* Posts by James O'Shea

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Adobe can join Microsoft in hell.

"Adobe too has made subscription access so cheap that pirating seems petty."

"There's no point even in pirating it"

Depending on which version of Office365 to decide to be victimized by, it's $70 to $150 a year. Every year. The sole exception is Office365 University, $80 for four years... but it only has two installs compared to regular Office365's five, and, as far as I know can't be renewed. The real price of Office365 depends on how many years you use it. I, personally, have an Office365 University install. LibreOffice is almost good enough to replace MS Office now; I figure that it'll improve before the four years of my subscription are up, and MS won't be seeing any further money from me.

When last I looked Adobe wanted $60/month for Creative Cloud. That's $720/year.Not happening. This machine had Creative Suite 5.5 installed; everything except Adobe Acrobat Pro X is gone, now, and Acrobat will soon be gone, too. I paid $1000 for the 'education' version seven years ago, and have got my money's worth out of it. There is no way that I'm going to pay $720/year. No.

And $720/year is NOT petty cash.

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: Outrageous!

Maine has, I think, relatively few Cubans. You can have some of ours. No, take them, we won't mind, and no, we won't take Quebecois in exchange, we have more than enough of 'em in snowbird season as it is. I'm typing this from a KFC in Hialeah. I am literally the only non-Cuban on premises. The girl at the counter had to call her supervisor to translate; it was most amusing to listen to her Spanish and not let on that I understood what she was saying. This was at the KFC on 49th St... that is, Calle 49. In Hialeah and Doral, every single billboard I see is in Spanish; in Kendal, at least half. If you no habla around here, you're in serious shit... mierda. Whatever. And anyone who doesn't think that Las Latinas Brava can out-cuss anyone, even Linus Thorvalds, hasn't heard 'em in action. Their motto is 'I am Latina, hear me roar', and this is their signature image: https://jokideo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/lioness-roaring-at-lion.jpg (Note: do NOT forget your anniversary or her birthday. You WILL be sorry.)

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Re: Outrageous!

I was just going to say that gas is expensive in Detroit, $1800 for 600 gallons is $3/gallon. It’s $2.64 here in Deepest South Florida, and could be as low as $2.49. If anyone tried to overcharge Los Hijos de Cuba, or, especially, their sisters, Las Latinas Brava, they would learn Spanish wods and phrases not usually taught in schools. And then their language instructors would drive off and buy elsewhere, while continuing the language instruction out the window, at length and at high volume. If someone even thought about 120p/litre, Los Hijos would expend more than mere words.

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Like an everflowing stream: New tech promises remote S3 nearline disk performance

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You boys are far too negative. Just think of all the not-so-bright management types who will fall for this. Think of the way that they’ll get rid of their local staff as surplus to needs. Think of the absolute panic when it falls over, as it will sometime in the first week if not the first day. Think of the glorious fees which can be extracted ‘cause the ex-staff are now consultants and can charge what they like and management will have to pay if they want to see their data again... and if management doesn’t want to pay, think of the hours of amusement to be had watching them go down in flames.

There are those who say that I have a bad attitude. I can’t imagine where anyone could possibly have got such an unlikely idea.

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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‘Starting’ to look cult-like? Really?

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Re: Kim or Ken?

"it's just common sense to ask ...

That's the common sense that was applied at Chernobyl."

Actually... no. It's a lot worse than that.

1 there were some Big Red Buttons on various consoles

2 no-one, I repeat, no-one in the building had any idea what the hell they did

3 none of the available documentation said what they did, either

4 every single staff engineer had been literally trained on the job by those who came before them

5 management decided that it would be a good idea to find out what those buttons did and scheduled 'training' on one reactor which was not in use

6 they found out what the buttons did. Ooops.

See 'Ablaze' by Piers Paul Read for more detail.

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Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

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Re: Actually...

Macs boot off anything bootable. Apple doesn’t put roadblocks in the way of booting from anything but the internal drive. I currently have Macs which have booted from USB sticks, from USB 2 hard drives, USB 3 hard drives, USB optical drives, FireWire drives, and Thunderbolt drives.

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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May I suggest?

Step 1: purchase cans of spray paint. I understand that red, blue, and black work best.

Step 2: from a separate location, purchase full-face masks.

Be sure to use cash. Better yet, get someone else to buy them ,at widely separated locations, using cash.

Step 3: put on mask, find cameras, apply spray paint in a vigorous vertical motion to the lens array of any and all cameras in sight.

Step 4: commence the maneuver known best as Get The Hell Out Day Of Here.

Step 5: repeat.

In order to protect their cameras, they’ll have to, you know, STATION A BLOODY COPPER AT EACH LOCATION, THEREBY ACTUALLY HAVING A DAMN POLICE PRESENCE ON THE BLOODY STREET.

But maybe I think too highly of the Met’s brands brainpower.

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It’s been nearly 40 years, but I still recall my last, my very last, experience on British public transport, a bus in central London. In particular I recall the smell. In times both before and since I’ve been on public transport in various Caribbean countries, the US, India, and parts of Africa. That bus in London still stands out, and that means that it beat out rural Kenya, which ain’t easy. If I’d had a pistol, certain others on that bus would have been shot, no doubt to the cheers of everyone else. In any case, my international bus experiences are why I will never, ever, set foot in public transport ever again.

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: Seems to me

Which other rocks, belonging to an EU nation, would those be? The nearest French rocks would be Guadeloupe and Martinique, the nearest Dutch would be Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. There’re all _north_ of the equator. No German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc rocks anywhere nearby.

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Re: Seems to me

India has an on-going argument with China, and needs a military-grade GPS with a reach beyond South Asia. They also have relatives in the Caribbean and Africa, thanks to the Raj trying and failing to import strike-breakers (there’s a _reason_ why there are so many Indians in Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica...) and have commercial ties. They’d need civil-grade GPS, world-wide, for that. Geosynchronous is harder to do than LEO.

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Seems to me

That if the UK:

1 has already paid a substantial portion of the overall total costs of the project

2 owns territory (Las Malvinas, etc.) vital to the project

Then either the UK stays in the project _as a full member_ or the others in the project can hand back the cash and find somewhere else to plant their ground stations or whatever.

Further, I don’t see the problem with going to the Commonwealth to set up a rival system; between them, India, Australia, Canada, and South Africa could provide lots of ground support, and India in particular could do a lot of the space-based support. If Mayhem gets out the begging bowl India might even pay for some of it. I’m sure that they’d just love to have the Raj owe them one, and _they_ need a military-grade GPS of their own. I’d also have a chat with Japan, they can help with the space-based end and the financing, though why they’d help gaijins is another question.

In any case, got my bowl of popcorn and sitting back to watch the fun.

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Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

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Re: Or you're worried about the bill?

If one of the majors here tried to charge what O2 does, there’d be a revolt.

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Re: Or you're worried about the bill?

Here in Deepest South Florida, just about all plans from just about all the major carriers feature unlimited texts. Data is a whole other thing. My T-Mobile plan gives me unlimited voice/texts in the US Canada, and (wall or no wall) Mexico. (T-Mob’s color is pink, not orange...) There is ‘unlimited’ data, but it slows to 3g after I use 5 GB/month. And tethering is 3G unless I pay extra, which I don’t. I haven’t had to pay for texts for the better part of a decade.

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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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Paris Hilton

err...

With all of the vast quantity of pix of girls of various ages in various stages of undress which abound on the Internet for _free_, this moron (apologies to actual morons) tries to take pix himself... and blows himself up? For those who really want those kinds of pix, a simple search for 'upskirt pix' or similar will reveal (yes, I said it...) much. (Do that search on someone else's machine. I did. You wouldn't believe just how many pervs there are out there...) Certain Hollywierd movies, and not just 'Basic Instinct', either, are notorious for having upskirt shots, as are certain 'celebs'. Including one near and dear to the hearts of Reg commentards. And yet he felt the need to take his own pix. Damn, but he's an idiot. Squared and cubed.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: Is this some kind of record?

"Never seen 167 downvotes before, let alone 167 downvotes with 0 upvotes...bravo AC, your brain's minuscule buffer size had you set a record that may never be broken!"

It's now up to 0 to 218. I didn't think that there were 218 commentards, period, much less 218 comentards who would agree on something. One of the replies has 214 upvotes. That may be a record, too.

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GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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That would also be my opinion.

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Seriously

Serious question, to all who compain about 'shitty sites'... if the site is so bad, why are you still going there, GDPR or no GDPR? If someone goes to the trouble of geoblocking specifically to avoid having to deal with GDPR, then why on God's green Earth are you going to even more trouble to bypass the geoblocking? Why not just go to a site which complies instead? Why go to the trouble of using a VPN to evade the geoblock when it was clear from the start that your presence was not desired? Is there seriously no other site in the world which can provide the required service? Seriously? There are many sites which have been blocking access to those who run adblockers for a long time now (Forbes, Business Insider, I'm thinking of _you_) and I simply go elsewhere. There are many sites which have asinine cookie policies (Dick's Sporting Goods...) and I simply go elsewhere. I went to the Des Moines Register site for the first and probably the last time just now, thanks to this article, just to see why on Earth someone not in Iowa would want to have a look. Frankly, I don't see any reason to go back. Their site design stinks, their local stories are of no interest to me, their national/international stories are covered better and in more detail elsewhere. So if the decided to geoblock Deepest South Florida I'd not even notice, and would care less. Whyever would someone in Europe care? Why? Seriously?

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'Black hat' extortionist thrown back in the clink after Yelp-slamming biz

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He has the right to yap. And the right to get slapped as a result of yapping. He yapped. He got slapped.

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'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

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It’s something that Mike Pence does to Donald Trump after the Donald has had some alone time with Vladimir Putin.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Re: just use base 64 or so and you get 64 years of 262144 days

“A ten year shelf life is unthinkable”? They no longer sell Twinkies® where you are?

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Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Back in the day

i had a job running a large SCADA system. It controlled multiple remote sites. We were an electric utility, we had to control the various substations from System Control, 24/7. It was very secure, mostly by accident. We used Harris H800 24-bit (you read that correctly, 24-bit, they only cost half a million each...) supermini computers and communicated to the substations using powerline carrier over transmission lines. If anyone wanted to hack us, they had to either get into computer room at System Control, past the locked door. The locked doors, actually, the door to the computer room was locked and the door to building was locked. We had crashbars on the doors, you could always get out, but to get in either you had a key or someone inside IDed you using the camera outside the door and buzzed you in. And there was an armed guard at the gate to the property. We had _great_ physical security. Or they had to climb a utility pole and play with 138,000 volts at 100 to 200 amps. Good luck with that. None of our signals went over PSTN. A would-be hacker _could_ break into a substation (climb the fence or get a copy of the substation gate key and then break into the substation's control room... and he'd have control of that substation, nothing more. If he could figure out how to send the correct commands. If he survived playing with multiple 138 and 24 kV systems. And System Control would spot the problem almost immediately and send some linemen out to have a look.

I suppose that it was security by obscurity, but 138 kV at 100 amps makes for excellent security. Our heroes here might well have been able to pwn the system, if only they could touch it without being fried.

It'd have been different if we were dealing with something less rambunctious than 138 kV, but no, we were hackproof. The boys who ran the main computer system at company HQ, now, _they_ could be hacked. And were. There was a reason why we didn't let those bozos near our system. My fav example was the time that a quarter million worth of truck tires vanished from the Stores inventory. It was pretty clear who had liberated them, but as there was no record of their ever having been company property, not any more, there wasn't much which could be done. At least not up until the time I left the company, about two years later.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Utter bullshit

The places I use Windows most often are my ancient laptop and a VM running on one of my Macs. The laptop got ‘upgraded’ to 1803 very early on. I didn’t want it to be ‘upgraded’, but Redmond insisted. The VM, which I _wanted_ to be ‘upgraded’ to test the bloody thing, is still at 1709. In fact, just about the only Win10 installs around here, not just the ones I use a lot, which have _not_ been ‘upgraded’ to 1803 are running in VMs. Gee. What a coincidence. At least one VM is still running 1607. Hmm. Now, it’s true that I have taken to controlling the Internet access on Win10 VMs, but the bloody things don’t ‘upgrade’ even when Internet access is turned on. Hmmm.

I wonder why I’m just not feeling any Redmond love right now...

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Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards

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Oh, please... a mere 100 GBP? A pitance. Here in Deepest South Florida, at my local Best Buy they have $300 to $400 HDMI cables _in stock_ and can special order $600-700 cables. My fav Best Buy HDMI cable, the $1095 one, doesn’t seem to be available any more. Or maybe they’re just too embarrassed to admit that it ever existed.

I go to Best Buy mostly to get a laugh, those boys are living in a world all their own.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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Re: I'm So Pleased That Brits Recognize Adam Sandler Has Not Talent

This is incorrect. Adam Sandler is a very talented man, very talented indeed. However, his talent is not for acting, at least not in the way that most people would think. No, his talent is in extracting lots of money while creating utterly unwatchable messes. He approaches Uwe Boll levels of skill for that kind of thing.

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Oberleutnant Waldheim

"Can't just have them all intoning "I'll be back"."

Only the violent, gun-loving, Austrian ones do that. They will then forget that anything ever happened. The calm, quiet, civilized, American ones will merely tell you that they're sorry, they can't let you back inside. Less mess that way. (Unless the American ones are from Detroit. Then you'll have 20 seconds to comply.)

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Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...

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That's not a hipster, that's a Canadian, one of the Men In Plaid.

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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

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Lock ‘em up

Toss key away. Do not let them see sunlight again. Say bye.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Re: Firewalls?

I'd kinda like to know if this would work, too...

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will this work?

How about simply disconnecting from the network whenever a MS Office app is running? Unless something in the background calls home as soon as the network is reconnected, MS _can't_ slurp a damn thing... can they?

Failing that, wouldn't tightening up the firewall rules block slurpage?

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Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

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Re: Splooge!

I thought of Flesh Gordon. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068595/

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Africa's internet body in full-blown meltdown: 'None of the above' wins board protest vote

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Hmm

So the board has complete control, including over elections to fill seats, eh? I wonder what would happen if the board met to fill the vacant seats and there was a small accident involving 250 kg of dioxgen difluoride? Or perhaps chlorine trifluoride? I’m not advocating any such thing, of course, just wondering out loud.

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Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

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It just doesn’t show on some systems.

Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is left as an exercise for the student.

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Not just Intel SSDs

I’m running Win 10 in, among other installations, a VM running on a Mac with a Samsung SSD. Win 10 updates to the April Update on almost all systems not in VMs. It updates on systems in VMs, including running on Macs, as long as the host systems are running from spinning rust. It doesn’t like VMs running on SSDs. It doesn’t like some SSDs, not long limited to Intel SSDs.

If this wasn’t heresy, I’d say that Microsoft may have made an error or two in their installer, but we know that they never make mistakes, so this can’t be true, right?

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Adobe, 'hyper personalisation' and your privacy

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Re: Interesting

Have a look at the Affinity products at https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/. Affinity Photo does most of what Photoshop does, and is cheaper than one month's rent of CC. Affinity Designer does pretty much all of what Illustrator does, for less than another month's rent. Allegedly they're working on replacements for inDesign and Dreamweaver. iStudioPublisher http://www.istudiopublisher.com might also be something you want to look at.

Acrobat, unfortunately, is a lot harder to replace fully than I'd thought. PDF Expert and other apps of that type replace some features, but right now only Acrobat Pro does everything. It's very annoying. Acrobat Pro may well be the only Adobe application on my systems going forwards. It appears to be 32-bit, so it will have to be replaced when Apple and Microsoft take 32-bitness behind the barn, but at least it doesn't depend on Java 6.

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Interesting

I currently have Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 on many systems around here. CS 5.5 is no longer supported. CS 5.5 increasingly has... problems. CS 5.5 depends on Java 6, which has different... problems. Java 6 gets deleted with every new upgrade of macOS, and has to be reinstalled. Both CS 5.5 and Java 6 depend on 32-bit binaries, which will soon no longer be supported on both macOS and Windows. (Apple has started to issue 'warnings' about 32-bit binaries...)

I am replacing CS 5.5 on most machines. The replacements are not from Adobe. I had no intention of becoming a rentboy for Creative Cloud in the first place; thank you, Adobe, for adding additional reasons why CC will never, ever, touch any system I control.

When I get into the office today I shall be deleting all things Adobe, down to and including Adobe Reader, except on those machines which cannot connect to the Internet. I expect that this will vastly improve the 'user experience'.

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If you're a Fedora fanboi, this latest release might break your heart a little

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Re: Does this mean the distro is no longer condescending ?

They're still zealots.

I have a number of servers at this location. Some are Windows, running WinServer 2008 R2 and WInServer 2012 and 2012 R2. Some are various Linux distros. One is an old Apple XServe which Tim Cook's minions will pry loose from my cold, dead, fingers, and only after I lay waste to Cupertino and sow the ruins with radiocobalt. I also have a few desktop systems, Windows 7, Windows 10, a few XP, a lot of Macs running 10.6 and 10.9 and a few running 10.13. No Linux desktops. Why? Hardware and software incompatibilities. Linux does not talk to many of the various scanners, printers, imagesetters, and so on around here, or at least doesn't talk easily, and if it does, lacks the featureset of those devices when talking to Windows or Mac. I'm in the middle of dumping all the XP and some of the 7 and 10 systems and replacing them with Macs... because it's simply easier to get Macs to talk to the other hardware, and where I _must_ use Windows-based systems, in many cases it's simpler to get a Mac-based VM and still a Windows license on that. Macs and Windows boxes don't argue with me about video cards, network cards, printers, and imagesetters, scanners, floor-standing multifunction devices etc. (We have several Canon floor-standing copier things. One of them supports Linux... in theory. In reality, getting adequate hardcopy out of it from a Linux system is painful. Scans ain't happening, though they should, in theory. The other units simply aren't supported. All work perfectly with Windows and Macs, even ancient versions such as XP and 10.6, even though Mac OS X 10.7 is, officially, the lowest supported version of Mac OS. Yes, I can use it on theoretically unsupported Macs, but Linux systems balk. Perhaps someone who actually gives a damn might be able to coax good behavior out of the Canons and Linux; I just point a Mac or a Windows machine at the print or scan or fax job and It Just Works(tm). I've never got the Canon to send or receive a fax using Linux; we fax things on a semi-regular basis using Windows and Macs, without problems, and so simply and trivially that we no longer have stand-alone fax machines, we fax over the network from desktops. Can't do it from Linux, or at least not from any version of Linux we have using any of out Canon copier things.)

We have reason to use certain software which is simply not available on Linux, including MS Office and image-editing software like Photoshop and Affinity Photo. No, Open/Libre Office will NOT replace MS Office; I mostly use Word, and could probably make do with LibreOffice instead, but there are those who use Excel (a lot!) and simply cannot make do with LibreOffice. We have tried. No, it won't work. Not here. Pretty much everyone uses Outlook, even though most hate it. Tests with other email/calendaring systems show that the users here hate pretty much everything else (yes, especially Lotus Notes) more than they hate Outlook. It takes talent to be hated more than Outlook; the competition has lots of talent. No, the GIMP is not an adequate replacement for Photoshop or Photo. In particular, given that Linux systems have problems talking to the scanners we have here, the GIMP is crippled out of the box 'cause it can't scan. It can't even bloody scan from some of our directly-attached large-format high-resolution scanners, though it can detect the el cheapos. Problem is, we don't want scans from the el cheapos for production work; el cheapo scans are fine for me and the beancounters and admin, but the art department would have collective cows at the thought, and that tends to leave a mess which I would be stuck with cleaning up, so no thanks. I usually scan either from the el cheapo no-name scanner in the department or from the Canon floor-stander over the way, because 150x150, 300x300 or at most 600x600 scans are plenty for me and the el cheapo or the Canon can manage that without problems... except that the Canon won't scan to Linux. Then there's output. Assuming that we get scans in, somehow, despite the good scanners not supporting Linux, output is a bitch 'cause the good printers, including the imagesetters, don't support Linux.

This doesn't matter for servers; I rarely need to scan or print from a server and if I do, or if I need to fax, it's easy to print to a PDF on one of the shared volumes and then print or fax the PDF using a machine which can print or fax, or to have another machine do the scan and save it as a PDF or whatever on a shared volume and access it that way. The lack of support for some hardware and software isn't a problem, with a server. It's a big problem with desktop systems.

I expect lots of screaming from zealots.

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Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

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feh

P@55w0rD is so much more secure. It's got _three_ numbers and _two_ capitals, it _must_ be secure.

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Hmmm...

I wonder if His Orangeness has changed his password yet...

Actually, no matter what I tweeted if I were tweet in his name, no-one would notice. Unless it was to announce that he, Vlad, Stormy, and Vlad's pony were all married in a small but tasteful ceremony in St. Petersburg.

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Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure

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I'll take it

But they're gonna have to give me at least £50,000 monthly, after taxes, expenses, fees, and everything else accounting can think up to not pay me, six months in advance, non-refundable, in cash, so that I can deposit it somewhere that they can't get to it. Whassat? They don't wanna pay up? Cool. I'll just kick back at the beach here in Deepest South Florida.

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Whoops! Google forgot to delete Right To Be Forgotten search result

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Re: Since the EU can't for Google to erase searches worldwide

for a small fee I can look up those who have been forgotten in the EU. no need for the VPN, just an email or a text with the request and where I can get my payment will do. This way users can honestly say that they never performed the offending search, and a check of their browser history will confirm this.

Hmmm... a new business opportunity... Crook-Finders LLC, motto 'We find what they don't want you to know'. I wonder if el Reg would carry ads for us?

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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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Re: countless issues

Because they used to be on networks connected to the Internet, a very long time ago, and I've never bothered to delete them as they don't take up much space and I simply don't give a damn. Why do you care?

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Re: countless issues

I can just 'not upgrade'. The machines in question won't be connected to a network which connects to the Internet, and no USB or whatever devices which have not been checked out will be allowed. I have a number of ancient machines sitting on their very own little network, locked away from the outside world, and have had them for a Very Long Time(tm). My beige G3 currently runs 10.2. (Yes, 10.2. Not 10.12. 10.2. I put 10.3 on it once. Bad Things(tm) happened, so I removed 10.3 and put 10.2 back.) I suspect that it would be a Bad Idea(tm) to connect it to the Internet, if only because the only web browsers I have for it are Internet Explorer 5.something and some ancient version of OmniWeb. There have been just a few changes on the Web since those were current.

Just disconnect the machines from the network. If you can't do that, _then_ you have a problem.

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Re: 32-bit getting killed off for desktop OS?

It's worse than you might think. There's a reason why 32-bit apps are being killed off, and a very simple one: to clear the way for 64-bit ARM hardware. Apple doesn't want the hassle of having to support 32-bit Intel binaries on 64-bit ARM, supporting 64-bit Intel on 64-bit ARM will be enough of a hassle. There _will_ be ARM-powered Apple desktop systems within 18 to 25 months, max. (That's October 2019 to April-May 2020. Mark this down on your calendars.) There'll be some method of translating Intel 64-bit binaries on the fly, the way that 680x0 and PPC binaries were translated in times gone by, but not 32-bit. After a while, support for the translation system will be dropped, just as in the cases of 680x0 and PPC binaries in the past. (I still have an ancient beige Mac G3 and an almost as ancient eMac hanging around to use old 680x0 software, and the eMac and a iMac G5 to use old PPC software. The beige is over 20 years old now, the eMac and the iMac G5 are both over a decade old now. The beige is the last machine I have which still has an original equipment floppy drive which still works.)

Don't mention 'virtual machines', any VM will have to emulate Intel hardware, which is going to be interesting to do and even more interesting to defend in court.

There is a truly amazing amount of 32-bit code out there, in old apps, in libraries for old and new apps (Adobe: I'm looking at _you_) and in drivers for printers and scanners and the like. Lots of stuff is going to drop dead with the arrival of 10.14 or 10.15 or whatever. I wouldn't be surprised if the reason why some (and only some) are having problems is that they're running something at a low level which uses 32-bit code... and the little "I hate 32-bit" dialog isn't been clicked on 'cause it's not being seen, because the code is headless or lives deep inside something else.

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Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

James O'Shea
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so... tell me...

Does 'TSB' stand for 'Terminally Stupid Buffoons'? Or, perhaps, 'Terribly Shitty Bank'?

Why do they still have customers? I'd have thought that even Barclays (ick! dip fingers in holy water to cleanse them!) was better.

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UK's Department of Fun seeks data strategy head – experience not needed

James O'Shea
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Can this be done remotely?

If so, perhaps I’ll apply from Deepest South Florida. I’m sure that lots of senior staff would just love to have monthly meetings in sunny Miami Beach rather than cloudy London.

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Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

James O'Shea
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Re: "Frnech goivernment"?

Something which hasn’t existed since about 1789.

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T-Mobile Austria stores passwords as plain text, Outlook gets message crypto, and more

James O'Shea
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Re: Not Good Enough

What matters is how long it’s been since the files were encrypted, a.k.a. since the ransomware starts working, not when the ransomware is installed. Having ransomware sitting, not working, and not detected, on your system is pretty bad, but if it starts working users have 30 days to notice and restore the affected files. And once it starts working it should be easily detected and killed.

Frankly, if ransomware got onto a system _I_ was responsible for, I’d reformat the volume and restore from known good backups dating from prior to the malware’s install and would be very careful about restoring from backups made after the malware was present. Such backups would have to be extensively sanitized before they went anywhere near a production machine. Yes, this would take time. Yes, this would add costs. Yes, some data might be lost because I couldn’t be sure that it was safe. Certainly I’d just dump the whole thing back onto production machines, if ordered to, in writing, by a senior exec. Otherwise, no, it’s stays offline unless sanitized.

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Commonwealth Games brochure declares that England is now in Africa

James O'Shea
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Impossible. No schools in the US teach a subject called 'geography'.

https://www.pri.org/custom/files/styles/original_image/public/TrumpMap.jpg

It has been that way for quite some time now.

https://liberalvalues.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/the-world-according-to-ronald-reagan.jpg

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

James O'Shea
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Re: Finally somebody said the truth

I’ve never been to Manila. I have been to Cuidad Mexico. There is no way, no way at all, that Manila can be worse than Mexico City. In particular, there is no way that driverless cars can survive in Mexico, not with the way that the jaguar knights driving those VW taxis drive. Taxis in Mexico City are the fastest things on four wheels, despite the awesome traffice, because Mexico City taxi drivers aim for where there had better be a hole when their made-in-Mexico German-designed terror device arrives. And that VW will be trailing Cherenkov radiation... okay, I exaggerate, it’s only a sonic boom. I understand that they’re retiring the VWs. No doubt they’d be replaced by F1 racecars, except that those would be too slow. Anyone attempting to operate a driverless vehicle in Mexico City would find themselves in serious trouble, shortly before being rammed by one of the 140,000 taxis. Probably by more than one.

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