* Posts by nematoad

1019 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

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nematoad

Re: Problems with the voting software

"ICANN can say whatever they want anyway, it's not like anyone is going to trust their words."

It's not the lack of trust that is the problem. It's the fact that even if you have a complaint or grievance there's nothing you can do about it. The way ICANN is set up all the control is vested in the management and staff. The only contribution outsiders can make to this member-free member organisation is to pay up.

As to the non-voting, that's not going to work, even if all registrars voted against there's probably something in the regulations saying that in that case ICANN can just go ahead anyway. Just like in the rest of the way things are run.

This bunch of self-serving shits should not be in charge of a whelk stall, but they are in charge and as far as I can see apart from the US government there's not a lot anyone can do about it.

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EU data protection chief: Snaffling all air traveller data goes too far

nematoad

Yes, right.

“Necessity and proportionality..."

That's a couple of words that the "powers that be" probably can't even spell let alone understand.

They are making this data grab not because they urgently need it but because they can and it might just might, be useful in the future. No guarantees on that last I suspect.

It is all about power and control. The TLAs and their supporters need to feel that they are special and have extraordinary powers that other, lesser beings do not have and who should not be granted any right to dignity, privacy or control over their own lives. Pretty much the way that Roman Emperors regarded the mob, with fear and contempt. So when they say that all this is in the name of "security" they mean their security, not ours. We are all "plebs" to them.

They are doing it because they can, not because they have to.

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Oi, ICANN! Get to the bottom of this bottom-up process, haul ass – ex-Prez advisor

nematoad

Re: Rushing will only set the internet back.

Top down.

Bottom up.

The trouble is both parties are talking past each other.

The ICANN insiders have a seat on the gravy train and don't want to get off.

The outsiders either want to get on the train in place of the present incumbents or they want to start again, preferably with themselves in charge.

As I see it the biggest problem is ICANN's non-profit status. They have a massive bank balance due to all the fees and charges they have collected and don't really know what to do with it all. So they spend it on things like the vanity project known as Netmundial, they go on jollies in expensive parts of the world and pay each other generous sums of money as "compensation".

Things are not going to change, there are too many vested interests here and the only way I can see of anything getting done is for someone, probably the US government. stepping in and banging a few heads together. This is a strange thing to have to advocate but unless the US steps in I can see no chance of the people who actually use, pay for and rely on the internet getting a say in what happens to something that is now a very important aspect of a lot of people's lives and livelihoods.

We, the users of the internet, pay for all this and we don't have a voice in any of these discussions.

This is unacceptable.

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NOxious Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal: Chief falls on sword

nematoad
Go

Re: Not all need to be recalled.

"I'll not be at all happy if VW try to modify my vehicle to enable THEM to comply with the law."

So sue them.

It's not your fault that the manufacturers cheated and if you are unhappy with the remedy, take them to court. It's unfortunate that you may well have a less efficient car than the one you were promised but as a non-VW owner I'm glad that they are going to be made to clear up the mess.

If you are unhappy then you know what to do. I'm sure that you will not be alone in this and a class action is a way of reducing the cost of litigation.

The best of luck, I hope you win.

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You call THAT safe? Top EU legal bod says data sent to US is anything but

nematoad
Headmaster

Re: Fascinating

"..the US government telling FB, Google etc "give us the datas"

Datum: Singular

Data: Plural

Therefor "datas" is incorrect.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

nematoad
Windows

Re: MS and Trust

"MS can't be trusted with Linux..."

MS's proxy SCO tried it on and came a very nasty cropper.

So fret not, Gnu/Linux is safely out of reach of companies like Microsoft.

RMS made sure of that with the GPL.

If anything MS should be wary, any violation of the GPL could have serious consequences, just ask anyone who has monkeyed about with Busybox for example. MS always say that they take these things seriously and so they should, just remember it's the GNU General Public License. It's been tested, and it has teeth.

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nematoad

Re: They didn't have much choice.

"... it has a license and the license doesn't allow you to just borrow the interesting bits of code..."

Yes it does. The GPL is only applicable if you take something under the license and then re-distribute anything that you develop incorporating GPL'd components. As far as I can tell MS is proposing to use this internally so the GPL does not come in to play. How do you think that the like of Google and Facebook manage?

Redistribute and you play by the GPL. Internal use only, you're good to go.

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nematoad
Facepalm

Re: They didn't have much choice.

"... redeveloping everything themselves from scratch based on reverse engineering the Linux software..."

You must be new here.

MS have no need to reverse engineer anything, see with FLOSS the source code is freely available and all the MS devs need to do is read it to find out how it does stuff.

That's one of the reasons it's called "free software".

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nematoad

Re: Does no-one remember Minix?

Xenix?

Ah yes, I remember that, and I still have the nightmares.

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nematoad
Happy

Indeed.

Luke 15:7

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It's 2015 and miscreants are still trying to dupe you with fake BSoDs

nematoad
Pint

Re: Missed!

"I got the impression nematoad was referring someone knowingly not running windows is not going to fall for a 'windows' fake error scam."

Yep, got it in one.

Have a pint on me!

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nematoad
Happy

Missed!

BSoD.

Ah, ye olde world computing.

Sorry guys, wrong target.

I use Linux and Noscript.

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WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE

nematoad
Windows

Re: Angst

"A winphone like a windows desktop is a tool and people generally don't worship tools."

I don't know.

Donald Trump is a right tool and some people apparently worship him!

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nematoad
Unhappy

"...but the preoccupations and desires of loyal users don’t seem to matter."

Why is anyone either surprised or hurt? It's not as if this was the first time MS have gone its own way and damn the users.

Just look at Win 8, everyone told MS that it was taking the UX in the wrong direction but MS went ahead anyway. Or that bloody ribbon, hated by many but forced on people just because MS knew best. I could go on but for anyone to be upset by MS ignoring the wishes of its users is either being willfully blind or inattentive.

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

nematoad

Re: FSF recommended distros

Or if you want to see the current list of all the active distros:

Try here

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MYSTERIES of remote ICE WORLD PLUTO: New pics BAMBOOZLE boffins

nematoad

Re. IoW?

Could be, if the Island was italicised.

Luckily the real thing is a bit warmer as well, though it doesn't feel like at times.

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SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'

nematoad
Facepalm

Re: Scientific newbies

" (note to posters above, there is no E in Whisky)"

There is if the whiskey comes from Ireland.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls THOUSANDS more cars to swerve hack-my-brakes roadkill

nematoad

Re: Huh?

"...such interference constitutes a criminal act."

Yes, and so should the fact that these clueless idiots have allowed this to happen.

"Would you like a connected car?"

Runs away screaming.

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Toyota chucks $50m at AI car tech

nematoad

Ah, yes.

"... and potentially even helping us develop a vehicle incapable of getting into a collision."

A worthy goal, but only if they sort out the security of the systems involved. It's no good having the means to prevent shunts if at the same time the system is wide open to any ne'er do well who can use any flaws to take over control of the car and ram it into a wall or whatever takes their fancy.

"Safety first" doesn't just mean making sure that any "smart" system does as it is designed to do, it should also mean that it cannot do things it was not meant to do, and so far the track record of "connected" cars is not reassuring in that respect.

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Amazon mobile strategy pivots with swipes at in-app buys, own hardware

nematoad

Thanks for the tip.

I have just taken a look at the fdroid web site and it might just be what I am looking for.

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nematoad

Wot?

" ...predicted sales of the latter will dip by -8.0 per cent in 2015."

Now I am not a mathematician by any meaning of the word but looking at the statement here, if a value "dips" by a negative amount surely that means it will actually increase.

As I say I have no grasp of these things so please correct me if I am wrong.

As to the rest of the article as someone looking to avoid Googleplay, at all costs, on my new Android tablet I might actually have a look at this.

As it is the thing is totally useless. I am a newcomer to things Android and I had no idea how tightly they are tied to the mothership.

Ugh!

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

nematoad
Headmaster

Sigh.

"The team will October showcase the first albeit slow file system..."

Oh, is an "October showcase" anything like a Welsh Dresser, or is it just a clumsy phrase?

Honestly, I know El Reg is a tech site but please try and use the English language a little more gracefully.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

nematoad
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Thanks Win 95

I have never had any time for MS, but there is one thing that I have to thank them for.

When we rolled out Win 95 with the B.P. Common Operating Environment (COE) it meant that we no longer had to support DECNET and for that alone MS have my most sincere appreciation.

Oh, and the Edie Brickell video of course.

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

nematoad

Re: Grown out of work done at Google

"“the bcache codebase has been evolving/metastasizing..."

Aye, a poor choice of words, if he really wants this project to be taken seriously.

Is it just me or are Google metastasizing into the new Microsoft?

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

nematoad
Windows

Hah.

Well if anyone knows about being a monopolist it's Microsoft.

The biter has been bitten. Perhaps now MS knows how all the other companies damaged and destroyed by MS's monopolistic activities feel.

"... discriminating against Redmond because it's a small player in the market.

Delicious.

I reckon the hypocrisy shown by MS is breath taking.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

nematoad

Re: That was downvoted?

"It seems entirely sensible and reasonable."

Probably that's why.

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We're saving tax payers' money on Oracle licensing, honest, says Gov.uk

nematoad
Unhappy

Inquiry needed?

“We found ourselves in a situation where there wasn’t really anywhere else to go.” Kit Malthouse quote.

Ah, the monopolists' wet dream.

Could the Competition and Markets Authority not take a look?

If, as seems to be the case, Oracle really does have the government and other customers over a barrel and is abusing that position then surely a case can be made for an investigation into their behaviour.

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Capita: Listen up redundo staff, we know you're leaving but...

nematoad
Happy

Re: Ah yes.

"You were supposed to show them where the loos were..."

Well they did find themselves in the shit so I suppose they did listen to that part of our "handover".

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nematoad
Unhappy

Ah yes.

Been there, done that.

When the outsourcing company I worked for lost the contract to manage the IT at a call centre run by a large financial company we were asked by the clients to do the same.

When we queried this with our managers we were told. "Show them where the loos are and leave it at that." So we did.

Result: I heard that the place was in uproar, our replacements had a very shaky grasp of the English language (they were shipped in from India) had little or no idea where anything was or what it did, thanks to our instructions on minimal help on the handover and generally were struggling to understand a system that we had developed over five years and that we had polished to a fine art. We did leave documentation on everything and a disaster recovery plan etc. but as I said they had trouble speaking English fluently so how they got on with the sometimes cryptic documentation, which was in places more of an aide-memoir than full specs, I don't know.

Last I heard they were out and a new lot of perms had been installed. I would have felt sorry for them but as I lost my job over it I could not quite bring myself to do so. Though the £16000 I got as a payoff did help a little.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

nematoad

Re: I'm losing track here..

"The peers writing the code are too often amatuers[sic] who have no concept of testing."

Ah, you mean people like Linus Torvalds?

Yeah, I know, he couldn't code his way out of a paper bag, or get it debugged.

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nematoad
Unhappy

Re: Updated 10 machines so far.

"It's not difficult."

Yes, no thought or permission required.

What could go wrong with that scenario?

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

nematoad

"See my experience MUST apply to everyone and they are wrong if they say Linux is great."

It would seem from the downvotes that some people either rushed to judgement or their irony detector is malfunctioning.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

nematoad

Re: Must be a myth

"All of our laptops and PCs updated without a glitch. Must be a myth."

"All of our laptops and PCs updated without a glitch. Must be a fluke."

There fixed that for you.

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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

nematoad
Thumb Down

Re: Recipe for a coming disaster

Agreed, it's just giving up watching your servers and instead having to watch the people watching your servers.

"Trust me I'm a cloud provider."

Yes, in your dreams.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

nematoad
Thumb Up

Re: Gray hairs

"Tomorrow will be the proof of the pudding but so far theres no issues that i know of. I hope it stays that way..."

Good luck and I hope that you get through this mess without too much trouble. Whatever they are paying you is probably not enough.

You know I used to miss working in support when I first retired, after this I'm just glad that I am out of the firing line.

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nematoad

Wot.

" You actually think throwing a whole different OS at them is going to help anyone other than the administrators?"

Oh you mean like Windows 8 for example?

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nematoad
Facepalm

A gift horse?

These companies should not complain. After all this is a "Free" download and they should never look a gift horse in the mouth.

So what if your business is knocked off-line by this benign DDoS, you should just be grateful and take what you are given,

/sarcasm

What a crock of shit.

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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

nematoad

Re: Disgracefull!

"We designed Windows 10 as a service"

Then if this is true it's a piss poor one.

"Give me my money back!"

Oops, maybe that's why it's "free" at the moment.

"You get what you pay for, etc."

Note: This does not apply to users of Linux.

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

nematoad

Snap

Yep, got both the Ofcom one and the Accumentia one. I seem to get a lot of this sort of stuff lately but why I got the Ofcom one is a mystery to me, I am not nor have I ever been a radio ham.

It makes me really glad I run Linux.

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

nematoad

Re: sacked

"You will rue the day that your employer lost business because some "user" was prevented from doing her job by your deliberate action."

You might rue it a damn sight more if some numpty introduces something onto the system which then causes an security breach.

In such as case as has been discussed the person doing unauthorised modifications to the company property has most likely broken terms of either their employment or the acceptable use policy. So any IT person defending the integrity of the company's data and systems is doing their job, the user is not by monkeying around with things that do not concern them, are not in their job specs or have the knowledge to do without great risk.

Personally I got no satisfaction from keeping the users in line but did from knowing that I may have stopped some disaster happening.

OK, maybe I did enjoy cracking the whip a little, but only if the user was really stroppy and determined that their way was best and damn company policy.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

nematoad
Happy

Re: Linux

If you don't like the UI, there is as always in Linux, an alternative.

Try Linux Mint, all the Ubuntu goodness without the frustrations of Unity.

Check out Distrowatch to see how popular Mint is.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

nematoad
Headmaster

Re: Cars

"... my car alwas has the steering wheel and peddles in the same place each time..."

Oh, what's it selling in the same place?

It couldn't be a dictionary.

I think you meant to say "pedals".

From dictionary.com:

verb (used with object), peddled, peddling.

1. to carry (small articles, goods, wares, etc.) from place to place for sale at retail; hawk.

2. to deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities:

to peddle radical ideas.

3. to sell (drugs) illicitly.

verb (used without object), peddled, peddling.

4. to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.

5. to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.

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Flippin' heck, meet the Internet of Things wallpaper

nematoad
WTF?

Does not compute

"Many engineers work under classic assumption that future is going to be white and shiny and invisible."

OK, white and shiny I can imagine. But white shiny and invisible?

Surely if it was invisible you wouldn't be able to tell if it was either white or shiny, could you?

Maybe it's just marketeer speak but I reckon he should stick to the day job and let "creatives" do the marketing spiel for him.

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Ofcom wants to ease the pain of switching mobile networks. Good luck

nematoad

Of course.

“Consumers should be able to switch their mobile providers with minimum hassle to take advantage of the best deals on the market," said Sharon White

All fine and dandy, if you have a choice of coverage. Here we don't, it's EE or nothing. Now I have to say that EE have not let us down, so far, but if they were to screw up in some spectacular way and we wanted to move, we couldn't. We're stuck. So no matter how easy the transfer was, without competition it would be a meaningless gesture.

Maybe Ofcom should think about making transfers possible before they think about making them easy?

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

nematoad

?

OK off-topic I know, but surely the animal pictured in the heading is a prairie-dog not a mole.

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Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

nematoad
Headmaster

Re: Why on earth?

"Wut? Wikipedia, the fount of all knowledge, says a cricket is an insect and an insect in any book I know is a bug, so WTF?"

Pedant alert.

All bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs.

From knowyourinsects.org:

Many true bugs, such as stink bugs, have spear-like mouthparts that pierce into a plant so that the insect can suck up the plant juices.

So there you have it.

Isn't it telling that this thread shows more interest in the taxonomy of insects than the fact that Canonical have issued a patch covering a serious fault in their distro?

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

nematoad

... you need something like a computer to stabilize the car and improve its fuel efficiency"

Stabilise the car? Hold on, this isn't a fly-by-wire fighter jet you know. Those are deliberately made unstable so as to increase their manouverability and cannot, in most cases, be flown without a computer intermediary.

But a car? That should be stable, have all wheels firmly connected to the ground and be able to go around corners in safety. Unless of course it's a Reliant Robin.

As to fuel efficiency, I don't know, that must surely depend on the driving style of the driver and road conditions. Maybe an engine ECU will help but fuel efficiency must be seen as a moving target.

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nematoad
Unhappy

Glad to be in the slow lane.

I adore my 1998 Mini Cooper S and having seen all this about "connected cars" and "infotainment" (ugh) as vectors for hacking has made me love it even more.

The thing I enjoy most about it is the fact that it's all about the driving. Fast responsive steering, excellent performance ( I still don't know how fast it goes as the speedo only goes up to 110 mph) and the sheer joy of the handling. So to see worries that the brakes, accelerator, airbag etc. could be tampered with in more modern cars does mean that I am grateful that I have a simple, uncomplicated little car instead of one of these "travelling computers" that seem to be in vogue at the moment.

OK, a Mini is not for everyone but I do think that the marketeers at the car makers have got too strong a hold on things and are pushing "shiny" at the expense of safety. Too many features, not enough thinking things through.

It may be a bad thing when a PC or laptop gets hacked but at least in most cases it won't be travelling down the motorway at 70mph when it does.

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