* Posts by nematoad

1119 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Commercial software chokkas with ancient brutal open source vulns

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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.

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

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Big Brother

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.

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

Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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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?

Google Play infested with cash-stealing web apps

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Danger, Will Robinson!

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


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

Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Re: Get used to it.

"Install Spybot Anti-Beacon..."

"And of course, disable/remove Cortana, Bing, and all the other Win10 stoopidity.

And install Classic Shell".

Blimey, all this to get the OS to do what you want.

And to think that they used to say that Linux was difficult to set up.

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Poor IT Standards at this outfit

"I'd like to be able to buy linux too. "

Why on earth would you want to buy Linux when it available free of charge. All you need to do is a little research, choose a distro that appeals and download it. It's as simple as that.

Many Linux distos are easy to install, hold your hand through the process and will set up your computer so that it is ready to go as soon as you reboot.

If however, you are a bit uncertain how it all works why not try running a distro or two in a VM? That way you can practise installing stuff without ever breaking anything. Most modern distros work well with Virtualbox and when I run it in "seamless" mode it is sometime difficult to tell which is the host and which is the client.

It works, all it needs is a little application and research and away you go.

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: English?

"'Gotten'?? Isn't the Reg from Blighty?"

Ah, therein lies a tale.

Gotten is an older English word, current in the 18th Century. When the War of Independence came along the former colonies started to diverge in terms of the use of the language. Thank Noah Webster for a lot of that.

The short version is: "Gotten" carried on being used in the US but fell out of fashion in the UK.

The phrase "ill-gotten gains" is a remnant of its use here.

Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

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"...and get these tiny slithers of metals..."

Slivers, you mean slivers not slithers, that what snakes and other crawling things do.

For a site that attracts devs. and other IT people I'm amazed at the poor grammar, punctuation and spelling evident here.

If you were as careless and slipshod in writing code then how would you ever get anything done?

Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

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There is precedent.

The company involved is not an IT company but did have a similar non-disparagement clause in the Ts&Cs.

When several former customers fought back against the gagging , the company Roca Labs had their arses well and truly kicked.

See, even in the "Land of the Free" there are limits on how far you can go in abusing your customers.

See here

Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

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Oh, really?

"...he hoped telcos will take this tech and pass on the cost savings to subscribers."

I'll have whatever it is he's drinking.

Good grief, talk about being divorced from reality.

GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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Big Brother

Well said!

"Specific pay and reward details cannot be disclosed for national security reasons,"

That's a brilliant way of handling things. Just smother any unpleasant facts with the blanket of "national security". No-one will notice.

Could it be that they have something to hide?

Like crap pay and prospects.


They might know how to spell it, but don't ask, it's probably a secret.

Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

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"...so not answerable to the laws of any jurisdiction"

I think not.

Just look at the mess Microsoft got into over the Samba affair. They didn't want to give out the information but had to in the end when ordered to by the EU. The plain fact is that if you do business anywhere you play by the rules in that location.

Just look at the excuses offered by all the tax dodging corporations "We are fully in compliance with the law in this jurisdiction." They don't say of course that they use the location with the lowest standards of accountability, but they do obey the law. Sometimes.

Sorry that last is a bit off topic but it cuts both ways, You play by the rules or you don't do business. Seeing as how the EU is hot on user's rights Oculus had better watch its step, it might come to regret the land-grab it's attempting.

PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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@Big John

"I know you.

You're Donald Trump and I claim my £5."

For the culturally disadvantaged it was a feature of some newspapers in the UK to have a mystery figure walk around a named location and if the reader challenged them whilst holding a copy of that days paper they could claim a prize.

Save it, devs. Red Hat doesn't want your $99 for RHEL

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Careful now.

"Harry Mower, senior director of the Red Hat developer group and former Microsoft man,"

Now I may be getting paranoid in my old age but I have to say that that sentence had chills running down my back.

I know that it is usual for someone with particular skills to move from company to company, but even if you take the man out of Microsoft how much of Microsoft is left in the man?

Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Re: How pathetic is this?

" What is WRONG with you people?"

Hungerford and Dunblane come to mind.

Note these acts were committed using legally held firearms. So as zapper said above we did something about it.

Closing courts to fling £700m at digital stand-ins will fail, MPs snarl at UK.gov

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"...the estates disposal programme..."

There I think we have the nub of it.

Just another round of flogging off the nation's assets to cover the incompetence of the Chancellor.

I reckon Napoleon was right, Britain is a nation of shop-keepers and most of them are on the Tory front bench.

True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

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Re: Haters gonna hate


OK, maybe a little hyperbolic but this post #8 in this thread is from Patrick Volkerding and he didn't seem to be that keen.

See here

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Re: Haters gonna hate

"...a systemd-less distro-release (if one can still be found)."

Try PCLinuxOS or Slackware.

Both have stated that they will not be using systemd.

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Re: Haters gonna hate

"... just now that option is systemd[.]"

To quote Francis Urquhart "You might say that, I couldn't possibly comment".

Well, not in a family forum anyway.

You are right in one way, haters will hate but have you ever considered that there might just might, be a reason for them to do so?

How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript

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"P.P.S - The "left-pad" package is at version 0.0.3? WTF? Were there 2 previous versions that had to be fixed? Was he planning on putting out a 1.0 eventually?"

Have an upvote for the correct use of PPS!

FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Re: precedent

As the old saying goes,

"If I wanted to get to there I wouldn't start from here."

The English language is what it is. Yes it can be confusing, inconsistent and illogical, but it can also be flexible, adaptable and in many cases concise.

If you can take a look at the multi-language instruction sheets that come with electrical goods and so on. The English version is usually a lot shorter than the others.

Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals

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Re: I wonder...

"Oh - and it was the British who were largely in charge of the Middle East in the 19th and early 20th century, who divided the area up into countries that did not match the traditional tribal boundaries, and told the Palestinians and Israelits contradictory things."

Close but no cigar.

True the British were involved in assigning boundaries after the Great War but that was in partnership with France and pre-revolutionary Russia. See Sykes-Picot Agreement

Before that it was the Ottoman empire that was nominally in charge though its influence had been declining for many years.

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Re: I wonder...

"...the defeat of Alexandria by the Romans (where they salted the fields of North Africa,"

I think that you should have said "the defeat of Carthage"

As far as I know Alexandria was just taken over when Rome incorporated Egypt into the empire and became the "Second city".

How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Re: Tip of the Ice burg

"Tip of the Ice burg "

What town is that?

Perhaps iceberg (ice mountain) is what you meant.

Behold, Microsoft SQL Server on Linux – and a firm screw-you to Oracle

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Good comparison

"It was the same kind of high wire act as Philippe Petit crossing between the old World Trade Center towers."

A little hyperbolic don't you think?

Either that or just plain bollocks.

How a Brexit could stop UK biz and Europe swapping personal data

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Re: Nice that someone else realized it

Yes, I agree with you on all points. These are consequences that pose a real threat to the well-being of the UK.

The trouble here is that you are preaching to the converted. The real threat is that the readers of the Express, Sun and the Daily Wail have no idea what's going to hit us if they vote as directed by the vested interests running these shit-sheets.

It's up to the rest of us to try and make sure that the risks in leaving the EU are plainly spelled out. It's going to be a hard job as we have a lot of money and resources stacked against us but if we don't try than all of the things you describe will happen.

Cisco says CLI becoming interface of last resort

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Can't see this working.

"...even the experts holding high level certifications like CCIE and CCNE, will spend less time rummaging around under the hood and more time talking to business people."

And what pray tell will the "greybeards" have to say to the suits?

On the one hand we have experts at wrangling the network into what is required, on the other we have masters of doublespeak and PR bullshit. They may both speak the same language i.e. English but comprehension between the two parties is going to be fraught with difficulty.

Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: No, thank you.

Yep, it's the netbook scenario making a comeback, and look what that did to a very clever idea.

Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

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Given the ubiquity of smart 'phones running Android could this be the breakthrough that Linux deserves?

Here's hoping.

India's ‘Facebook ruling’ is another nail in the coffin of the MNO model

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If only.

"...it will be more akin to connecting someone to the electricity grid, just the base enabler of the real revenue model."

I wish.

For example a few years ago I was working in the Republic of Ireland but still kept my home in the UK. On coming back on holiday I was surprised by a bill from the water company. It was not large, only a matter of £30 or so. I got in contact with the company and complained. I said that the company had not provided me with any service as I was out of the country (we are on meters here) and that as they had given me nothing they should expect nothing in return. I was told in no uncertain terms that I was wrong, that they had the right to bill me and that the bill was for the "Standing charge". That is I had to pay them for the privilege of being connected to the mains whether I used any water or not.

I suspect that these mobile operators will claim that being connected to their network should also involve a "Standing charge."

UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

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Oh, really?

"...as legislators we need to be careful not to inadvertently disadvantage the UK’s rapidly growing Tech sector.”

Nothing about protecting the privacy of the 99.9% of the population that has no reason to be spied upon. Just think of the commercial interests, they are the ones that matter in Cameron's world.

And to think that they actually have the brass neck to say that we should foot the bill for all this stupidity!

For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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Re: One!...More!!..TIME!!!...

"So its concerning that they'd push that as 'Government grade'."

Not at all. It fits the government's requirements exactly. That is, a bloody great hole in the system so that they can trawl through whatever they like, whenever they like.

So it's fit for purpose. The only snag it is not your purpose they have designed this for, it's theirs.

UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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...then there'd be a usable UI..."

What. You mean like Win 8?

You must be new here.

UK govt: No, really, we're not banning cryptography

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"...where it is necessary and proportionate."

Aye, there's the rub.

What they are basically saying is "Trust us, we are the government.."

Sorry, but trust vanished a long time ago due to the abuse of RIPA and more topically schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (the David Miranda judgement) and it would take a miracle to get it back

Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: You seem to have missed...

"...this is where customers will vote with their feet. "

Only if they know that they have an alternative.

Sadly most people are unaware that Gnu/Linux even exists and the markup on Apple stuff is a disincentive to those on a restricted budget.

I would love MS to shoot themselves and the others in the foot with this idea but can't see it happening. Inertia, ignorance and fear of the unknown may be too strong to lead to a revolution in consumer IT.

And that's a pity.

Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: The human pilots just do the easy bits...

"Are the rumours true that the short haul pilots have to take a spin in a 109?"

Almost certainly not. If they were then the pilots concerned would get a real workout. Bf109s are notorious for their takeoffs. Narrow undercarriage, gyroscopic effect of the prop and so on made handling one a real challenge.

So yes, maybe a good test of a pilot's skill but one using a very rare, expensive and irreplaceable aircraft to do it with.

After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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I'm with you on that.

Mint is a fine distro, shame about systemd.

So I'll stick with PCLOS. The rolling release suits me and I find the Mandrake tools easy and convenient.

Investigatory Powers Bill: A force for good – if done right?

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Re: So, exactly what does Lord Paul Strasburger propose to do?

Whatever the Noble Members decide to do they had better do it quickly. Or the "review" AKA revenge ordered by the PM after the Tax Credits fiasco will clip the House of Lords wings and make it difficult if not impossible to do their job. I.E. hold the Government to account and be a revising chamber.

Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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"...if you have a spare drive to play with."

Alternatively just use a VM.

Virtualbox is easy enough to set up.

MPs slam mandarins over failed GP IT system

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"Atos...appears to have acted solely with its own short term best interests in mind".

I nominate this as a candidate for the award of the "Statement of the Bleedin' Obvious" for the year just ending.

What do they expect?

If you go swimming with sharks you must realise that you might get bitten.

No £160m for you: BT to receive termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

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Getting out from under.

If that TTIP abomination gets the nod I wonder if the ISDS (Investor State Dispute Solution) will be wheeled out to crush those uppity elected representatives from stopping big business from their God given rights to make a profit.

I reckon that local authorities thinking about any failing contracts should get their skates on.

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