* Posts by phands

34 posts • joined 17 Jun 2013

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Abject Lunacy

Unsurprisingly, this law is completely impractical and ultra dangerous - typical tory stupidity.

There is no good or workable definition of "terrorist material" - how and who draws that line? What happens with reporters and researchers who view stuff for all the right reasons? What about when I view Fox News (they are total terrorists) or one of my favourite sources, Al Jazeera? What if I sign up for an anti-Brexit site? I'm Scottish - does viewing Independence sites which advocate the break up of the UK constitute terrorism (yet)? Trump, the tangerine shitgibbon, is a global terrorist...is viewing his stuff terrorism (it should be)?

Not that it matters much any more...with Brexit, the lunatic unelected moron in #10 (yes...you, Theresa May) will destroy the UK, and cause it's break up and along the way, a return to the Ireland border "troubles", which is domestic terrorism in all but name.

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?


Reformat the drive and install Linux.

Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO


M$ Lost me back in 2001..NEVER going back.

I started using Linux way back in 2001, as I was already fed-up with m$'s software quality, lock in tactics, and bullying nature...not to mention what happens to m$ acquisitions...

M$ kills everything it touches.

Skype used to be the world leader, and worked well on Linux...now...it's unusable.

Anyone even remember Danger?

Navision is just gone.

AQuantive got written off in 2012...$6.2B wasted.

HotMail...a hot mess.

LinkedIn is already a sea of irrelevant adverts.

AND OF COURSE: NOKIA....need I say more?

I've been a Unix and then Linux and Mac OS X user for decades...m$ is a negative force, and has held back computing progress by 10 - 15 years because it can't stop trying to put everything in a windows straitjacket, despite the fact that the windows architecture is prehistoric, doesn't network well, is bad at scaling, is woefully insecure, has poor file systems choice. I cite as support, the fact that the unstable Azure needs Linux to run reliably.

My company, a small startup, uses GitHub at present...but not for much longer - I don't trust m$ even slightly, and will move ASAP.

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show


Re: Low Cost? at $499!

I have a Galaxy Tab S3. Amazing machine. I use it at work every day, and I'm in IT. The S Pen and handwriting recognition just work. I seldom use my MacBook, and NEVER need windoze.


M$ is over. W10 was the final straw after the horrid 8.

Linux won. No significant Major league software, and few promising startups in the last 10 years use windoze. Even the lamentable azure relies on Linux to work...and the windoze parts of it still suck. I used to work for a MAJOR cloud based SaaS company, and after a year of desperately trying to get it to run on azure, they gave up. In contrast, getting it to run on Amazon Linux took 3 months, and most of that was testing. Simply put, windoze was never designed for a connected network experience or security, and the architecture is primitive in that context. As an OS, windoze is appalling. Where are all the amazing file systems like BTRFS or XFS or even Ext4 on windoze? What serious OS uses an idiotic thing like Pagefile.sys? Don't even start me on the sheer awfulness of the idea of the Registry, and it's awful implementation in windoze

Windows is just so last century.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish


It's still windoze 10....still complete garbage. I gave up on windoze completely with w10: put Linux on my Lenovo Yoga 910...now it actually works.

DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time


I have an S8+ and a Dex...it works really well!

I used it as my desktop for a week at work, and it does everything I need - most work is done in browsers these days anyway. It won't totally replace my laptop - yet! But it's truly a usable stand-in.

Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04


Just use KDE...Gnome sucks.

<ducks and runs for cover>

Microsoft taking CodePlex behind the shed and shooting it by Christmas


M$ fails again....excellent

Yet another attempt to copy and displace a perfectly good Open Source mechanism fails.

When will the m$ dinosaur finally admit that windoze, and any ecosystem built on it, is the past? Tghis is now totally obvious in mobile, but even the desktop is done, as w10 is an appalling mess.

$310m AWS S3-izure: Why everyone put their eggs in one region


You Quoted Enderle?

Serious loss of credibility for El reg when you quote the drooling fool who supported SCO's attempt to kill Linux.

Siemens to mentor Mentor Graphics in $4.5bn acquisition


I worked at Mentor for 8 years, in the good old growth days. When Wally took over, revenues were around $1Billion, and all these years later, they still are - no vision at the top. I also worked for Synopsys and Cadence - much more dynamic companies than Mentor now is. The acquisition by Siemens is the death-knell for what was a wonderful company. Siemens is a stagnant dinosaur, and the culture-fit with Mentor is negligible. Mentor will hemorrhage people now.

Dell swings layoffs axe at 3,000 EMC people


What's the ROI time on $67Billion?

This job cut is hardly surprising....but it's also a token gesture. How long will it take for a $67B investment to pay off, never mind turn a profit? Slicing off 3000 people to save under $2B means very little, except that they have no idea how make this whole thing profitable. It's going to a mess.

If EMC revenue remain in the $20 - 25Billion range they've been in, then it will be at least 3 to 4 years before this is profitable....but revenues were slowing....I think there's going to a be a lot more job cuts.

Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'


Totalay fake story

Apart from the basic mistakes, like the upper case, and the fact that rm is available to all users - modified by file and directory permsiisions, I thought it worth pointing out this....


SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit


It isn't really moving about. The successor company to some bits of the carcass is a tiny outfit called Xinuos, who have a small office in Berkeley. They still try to sell the joke that is Unixware and Openserver. The rest is as dead as SCO's case.

ETA: there can't really be a case any more anyway, as at some point as it spiraled down into the farce it now is, SCO asked for, and got, permission to destroy all their carefully collected, rocket-scientist vetted "evidence".


Re: Wasted talent

IIRC, one of SCO's lawyers was Kevin McBride, brother of SCO ex-CEO, Darl McBride. It's all documented on the excellent Groklaw, and still actively discussed on the Investor Village SCOXQ.PK message board.

Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC


rm -rf / should only do damage if you're root.

Trying rm -rf / as a normal user should fail because non-root users don't have permissions by default.

In order for rm -rf / to do damage, other than to your own files in your home directory, you would need to use sudo (and even that can be further protected), or have su'd to root, or some other method of escalating privilege...or have done something idiot with permissions - which would need root access anyway. Certainly, ordinary users don't have write permission to /sys unless the system is mis-configured.

Most distros no longer allow direct log in as root from the keyboard, so su escalation privileges and password are needed. This should be a non-issue.

Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones


What a waste - even M$ are backing away from windoze phone.

After all those years, market share has shrunk to under 3% from a measly 6%. Even Nadella said that their market share is unsustainable just a week or so ago.

Apps are drying up, and Continuum is a pipe-dream.

Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019


Yeah, yeah, yeah....and windoze phone was the wave of the future...

Despite many predictions by these waste-of-space companies, windoze phone is at 1.7%, down from 7% when it first came out. Essentially, it's dead. This "prediction" sounds like it was paid for by a very desperate microsoft.

Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner


Re: The Pope

Time you read the evil bible. A how-to manual of horrible savagery.


Re: Remind me why anybody should listen to this guy?

Agreed....and WHY is this pernicious throwback organisation accorded nation status, and a seat on the UN????


Re: The Pope

Most of them, especially the children DIDN'T sign up....they were indoctrinated from birth, and never had the chance to reject this evil religion. There is little difference between this and what goes on in Muslim Madrassas.


This from the organisation which routinely destroys families?

Wow......this pope has no self-awareness at all. The RCC has destroyed countless families over centuries, and this relic from a savage past is pontificating on family damage????

Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year


So - if I get the free upgrade now, do I pay next yer?

I haven't seen this explicitly asked and answered - if I do the upgrade now, will I get blackmailed in a year's time, or is it truly a perpetual license?

Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'


Given that w10 is just re-warmed w7, it ought to be fairly stable...but the idea of ANY windows release having no known significant bugs is just laughable....or casts serious doubts on testing.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design


Re: Been using and Edge since they appeared in the USA.

I've had that functionality with the smart case on my S5, and the M8 dot case didn't appeal to me, even as the phone did.

I guess the definition of gimmicky is personal. I find it useful.


Been using and Edge since they appeared in the USA.

Nice review. I bought an Edge when they first came out in the USA last year, replacing an S5.

I use the Edge screen far more than I ever thought possible - it's one of those things that I wonder what we did without before it existed. There's also a Samsung smart cover for it, which does a lot to protect the Edge's edges (!) while leaving the edge screen visible for notifications. It's great to be able to cancel alarms or reject calls without opening the cover. They also got the edge screen sensitivity just right - I have never yet got a false activation by accidental touch, but it doesn't miss deliberate actions either.

In continuous use over the last 4 months or so, battery life is excellent, and I'm a demanding user. I have a friend with the Note 4, and the battery life difference isn't really noticeable, fortunately.

The cameras are great - rival my big expensive Canon DSLR in some cases!

The final thing I love is the S-Pen - the handwriting to text is just great for on the fly notes at meetings.

And....no, I'm not in Samsung's employ! I'm a techie in big data centres for a large cloud company.

3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience


Big sellers?? I doubt it. Windows phone market share fell to a paltry 2.7% in 2014, and the few that sold are low-end....no margins. Even the older versions, like windows mobile had higher market share. And the windows phone UI is revolting - it looks like AoL kids around 1996.

Anyone making windows phones these days is betting on a loser platform.

Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst


Really? What kind of analyst is this? Windoze will snatch #2 slot from Android? Android has #1 spot already Apple is #2, and the awful windoze phone is #3, but miles behind. Even if the dismal windoze phone gets to #2 spot, it will STILL be miles behind Android. I wouldn't pay for this guy's opinions - they're not based in fact.

Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST


Yet again, microsoft copies the ideas of others....late and poorly. No doubt this will be as embarrassing a failure as windows phone, zune and RT.

Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint


No one uses bing anyway....who cares

Since day 1, bing has lost money for microsoft, because no one uses it. Who cares if the maps are wrong?

British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon


What a revolting travesty - Turing did NOTHING wrong

Mercy??? How is this mercy?

There was nothing to pardon. He should have been declared innocent, and the state should issue an apology.

I saw this comment elsewhere, which says it well....


Perhaps worth remembering is that it doesn't, as some reports have said, "overturn the conviction".

He would be sprung from jail if he were in there and any fine repaid, but the conviction would still stand and he'd have to declare it if he were going to work with children.

He was, of course, convicted of exactly the same offence as Oscar Wilde was; many people think he should be pardoned too, along with thousands of other less distinguished men down the years under that particularly vicious homophobic Victorian legislation.

Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans


SO...M$ really IS spying on users.

If they can see those numbers, the XPox is sending all your info back to M$ all the time.

Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING


That does it. I've had a facebook account for years, but hardly used it. I just deleted it. Goodbye FB.

SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix


SCO destroyed all documents a while back...

The bankruptcy administrators of SCO (or "asset strippers", more accurately) got permission to delete and shred lots of paperwork a while back. Thus there will be no evidence that SCO have no case left. I can see the SCOundrels asking for a restart, including full discovery again.

They won't get it, in a normal world, but this is SCO - a parallel dimension where truth is mutable.

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