* Posts by nematoad

1080 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

nematoad
Unhappy

Re: Microsoft...

"...and without any reboot unless it's a kernel update. "

Obviously you haven't swapped Pulseaudio <spit> in or out then.

Watch out for Poettering and co, they are trying really hard to turn Linux into a second-rate Windows clone, complete with mandatory reboots.

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Hackers hit NATO, White House – then aimed at MH17 air disaster probe

nematoad

Re: That's not nice, but...

"...look at lot like the Russian Jet Putin uses to travel on."

Just one small problem with that. MH17 was flying at 33,000 feet and from that distance you would not be able to see the aircraft, let alone see what type it was. Unless that is whoever shot it down possesses some super optics.

The aircraft was probably targeted by radar on or near the launcher and radar cannot distinguish one aircraft from another. It's the transponders that give the ID and that is overlaid onto the radar plots used by ATC controllers.

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FBI, US g-men tried to snatch DNA results from blood-testing biz. What a time to be alive

nematoad
Headmaster

Re: coincidence much

"That releasing a report likely to bring them to public intention..."

Attention, perhaps?

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Oh, OK then: Ireland will probe Max Schrems' Facebook complaints

nematoad

A question.

Could it turn out that the so-called Safe Harbour scheme was cooked up by people mostly representing the interests of the US mega-corps?

A sort of early TTIP.

It does seem to unduly favour those companies in the US that had an interest in processing data from Europe as cheaply as possible, avoiding having to build data processing facilities in Europe for example.

Secondly seems as if the onus on ensuring that any data moved to the US was treated in accordance with EU rules was on the Europrean end of the chain. With the laissez-faire attitude to privacy in the US all most users could have been given was a "Yes we are assured that your data is being protected, our US partners tell us that it is so." Not a good basis for any confidence that the data really was being handled securely.

Lastly, and this is me putting my cynic's/pedant's hat on. The spelling of Safe Harbour. I have noticed that many non-US writers use the American "harbor" spelling. Does this mean that the US-centric view of the whole business is dominant and that most people see it from the US point of view in as much as it's only Europeans' data that has potentially been compromised and that nothing should get in the way of the bottom line?

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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

nematoad
Unhappy

Re: This is why I love the bbc

I too love the BBC but I am surprised at their hypocrisy.

They obviously have the devs and in-house knowledge to hack Linux so isn't it a pity that as far as their customers are concerned they don't recognise the fact that some of us actually use Linux on the desktop?

The BBC has the facility in the iPlayer to allow users to download programmes for later consumption, all that is except users of Linux.

Currently they are running a beta programme using HTML5, again for everyone except Linux.

I have written to them on these subjects and have received a polite but firm reply to the effect that "We do not support Linux" Presumably not because it's too difficult but that they see no future in supporting the OS, yet they use the thing themselves.

As I said, hypocrites.

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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

nematoad
FAIL

Re: Makes no sense

Microsoft would not be drawn further on the details of its model clauses.

What?

Are these covered by "commercial confidentiality", the get-out-of-jail card frequently used by politicians, or is this classed as national security?

Azure Core Services, Office 365, Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Intune all comply with model clauses the software giant said.

If they are following the EU drafted rules, which are, presumably in the public domain, then why hide the details? Or is it a case of "We are Microsoft, you can trust us."

This is surely not the way to assure customers that their data is safe.

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EU desperately pushes just-as-dodgy safe harbour alternatives

nematoad
Happy

Cor.

Timmermans was quick to point out that the “alternative mechanisms” available to companies wanting to transfer data to the US, specifically so-called “model clauses” and binding corporate rules (BCRs).

My god that was quick.

If the EU can side-step as well as this then they should be playing for England at the next Rugby World Cup.

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

nematoad

Re: Lars Agreed

"... please at least try and post a counter to the idea the members of the EU are just as eager to keep the NSA in business."

Well it depends on which "members of the EU" you are talking about.

If you mean the member states then yes, they probably are all trying to spy on anyone they want.

However this decision has not been taken by the member states but by the ECJ. This is the independent judicial arm of the EU. Its decisions are binding on the member states and gives EU citizens a way of holding said states to account, so that if Schrems was to make a similar complaint now he would have a much stronger footing.

Of course politicians in the member states will all say that they accept the court's decision, they have no choice, but will then go about subverting and sidestepping the new regulations as fast as they can. Being believers in the saying "One rule for us, another rule for them" they will try and carry on as usual but with the threat that if they are caught out they will get hammered.

So it's a step in the right direction. We the citizens now have a powerful stick with which to beat the spies when they get caught, but everyone must keep watching. The powers that be won't give up their lazy ways and stick to the new rules and it's up to us to try and make sure that they do.

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nematoad

Agreed

" Seems like once again the EU is protecting people from their gover[n]ments."

And yet there are a lot of people who want to take the UK out of the EU. I suppose that then the protections granted by the data regulations of the EU will be withdrawn leaving us to the mercy of anyone who has our personal data.

Unlikely? One of the countries who expressed satisfaction with "safe harbour" happens to be the UK, the other is the Republic of Ireland, which would, I suppose, show why their Data Protection Commissioner declined to take any action over Schrem's complaint.

I think we need someone on our side on this and the only one willing to come forward seem to be the ECJ.

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

nematoad
Happy

Re: One word

Or a string:

Adblock Latitude + Palemoon.

It works for me.

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Do you agree with our fee hike? Press 1 to answer Yes; or 2 for Yes

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
Thumb Up

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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