* Posts by nijam

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European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

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Re: mmmmmmmmmm...

> One assumes, further, that it may become illegal to pass any directions as to where you can find the instructions on how to install such software.

Since URLs are not (and never were) any more a "communication to the public" than telephone numbers, yours is the only possible interpretation of the ruling (i.e. it is not the URL per se, but telling people about it, that constitutes a "communication to the public"). Your only error is in using the wrong tense: "may become" rather than "is".

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Re: Another day

> Machines that were worthless after about Vista can be given a new life.

Yes, they were all upgraded to Linux.

(sorry, couldn't resist.)

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Re: Another day

> I welcome the delay very much, take as long as you need to fix it MS.

Heat death of the universe would be fine by me too.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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Re: Hacking.

> ... if it compiles successfully then ship it and fix any bugs in the next version

if it compiles successfully then ship it and fix one or two bugs in the next version, ad infinitum

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

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He is the swamp. Or the drain.

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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Re: RICO act

> ...if you have developed functionality to specifically lie to law enforcement agents

Not supporting Uber at all here, but isn't the functionality at least partly (or even mostly) to stop law enforcement agents lying to them, rather than just the other way round?

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: Cat among the pigions but...

> I'm puzzled by people that raise the bogey man of "binary logging"

I'm puzzled that anyone thought binary logging was of any use whatsoever. Saying it's not a problem because you can fix it with yet another piece of otherwise unnecessary baggage is rather unhelpful.

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> It's an elegant system that works with easily understandable text-based configuration files

No, it's not elegant, and the config files are no easier to understand than the scripts used previously.

> A change of init system isn't something we should be doing more than once every couple of decades

Agreed, but systemd is not an init system (hint: init is an init system). Systemd is spaghetti architecture - even calling it "architecture" at all is generous, of course.

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Re: It is not that clearcut

Emacs vs vi...

"Unfortunately, only one of them will lose" H Kissinger

(or something like that, can't be bothered to check).

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Re: It's not infighting

> Apache is laughing at you right about now.

And that laughter is the reason why nginx is gaining ground.

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

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Re: Smart Water

Like Smart Cars and smartphones... not actually smart, just seem that way in comparison with the people who use said products(s).

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Re: it's happened before, a few times

> We have a different approach to ... data privacy

Except we evidently don't.

Time to remove all police exceptions from DPA etc?

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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Re: It still makes me giggle

> ... a 5% market share for windows phone is a total failure ...

a 5% market share for windows phone is a total fantasy

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Re: The latest version on Windows Phone 10...

> Just how hard is it for MS' coders to develop a tiny app for Windows phone?

In my experience. developing software for Windows is more difficult than for (say) Linux. I fully expect the same to true of Windows Phone vs Android.

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Toshiba spins out new NAS disk drive with its fastest transfer rate yet

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Re: Let's not be ignorant

In other words, MTBF really is made-up drivel.

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No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

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Re: Alas poor WinPho I knew him well

> ... how zippy their incredibly low-end devices are

They just seem fast because there's bu??er-all on them. Even the apps they originally came with (inherited from Nokia I surmise) no longer work.

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> No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

No, everyone else is killing it.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: "People don't hate adverts, just awful adverts"

> "People don't hate adverts, just awful adverts"

In other words, "People don't hate adverts, just all adverts"

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Re: Designers..

> I don't think the artists/designers got that memo

Artists & designers should never have been allowed in...

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Re: This should help Apple and Linux

> Apple lost my vote when they decided to just up and abandon PowerPC even though they were selling machines with those chips in them just months before the announcement.

Apple lost my vote when they decided to just up and abandon 68000 even though they were selling machines with those chips in them just days before the announcement.

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Re: Optional

> windows-as-a-service

Windows is pretty much the very opposite of a service.

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Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

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Just for clarity, is he saying that if you use your credit card card to pay for things that you can get for free, you might get ripped off?

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Re: Of course, will they go after other bad guys?

> Like those who fake being the IRS, or "Microsoft" support.

Why mention "fake"? "Like the IRS and Microsoft" would have done just fine.

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Re: Shout through the letterbox

> Ok Alexa order 100 dildos

Which order would like them in? Sorted by length or by thickness?

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Re: Computer Misuse Act?

> Doesn't burglary require forced entry?

No.

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Nerd Klaxon: Barbican to host Science Fiction exhibition this summer

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> "When something is good enough in Science Fiction, they say it's not Science Fiction."

Which is the converse of Sturgeon's Revelation.

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China emerges as digital rights champion with new info privacy law

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> requiring them to obtain users' permission before sending any data on them outside the country.

I believe you meant "requiring them to obtain government permission before sending any data on them outside the government"

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

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Re: Daft thing is ...

I don't, never have done. Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly ... ah, must just pop out, back soon.

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> "Dead Steve Jobs' marketing department"

One less thing.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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As an aside, can we just be clear that other locations than India are available for outsourcing and India is by no means the worst possibility...

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Senior managers (and middle managers for that matter) are a much bigger cost centre than IT. But guess which of them gets to decide where to cut costs.

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Cowardly Microsoft buries critical Hyper-V, WordPad, Office, Outlook, etc security patches in normal fixes

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Re: Proper procedure?

> ... Microsoft don't test them that way

They should, though.

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Re: Proper procedure?

> ... You need to deal with MSFT

No you don't. Really.

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Law Commission pulls back on official secrets laws plans after Reg exposes flawed report

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Re: BBBut...

> ... whole point of Brexit is to get rid of people's rights ...

It is completely unclear how that could possibly be construed as sarcasm.

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Re: When are Prime Ministers democratically elected?

> it is quite refreshing to be able to count on policy being largely driven by actual economic and social needs rather than short-term, egotistic political interests.

Notr that I'm disagreeing with you general point, but in any other context, that would have been phrased as "... driven by big-business and self-serving pressure groups...".

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

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Re: The DoL sued Google earlier this year seeking to get its hands on the details....

> why not just hand that over to the DoL

According to the article, the DoL didn't ask; the first Google heard about it was went DoL issued the lawsuit.

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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Re: I won't be mourning the loss of UNITY...

> ... a user interface that keeps out of your way is what we all liked about GNOME Shell

WTF! Gnome shell is the very essence of getting in your way ALL THE TIME.

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Re: Horses and stable doors

> ... not the job of a desktop environment to be seen, .. .developers seem to have lost sight of

Some sort of irony...

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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> where the fuck are you going to find a virgin?

Maybe if you phrased it differently?

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Re: Ridiculous

Blasphemy is, in effect, the claim that you know better than some self-appointed know-it-all what an imaginary supernatural being wants you to do. Was that ever a sound basis for a law?

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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Re: I thought

> I'd argue that this is, in a large proportion of cases, a bullshit statement.

It's not bullshit, it's Microsoft marketing... Oh, wait...

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Everything's fine, says Cylance, as workers given the boot

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> ... everything from software deployment packages to Office365 automatic updates as potentially malign

1 out of 2 ain't bad.

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Cloud-based devices for clod-based users. Perfect.

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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If we're going to ban encryption, let's start small: ban all use of encryption by GCHQ for a year, to see how well it goes.

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UK gov draws driverless car test zone around M40 corridor

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Re: "UK...leader"...?

> Our motor industry turns over about £70bn a year

Brexit will fix that.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Re: "300 football fields of rainforest per hour is cleared"

> "300 football fields of rainforest per hour is cleared"

Ban football, it's destroying the rainforest!

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Re: best solution!

> how about the estimated 12% of the British population that are vegetarian or vegan?

Tell them not to eat banknotes.

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Re: best solution!

> ... systematically destroyed to the point that it is today in our quest to industrialise

Most of it went pre-industrialisation, to build a Navy's-worth of wooden ships, and of course all the other reasons - wood for fuel, wood for house-building, clearing space for inefficient agriculture, ...

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Re: best solution!

> ... these moaners must be very boney.

Except that most of them are fatheads.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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> If they can't train the riders of pedal powered vehicles to obey the rules...

A. you don't need training to be a self-righteous idiot.

and

B. rules don't apply to cyclists.

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