* Posts by saif

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Researcher says fixes to Windows Defender's engine incomplete

saif
Holmes

"Found on Linux, reproduced on Windows" ?

This is from the tweet...so Linux now uses Windows Defender, eh? I suppose he might have discovered it using pen-testing software in Linux on virtualised Windows machine. This illustrates, IMO, why you need OS diversity; so that each can point out the pimples on the other one's nose.

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Staff, projects shed as Ubuntu maker Canonical tries to lure investors

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"External investors" = "asset strippers"

A lot of activity that an business whose model relies on Open Source will generate no income. Investors are largely interested not in ideology but profitability. I am sad. Unity 8/convergence got a lot of hate, but was the product of people putting time, money and brains into something that benefits the community, There was never going to be any money in that and one man's pocket cant bank roll this forever.

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Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

saif

Re: Systemd

Would be very interesting to know how many takers there are...This would be a useful metric to see if everybody jumped ship too early, and if there is a potential for Devuan.

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

saif

National security

So, interface is Internet Explorer (the 3rd or 4th most secure browser), can not connect unless security at the base station is reduced and then proceeds to send all mission data (apart from the pilots name) to US.... Great. Should meet all the RAF's requirements for a utility.

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WhatsApp, Apple and a hidden source code F-bomb: THE TRUTH

saif

Evidence of scrutiny is good

The best thing about this is that someone else actually checked the code. Sort of validates the idea that source visibility can be used by third parties to find errors, vulnerabilities, and even entertainment.

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World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi

saif

Better bundles for your bundle of cash

I really have no objections to folk chucking a few quid towards the RPi foundation; they have done a good job. We all know any one can get 7" Touch screen LCD (£40), WiFi keyboard+trackpad (£16), SD Card (£8), Power supply unit (Combined 5V and 12V for £3) and Pi3 (£30) Short HDMI cable (£2) (including VAT and delivery) from Amazon, making for a much more useful kit. The bundlers bundle not to save customers money, but exchange convenience (of not having to shop around, burn the OS onto SD and get a nice box with everything neatly packed inside) for some cash. It is, however, much more fun to make the better bundle yourself.

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

saif

PQI/Transcend Aircard does it better...when it works

There is a hackable SD card that works as an SD card in you camera, but can be connected to over WIFI...the thing runs linux, offers a webserver and can present a busybox shell and uses a microSD as storage, allowing the files to be delivered to your PC wirelessly...and also potentially could be scripted for more adventurous activities

https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=45820

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Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi

saif

Was FAT32 part of the deal?

That is the big question

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

saif

Aid is not help the poor.

Foreign is a political statement either to win votes at home or to influence other countries' foreign or domestic policies, and much of the money disappears in bureaucracy; UK foreign aid at least targets poorer nations like Bangladesh, Ethiopia etc.

http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/the-five-biggest-recipients-of-foreign-aid-from-the-uk--lJhmZ1Ttig

US Foreign appears to be targeting mainly places they have bombed and Israel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_foreign_aid

It is unlikely that any aid actually benefits the nation, but ostensibly British foreign aid is allocated to generally specific beneficial projects, I would say

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Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

saif

Thought of that before...

Pity the article did not even mention Ubuntu. Windows Continuum, takes idea (maybe) from Ubuntu convergence, and Intel is "broadly similar to ...Continuum". My personal take is that this Mir vs Wayland debate all over again. Intel is a Wayland fan and Mir hater. If Mir can deliver convergence already then it is important for hem to prove that Wayland can do the same.

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Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

saif

Divide by zero error

No fatalities from any manned missions != safest manned spacecraft if there have been no manned missions so far.

Statement like that should be suffixed with "touch wood"

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Microsoft's 'Arrow' Android launcher flies into Play store

saif

Shell convergence > OS Convergence > device convergence?

If the same launcher could be presented on Android as well as windows phones, then later find that android apps can work on Windows phones, then that Microsoft's browser is just skinned Chromium, and later find that Windows really runs a modified BSD Kernel, and then that Nadella and Linus were distant cousins, followed by the discovery that this was all plot by a branch of NSA, funded by the Chinese. Yeah...

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You can hack a PC just by looking at it, say 3M and HP

saif
Linux

Firewall

And unencrypted verbal communications can be easily intercepted by any one in the same room. Ultimately what is required is a firewall at the universal ports not just at the the digital to analogue transformation layer...the interface between man and machine. We need the firewall between man and man. Speaking gibberish or Welsh might do it.

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World panics, children cry, workers sigh ... Facebook.com TITSUP

saif

Now every one migrates to google plus?

or may be they'll just wait a little longer.

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Human sacrifice. Android Wear syncing with iPhones. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria!

saif

One way integration is not integration

Presumably iMessage etc will not be viewed on the android device. Or once you have Facetime and iMessage and iTunes available on Android devices...one presumes there is no consumer need to have an iPhone. One might suspect that Apple's reason for allowing Android devices to connect with iPhones is to showcase how less effective Androidwear is on their iProducts compared with iWear.

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Linux boss Torvalds: Don't talk to me about containers and other buzzwords

saif
Linux

Salesmanship not required

When one is not trying to persuade people, sell something, it is easier to be honest and frank. When something of value has zero cost, it is not necessary to load your conversations with hype. What is clear is that enough credit goes to the huge community that supports Linux.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

saif

Re: Windows only though

I guess the probability s that most people who will buy a windows PC for a Linux install, will probably want to try and dual boot. Certainly this was what i had in mind when I tried to install Linux variants (e.g. Ubuntu) on a some budget Lenovo E50 desktops. No amount of tweak and configuration/boot repair would allow Linux to boot....the UEFI boot order would always revert to Windows boot first, unless I crippled the windows boot altogether.

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First SPACE SALAD on Monday's menu for ISS astronauts

saif

Trekkies understand the Laws of thermodynamics and mass conservation.

Energy obtained will not exceed, or even come remotely close to, the energy required to produce the lettuce. Waste produced will considerably exceed the digestible material generated. So the mass of the lettuce comes from 1) water and nitrogen from the astronauts urine and 2) CO2 they breath out. The only energy comes second hand from solar power converting light to electricity and back again. But most of the dry mass is cellulose which is indigestible to humans with normal gut organisms. Only way this could possibly work in long journeys if there was a composting sterilising facility, but even then realistically energy is better spent on earth and sending up dry, high energy, low residue foods, than creating a ecosystem in space. That is why The Starship Enterprise did not grow its own food, resorting instead to the replicator.

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World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

saif

A fry up or a fusion meal?

2kJ = number of calories in 1/2 portion of Fish and Chips

Now just need aworkout to burn that up in a pisosecond

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The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

saif

Limited RAM Linuxes...Puppy or Bodhi

Sure Linux will run well on <1GB RAM...but it will run much better without KDE or Gnome Desktop Environment. Certainly a fully loaded hacker distro like Kali is perhaps not pre-configured for general purpose computing. I go Puppy Linux on my 12 year old laptop with 384MB RAM...with 20GB hard drive and certainly never leave home without bootable puppy on a stick

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

saif
Alien

Lettuce?...could do much better

Romain lettuce is probably the least useful food source unless you have the gut bacteria to digest cellulose.. Of the mass of leaf, less than 2% is usable carbs and about the same amount of protein. Better would be perhaps algae. Sugarcane or potatoes probably even better but less practical. But more significantly, these plants presumably are not exposed to sunlight...instead one imagines solar power is used to charge batteries and then this is used to power lights shining on the plants...a terrific waste of energy to produce nearly no energy. If the earth's ecosystem is a good example...then one should be trying to cultivate phytoplankton and krill in fermentation chambers exposed to filtered sunlight.

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Free software fans land crucial punch in Ubuntu row – but it's not over

saif

PANIC...someone trying to make money out of free software...

This is a company that tries to make money supporting their distro. To do so it HAS TO attach its own "stamp"...its trademark. This is often incorporated within the distributed binaries. It also has to protect itself from liability from issues arising when someone else uses their derivative works.

The distro, by the rules of open source, is distributed with all the sources available.

Anyone can take advantage of the packaging, configuration etc that Ubuntu has done through developers it has paid, and thereby create their own distro, based on Ubuntu...but for Canonical to make any money out of this, it HAS TO ask that those that repackage Ubuntu into their flavours to remove that "stamp" that Ubuntu has applied. This constitutes a licensing agreement that is not contained within GPL and has to be by definition added later.

Nowhere does it remove rights of redistribution of the sources. Let's not forget that without Canonical, Linux would not have even the 1.5% penetration Linux has amongst the desktop user...

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

saif

Fly-by-wire problems

A recurring theme, where modern flight control systems control mechanical devices totally with software and electronics rather than using them to assist or resist mechanical actions. One suspects even if the pilots realised the plane was behaving unexpectedly, they would either have to trust the electronics to recover or probably not be able to anything about it in time anyway.

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Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

saif

Its the usual probably

Probably using the standard paradigm. You get a year free use of office 365; then as you are irretrievably dependent on it, you have to start paying subs or buy another device. Its is the OOXML(docx format that is invasive not the application itself.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

saif

Manston ticks all boxes

Airport looking for a buyer, check, ,Runway long enough for a B52 bomber, check, . Coastline on Sunny Southeast, check. Favourable west to east launch direction, check.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

saif

Virtual Machines? Pirates?

XP is lighter and more easily virtualised. Best use for all those OEM disks lying around, particularly when only a half of the cores on your CPU is being used anyway. Pirated or old software are probably more often fine running on XP machines

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PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

saif

Could virtual PCs be a reason?

As Windows XP is possibly a lightweight(ish) modern Windows that can be virtualised easily and runs most modern Windows applications....as Macs go on the rise, the only access to Windows applications will be through virtual Windows, and they will probably use XP rather than Win 7+. Having said that, if the stats are generally derived from web usage I guess few people will run a browser on a virtualised PC.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

saif

ARMv6 to ARMv7 upgrade most significant

Now you should be able to get a flood of modern distros that were unable to run on ARMv6. Snappy Ubuntu on a Pi anyone?

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

saif

What OS?

Looks like Ubuntu/Unity on one of the screenshots...

Android I guess would be another feasible OS...

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Canonical goes all Internet of Stuff with Ubuntu for DRONES

saif

Rasbeen there done that...

Raspbian is works on 2GB flash and 512MB RAM, is regularly updated, and works on over 2 million embedded devices, including controllers for drones and space exploration applications

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SEXY GOLD FireFOXY LADY hits Japan in transparent kimono today

saif

All very modern but with 16 hours of talk time, and 30 days of standby...that is almost prehistoric as far as phones are concerned...

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Devuan rebels hope to deliver Debian fork in 2015

saif
Linux

Duplicated effort...

There is already a reasonably intelligent fork of systemd that addresses much of the concerns while remaining largely compatible...uselessd. The difficulty is that for many tools systemd is becoming a dependency. This means that maintaining a fork of debian may also need to have forks of these tools too. What devuan lacks, and what systemd has is inertia.

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Boffins train robots to pull apart LCD screens – without breaking them

saif

The universal tool

We used to say an orthopaedic surgeon's screw driver is a hammer, and for this robot a circular saw is it. I always struggle to find the right screw driver...but now my entire box of dozens of tools is going to be replaced with just one...

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

saif

Running headless over wifi this can't be beaten

The old Model A suddenly becomes extremely attractive, considering it is cheaper than an Arduino Uno. For simple non-realtime IO, running headless over wifi, this really can not be beaten.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

saif

iPad vs !pads...can Nexus compete using specs and features?

Being faster, with a better screen, a more sophisticated UI and good battery life and cheaper, picking these devices may seem like a no-brainer. Unfortunately all of these still fail against brand recognition. People on the street don't play the numbers game. The majority of potential purchasers will continue to ask things like "will iTunes work?" does it do "Facetime?" and see tablets as either ipads or !pads.

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Remote code execution flaws fixed in tnftp and wget

saif

Boilerplate reply

These days, acknowledgement of a vulnerability is one step away from admission of liability. Commercial OS distributors that use/depend on borrowed code have a flexible view of responsibility for the vulnerabilities, that allows them that to say "It's not that serious folks" while the community cures the problem for them.

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

saif

Who can forget SOHCAHTOA?

I say sock-it-to-her. This China OS probably closed source and filled with Chinese government back doors to replace the NSA back doors. Lose-lose situation but which loses more?

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

saif

Did it fall or was it pushed?

Methinks there is more to this...Martians playing skipping stones rather than rolling stones

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Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models

saif

Re: College/school work?

Could she do everything she wants to do in a browser? Is she likely to be net-connected every where she wants to use a computer? Is she completely independent of any specific windows/mac software? If the answers are yes, then probably this is a reasonable choice. Chances are no.

I bought my first daughter a Chromebook for Uni. She could not get on with it. My second daughter uses it for everything she wants to do, and does not notice any loss of productivity. I find that spreadsheets and word processing functions very limited in Google's own services, but with Microsoft Office, Zoho writer etc these basic utilities are nearly very good.

The pluses:- fast start up, long battery life and lightweight, low-cost computing, with an option of Crouton for a fully fledged OS, mean that for some this is an excellent system

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

saif

Deja Vu

Ok not long ago an evangelical guru was appointed to migrate the NHS to open source.

Microsoft responded by making their licensing terms more generous.

The NHS accepted hinting that this was the plan all along.

NHS procurement is a corrupt, incompetent, bunch of bureaucrats who get things that they do not use themselves (software, drugs, implants) by putting out a tender, and waiting for the vendors to do their marketing. Those with the fanciest presentations and the biggest kick backs get the deal.

Ref: NP4IT, Microsoft NHS deals, Darent Valley and Pembury Hospital PFIs etc.

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Atten-hut! Linux Foundation welcomes three new recruits

saif

Profound changes?

New to the Foundation, but both already well established Linux companies. A significant change would be when a non Linux company joins the foundation...e.g. the NHS, the NSA, or Newscorp,

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Picture special: LOHAN makes fire in the sky at 15,000m

saif

The opposite of Gaffa...

Might be an idea to let the rockets escape...setting them off on a diverging, ascending directions and taking a wide angled picture as they head off into space. Advantage...also get an indication of thrust, acceleration and an idea of optimal launch angle...

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

saif

Well it stops people forking around, going where they shouldn't, unless they are Google

Makes sense to me. Seems it is the only way to get a unified, unfragmented platform experience, with hardware manufacturers differentiating with strengths of the hardware, and software developers having a consistent API to work with. Having a core that updates across all devices rather than at the manufacturers' or service providers' whim would be useful. Of course you might have some concerns about privacy...

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

saif

Of course, Android could run on a windows kernel

just like Gnome, KDE etc can run on Windows. It appears to be a way of getting the established android app ecosystem with a trajectory to have a windows internals in the future. Stage one of the good old Embrace, Enhance, Extinguish ideology

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Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance

saif

Even Russian hackers need inside info...

..and with no access to the back doors in American software, provided by the platform (windows, IE etc), or physical access to the networks of websites which mostly hosted in US (google etc) they have a tough time doing any effective cyber spying. Money is not the limiting factor, knowing the weaknesses (deliberate or discovered) is more important.

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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

saif

A tiger never changes its spots

Microsoft has a history of this kind of behaviour, deliberately crippling cross platform compatibility. Producing error messages that alarm users hoping to use non-MS products is certainly not new... avid reg readers will recall http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/11/05/how_ms_played_the_incompatibility/

and making people attempting to use Linux VMs uncomfortable clearly a key objective

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

saif

Ruskies annexe the ISS next

If the only folks that can maintain the ISS with people, fuel and equipment...they could claim squatter's rights...

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

saif
Linux

Hand back the geek ID card, return the butter knife and leave

All hardware upgrades should include a test of network connectivity with a Live USB or Live CD. True IT pros never leave home without such a bootable medium for roadside emergencies, much as ambulance men carry an Ambi bag with them wherever they go.. Modern OSes need network connectivity to complete installation, driver support, registration. Any reader without a puppy on a stick deserves nothing but a long (but not lonely) walk of shame.

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

saif

Crimea river...

Wonder if the Russian thought of counter-sanctions against the ISS. Without Soyuz that $150 billion dollar space station is toast

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

saif

.New-OS-talgia def. pain of installing a new operating system

It does not make sense to migrate a desktop system running XP into windows 7-8. For windows 7-8 you need a hardware upgrade with more memory, more cores, better graphics card bigger hard drive etc

1) Buy a new computer, 2)extract your old drive and attach it to your new computer running the drive in a virtual machine (e.g. virtual box) and 3) migrate gradually into your new OS, while retaining the continuity in you existing environment, copying the useful stuff leaving the cruft in old drive as a back up.

If you have to keep the old hardware, Linux is the ONLY way to go. Win 7 will run on old hardware but t will not be fun. I would dual boot, and then as above clone the drive to work under XP in a virtual machine...I did that 6 years ago...haven't looked back since, and use my old XP environment for the nostalgia...

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