* Posts by nematoad

1080 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

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

nematoad

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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nematoad

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

nematoad
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

nematoad
Happy

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

nematoad
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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Happy

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

nematoad
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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Unhappy

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

nematoad
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'

nematoad

"...(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

nematoad
Unhappy

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

nematoad

"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?

nematoad
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'

nematoad

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

nematoad

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

nematoad
Unhappy

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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Elon Musk wants to launch 4,000 satellites and smother globe with net connectivity

nematoad
FAIL

Incoming!

With that sort of schedule lets hope that there is a plan to clean up afterwards.

NEO is polluted enough as it is without that sort of input.

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

nematoad
Windows

Re: Great news!

A good start would be if MS would accept that NTFS is not the only FS out there.

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

nematoad
Facepalm

Re: since when is 1.2 million people 1% of the UK population?

"...unless of course about 43 million people have entered the UK in the last few months..."

Shh, don't tell the Brexiteers. They might have a breakdown and do something silly.

Wait, what am I saying?

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GitLab to dump cloud for its own bare metal Ceph boxen

nematoad

Because.

"...would you clouds chase every use case..."

Apart from my difficulty in parsing the statement quoted, my answer would be: Probably. Because when all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail. Once again it's horses for courses and one size does not fit everyone.

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Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

nematoad

Re: @Don The Elder, re California splitting.

"And what about all those Federally Matching Funds the State gets for all those pork barrel projects the electorate likes to start?"

Well the same situation doesn't seem to have stopped the Brexiteers from convincing the UK to cut its nose off to spite its face with the EU funding its now going to lose.

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Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

nematoad
Windows

No thanks!

Now is probably a good time to start seeing what the FLOSS offerings are.

Having had a small business working to a very tight budget I would be alarmed at the increased costs. Just because MS is offering a package with all the bells and whistles would not lessen the threat to my bottom line. Especially if I had no need for the aforesaid bells and whistles.

No, just another try on by MS to see if they can squeeze a bit more out of their customers/victims.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

nematoad
Unhappy

It's come true.

Ever hear the old saying "The lunatics have taken over the asylum"?

Now they have on both sides of the Pond.

Think I might need something a little more sturdy than my tin-foil hat.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

nematoad
Stop

Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

"The EU we never had a choice over."

Sorry to butt in again but I must correct this erroneous statement.

You may not have had a choice over whether we are in the EU due to your age, either not yet born or too young to vote in the referendum called by Harold Wilson in 1975. 67% voted in favour of staying in the EEC and 33% voted against. So we did have a choice. Obviously not one that you or the "leavers" have accepted hence all the "Sturm und drang" to quote the nations favourite Brexiteer that is now happening as a result of a much closer referendum result.

What about accepting the result of the referendum and getting on with things?. It hasn't worked after 40 years so why the surprise that something that people feel really strongly about refuses to go away this time?

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nematoad

Re: Media and entertainment

"It's clear that government gets to negotiate treaties, and so negotiating our leaving deal is down to royal perogative. Parliament can advise, and be kept informed, but get no say until there's a final deal done, to put into UK law."

Not quite. The government can use the Royal Prerogative to negotiate treaties but this case isn't about a treaty it's about the law. Parliament is sovereign. The government needs to work with parliament when it comes to making and repealing primary legislation which is what the European Communities Act 1972 is. It was that which set up our entry into the European Economic Community as it was then, now the European Union. What the High Court said was as this is a matter of primary legislation it is a matter of law that the government does not have the discretion to unilaterally trigger article 50 but must pass an act through Parliament to undo the ECA as well as giving the go ahead for the UK's withdrawal.

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nematoad
Unhappy

Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Isn't it wonderful, the Leave campaign was all in favour of Parliament's supremacy when it suited them. Else what did "Take back control." mean?

Now, when it looks like parliament might actually have the opportunity to influence the way the UK exits the EU, the leavers are all shouting about "Defying the will of the people." What about the 16 million who voted to remain? Or are they now just "Unpersons" whose opinions can be ignored and who are fair game for all the vitriol and bile directed at them by the likes of the Mail and Express?

What about a bit of magnanimity? Or are the leavers so concerned that their "victory" will somehow be stolen from them so that they need to keep attacking those who disagree and who are, after all, still their fellow citizens who will be just as badly affected if things turn sour due to the result of the referendum.

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Grab your code ASAP: Nitrous cloud IDE evaporates in two weeks

nematoad
Unhappy

Agreed.

"Commonly voiced objections include lack of responsiveness, lack of control, dependency on a network connection, and uncertainty about provider longevity."

Yes, that's summed up my feelings about the "cloud". I just wonder why so many people are betting their businesses on such a foundation.

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

nematoad
Thumb Up

Your choice

It's horses for courses. That's the beauty of Linux. You pays your money and takes your choice. With Linux of course you don't have to pay anything if you don't want to.

I too use a rolling release distro PCLinuxOS. It's stable and because I have been using Mandrake derived distros since 1999 I'm used to its ways and peculiarities so it's the one for me but probably not for you.

The article does seem to involve a bit of "willy waving". That's fine but as an old hand at trying out distros I've made the decision that life is too short to have to get down to bare metal with distros like Gentoo and Arch. That's not to say that I haven't tried them, I have. I enjoyed the experience but decided that for me Linux would be more of a means to an end rather than the end itself.

I see recompiling the kernel and installing the likes of Arch and Gentoo as a rite of passage. You learn a lot from doing so but in the end the main thing is what you want to get out of using Linux. For me as I said it's a tool. For others a hobby, a way of educating oneself into how Linux works at the lower levels and so on. At least with Linux we have all the tools available to fit our Linux to our needs.

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Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

nematoad

Re: Internet of Shit

Methinks you do protest too much.

People have differing views on trading their personal data for convenience.

That's up to them but a lot of shall we call them "IT savvy folk"? are worried about such things. After all if there's a way to make money out of abusing such systems you can bet your life that someone will abuse them. Calling them names does not make the problems they perceive go away but just antagonises them.

Don't confuse popular with good. Just because Chrome offers such a facility does not make it safe or secure. Lots of people lack the knowledge to know when they are being exposed to risks in this way and accept the feature without thinking about the possible side effects. That's not to condemn them they just don't know of the risks.

Finally the manufacturers are adding to the bad name the IoT is getting. By throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks does raise questions as to what they were smoking. Internet connected kettles, light bulbs and so on do raise more than a few eyebrows and given the threat from IoT sourced DDoS botnets the reputation of the IoT will only get worse.

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

nematoad

No change then

This is just another example of the "Pentagon Wars" Only this time the things being argued about have wings not turrets.

Here

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

nematoad

True

"Blaming someone never solved a problem. (Awaits exception to the rule.) :D"

Having to live through the possible adverse consequences of what many Remain voters still see as a wanton and self-destructive act does give rise to a certain amount of anger and hopelessness. So you can't blame them for feeling let-down, marginalised and angry which probably explains the bitter feeling the two side have for each other.

The leavers should be magnanimous in victory, after all they did win, but show all the signs of insecurity as shown by the vitriolic abuse heaped on Remainers by the likes of the Mail and Express.

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nematoad
FAIL

Phew

"It was going to happen because of all the quantitative easing applied by Gordon I have gold going cheap Brown..."

By gum you must tell me where you got those 20/20 hindsight glasses from. In case you have been unconscious for the last six years or so here's an update. First there was a coalition government between the Lib Dems and the Tories then the Tories won in 2015. I'll agree that Brown got a lot wrong but to try and blame him for events happening after he's been out of office for six years is stretching it a bit.

Oh, a final point. Most experts agree that the Bank of England supported by Brown actually took a lot of the sting out of the effects of the meltdown in 2008 with their QE and other matters such as a reduced base rate.

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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

nematoad
WTF?

Why not?

I hope we don’t have to relocate some of our technology hub to Ireland."

I did and I wish to God that I had been able to stay there. There's a lot of very experienced and skilled people there; you don't have the likes of Dell and Apple about without picking up a few points on the IT business.

Other than a few minor differences like road speeds in KM/H it's much like living in the UK. The people make a difference though. Warm, friendly and generally laid-back. The Guinness tastes better too somehow.

I miss the place.

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Google's crash canaries' muted chirping led to load balancer brownout

nematoad
Unhappy

I see.

"“In this case, the change was pushed too quickly for accurate detection..."

Looks like the "testing" stage was more of a box ticking exercise than actual testing. Either that or the testers were busy with other things and not watching what was actually going on.

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May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable

nematoad
Unhappy

Re: As a British IT worker....

"I would like to thank Theresa May from having cheap labour undercut me in my own country."

+1 to that.

I was the victim of such practices in as much as three Indian workers were moved in to replace two EU workers for half the price. I just wish that such sentiments as May's had been about when I lost my job.

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

nematoad
Big Brother

Why bother?

"...we can put new laws in place to make it legal to tap anyone's communication without oversight."

Let's not take up MP's time with this sort of thing.

The government is quite happy to allow this sort of behaviour by their "security" apparatus without all the bother of drafting and passing laws. After all it's all a big secret and nobody knows about it.

Anyway MPs have better things to do with their time like thinking up cunning plans to pad their expenses and the paid jobs and directorships that a lot of them have. They can't manage on a basic £74,962 you know.

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Blighty's Home Office database blunders will deprive hundreds of GB driving licences

nematoad
Unhappy

Re: Total xenophobia !

"I don't know what the CTA is..."

CTA is the Common Travel Area introduced in 1922 after The Republic of Ireland (nee Irish Free State) became independent. It allows free travel between the two islands but is, to my knowledge, not in force at airports. There as far as I can recall you do have to show your passport.

When living in Ireland I frequently came back to the UK for holidays and on a number of occasions I was waved into a side area where I was grilled by anonymous police types concerning where I was going, why I was coming into the UK etc. etc. This happened as far as I can recall three times in a row, which was infuriating as I had other connections to make and a tight time scale to do it in.

So "security" will be capricious and give you the third degree if they feel like it. Because they can.

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Desktop budget wrangles: Whose device is it anyway?

nematoad

Re: In research...

We used to have people with very high academic qualifications working at the refinery where I used to work. Usually their speciality was not IT related but we used to say that if they wanted to use something not in the SLA that was their lookout. Any breakages on stuff they installed was always given the same answer "Sorry, it's not in scope."

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nematoad

Re: Access everything via a web browser.

"Pretty much every device that anybody might want can run a web browser."

I used to work in the financial industry with a lot of stuff running on mainframes.

I've been out of loop for a while now so I don't know if running security dependant transactions would work using just a browser. Office stuff, sure but for other applications like process control, specialised engineering applications, finance and anything dealing with systems larger than the norm I reckon a browser would be underpowered and prone to security lapses.

I may be wrong of course but reckon it's still a case of "Horses for courses."

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

nematoad

Re: Scope creep

“...persons serving the public” (i.e. MPs)

No, if it was MPs they were aiming to protect it would be:

“Greedy, lying bastards serving themselves” (i.e. MPs)

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Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

nematoad

Re: Trust needs to be earned.

Trust if you must but who carries the can when things go wrong, as they will?

You for trusting an external entity, your IT department or MS who, in this scenario, seem to have the majority of control?

Your choice of course. Me, I'll stick to something a bit more controllable

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FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit

nematoad

Cult?

"We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products we make..."

"And the products themselves and the users and the whole bloody ecosystem. It's just that we don't like to talk about it."

Just ask anyone at El Reg about getting a quote from Apple on anything.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

nematoad
WTF?

What?

"Will it be more than two channels?"

Only if you have got more than two ears.

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‘You can’t opt out of IoT’: Our future is the Rise of the Sensor Machines

nematoad
Terminator

Don't worry, be happy.

Reading all the comment s above all I have to say is:

Remember who it is that is talking.

I too will be resisting this as much as I can but really do not think it worth worrying about. This is just special pleading by a bunch of characters with a vested interest in seeing that what it is they are going on about comes true, to their benefit.

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UK will buy 138 F-35s

nematoad

Maybe, maybe not.

Just think of the alternative.

Colonisation by those characters with snow on their boots

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Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society... Doesn't sound sinister at all

nematoad
Joke

I see.

"...notable for not including Apple"

"...the non-profit organisation"

Any connection?

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

nematoad
Happy

Re: Supplier savings = jobs lost

Not round here.

The mobile signal is about as poor as you can get and still see any life in your phone. So "smart meters" don't work.

Now unless the government either wants to level the hills casting the radio shadow or prod the networks to actually provide a service I can't see anything changing. So denizens in this neck of the woods are safe, for now, from our machine overlords.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

nematoad

Re: Anonymous coward

"The article fails to mention that after such update, the majority of PC players was unable to launch the game AT ALL."

Grammar?

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