* Posts by Snake

171 posts • joined 18 Oct 2012


Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes


Re: Popularity an important point?

"What problems are you talking about, though?"

A lack of industry standard-level creative apps. The Adobe suite doesn't run on it, which completely kills of the vast number of creative types: digital artists; graphic designers; graphic artist; photographers, from wedding to portrait to fashion; pretty much the entire publishing industry, from micro-self to global level; a good number of web content creators; videographers; industrial designers...the list of lost users is huge right there.

And NO, the alternatives that you give are NOT the same. Not by a long shot! When you tell me that your Linux app will open a multi-layer PSD, embedded it as an active object into the page layout app, allow exporting the page layout to a IDD file *that other people, like my publishing company, can open and modify if needed*...THEN you can talk to me about the power of Linux Desktop.

And that's just one app range.

Now add in the weak desktop UI, one that almost (still!) requires a user to go into sudoland. Many distros have been addressing this problem yet it has not completely disappeared. The UI needs to be Mac-level elegant or reasonably close to it; in other words, the need to completely hide the command line is still a work in progress. The current power users don't want to hear this, but the command line is a NEGATIVE from the perspective of the common user, not a positive; command line use needs to be optional, not a requirement, before everyman will consider the OS.

"I don't see that as a problem. You do, and that's fair, but not everyone agrees with you."

Because you are probably an administrator or a programmer, both Linux fortes. Writers et al, that is including general office work, can get great results from Linux apps, word processing isn't hard compared to, say, video editing.

"This is where I get confused -- Linux is perfectly fine for the desktop right now, for a huge number of people. I don't see any serious deficiency there at all."

Linux can't do any specialized desktop work at all. By that i mean no special industry-specific apps that work with other things like CAD, inventory sales...it can't even run Quickbooks! The industry standard accounting system!

"And it already does, quite successfully."

As I've shown by not trying to hard: no, no it doesn't. Linux desktop only manages to work for a select number to usage types, not general purpose. I could never use it because it doesn't have the apps i need; my coworker couldn't use it because it can handle the (very different) apps she needs. Not even close.

"Perhaps what you're talking about is trying to make Linux the most popular desktop OS? Personally, I'm not on board with that, because the way to do that is to make it a clone of what most people already know well: Windows. And if we're going there, then we may as well just use Windows.

Linux already has (and has had for years) what it needs in order to be a successful and useful desktop OS -- enough users to make serious development worthwhile. It doesn't need the majority of computer users."

Possibly, but an unusual decision, as most every system wants growth.


Re: Popularity an important point?

It's not that the popularity of desktop Linux is important per se, it is that this is both a symptom and a cause of Linux's problems. Because Linux is not popular, common mainstream name brand apps don't get ported / developed for it. Because Linux doesn't have mainstream name brand apps, it doesn't get popular.

One of the biggest Catch-22's in current computer history.

But, still, it is quoted as a symptom: stop worrying about the constant, bleeding-edge development of the kernel / OS and start working on fixing the application choices. The developers love the kernel work because it is both stimulating and gains acceptance / kudos from the coding community, but frankly those don't bring in general users. The grunt work is in developing end-user applications, and this is where Linux needs much, much more development hours in order to gain traction as a general use/desktop OS.

If Linux is completely satisfied with being the world's choice as embedded / server OS that is 100% acceptable, but then stop trying to push it towards that desktop usage in order to only see it fail due to its under-addressed desktop deficiencies. If the community constantly wants to push Linux on the desktop, then push, and make it count, rather than the incomplete attempts of the past 2 decades.

At least, this is what I personally believe. Do or Do Not, there is no Try. Not after 20 years, anyway.



The anti-Linux freaks aren't having a field day here. The Linux on the Desktop is Just A Fantasy freaks are having a field day, and although I'm sick of getting downvotes from Linux fans who can't admit an UNDENIABLE truth, I'll post anyway.

After 20 YEARS of "Year of the Linux Desktop!" had begun, Linux only makes up an utterly irrelevant 1.6% of the DESKTOP market. It OWNS serverland yet can't break into the desktop even if its very life depended upon it.

Why? Can't the fans here admit WHY??


This Mint VLC issue quite perfectly shows the point. 'Update to a newer distro, VLC works quite well now". What about the prior 17 or so years of Linux on the desktop? Package dependencies, massive blob installs, unknown kernel driver support...it goes on and on.

Stop with the OS fanaticism. We know Linux has a great foundation. The problem is *user experience*, and the hard-core developers of the Linux world are too busy being proud of remembering sudo commands instead of making a system so damn stupid-level that the computer illiterate - the computer stupid - will be willing to use it.

That, and somehow get real, name brand apps on the OS. I'm sorry, but "Just use GIMP!" and "You should be able to run it under WINE" is NOT an acceptable answer to Joe Average's question of "I need Photoshop and Lightroom to run on my new Linux machine". I'm sorry, but it just ISN'T. When Joe Average asks for a *name brand* application solution, an answer of "This is good enough for you!" is NOT the right answer. Both the developers and fans don't want to hear this, but the market has voted with their wallets - even though you try to tell them better.

As usual, I'll get downvoted. Even though these are provable FACTS but they'll deny what they don't want to hear, deny a paltry 1.6% desktop market penetration, because their belief is stronger than any fact presented to them. They can't deflect the facts so they just deny them, rather than address and fix the problem. Just like the headline story on The Reg about blockchain: "Stop with the sexy noises and get real!" Linux will continue to struggle on the desktop, while it has taken over the rest of the world.

White House and FCC announce big, broken solutions to America's pitiful broadband


Today's poll

was actually brought to you by a congressional committee, using references from an industry self-analyzing 'study' that [surprise!] declared what a great job the industry was doing in upholding its development and rollout promises.

And then the Tooth Fairy gave out free prophylactics to the congressmen for their next Congressional Page visit.

Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight

Thumb Up

Before people jump...

I agree. Also, if the kit is being purchased by the company for said productive employee, it will be amortized over the expected usage life, and then sold for a (relatively high, based upon initial selling price) residual amount. Even if it is being bought personally, it will be a tool for their use and sold off at the next upgrade cycle - is this any different than any other kit?

With the exception of MacBookPro's, who's resale value is kept [artificially] high due to, frankly, the Apple fandom, when you buy a $1,600 laptop it'll be worth $600 to $800 (if you are lucky) in 16 months. Is this any different? It's part of the known tech upgrade cycle game (and serves me well: I buy kit after said 16 months and pay about 2/5 of what it was new. Tech no longer moves fast enough to warrant / worry about the 16 months time, nothing really has changed!)

Seems that artistic creatives have no problem being told that they should / need / want to invest in expensive (Apple) kit, but when Microsoft comes out with a competitor it is 'shame about the price'? We say "Too much money!" about said Apple kit yet that doesn't stop those pro-Apple creatives; why should it stop pro-Windows creatives?

US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)


Re: Is anyone surprised?


Why no, not at all.

I'm simply tired of saying things that eventually are shown to be obvious.

Please forward this to the congressman - while they had their heads in the sand, the rest of us were well aware of exactly what was going on.

Hi, Jack'd: A little PSA for anyone using this dating-hook-up app... Anyone can slurp your private, public snaps

IT Angle

Re: Outsourced programmers

Oh yeah, that hits the nail on the head. Went though that myself after my company bought the development of its (small) website; the web "developer" in reality outsources the actual development to Poland.

As usual, this tech project was initiated by a tech-ignorant boss, who thinks he is otherwise, without asking me or telling me anything until it was completed, and the result dropped into my lap.

The Polish coders developed said website, uploaded it to the required location but failed to change anything as required from the stock installation of the CMS as per correct security practices.

So, of course, said web site was therefore hacked to download malware to our kind visitors.

Because doing small things like security would have been an 'extra-cost upgrade', supposedly.


The developed web site had bugs, improperly implemented security, lousy layout choices, inadequate good descriptions and truncated index listings, etc etc etc. Fixed, of course, after I got a handle on PHP, debugged the pages (I haven't programmed in years), updated the CMS, moved it once to a new location (which was a poor choice, the (major, big box) hosting service sucks), etc etc etc.

Does anything ever change??

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats


Re: OK, I will

"The shitters here are most likely feral pigeons; bastard cross breeds of rock doves, stock doves, wood pigeons and the other various doves/pigeons that inhabit these islands. The only one that's not worth eating is the feral pigeon."

Rock doves, "feral" pigeons and "domestic" pigeons are all the same base species (Columba livia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_pigeon ) , the various notations are simply subspecies ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subspecies ) which simply denote locales. Therefore, most "feral pigeons" are actually rock doves that simply are denoted by their urban lifestyle (as the photo of them in India on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_pigeon , shows ).


OK, I will

although not on the IT angle.

1) Stop thinking of them as "pigeons", as if their existence needs to be justified in strictly human terms, and you'll find yourself better for it. Their technical description is "Rock dove", and if you tell yourself that name rather than 'pigeon' when you see them, you'll actually smile at yourself. :)

2) I don't see anything unusual about birds pooping on people. Happened to one of my teachers 40 years ago whilst I was standing right next to him during an outdoor break. Lifted his arm - poop! Right on the elbow. Direct hit! I think they have bomb sights as built-in features :p

Another Apple engineer cuffed over alleged self-driving car data theft: FBI swoop on bod as he boards plane to China


Re: how much were they getting?

"Sounds like he only joined Apple for one reason..."

Exactly. So why is Apple, on a self-proclaimed secret project, hiring a foreign worker on some type of work visa, who can't possibly be security vetted?

I'm not trying to sound biased nor racist. But you hired a worker from a foreign land, a land that has been proclaimed as notable for stealing technical advancements, *and* there is no possible way to vet any and all types of security clearance guarantees. And NOW you're realizing that he may have ulterior motives?!

Are you [Apple], well, this stupid??! There are PLENTY of advanced technicians with backgrounds that can be more favorably researched and vetted. Yes, that includes people from all over the world but from areas not proclaimed as hostile to technical secrets, or from places that are considered "friendly" to American interest & causes.

But you, Apple, had to get greedy, almost certainly hiring a technician at probably a lower cost than his coworkers. Because you wanted to save the $$$$. And his performance wasn't anything to write home about, either.

So how did your great idea turn out, guys?

Am I not feeling any empathy for 'poor' Apple here, frankly.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias


So wait

I make a post 2 days ago about my fury of my family gifting my mother an Alexa Dot, regarding loss of privacy, and get downvoted.

Now there's an article addressing the issue and everyone is all gun-ho? You need someone in control to raise a concern before you'll accept it?

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'


Re: How does one decline to be scanned?

"Wear a paper bag over your head"

I was thinking that wearing a photo of Teresa May would be much more effective in making a point...

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data


Re: But but, even family wishes to ignore the problem

"And there is the problem. People just don't know and if they do know most don't care."

My family gave my mother an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas. I was rather furious, telling them that it listens in and records your conversations even when you didn't call on Echo to perform a task.

They said they didn't care or mind, as long as it worked and played music when they wanted.


Benjamin Franklin must have been a time traveler. Was he a Gallifreian? Apparently he spotted the sheepdom of the world before it ever truly arrived.


Re: Promise to do better

Sadly Alistair, "Working harder to not be discovered" is the LONG modus operandi of corporate American business tactics (please remember, I'm an American here, so it is not simply someone outside spewing off). The sad part is that the rest of the world learned the ugliness of the tactic - get away with what you can - and gleefully copied it. Yes, Yes, its basis is in human nature, looking for any advantage versus the competition, but it seems industrialized America refined it to a fine polish and then exported the greed everywhere it touched.

Like a plague. "Greed is Good".


Re: Promise to do better

And, when it comes to online security I will repeat yet again, https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/all/2017/04/10/internet_society_full_encryption/#c_3152056

"Only the paranoid survive."

But do people listen?? Nooooo...

Disable your Facebook mobile apps. Use Firefox and install the new Facebook Container add-on. Use NoScript and permanently block all Facebook, Doubleclick and et al ad and add-on scripts. Block all Facebook and Doubleclick cookies, and force all cookies to be flushed upon browser exit.

I've even blocked background data for Google Play Services.

Just Say No.


Re: Stupidity of the common man

This. The install of Facebook Research was voluntary and only goes to show you how STUPID people are, giving up every single point of data in their lives...as long as money was attached to the loss.

The fundamental problem of the world is that [even fairly] smart people, concerned people, thoughtful people or just plain conscientious people have to fight against massive amounts of global stupidity and sometimes even willful ignorance. The human race will never get anywhere until we can overcome the inertia of the people, sometimes quite intentionally being recidivist and backwards, regardless of the damage to others, because it is convenient for them.

Seagate punts external PS4 drive at the millions who uninstalled their game libraries to fit Red Dead Redemption 2


Re: Shhhhh.....

How about giving them the benefit of the doubt and adding form factor into the equation?

Most external HDD's are rather ugly vertical boxen (unless you admittingly pay extra for a nice design), while the PS4 HDD matches the profile of the unit, making a very nice stack presentation in your media center.

Sometimes that's just worth a bit extra, you know?

US watchdog legal fight against Qualcomm and pushy chip deals closes with argument over how awful lawyers are


3 guys walked into a bar...

"But, Van Nest, argued that the judge should disregard those claims as "highly exaggerated," because those executives are attorneys. And you know you can't trust what attorneys say."

Frank honest from a lawyer. Something's wrong there for sure.

Bankers, lawyers and criminals. But I repeat myself.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc



Is it really any surprise that you get referred to as 'remoaners", when you demonstrate zero understanding of what leavers actually want and expect, and cover up your ignorance with insults and bigotry?

What ignorance? Is it, or is not, a fact that Brexiters campaigned, and continue to believe, that they have the right to maintain Favoured Nation full EU-equivalent trade status even though they are leaving? If that is not the case, then why was May's compromise deal so humiliatingly defeated, because somehow everyone expected better terms for Britain but instead got a hot slap of reality from the EU consortium?? And the Ireland question??

It's YOU who are living in a delusional fantasy land of entitlement, my friend. Too bad the EU gave you a what-for, and didn't roll over for your personal majesty.



What? That's bullshit. Sorry.

I 100% agree.

The issue is that currently the UK is part of the EU. Thus lots of rules saying "x must be in an EU country" are currently;y fine if x is in the UK. The UK has decided it's leaving the EU, and has not yet managed to agree on what that means for all the cases of x. The proposed "deal" is that the UK remains in the identical position (legally speaking) and therefore all cases of x in the UK are fine.

And therein lies the crux of the problem. Brexiters are under this self-entitled delusion that they get exclusive rights to call the shots; Brexiters moronically hold the belief that they get to leave the EU, but paradoxically get to tell the EU that they will retail any said benefits they personally choose, regardless.

They are children who think they get to tell everyone else how to use the ball, after they leave class.

As to 'making new rules', what part of EU membership WASN'T implied when you got that dot EU domain?? Do you get to keep your Henry@globalmegacorp.com email address after you quit?

No? So why is this any different? The dot EU domain is a benefit of EU membership as it directly associates the domain owner with the economic union. No if, ands, or buts about it.

You're leaving. Association gets revoked.

The End.



Although I am an American, and am not affected by this change, I do not agree with your assessment; I fully agree with the EU's policy on this.

"But globalism is seemingly not in vogue at the moment, so the EU is forcing a geographic separation on something that doesn't have or need one. It's hard to imagine how someone owning a .eu domain that lives in the UK is a threat whatsoever to the registry. But then nothing about Brexit makes any sense, so why should domain names be any different?

It's the *UK* that currently doesn't believe in globalism; it's the *UK* that wants out of EU. Yet, somehow, the person leaving the consortium should be able to make the rules - that being, I wish my personal domain to remain associated with the EU's TLD, thereby retaining any benefit / glamour / cachet acquired, however direct or indirectly, by that connotation.

As usual, just like Trumpers, they want the cake and be able to eat it, too.

".eu" on the label has a certain worldwide connotation of "Continental", which leaving the EU now breaks. Permanently. You want Brexit because you don't want Europe to "tell you want to do", but you want to retain .eu domains in order to benefit from any additional sheen that they may be able to grant themselves in the future. EU economy running well, but UK still suffering from Brexit-itits? My domain is .eu! Really, as a customer you'll get the benefits of our growing economic qualities!


THAT'S what the EU is protecting. You want any and all benefits? Then you must stay in. You want to go? That's fine, we can't hold you back...but you get NOTHING. There is NO reason to grant you ANY benefits out of your stubborn desire to be selfish because, then, what is the benefit to those who stay and make [any necessary] sacrifice for the greater good?

No benefit at all. It's the UK breaking off the engagement as they decide to play the field, then coming back years later and crashing the ex's wedding party for the buffet and open bar.

Big. Fat. NO.

Miscreants sweep internet for unpatched Cisco kit, fears over bugged Chinese parts, Roger Stone nabbed...


Re: Three times is an enemy action...

I prefer the quote from quoted by Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver Magazine's editor, that his father told him:

"There is no such thing as an 'accident'. An accident is premeditated carelessness."

Bain of Toshiba's existence: Dark night for flash fabber TMC if it's a faceoff with Western Dig



Technically, the bane of Toshiba's existence is Westinghouse Nuclear, not Western Digital. In the grand scheme of Toshiba's problems the WD concern is a tick on Toshiba's arm while staring down a bear: possibly bloodsucking, may be contagious, we'll worry about it if we survive until tomorrow.

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)


Re: Doing whatever

But, but - we Do No Evil! Think of the children! Our ad systems are a fundamental benefit to mankind! And they do your laundry on off days, too!

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news


Re: bonking to pay

Actually bonking for pay doesn't pay that well. $100 to $150 for, err, per shot is standard going rate; the only people who make good bonk pay are the top, known performers in the field.

And yes, I have personal experience to place that statement as truth.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...


Re: Minimum specs PCs for testing

@Norman Nescio

It's more of a lesson that a large change to an important system should NEVER be rolled out en mass without a partial mice in place structural test. Tech, structural engineering, medical, publishing - it doesn't matter, if you are going to make large-scale changes to an existing system you *always* run IRL small-scale tests in order to examine actual results.

Because real life and simulations almost never coincide.

DDoS sueball, felonious fonts, leaky Android file manager, blundering building security, etc etc


Re: Es file explorer went to shit

RE: ES File Explorer. Oh yes, it went to shit and this just pushes it down into the septic field.

RE: replacement. Like you, I stayed with ES far too long as I didn't know of a good replacement. However, I just downloaded Total Commander. LAN, FTP and SFTP modules are available for free download (direct link or Google Play) and they do indeed work. Not nearly as pretty but no code bloat, no ads, no unnecessary bull, yet very functional. Give it a try!

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?


Re: Depends...

Exact same here. I had no intention of updating from my LG Flex2 regardless of the fact that a single banking app (JPMorganChase) decided one night to simply shut down Android 5 support, but the Flex2 went into Bootloop of Death (solder joints). I, also, upgraded to a LG V30+ eBay deal/steal ($300/£233) and am extremely pleased, regardless of what the silly reviewers thought of it. The battery life for me is 1.5 days if I don't intentionally go out of my way to kill it by watching 5+ hours of video at a clip, the UI is closer to AOSP-clean than any Samsung dares to attempt, and the DAC is stupendous.

Do all reviewers always believe that they are the exclusive taste makers of society?

Magecart fiends punch card-skimming code in Sotheby's Home website


Re: "implemented additional security safeguards"

And cursory auditing of a website, a first-look to see if something raises a flag in order to investigate further, is a rudimentary joke that takes only basic skills. Drill down through your directory structure and look for signs of recent changes in the timestamps.

That's it. Yet, as you well noted, not a SINGLE person bothered to security check the website on an ongoing basis?


The entire IT department either needs a humiliating spanking or an outright firing. As you, again, well noted, not a single person could figure this out and accomplish a simple, continuous website oversight, never-you-mind a true audit?!

It's 'nyet' again, yet again, for Kaspersky: Appeal against US govt ban snubbed by Washington DC court


Re: I wonder how much this is helping their sales...

So, let's get this straight:

Because the rednecks of the United States voted Cheeto Jesus into office, you now feel that the U.S. government doesn't have a clue and does not act in their own best interests.

Therefore, possible Russian connections become something to dismiss, playing 'An Enemy of my Enemy is a Friend' campaign.


I don't understand the Kapersky issue. I have stayed away from their products for decades, and recommended doing so to others, over this very concern, yet NOW you people worry about it? It's like saying that you trust Google's "Don't be Evil" campaign and blindly accept use of all their services (oh, wait...)

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved


Re: Done with Firefox

I can't, and indeed I switched back to Firefox on Android, both due to NoScript. With Google imposing tracking everywhere, especially calling home from within Chrome, I can't give up Firefox with NoScript without due cause.

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections


Re: I get very aggressive.

Firefox: NoScript, ad domains JS blocked; do not accept unvisited third-party cookies; delete all cookie upon exit of browser; Google, Bing, Doubleclick et al completely cookie blocked.

Have always done so. For most people, why does it take a threat being discovered before taking reasonable precautions?

Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections



Don't diss the Zuck! They deleted a whole 17 accounts!

Only possibly millions more to go! Maybe by, say, 2050, they'll get this whole "fake news" thing all figured out!

Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25


Re: NT4

Thank you, I was wondering when / if someone else would mention this! OLE to Ring 0 calls?! Really??!

At the time I sent the full technical details of that change, plus plenty of writeups from technical journals, to the U.S. Navy Training Support Center in San Diego, CA. Knew a flyer stationed there and it turns out that they were educating [him] on the new NT4 and had no idea about the compromised kernel! Got them straightened out in a hurry! :p

Intel: Our next chips won't have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about



the unsaid part is what new bugs will be introduced as they redesign the silicon and rewrite the firmware to account for the previous bugs.

We are [just] human. We simply can't make perfection, and we've proven that time...and time...and time again. So what nice, new little bugbears will we be dealing with 10 years from now?

I'm anti-Google, please elect me: Senate hopeful rides tech backlash


Re: Drifting?

Racing towards it? If the recent spat of tax "breaks" shows, America is fully in the grips of neo-Corporatism: "Anything good for business is good for you"

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Big Brother

Re: Microsoft’s business models require stealing and reselling personal data.

Wait: because Android is any different?? o.O Tell that to the app developers.

Win10S sounds like, pretty much, Android Plus, and I can't see why people are in such a fuss. You live with the paradigm every day, every time you pull your phone out of your pocket, and billions of people seem happy with it. But, from MS, it is the Devil incarnate!!

And how many people hating on Win10 actually use it, on a day-to-day basis? I am in charge of Win7 machines plus a single Win10 machine at work; for personal use, I have two Win7 laptops plus two Win10 touchscreen laptops.

And, you know what? Win10 on touchscreen is actually...quite acceptable. Yeees, it does some things stupidly (why dual Control Panels? Really??!) But, overall, it is enjoyable to use, especially when I lend it to the non-hardcore. However, Win10 on the non-touchscreen desktop machine? I hate it to bits.

Maybe those of you bringing your legacy, non-touchscreen devices into Win10, and having a less than fruitful experience, need to try it on the hardware it was designed for?

Maker of addictive tech (Google) criticized by chairman of addictive tech maker (Alphabet)


RE: Michael Habel and Hillary

Don't downvote him, he's right: the election was Hillary's to lose, and lose she did by failing to campaign in many important districts.

So, of course, the losers in those districts, feeling remorseful and neglected, voted for...yet another loser. The biggest one of the all, Cheeto Jesus. Promise a hillbilly white man the moon, even if you can't ever make it work in the real world, and he'll pray to you like a god.


I have honestly been wondering when someone, just about anyone, in power, or otherwise involved in any discussion regarding the current political situations of "fake news", election fraud, extremism, political polarization and science denial, just to name a few, would bring this subject up.

Society needs an honest discussion on the negative effects of Google's Personalized Search on an individual's 'freedom of choice'. What I mean by this is that GPS creates a personalized, insular bubble, where blind logarithms feed you nothing but similar information in hopes of gaining more clicks. Used wisely it can speed a search; used without knowledge, as probably 95% of the people of the world do, it creates a sphere of personalized bias, where it only repeats what it thinks you want to hear.

The logarithms are extremely annoying: shop on Amazon Video for a movie, get automated recommendations of the exact same genre, until death takes you away for welcome relief. Not a single human being in Amazon's data core has come to the realization that just because I watched *one* movie or show in this genre means that I want to spend the rest of my life stuck watching the same style, over and over again - their logarithms are simply too simply to be able to see a general pattern (I watched Top Gear, so show me more factual programs, not simply car shows).

This pattern of repetitive feedback can create a single-mindedness in the reader, only exposed to the simplest of data points, ones that match a simple search matrix. So radicalization is easy: start small, the system will involve you, quite automatically, in conspiracy theories and far-out plans, because it meets the search pattern.

Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support


Re: Dear gods, if we say it, it must be true

The people who downvoted you and, assuredly, will probably downvote me as well, do so without a scrap of knowledge about the actual businesses that involve the use of 3D CAD software; they do so simply out of hair-trigger reaction to anything that says "Linux can't do this".

Go ahead, folks, actually research and learn before you downvote something. Entire industries use 3D CAD systems, some with specialized plugins...that are Windows only.

Go take a look at production - that is, not hobbyist but actual pro-grade - equipment. Go ahead, we can wait here. In 3D printers, milling machines and laser design, you may want to start with:

- www.solid-scape.com/products/3d-software/

- www.3dsystems.com/software#3d-printing-software

- www.rolanddga.com/support/drivers

- www.cncmasters.com/master-software.html

- www.epiloglaser.com/tech-support/epilog-drivers.htm

- www.bosslaser.com/laser-machinery/

and industry-specific CAD plugins and software, try out

- The entire Siemens CAD suite, www.plm.automation.siemens.com/store/en-us/index.html, using specs from www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/solid-edge/design/system_requirements.shtml

- www.stuller.com/matrix/

- www.progecad.us/progecad-professional/

and I could go on and on...

RUN ONLY ON WINDOWS. End of story.

So to say "Oh, look, you can run BricsCAD on Linux" is very much saying, "Oh, look, I can make a CAD mesh and file that I can't do anything else with!"

It is NOT what the rest of the CAD industry is using. That makes it, fundamentally...useless. You don't want to hear that but that's hard-core, irrevocable truth. Every 3D printer in my office (three printers from 3 different companies, plus a 3D milling machine), every piece of product specific software that is required to operate and interface to those devices, every driver for those devices and every piece of industry-specific CAD software used to create files for those devices runs on Windows. Period.

HTC seeks salvation with squeezy design


Re: How to do non-pointless tinkering

I'll tell you what would lock in a loyal HTC following: continuous and timely OS updates, a la Google Nexus. If HTC would promise update support for its products, out to 3 years say, I think a lot of people would flock to the phones. They are beautiful, well made and rather cool to use. The problem is that HTC users feel locked-in: you buy an HTC and if you want any updates you end up having to buy something new.

Which leaves the purchaser open to looking at alternatives.

Fundamentally, HTC is not a company that listens well to its users. The termination of Blinkfeed, to be "replaced" by News Republic, is a PERFECT example: News Republic is one of the worst news apps out there, giving you news feeds that you set to ignore because, it seems, they just want to regardless. I got so fed up that I turned off [the remnants of] Blinkfeed, deleted News Republic and told HTC to "shove off". People complained...HTC didn't care.

People complained about Zoe's forced cloud profile requirements. HTC barely cared (they finally, too long afterwards, changed it).

People complained about a lack of security patches for known problems. HTC barely cared and didn't roll out patches to a large number of older devices, leaving them vulnerable.

HTC recently discontinued update support of their own built-in web browser on many devices (!! Imagine! Have an HTC One M7 (for example)? You shouldn't use the factory browser any more because HTC stopped caring about it!) Does HTC care? Of course not.

Therefore...my current phone is a LG, my first non-HTC phone in 7 years. Significantly larger screen in a body size that is only about 15% larger, burningly fast processor, snappy response, nice features and actual firmware updates.

Buh-bye HTC, I loved Sense but you made living with you just too difficult.

Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs


Re: So?

"They know that there are many millions of fans that will, in spite of all that MS has always done to screw them over, relentessly insist (time and time again) on having a MS virus running inside their kit."

When an alternative OS can run Adobe CS / CC, plus all the legacy specialized industry apps without overhead or adding VM management layers, get back to me.

We run Windows because we must. Get over it and get it though the gray matter. Businesses run Windows because Windows runs the apps that businesses need to get business done. From Windows-only hardware support to millions of terrabytes of data in Windows-only application files, we are stuck with Windows for the foreseeable future.

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


Re: Chrome works better

"Chrome works better"

You should know better than to make an unsupported declarative. You know that, until 1.5 years ago, Chrome was one of the biggest memory hogs on the Windows desktop, bringing just about any system below maxed-out to its knees after a period of continuous usage. Add in the dumbed-down interface, with few user controls, and the "works better" declaration depends on your point of view.

And what of Firefox? The problem with Firefox isn't the program per-se (hold on for a thorough explanation, it gets complex) the problem is the arrogant programmers *behind* the program, who make changes regardless of user feedback or preferences. Sadly, that has become all to typical in modern programming: the "We Know Better" attitude that the person sitting 6,000 miles away from you knows what you want more than you do. Microsoft with the Ribbon (and lots of other things, too many to mention really); Adobe with...almost anything, really; Firefox with stripping features and adding unwanted ones (who thought that making a Bookmark button that automatically sets the new bookmark to the Recent folder, rather than giving the user a choice, was a good idea??)

Firefox is becoming irrelevant because of the hubris of its open source programmers, who feel that they do not have to respond to users because We Know Better, like the little errant children that they so well emulate. So, users are walking away. Many users like the idea of an alternative to the big boys (Chrome and IE) but then get so disappointed with Firefox's constant little irrational irritations, ones that should have been worked out long ago, that they bail out and simply go to the popular model.

In other words, the market was Firefox's to win or lose. Sadly, the pomposity of the Firefox team has doomed them to the latter.


a current Firefox user

T-Mobile US CEO offers kid a year's supply of chicken nuggets for switching from AT&T


No pain necessary

"United Airlines also offered him "a free flight to take you to any Wendy's in the world in a city we serve"."

So that's now 1) $400, 2) $800, 3) We beat the cr*p out of you 4) Free flights for nuggets?

Exactly! Best possible response tweet?

We'll fly you for free to any Wendy's, once every month...and you won't get bloodied for it

- @AAAirlines

Internet Society tells G20 nations: The web must be fully encrypted


Re: About f'ing time encryption was pushed as compulsory on the internet!

I said the same, on this very forum, a few years ago (I will be happy to link)...and was downvoted. Hard.

The basic protocol is "broken" by not being encrypted by default, requiring each node to implement encrypting itself if needed. This was, and is, a disaster waiting to happen, dependent upon each instance to get the job done, get it done correctly and trust the chain.

HTTPS across the entire internet, all communications, all devices, everywhere for everything. Period. From IoT to email to messaging, it will end up the only way to guarantee any form of both privacy and transactional security.

I wasn't believed then...but as basic trust falls apart, people will be forced to learn: "Only the paranoid survive"

Toshiba conglomerate: Can we keep going? We don't know


Re: PWC again eh?

"There's something odd about PwC in Japan - I don't recall the specifics, but it's actually a completely separate entity due to some local regulatory requirements."

The "odd" is visible if you study other recent Japanese accounting scandals: in Japan, the "auditors" (note I use quotes) are, thanks to the pressures of the Japanese society, fearful of upsetting and disappointing the clients. The problem is, in auditing the clients are the very people you need to carefully inspect and, possibly, disappoint.

From Olympus to Toshiba, the auditing system of Japan has suffered a huge loss of confidence, with a few divisions of massive Western accounting firms being reduced or even being closed down. If you read the Olympus investigation's report you'll find the problem intrinsic, again due to Japanese society's pressures of conformity.


Re: I wonder

"What about the pension funds etc. who have invested our money in this and failed in their duties to oversee the investment and watch what was going on, I bet our pensions suffer but not the rake off they have or their personal fortunes."

Oh, it is going to be worse than that. MUCH worse. The business papers are reporting that Toshiba's current total debt, which would practically collapse in value if bankruptcy is declared, is equivalent to the Japanese nation's total bankruptcies of TWO YEARS. Their GDP will be hit by a two-year equivalent collapse in a single swipe. And the effect will ripple across the world, as so many products depend upon Toshiba memory and other semiconductors


Minnesota, Illinois rebel over America's ISP privacy massacre, mull fresh info protections


Re: Trump revitalizes America...


Sadly that is not correct, in order to understand the progression of the ideals of the neo-conservative agenda you must read the history of laws of the land.

The plan is precise: remember that, according to both the Constitution and previous Supreme Court decisions, only the federal government has the power to regulate interstate commerce. Since almost all Big Business is now interstate, indeed as all American Big Businesses now trade globally, all Big Business activities would be the purview of the federal government.

Since their plan is to WEAKEN all oversight and regulatory acts of the federal government, it guarantees that states cannot individuality regulate their activities in broad strokes. The best the states can do is to implement smaller regulations that govern trading rules within their state, not operating rules that govern an entire business or industry. If a state passes a law that imposes too strong of a burden, they'll just sue in federal court under the claim that it infringes their ability to do business elsewhere.

In other words, the regulations would go downward to lowest common denominator. And the conservatives expect to have control of the state houses, guaranteeing the lowest of available lows.


Re: Trump revitalizes America...

"This is not how a government should be run. Rather, it's the opposite. Your view is askew."

What you are missing is the irony of the OP's statements.

For the last 20+ years, we (us less-than-backward Amerikuns) have had to listen to the Republicans put up a "small government!" and "states rights!" facade in front of, pretty much, every single pet topic of theirs. From reproductive rights to LBGT rights to privacy and environmental issues, their ideal was an almost non-existent federal government, handling just borders, defense and ports (a la 18th century America, their "ideal" world), with the individual states handling everything else. The GOP held this belief under a fundamental premise that individual states would be, Oh! So Friendly to Big Business, by being both demure and welcoming to the great and varied interests of a practically unregulated "Free Market" economy.

So the GOP pushed this agenda forward, to the point of it truly becoming propaganda: almost nothing could not be cured by their "small government / states rights" proposals. It was a salve applied to all their perceived "evils", from of liberalism to "religious freedom" issues. "The states should handle these issues"...because the conservatives believed that they could steamroller their ideal agenda through much easier at the state government level by easily gerrymandering their home districts and coupling in some Olde Time Religion to their propaganda machine.

So, here we are. A "conservative" president who is welcome and appealing to their viewpoint, trying to implement the "small government / states rights".

And what are the states doing?

The exact opposite of what the GOP has forwarded for the past 20+ years: the states are re-implementing the very ideas and rules that the GOP is trying to strip away on the federal level.

The GOP thought it could wind back the hands of time to a relatively unregulated era, where the interests of Big Business decided so many aspects of our lives. Instead, the states the GOP thought would say "Yes please! We're all for additional pollution and lowering of oversight, if it means Big Business in our states love us!", are, in actuality, saying "Kiss off, if you can't handle the concerns of the individuals that make up our neighborhoods, then we will".

It is absolutely LUSCIOUS. My popcorn bag has been so often used these past 2 months that I have scheduled lorry deliveries just to keep up with the demand. Karma, best served cold.

Absolute zero, if I had any actual say in it.

Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears


Not understanding the nostalgia

We'll start off with: if you want real headphones, just buy a Stax system and be done with it. £4000 into your Stax system you'll happily realize that this is the last audio system that you will ever own ((a), because nothing else sounds like it, and (b) because you spend so much time and money getting here!)

Anyway, I do not understand the nostalgia that people think they are asking for. The world has moved way beyond the form factor and capabilities of the Psion series, and I think most of the buyers who get the Gemini will realize that truth soon enough (et tu, Apple Watch, et tu?) I think what you really asking for is an updated IBM PC110 or a Toshiba Libretto - real but miniaturized computers running standard CPU's and internal components, capable of running bog-standard desktop OS's (full Linux or Windows) yet carry in a jumbo pocket / small purse . Anything else will simply stall out and not be able to do the modern things that you hope, and expect it, to.


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