* Posts by John Sanders

1616 posts • joined 29 Sep 2006

What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

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Yawn...

Yawn...

Kindly pets penguin in the head.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: The NAZIS finally Won

Goyim I can't even...

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Re: It's game over for democracy

"Which begs the question as to the real purpose of such legislation."

Think about this:

Who is the surveillance supposed to cover in the UK, why is this even remotely necessary? Is it because of the naughty UK natives?, if not who?

The national socialists?

The members of the Red Brigades?

Members of the IRA?

Members of ETA?

The Bolsheviks?

The FARC?

The Khmer Rouge?

The members of GRAPO?

I wonder who could be so problematic as to grant the government the power to spy over everybody.

The funny bit is that these who the legislation try to address were brought in by a political decision which could be easily reversed if the politicians had any honesty.

But instead you and me have to now see our freedom eroded.

This will be used to spy on political adversaries, and anyone critical of (((the system)))

This is a massive slippery slope.

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Re: Only one question

(((Only one answer)))

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Linux "... eleventy million varieties ..."

Sorry to be pedantic.

There is only one "Linux", the kernel, what you complain about is that there are too many Linux distributions.

Advise to newcomers overwhelmed by the sheer variety.

There are three main families you care about as a beginner:

RedHat/CentOS

Debian/Ubuntu

Suse

My advice is to stick to Ubuntu or CentOS until you're familiar with how they work, once you understand the basics you can move easily from distro to distro.

My personal recomendation is to use Ubuntu MATE as your fist Linux, specially if you mistakenly think that Linux has to be Windows-like.

I won't lie, it takes effort, but trust me there is no looking back.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Two words really

Cargo cult.

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

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Solaris admins! Look out – working remote root exploit leaked in Shadow Brokers dump

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Brace yourselves...

I'm scared when they begin airing what they have on Linux.

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

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I propose two things to women:

These two things end the problem, choose weasely:

Either companies fire all men and hire only women. (If women earn less they are cheaper employees and thus more profit)

Or by governmental mandate we make every single woman earn 10% more than a man, thus ending the mythical pay gap forever.

Choose the form of the destructor.

And please leave us alone, we're tired of PC bullshit.

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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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Re: "Web native" developer?

"""You also get what you pay for...""

You're implying open-source is free as in free beer, this is not the case, not by a long shot, maybe for a ma&pa shop if they have someone competent, certainly not for most medum/large business.

Difference is open-source will not trip you, you can use it whatever way you see fit and doesn't impose stupid limits like what can you, or can't virtualize.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Well...

Good riddance...

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Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain

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Re: git shit

>> git is a PITA

Wait what?

Facepalm.

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

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Re: Shaming

If each movie created 15.000 jobs we'll all be working for the entertainment industry.

Besides, I trust nothing that (((Hollywood))) says related to cost, profits or salaries.

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Re: Get it right

Hmm some day maybe there will be anything worth to watch.

For the last 2 years I have been just watching the occasional fail-army youtube video, reading books and playing video-games.

Piss off entertainment industry, you produce 99.99999% boring PC garbage.

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

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Re: While it was nice to see no mention of Linux here...

This is because they need to "get into it" first.

Not as trivial as with another OS that can't be audited.

Not saying Linux is perfect or unhackable but it is a tad more difficult to get into Linux servers if they are configured correctly.

The more savvy and seasoned the user, the hardest to hack.

But all of this is moot if the state is after you.

They will apprehend you at your door, bash the hell out of you, get your keys and passwords and simply plant whatever evidence they want on your computer.

And you my dear friends will never know and will hate me once the press writes the corresponding kill piece and the BBC declares me enemy of the people.

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Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer

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Re: Significant legal risks of open-source software

@toadflakz

Google created their own implementation of Java not by copying the source but by re-implementing an open standard.

Oracle is suing Google claiming that if you implement a standard they own, you own them the moneyz because they are Oracle and Larry Ellison's yacht's deck is dirty and needs a new yacht.

Pandora's box.

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Re: Go for it!

>> That's really daft, when they could have used the shitty, unmaintainable and insecure real OpenSSH for free.

Dude WTF?, explain yourself or piss off.

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

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Elemental.

>>> What’s the point of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)?

Embrace, extend, extinguish.

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Git fscked by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Lifetime of Hash Algorithms

"""The difference Google demonstrated was the background colour, so basically turning #FFFFFF into #FF0000"""

They achieved this by including a binary chunk on the PDF, you make it sound as if the only change is FFFF to 0000, the document payload was altered significantly.

If you run a diff of both documents the differences will be massive on the binary chunk.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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Re: Which operating system?!

>>> Giving up Epoc for Windows CE was definitely the beginning of the end of Psion.

Giving in to Microsoft is the sure way to start the end of almost any company.

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Re: Bit pricey and it'll be a few more months until it's out but...

>>> Fails on at least three core criteria.

You do realise this is not an iFail do you?

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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

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Re: This is actually largely irrelevant

"""Except.... that if you pay for large scale enterprise support it costs nigh on as much as an MSSQL licence for the same feature set. Just like if you pay for Red Hat Enterprise it costs about as much as Windows Server."""

Except that I can affirm that RHEL support works quite well, while I can't say the same of MS' support.

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

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Re: Fickle Microsoft

""None of use should be dependent upon a single language.""

'None of use should be dependent upon a single language FROM MICROSOFT TO BE USED ONLY ON WINDOWS'

There fixed it for you.

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IETF 'reviewing' US event plans in the face of Trump's travel ban

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Re: Where's the outrage at "racist" Kuwait?

>>> Maybe doesn't fit the leftist narrative?

Yes, that is what it is, the left has deemed Mr Trump to be a Nazi, and you shall not question the left.

The modern left is just virtue signalling and SJW, they are willing to suicide you so they can keep signalling.

Arguments or reason are of course out of question.

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Wine 2.0 lands: It's not Soylent for booze but more Windows apps on Linux and Mac OS

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Re: Mostly just games

"""Things that you might actually use for something other than wasting time (e.g.: TurboTax, a version of Photoshop released this decade) don't get a lot of love. It's not really their fault -- a person has to eat -- but it limits the utility of the project from an end-user perspective. If you want that to change, you have to pony up."""

That is not true, not at all.

There are two aspects of Wine that people do not understand.

One is the fact that sometimes functionality is missing in several areas, this includes bugs in Windows that need to be reproduced.

The second fact is that some applications do not run out of the box on Wine's version of its components yet, but do run just fine if you configure Wine to use a DLL directly from a version of Windows (Windows XP ones are great most of the time)

Office 2003 for example will not work well unless you do several DLL overrides.

Wine can't just say hey!, copy these files from windows because you need a license for windows, so sometimes applications do not run for years because wine's DLL is missing functionality, which sometimes depends on other functionality of another component and so on.

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Re: just some win apps, mainly utuls are working

Office 2003/2007/2010

Almost work perfectly

Office 2013 works but not as well as previous versions.

The only piece of the puzzle is Outlook this is due to the complex Internet Explorer shenanigans, I mean system integration.

But eventually it will work.

Wine is great for Applications frozen in time, for example Visio 2003 or Photoshop CS2/3/4/5/6

Many, many games also work.

Wine is very hit and miss, and you need to learn a lot of black arts (IE copying DLL files from Windows XP) using winetricks (use always the very latest version!)

Wine is an achievement, like everything in Linux it moves slow at times, and others it moves fas and snowballs with functionality.

When it solves a problem for you it feels uncanny in a good way, picture me with a "pepe the frog" smug expression when I run Photoshop CS6 in Linux.

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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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you just wait

Until this is in place and they begin to label other things under the classification of "adult content"

Sliiiiipery slope.

And no one, no one voted or asked for this. Our dear elites once again telling us what is best for us.

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Plump Trump dumps TPP trade pump

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yawn...

"""The approach Trump proposes was developed in the 16th century and used through to the 18th century."""

In these centuries it wasn't possible to move both money and production to countries with slave wages.

There were no massive corporations and rich moguls (cof soros, cof!) engineering mass immigration of 3rd worlders depressing local wages.

I could write more but it is boring.

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The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

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PC Companies do not want to get it.

People know what a computer is, how it and looks like, and how it behaves, stop trying to find innovative ways to mess it up, no one appreciates it any more.

But they will not listen would they?

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

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AI is a scam

"Chatbots could totally be a trillion-dollar industry"

Yeah, flights to mars could totally be a trillion-dollar industry, or a machine who could decipher what the missus want could totally be a trillion-dollar industry.

This is the best we can hope for AI and chatbots:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R40EG3AmDHs

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: There is nothing wrong with kernel 4.4

Most people do not know that if you stick with the supported LTS kernel you get back-ported fixes and support for new hardware.

Also once Ubuntu 16.04.2 comes out, Kernel 4.8 will be available officially from Canonical by an "apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-yakkety" away.

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Perfect If they fix the scrollbars

My only grief with Mint is their insistence of using phone-like scroll bars in the default theme.

Come on, for us who do serious work with the computer we need the gadget elements to use more than "2-3 pixels" (Window borders for example) and we need the scroll bar buttons too for long lists.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Re: Great to see.

I have been calling this AI for a long time: "Bruteforce + large database"

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Re: Collect Data Points Until A Statistically Significant Result Is Achieved

About cabals...

Occam's razor: persons close to Trump's group, (or to the government in general) knew of this being discussed, and most importantly knew about "when" the decision was going to be made public.

Now proving inside trading it is another matter altogether.

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90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

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Re: Maybe they should consider going over to Linux?

"""Few people outside of major corporates have the financial power to get software written for them: The rest have to buy what's on offer, and not much is on offer for Linux."""

That may have been the case 20 years ago, not today, so no reason to keep falling into the same trap.

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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

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Re: Fancy that

Correct

In this day and age where we carry mobiles wirelessly connected to atomic clocks the least useful thing on a wristwatch is the clock.

A wrist watch is nothing but a jewel or a fashion accessory these days, ugly accessory = no sale.

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What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

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Re: One thing's for sure

I wonder what could these large companies be running that can change architecture easily at little cost?

I dunno, something like a free OS with a "mostly" free userland that anyone could adapt to their needs?

If only such a thing would exist... Now if you'll excuse me I have to feed the aquatic, flightless birds.

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

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Organised labour.

In the technology sector, all he has to do is to get rid of the US H-1B visa.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Is there a petition to insist that we DON'T change the new £5 note?

@Tim Hughes

>> Because I would sign it in a flash. There is so much more important shit to be worrying about.

But, but, but... meh feelinz!

It is all about virtue signaling, never forget that, they need to show everybody how much better people they are than the rest of us.

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@Bronek Kozicki

>>120,000 vs 150,000 .... this is very depressing. Or alternatively, it may serve to demonstrate the power of mainstream media.

Do not worry mainstream media is going the way of the Dodo, their bias is not bias anymore, it is confirmed partisanship and activism.

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Vegetarians/Vegans.

Many are behaving in ways similar to cult members.

http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/001/067/240/4e2.jpg

Idiots.

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

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The future of the EU

""This might lead to a completely changed EU without so much top-down regulation, harmonization or political integration. Or, of course, it could lead to the disintegration of the EU.""

I'll have mi disintegration on toast please.

The EU is done, it is a matter of time, we indeed live in interesting times.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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This boils down to a single thing...

If you have many muslims in your country you live in a surveillance state.

And this is a massive slippery slope

When the next atrocity happens the government will claim they need even more powers to stop the next one.

Watch out what will happen in France in the next 4-6 years it is an indication of what happens in the rest of Europe.

http://mediamatters.org/video/2016/09/19/radio-host-mark-steyn-more-muslims-you-have-more-terrorism-you-have/213191

Before you jump on your chair, answer this, what problem is there that requires the government to spy on the entire population? The "cosa nostra"? The IRA? ETA? The Red Brigades? the Nazi party?

And then think about this, if next government is a despotic government they will have a fantastic infrastructure to use for repression of dissenting individuals. Consider before you dismiss all of this as nonsense that a non-despotic government has already been prosecuting people for posting the wrong opinion on social media...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3506275/Publicity-boss-asked-Muslim-woman-street-explain-Brussels-deluged-angry-hilarious-Tweets-reply.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailUK

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/16/man-arrested-facebook-posts-syrian-refugees-scotland

How long until we can not express the wrong thoughts in places like this?

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Re: Exchange?

Sendmail? in 2016? not funny even as trolling.

http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9781593270018.do

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Re: Interesting

The big problem I see with your vision (which I thought about too) is that these third party apps often require a windows client, or come with small tools that only run on windows.

Also if I deploy any app on this database and I go back to the vendor because I have a problem I guarantee you they will wash their hands saying they only support running the DB on windows.

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Re: Interesting

@Lost in Clouds of Data

Bigot: a person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions.

>> If you don't need Exchange, why would you run it?

Tell me "Lost in Clouds of Data" Why is Mage a bigot?

In my opinion the question is valid, no one has questioned neither "choice" nor the right of Microsoft to create and sell such product.

I personally think that MS can not be trusted to support such complex product properly long term based on their previous history of "Linux support"

Do you realise that if you want to operate in Linux space you're required to cope with the Kernel/Library ecosystem breakneck pace or be made obsolete in 1-2 years?

So enlighten me, why is Mage or any Linux user a bigot for asking a legitimate question?

For us serious Linux sysadmins who work with Linux on the datacentre alongside a hefty amount of Windows Kit, this is the equivalent of selling Samba for Windows... What problem does MS SQL solve on Linux?

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Re: Interesting

These are the exact same points all sane people are asking.

Why? Anyone who needs MSSQL is going to run it on Windows, there is no advantage to run it on Linux, unless this is they release it for free so Linux shops can use it for testing, but even then... no company would have a problem buying a license of both windows and MSSQL if there is a business case.

One can argue that it may run better on Linux, but I seriously doubt this is the case.

This like porting powershell, does not solve any problem on the Linux side.

I just do not understand the rationale for this, and when that happens with MS I normally remember the late admiral Ackbar: "It's a trap!"

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Paris Hilton

This is probably...

The most serious WTF moment I had this year.

What the FCUK is this useful for?

The question is serious.

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Trade War

""The US recognised this problem at the begging of the 1980s and tried unsuccessfully to turn it around.""

Really? they tried isn't so hard, they even got tired of so much effort.

Ah the naivety.

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Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

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Re: Goodbye Hackintosh?

I'll miss being able to test the MacOS built-in VPN client, I guess we'll have to stop supporting Macs.

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Re: cue...

""Sometimes this might actually be a good thing. The hackers are getting smarter and smarter and IMHO it is beholden to the likes of Apple, Google and Microsoft to try to keep one step ahead of them.""

Doing so at the expense of sacrificing control over one's own computer is not how to keep a steep ahead of "them hackers", quite the contrary.

The hackers are not that smart, you're confusing the fact that there is a lot of clever people part of the hive-mind (interwebs) with all hackers being that smart.

Usually the vast majority of hacks are either bad defaults, laziness, sheer incompetence or user error.

Good luck fixing those with double root and a complicated permission-policy model, these have been proven time and time again to prevent hacking.

Complexity... complexity is not going away, it is increasing...

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