* Posts by itzman

1606 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

Linux is part of the IoT security problem, dev tells Linux conference

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Re: Rolling your own vs. getting Linux

Well, let's get coding.

The OS is less of a problem than device drivers...

But they could be linux compatible.

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

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Re: Linux Noob question

Are you sure its not supported?

Many wifi chipsets use 'proprietary' drivers that have to be installed specially.

MATE has a 'Driver manager' to make this easier

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Re: Why the negative title?

I've had things break because they were the latest and I've had things break because they were not the latest.#

Everyone wants the One True Rule.

I prefer Linux....

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Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

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i'd be happy to get more than 6Mbps

..in a populated village...

Neighbour can't manage 2Mbps..

line powered DSL repeaters would be simple.

But BT wont.

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Re: An easy first step

Even on a sunny winters day, my small PV array can generate enough KWh to give my car enough charge for around 10 miles of travel.

How many sunny days are there in winter?

about 5 in December...

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Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'

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Re: Puzzled

I have observed two people buying products that are heavily advertised 'because they are better'

I am afraid it works.

In my case, I try never to buy anything that is heavily advertised.

I sometimes wonder if i am in fact simply failing to remember stuff I have been bombarded with.

I feel proud that no website I have ever built features adverts, or even cookies unless needed for transactions of some sort.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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Re: Can we blame Putin for Brexit too?

Never mind that. Have you seen the temperatures recently? Putin has even stopped Global Warming! The man is a monster!

Worst of all, 97% of experts don't know whether Putin is the result of Climate Change, or Caused It!

Quelle Horreur!

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Re: We've all known for ages ...

That people who say that 'we've all known for ages', are actually voicing a vanishingly small minority opinion.

Except this time. This time I am of course COMPLETELY CORRECT.

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Re: Can it just be over?

"all indications are that the economy is doing fine under her Democratic predecessor."

Don't send me no more postcards, no

Not unless you send them from

Desolation Row"

Try saying that in the rustbelts, to the mom and pop stores going under, to millions of people in flyover country who are NOT in well paid middle class jobs on the coastal strips.

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Re: firmly believing in something that does not exist is clinically a form of psychosis.

In which case our total sense of reality is a form of psychosis, as Quantum physics clearly demonstrates it's not 'really there' in the sense with which our 'psychotic fantasies' regard it as being.

The real issue, (to be revealed in my next paper 'metaphysics for a post-truth world') is which psychotic delusion you chose to pick.

And that in a nutshell, is what has happened with Brexit and with Trump. Substantial groups of people have decided not to adhere to the standard issue psychosis, and have picked - according to you lights - either a more, or a less, delusional and dysfunctional one.

And of course the key point of my paper, is not which is more true, but which in the end is sustainable and for how long. Boffing your enemies and ruling the world works, until you run out of enemies, when its sometimes tempting to invent them instead. If you like bossing biffing and ruling and strutting about.

(And for sure the Left does. More than the Right does).

Its a sea change in public consciousness. Get used to it. We have had 50 years of Leftism, and people are simply bored with it. Its past is sell by date. One look at Hillaries cadaver like visage and resurrected hairdo is enough to see that.

Of COURSE we will get fooled again. But for the time being is a blissful respite from moaning whining politically correct social justice warriors, and a strong clean smell of honest corruption openly declared, self interest and a rare and candid moment of almost honesty.

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" if the election was manipulated, there should be something done."

All elections are manipulated. The barrage of faux news from all sides that comprises the hustings, is manipulation.

As are the revelations, the legal actions the general fog of disinformation.

And at more local levels, one hopes, the direct frauds of non-existent people voting, or deliberate invalidation of voting slips.

This is not really an issue.

What is an issue is that when all that fails to deliver the results that rich and powerful people want, they seek to supplant the democratic process itself.

Leaving no option but armed insurrection to achieve 'regime change'.

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Re: Making facts the hard way

when someone has decades of experience in a special field they do know what they are talking about.

Another model based assumption totally at odds with the facts.

How many people who have been using computers for decades still really only have a hazy idea what an operating system is, and have almost no idea of security at all?

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Re: DNC - Remove the mote from your own eye

The Daily Mail, home of the clickbait headline? along with the express, the guardian, the telegraph, the bbc, sky news, fox news, the NYT....

In fact I don't think its possible to read a newspaper that isn't unashamed opinion and spin over a flimsy carcase of 'interpretable events'.

Dog bites man.

It was Russian dog.

It was too hot as a result of climate change

It was too cold as a result of climate change

It was being fed non organic processed dog food.

Its hard right owner trained it that way.

Its owner was a liberal pussy and hadn't trained it at all.

It has a deep seated Islamophobic temperament.

Its been repressed for years as part of a cultural attack on Dog Kind.

Its owner runs Linux...

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

The basic — and may I repeat that? thanks: "basic, basic, basic, basic" — and irrefutable physics behind the blockage, absorption, and re-radiation of long-wave radiation by large, active molecules such as CO2, CH4, N2O, and the like, and how that blockage and re-radiation warms the troposphere, surface, and ocean in quite easily measurable and quantifiable amounts while concomitantly and measurably cooling the stratosphere, have been well-demonstrated for many decades.

Sadly their effect on climate - essentially zero - has also been demonstrated for many decades.

If you actually care to run the numbers, you will find that the physics alone gives almost no importance to CO2.

The AGW theory has had to 'improve' on the physics by adding the completely unjustified concept of 'positive feedback' whose presence should have been revealed by atmospheric hotspots and particular distributions of temperature that have absolutely never been observed.

'Climate sceptics' do not deny climate change, or the physics of IR absorption. And its significant that these are always the straw men used to discredit them.

In reality the 'climate deniers' are those who cling to theories based on a feedback system supported by commercial and political interests, but sadly not by the data.

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Re: Idea

What if it's not man-made climate change but rather Leprechauns?

Well, exactly, Its that sort of 'science' that Trump was elected to dispense with.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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iSP relaed?

we've had customers with the same problem on others ISPs over the last few days.

It appears to be related to the brand of router BT etc use. Others may use similar.

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Re: Our Customers Never Believe Us

Ah, you've evidently met either my girlfriend or some spiritual twin of hers. Every time her work laptop fails to connect to a keyboard, mouse or the same router everything else in the house is perfectly happy with, or her VPN just randomly drops, I get exactly that look.

Is her name 'Cortana'??

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Re: O rly...

AIUI the issue is windows 10 and the BT router not playing nice on DHCP, so using another brand of router OR not using windows 10 solves the issue.

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Brits think broadband more important than mobes, cars or savings

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our MP's passed through the IPA?

Shurely the IPA passes through the members?

I'll get my coat...

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Re: Those in large contry houses...

If you REALLY want better than ADSL wire speeds, houses can of course get fibre installed and buy themselves ten grand a year's worth of 10Mb/s totally private internet..

And stick up an aerial and share it with their neighbours.

Its the poor sods in the cottages that cant even GET ADSL OR 3G/4G.....

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

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Re: I know a precision engineering firm

I THOUGHT they used PDP 11s....to run nuclear reactors...

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Re: Maybe they should consider going over to Linux?

Its pure inertia.

Medical software is specoialised, and if it happens to be written for XP, thats what you use, and then if the next hardware vendor comes along and sees an installed base of XP. that's what he's going to write for, as well.

I asked this question about a relatives dental practice. Basically 'you want a x-ray machine, it runs Vista/XP'. End of.

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.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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BBC?

Golly, they could solve the license problem with royalties from 'London Calling'....

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Typical San Francisco...

Leave Windows out of this...

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Frisco thurd world?

If te definition is completely unaligned with western civilisation, and not aligned with the soviet bloc, that's san Francisco to a T. Its so unaligned its positively bent.

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Re: Friction Piles

Concrete piles don't contain reinforcing steel as the stresses are compressive, not shear.

Euler's slender column theory?

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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Re: MICROSOFT IS OUT OF CONTROL

And I doubt they'd care. They're Micro-shaft. They're *POWERFUL*. They can DICTATE THE TERMS, and FORCE COMPLIANCE. Why SHOULD they care?

Well...Brexit. Donald Trump.

In some sort of weird 'life Imitates Art' the Users are fighting back against the MCP.

Actually, I suspect that what has happened is that some psychological threshold has been passed, and now >50% of people who think at all, have decided that they distrust being told what to think by people who are clearly much more privileged than they are.

M$ mistake is to think that just because once they were the only game in town, means that they still are.We bought MS because it had stuff we wanted. We carried on buying it, because we had no choice, even when it had optional stuff we didn't want. Now we resent paying for it because it is imposing stuff we really don't want on us.

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Continuing on a theme of...

..multiple solutions I dont need to problems I dont have...

...Surely anyone smart enough to actually use a command line has moved from the dark side already?

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Re: Wouldn't want a power shell

"dates back maybe 20 years.. 4NT."

Is that Blackwood?

(I wonder how many will 'get' that)

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Re: @Homer ... Missing item in the series?

if you have physical access you can boot a live DVD, remove the hard drive...cone the hard drive...

Its a bit like saying that in addition to jemmying the doors, you could also smash a window to get into your house...

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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As long as you use windows

..you need malware protection.

Its desirable elsewhere. With windows its mandatory.

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Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

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surely the correct flag is the ManBearPig?

nm

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FBI drops bombshell, and investigation: Clinton still in the clear

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Re: I'm glad

No, its mis-spelled, that's all.

Should be 'feisty'

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James Dyson's new startup: A university for engineers that doesn't suck

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Re: Sorry to be a doubter...

The only think wrong with a Henry is there is no Tux on the front.

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Brexit affects....

..the whole world , forever,

In a deterministic Universe, what doesn't?

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Standing out from the crowd with an Android phone? You and 90 per cent of the market

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Re: Numbers of handsets is not everything

Apple probably made more profit from their 40 odd million devices than the rest of the industry put together. Does not seem to get a mention in the report. I wonder why?

No one likes to be reminded that they were suckered into buying overpriced junk?

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: What's truly important here...

Is to have an orange idiot, not a mafia godmother.

On balance idiots do less damage.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: I'm not surprised...

I'm still waiting for printer manufacturers to develop printer drivers for Linux!

You dont need a 'printer driver' for linux. It already exists as CUPS.

What you need are PPDS.

And if you have a winprinter that you bought for $20, then I argue that isn't a printer at all.

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Re: As long as Win10 continues to be a piece of spyware...@Jess

For WIN games, there is dual boot.

For everything else there is VirtualBox. (or WINE)

My WIN XP VM restores from 'saved machine state' in under 4 seconds. I have enough RAM to leave it permanently running, though I dont.

That's way quicker than rebooting to windows, which might be at least a minute, and with no possibility of cutting and pasting between linux/windows environments.

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Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

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Re: Yet another thing Microsoft sucks at

To really grasp why Microsoft is so technically inept, you need to understand that it isn't actually a software development company, it's just a sales company, and salesmen make lousy software engineers.

Or, as we used to say 'Designed to sell, not to work'

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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Tojours bolleaux, je dites..

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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Re: Ah, the year 1 school of thought

Did we join the EU in 1946?

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

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For a moment there....

I thought the article was about Corbyns Labour party

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Decade-old SSH vuln exploited by IoT botnet armies to hose servers

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Re: SSH and Internet Facing Devices

Why would someone run an internet-facing device with SSH open to the world, in the first place?

Because it makes remote admin and remote access easy. Even from mobile devices that are not on reliable IP addresses.

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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I've been waiting.....

Until the reasons to buy either a smartphone or a tablet became overwhelming...

I am still waiting...

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PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

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Re: I've had the same broom for years!

theseus - yep. I never really get a 'new PC' it s continuous rolling upgrade, driven by hardware failure usually, although the SSD w\s a luxury..

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Unfortunate headline....

Apparently Donald Trump support is increasing...

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Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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What a very substandard article this is

Of all the places that are safe to be hacked, a nuclear power station is the safest.

A hint of anything and they shut down.

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Roboats hunt 'mines' and 'submarines' on Ex Unmanned Warrior

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Re: These devices are why it pointless to spend billions on 3 or 4 new nuclear subs

ER, they already have thousands of e.g. sonobouys and various other detection bits operating for those subs. Putting them in autonomous craft scarcely makes any difference.

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FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit

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I remember Lucy Kellaway.

She is a hoot.

Some very smart ladies at the FT. Isabella Kaminski. And the one who now runs half the paper whose name escapes me.

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