

I despair, I really thought that the British public had a few more brain cells than they obviously have. Stupid, selfish and short sighted. The people I feel sorry for are the young ones. They will have to suffer the consequences of this appalling mistake. For once in their lives people really should have "Thought of the children."

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Tor onion hardening will be tear-inducing for feds

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Good.

It looks like war has been declared.

Strangely enough the conflict is actually between two sides of the US government. On one side are the US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and on the other are the FBI, NSA and so on.

I know which side I want to win and it ain't the NSA.

Good luck lads, keep up the good work and remember, as L/Cpl Jones said "They don't like it up 'em."

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Bezos' Blue Origin's first live Webcast a no-explosion yawnfest

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Well done.

I must say that Bezos seems to have a dab hand with technology. Not only does he seem to be able to launch and retrieve his rockets at will but the camera work is pretty good as well. If those shots of the capsule were taken at about 60 miles range then the gimbals on the camera rig are very good at doing their job.

All in all a very slick demonstration.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Re: Countersuit

"...you'll realise that the legal system is a law (and a language) unto itself."

Yes it is, and for a good reason. No, not to keep lawyers in the state to which they have become accustomed, although that is true, but to ensure that things are spelt out precisely. It is English, but not as commonly used. It is a specialised, sharp tool to try and determine the facts behind the case.

The rules of evidence are arcane and not easily understood by non-lawyers but again that is because they are narrow, focused and designed for a particular purpose. They have been arrived at over many years in an attempt to hold trials that are both fair and effective. Though being a human construct sometime fail in one respect or both.

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Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

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Hmm

"...the custom Xeon E5-2679 v4 cooked up..."

Perhaps an unfortunate turn of phrase here?

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Re: The onus is now on Microsoft

"...so perhaps it's time that Microsoft started directly writing first class drivers that support the entity of these machines as a whole."

And where pray is the profit for MS in doing that?

They didn't get where they are today by giving the purchaser what they need, just what they are given. MS has made a lot of money by pumping out the absolute minimum in the OS. Want any more? That'll cost you. Having the drivers included with the OS is not impossible, just look at Gnu/Linux to see that. It's just that MS is fat and happy with the way other people pick up the pieces to actually make the thing work and that's not going to change.

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Systemd kills Deb processes

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Inevitable?

"Systemd kills Deb processes"

People kept warning that this sort of thing might happen.

Systemd has too many fingers in the Linux pie. Whatever happened to "Do one thing and do it well"?

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: Supposedly...

"...from producing a world-class operating system..."

Hang on, this is Microsoft you are talking about, right?

I don't think ubiquitous equals "world-class", There are and have been other OSs that could claim the title, Nextstep, Beos, Unix and Gnu/Linux come immediately to mind. You may be able to think of others.

Just because something is widely used does not make it the best solution, just look at systemd for a glaring example.

As a piece of graffiti I saw once said "Eat shit, 10>12 flies can't be wrong."

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: Inevitable

"...we ruthlessly exploit our users, and we crush and replace other systems rather than work with them.'"

That reminds me of another company, if only I could bring it to mind.

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: "People are living increasingly social lives"

"“People are living increasingly social lives..."

If by that he means that everyone is using Facebook, Twiiter and so on, then no. Not all of us have either a Facebook account or a smart 'phone and I for one don't want either. So in the future will I be left licensesless?

As for the plastic driving license, I have actually seen one though it was not mine. I only have a pink and green paper job that I got for free and have never had to pay to renew it.

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Motion Picture Ass. of America to guard online henhouse

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Re: MPAA and RIAA can kiss my analog hole!

"Nor do I expect a kick back if they sell the machine on further into the future."

Given the "First sale doctrine" you wouldn't get one even if you did ask. Both the US and the EU have stated that the legal sale of a good exhausts the original sellers rights to said good. And which you have the good grace to state . What the purchaser does after that is their business and there's nothing anyone can do to stop them.

Something that the so-called licenses on software try to control but again they are out of luck.

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Facebook image-tagging to be tested in Californian court

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"Leibnitz invented Calculus not Newton."

Neil Barnes never said that.

Note the phrase "famous people from the past" He just grouped the two together to make a point.

Please read the post before commenting.

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Re: I can't get my users to update until after the anniversary edition

I do hope that the cheque from Microsoft reflects all the effort you are putting to support Windows 10.

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Commercial software chokkas with ancient brutal open source vulns

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What?

Flaws and vulnerabilities in OSS software?

This begs the question, what kind of OSS license did these companies use when embedding these components in their proprietary offerings.

If the GPL was used then surely users would be able to study the parts used to see if there were any bugs. With Apache, MIT and so on do users have the right to demand that the software components under those licenses be divulged?

It would seem that not all FOSS licenses are created equal.

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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

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Re: It's called "Extra terratoriality"

Maybe not if the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill aka the Snoopers' Charter gets through Parliament.

AFAIK this also has an extra-territoriality aspect to it.

So once again where the US goes the UK follows like the abject poodle it really is.

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Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

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"...which have slipped the surly bonds of Earth"

+ 1 for the "High Flight" quote

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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Overload?

I'm getting a 502 Bad Gateway error when I go and try to get the torrent from the site.

Could this be a result of too much traffic?

Still, I'll try again later, it might be back then.

Popular, eh?

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Google Play infested with cash-stealing web apps

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Danger, Will Robinson!

"...from a trusted location – the Google Play Store."

Argh!

Warning, do not show this article to anyone either eating or drinking as they may suffer choking an/or a spray painted monitor screen.

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