* Posts by nijam

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We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

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Re: So drive a..

> ... Fiat car which does not include the tech and will run for years

Are you sure Fiat is what you meant there?

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Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

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Re: Bad bargaining

> ... a story with a stick image ...

What's brown and sticky?

A stick.

Sorry, I couldn't (be arsed to) find a stock image of a stick.

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Facebook gets Weed-whacked: Unilever exec may axe ads over social network's toxic posts

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Not that I'm a fan (or even user) of Facebook, but surely there some irony in a Unilever marketer making these criticisms. Perhaps what was really meant was "Facebook advertising is too expensive"?

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Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick

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Re: Is KDE still a thing?

> What is wrong with these people?

Chasing the fads that smartphones (and yes, Windows 8) conned people into thinking were trendy?

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Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle

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Re: @Jim C - GPL is not freedom at all.

> What did they offered in exchange for BSD ?

BSD is not under the GPL, but under the BSD licence (remarkable coincidence, don't you think). So using what Apple did to criticise the GPL (which would have stopped them at least partly) is really quite odd logic.

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Re: GPL is not freedom at all.

> GPL fits only Stallman vision that you have to be forced to open source your code, and relinquish any copyright on it.

No, you retain the copyright, obviously. So I deduce you have some other axe to grind.

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Re: What's in it for the user?

> Can you explain that to your CEO?

You cannot explain technical things to CEOs, in general.

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You can resurrect any deleted GitHub account name. And this is why we have trust issues

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Re: Universities

> I really do wonder what the Universities think they're teaching these days.

Well, maybe look into that, instead of wondering about it.

I'm pretty sure (working at one) that what you are criticising isn't part of any curriculum I've seen.

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> when I went looking for a job last year there wasn't a single job description that didn't contain the phrase "agile" or "DevOps".

Fair enough, and you may be right. But remember, "job description" != "job".

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If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Re: Thunderbird != Outlook

> ... a clueless user ...

And there you have it.

In this case, "clueless" meaning "can't tell the difference between a message and an event" (i.e. email and calendar).

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Re: "Well, people are also still using Outlook, I know, crazy!"

> ... anything better than Outlook...

Outlook is a monolithic chunk of stuff that doesn't all belong in one application, unless the intent is to brick users up into a lucrative silo.

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> Sorry, can't name names on this one. Confidentiality and all that.

Embarrassment rather than confidentiality, I suspect.

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Re: CVE-2018-1383

> The kind of "exploit" which only works if you already have extensive knowledge, priviledge and time within the network on your hand.

Or if you pick up a script that can work out all that stuff for you, I expect.

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Now that's taking the p... Sewage plant 'hacked' to craft crypto-coins

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Re: Let me just say

> a pair of side cutters applied to ... anything connected to the outside world.

The users, then.

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Adobe: Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one

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> ...bought it from Macromedia and then turned it into garbage...

No effort was required to turn a Macromedia product into garbage.

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Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

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Re: ignore the actual issue

> PPE

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

Or, as the rest of us call it, opinions.

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Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers

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Re: The banks don't like bitcoin.

> Bitcoin is used in criminal transactions and money laundering

Bitcoin is *allegedly* used in criminal transactions and money laundering. The allegations - largely if not exclusively - coming from institutions who fear they may be missing out on tax revenue.

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Re: Accessorize...

> So the credit card companies admit that they can control what people buy or don't buy with their product?

No, in most cases the restrictions are on who you can buy from. This new policy is really just a blanket ban on merchants who sell Bitcoin.

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Re: The folly of individuals notwithstanding...

> ... that's the way the whole computer-generated 'fiat money' system works ...

It's the way all money systems work, in fact, nothing to do with computers at all. I don't believe there are any currencies in significant use that are not fiat money.

Once you move away from barter - either in the time domain ("here's some gold, give me a sack of flour once it's been milled") or to promissory notes ("I promise to owe the bearer on demand") - you're relying almost entirely on the agreement of some group of people as to the value of your currency.

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: excellent news

> ... the US goes to great lengths to circumvent the intent and purpose of the treaty.

They're not doing this already?

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Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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Re: WTF

> 'Complete this sentence "'E's are good, 'E's are good..."'

I must be too far over 35. Sad but true.

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Fujifilm, Xerox throw each other a US$6.1 billion lifeline

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> Does this mean Xerox will improve their tech support processes so I don't have to go backwards and forwards with them for a week to get an engineer out?

No.

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Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

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> It is easier to find the raw information on the web than it was 25 years ago or at least reports much closer to the source.

Yes, but now it's less like searching for a needle in a haystack and more like searching for a tampon in a septic tank.

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Re: Oh no

> It was a choice between sovereignty or become a state in a United States of Europe.

And I have a second-hand bridge you might like to buy, if you really believe we won't be subject to European laws after brexit.

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Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver

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Re: "1. Drivers are S/W, not H/W"

> So what is it that is protected ?

My understanding has always been that they are protecting their infringement of someone else's patent. Because nothing else makes sense.

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Zombie … in SPAAACE: Amateur gets chatty with 'dead' satellite

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Re: That's pretty nifty!

> ...no test of a warrior's metal...

... or even of their mettle.

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> ...Or on DAT. They were iffy when new.

Never had any problem with DAT myself. DDS, though...

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Microsoft works weekends to kill Intel's shoddy Spectre patch

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> MS have limited SW capacity.

They always have had - most of their stuff was bought-in then mangled to fit into one of their "architectures" (by which they mean "silos" or, if you prefer "customer lock-in systems").

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The Reg visits London Met Police's digital and electronics forensics labs

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Re: Digital Forensics

> AC obv

Well, the input of the power brick is, but usually the output is DC.

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Wanna motivate staff to be more secure? Don't bother bribing 'em

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So, if I read this aright, no financial incentive is large enough, but a simple (and presumably occasional) "thank you" will do the trick?

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UK taxman told to go easy on transformation with Brexit in headlights

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> ... HMRC is biting off more ...

Yes, it does that to people all the time.

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Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no

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> ... code analysis shown they fixed the vulnerable code in their library but didn't bump the version string up, so to a dumb analysis tool ...

To be fair, in the scenario, it's not the analysis tool that's the dumb one.

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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

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Re: Memory time...

> ... or a lot of code will break

you mean "a lot of code will be revealed to have been broken for years", surely?

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Re: Tabs v spaces

> Can be a real pain with Python ...

That's what you get for using a language where white space carries a semantic content. It really is a misguided design.

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PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

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Re: Shell without Power

> That's not relevant with Unix-like OSs

Or with Windows, either. Maybe with some of the applications and libraries larded on top of it, who knows?

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Re: Bash is superior but isn't supposed to be as feature rich as PS

If you're into such things, bash also has many features that powershell doesn't - and they're actual shell features, unlike the tedious list (posted earlier) of things that powershell has that are not shell features.

Windows has always been clunky and obstructive; powershell just seems to be more of the same. Much more.

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Re: PowerShell?

Giving a long list of features in PowerShell does not imply that it is superior. A casual glance, in fact, reveals that almost everything in the list is either essentially meaningless (e.g. "True remote sessions") or has no place in a shell (e.g. "web access").

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What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

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> ...the woman apologised to me for taking my photo, saying she did it for 'the sisterhood'...

OK until the comma, but the subsequent clause completely devalues the "apology", if you think about it.

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Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

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Re: Bah!

> Drones make irritating noises, but so do many other things...

You omitted "officious council employees" from your list.

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Re: This is totally unsurprising

> Shit did anyone tell the birds?

The birds don't need telling to shit.

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Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll

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> Just because you don't have a ♯ key on your keyboard doesn't mean you get to rename the language.

> And, for the record, this - £ - is a pound.

Also for the record, C# is a hash.

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> > "Pretty much everyone uses MS SQL in enterprise greenfield sites these days"

> Erm - references, please?? (can't find an appropriate icon)

"Green" as in "wet behind the ears", I think.

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SpaceX delivers classified 'Zuma' payload into orbit

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> Wasn't Zuma a giant frog that spits multicoloured balls?

Not according to South African news reports.

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Re: "Read more and try to understand when and where the GPL is an issue"

> I know exactly what the GPL is...

Very evidently you don't. And, at the very least, it is far, far less restrictive than the onerous and obstructive licences beloved of commercial vendors.

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> Also lack of brilliant, as opposed to simply good, development environments

I've never seen a commercial IDE that didn't impose a broken and/or dim-witted development model. Brilliant? Only in the "blinding" sense of the word.

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Re: "there are much more suitable options for that"

> The monolithic kernel architecture of Linux is against that

What on earth has that got to do with it?

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Re: "there are much more suitable options for that"

> It is actually more important for a consumer OS to be solid and work well

Don't tell us, run along to tell Microsoft.

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Re: So, 2018 will be the year of the Linux desktop because of Gnome?

So, exactly how is "apt" (apt-get is obsolete, obviously) any worse than the maze of cryptically-named menu entries you have to navigate through to make Windows update (or, more importantly these days, *not* update)?

I ask out of interest, but as I write this, I realise I won't get an interesting answer.

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Re: How do you know if someone uses Arch Linux?

> 9 out of 10 Arch users will tell you to Read the Manual first

...and rightly so.

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Re: Discuss

> Gnome 3 is what the millenial "shove it up your rectum" types *FEEL* we should have

With the possible exception of the now-defunct Unity, Gnome 3 (specifically, its front-end, Gnome Shell) is the worst desktop available to Linux users. Windows 8 brought the same kind of uselessness to Microsoft's clientele.

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