* Posts by bombastic bob

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ME! ME! ME! – Intel's management tech gets a quartet of security fixes

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Re: compulsary remote management

"Typical PC sold for "home" use isn't going to have the vPro that has these flaws, I think."

yeah, right, "restrict" home users to an INFERIOR model? i don't think so. Yeah I know that's an extreme 'straw man' kind of position but I'm using that illustration to make the point that ANYBODY should be able to have ANYTHING HE WANTS and if it's a "business" version, then so be it.

Besides, the problem here isn't whether or not a user is a 'home user'. the problem is that INTEL PUT THIS THING INTO THE SILICON. It is a _REASON_ to _NOT_ use their silicon.

HEY INTEL how about an UPDATE to LET US CANONICALLY SHUT THE @#$% *OFF*???

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: DARK MODE

"Have mercy on my aching ocular orbs."

A couple of points that can be addressed without losing the current 'look'.

a) off-white background to limit the blue level. Lowers eye strain

b) no more "grey on white". *EVAR* (especially when hovering).

(and the 'edit comment' text size is just TOO SMALL - can you fix THAT too, please? I didn't test with the new site appearance, though, so maybe you DID fix it?)

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Re: Setting cookie already takes JavaScript

"JS is pretty much a prerequisite for seeing ads"

NOT true. By careful use of session identifiers and server-side effort, advertisements can be served up, clicked through, tallied, etc. _WITHOUT_ client-side scripting. It's just that the "programmers" who do it the CURRENT way are *LAZY*, *UNEDUCATED*, and *LACK* *CREATIVE* *THINKING*. That's all.

/me coded a web page, to be run on a fondleslab, using ONLY server-side script and CSS, to solve certain kinds of puzzle problems in a popular video game. So that way when I play it I can use a fondleslab to solve those, when they show up. Otherwise I'd never be able to complete the game. Some of them are _IMPOSSIBLE_ without a computer, or extended white-board analysis.

Anyway - I _KNOW_ it can be done, and I have NOTHING but CONTEMPT for ad-networks that REFUSE to do it *PROPERLY*. And it's GDPR compliant if you do it PROPERLY. how about THAT one!!!

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Re: Setting cookie already takes JavaScript

"but the drive towards JS-only websites is rather infuriating"

More like the icon. Security-minded people should be blocking script, period. And El Reg needs to understand that in their design. That goes MEGADUPLE for scripting in ads.

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Re: Still too much grey space ...

"wide screen monitors are a thing of the past"

not on MY planet. and I'm certainly no "luddite". I *despise* vertically oriented aspect ratios anyway. My eyes are next to each other, side-by-side, and I view the world in "wide screen". Ultra-portrailt mode (>2:1 aspect in vertical orientation) makes it hard for me to recognize objects in photographs, let alone read TEXT. You and the other 3 people that agree with you can keep your vertical orientation. I'll take WIDE SCREEN every time!!!

/me rotates slab devices into LANDSCAPE mode nearly all of the time.

Oh, and El Reg? Please keep this in mind, i.e. make it look good in LANDSCAPE orientation, k-thx.

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4-wide panels good; needs better 'NoScript' compatibility, non-flat buttons

Please don't even REMOTELY fall into "the blackhole of scripting nightmares" (and the UNNECESSARY bandwidth consumption that comes with the CDN and 3rd party scripting bloatware library downloads) that too many OTHER sites "feel" they "need".

Using 'NoScript' caused most of the graphics to "not display". Please test with NoScript and its default settings, and make sure the appearance is the same. If it's because of "a bozillian different servers" are feeding content, please stick to ONE server (or at least one URL base), or maybe two at the most, and no use of scripting to load graphics. Most browsers are smart enough to keep connections alive. You don't need 'many parallel servers' to feed content efficiently for a single web browser. (so please don't head in that direction either, thanks).

Less 'bandwidth intensive' is _ALWAYS_ better! (even if it's not YOUR bandwidth that's affected)

NOTE: I _ALSO_ suggest fixing ad banners so that they NEVER have script in them. That way, they'll still work when people use NoScript. IT professionals SHOULD use NoScript, and practice "safe surfing". They should understand just how *INSECURE* scripting is (meltdown, spectre, 0-days, bitcoin harvesting, yotta yotta) and NEVER run scripts on anything but the MOST trusted of web pages, and even then, by specifically allowing for it "just for this session". With _THAT_ kind of very security-minded thinking, you'd expect MOST 'El Reg' users to NOT allow scripting, not even for El Reg. So make your ads work WITHOUT the script. Then we're ALL happy!

New column design: 4-wide instead of 3-wide: easier to scroll article titles. I like it.

HOWEVER, putting non-size-compliant panels (including ads) and THEN cramming others to make 'em fit: not so much. It breaks up my ability to eye-scan the page for interesting things to read. In other words, it GETS IN THE WAY. Things that GET IN THE WAY simply *ANGER* IT people. But you knew that.

And pseudo-random panel size changes are WAY too similar to a "the Metro" tile screen. That's enough to HATE it, right THERE!!! Think about how SOME people actually take it upon themselves to gripe at *ME* for using things like CAPITAL LETTERS for emphasis (I do this to break up monotony and stress points). But, at least the text itself doesn't change size.

"The Metro" and "Tile Screen" and "Start Thing" are _NOT_ "modern", no matter how many millenials whine and call people like me "luddites".

The existing 3-wide panel design _does_ waste a lot of screen real estate. So going to 4 wide is good! Changing panel widths at semi-random to put an oversized ad panel in there? not so good.

And, finally:

The 'subscribe' "button" at the bottom looks like a flat red rectangle. How about some 3D skeumorphic effects to make it look like a BUTTON instead? That's right, I want to START a REBELLION against the 2D FLATSO! (I gotta try). FYI I use 'bitmap image' buttons for my stuff. The files are usually very small, and you can make 'em look like "whatever" that way. Hand-draw in the 3D skeumorphic, maybe with a vulture watermark, some ALL IMPORTANT 3D skeuomorphic features, and voila! [your own articles and research show that flat rectangle buttons make for BAD UI cues - can't recall the article, it was from about a year ago]

There's supposed to be a shadow effect in CSS but it may not be supported in all browsers. However, using a "bitmap button" works every time it's tried.

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Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes

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Re: This Window Sazure sure is gonne look good in my mansion.

"Why does Microsoft even have that many different sites for login & authentication services."

I'm glad SOMEBODY already said it, 'cause I was sure THINKING it!

Here's another thing: If I attempt to crack M-shaft security, in order to perform vulnerability tests, and the captain DOES notice, will I _STILL_ get arrested by some idiotic law that prevents "regular people" from doing such tests for research purposes? You know, like some of the DMCA crap passed a while back? The same kind of "law" that says penetration testing is ILLEGAL, regardless of the reason for it? (like the arguments for making GUNS illegal because SOME people shoot other people with guns for criminal reasons, so 'they' wanna BAN THEM ALL)

DMCA did what it did because there's no 2nd Amendment for HACKING. worth pointing out.

/me NOT grabbing my coat. SOMEONE has to say this kind of stuff. watching out for black helicopters, though...

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Re: Banyan Vines

yeah I remember being told that Vines ran on a version of UNIX ported to a 386 box, and if I remember correctly, the DOS drivers for it were nearly 200k... [that was HUGE back in those days]. Some DOS programs wouldn't even run with the network drivers loaded. As I recall that problem was "fixed" by running windows 3.0 though, using 386 'enchanted' mode to run DOS programs.

Ah, windows 3.0! And, the 3D Skeuomorphic interface that made people WANT to run it! not like Win-10-nic. *diig* *dig* *dig* (obligatory digs at Win-10-nic)

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Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks

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Re: The butcher, the baker....

"don't get your meat where you get your bread"

subtle. needs a 'light bulb' icon [with delay effect]

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Re: Good to see that this applies right to the top

that all depends on what the "personal conduct violation was"...

seeing as how Silly Valley operates (with political correctness and the hypocrisy of power) I have to wonder what the TI guy did to get fired in such a short time. Here are some ideas:

a) told a joke that "someone was offended by" [even if it was considered 'harmless' 10 years ago]

b) refused to attend "sensitivity training" (too busy running the company)

c) fired (or recommended firing) a [insert protected class here] for simply not doing the job right

d) was seen eating at a Chick Fil A or buying stuff at Hobby Lobby

e) was heard uttering profanities after stubbing a toe or banging an elbow, some of which may have involved certain body parts or behaviors that are politically incorrect to mention.

f) donated money to a non-politically-correct organization, ballot measure, or politician (this never happened before, right Mozilla?)

g) CONFIDENTLY spoke out in favor of lassaiz faire capitalism at a business meeting

h) made (joking?) reference to a 2nd story window that opens too easily whenever you lean on it

i) is a TRUMP SUPPORTER!

yeah, any of THOSE might be "fire-able" offenses to the "modern" "political correctness uber alles" crowd, who don't give a RAT'S ASS about how well you do your job, or [as CEO] keep people from being laid off, but INSTEAD "major in the minors" with 'respect' to the easily-offended snowflake grievance-of-the-day political correctness fascists.

I bet I'm right, too. And if he'd simply gone skinny dipping in the secretarial pool, well, someone high up would simply have ammo for later. To get canned in a few weeks, "one of the above" (or similar) would have to have been committed, a SIN against the "new religion" in other words.

and if (when?) this 'new religion' ever aims YOUR way, are you just gonna take it? Especially when all of the 'new' howler monkeys are slinging their poo and downvoting you for "being" ? Or maybe you could FIGHT BACK and have some fun with it?

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Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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Re: When will they wake up

From the article...

"sacrificed on the altar of a Windows 10-alike single window experience"

All alike. All the same. Dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. Flat, 2D, and ugly. Pastel blue boxes on super-bright-white backgrounds

Whether we want it or not [and from what I see, *MOST* do *NOT*], this is Micro-shaft's "vision" for all of us, the 'minions' who are forced to use THEIR product because they practically cornered the market on it.

One OS to rule them all

One UI to find them.

"One UWP" to bring them all

and with FORCED UPDATES, *BIND* them!

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: anonymous coward

"If you really think a few Russian hackers can compete with CNN, Facebook, or the Koch Brothers"

or George Soros [via "non-profits" like media matters, moveon.org, and chaos groups like ANTIFA with their 'rent-a-mob' protests and paid-for camera-visible riot-thugs]

or the "deep state" itself - right Mr. Strzok?

I have a few predictions on all of this:

a) if ANY of those "indicted" by Mueller EVER get into a courtroom, it'll end up like it's been for THIS case in which there really IS no evidence, but a symbolic "we do not expect it will ever go to trial" indictment. And lots of delay tactics. [Apparently, Mueller never thought his bluff would be 'called'].

b) this is all a symbolic waste of time as chaos is being spread by those "deep state" activists who simply want to disrupt the Trump presidency because they're angry he won the election

c) the REAL "collusion" is inside the D.O.J. and people watching "the other news" have known this for over a YEAR.

d) Mueller's "Get Trump at Any Cost" witch hunt is about to collapse into a black hole into which money and time will flow, ultimately along with the careers of those involved. Not much of an "Insurance Policy".

Trump and Putin do have one thing in common: they know how to play poker, and they're good at calling bluffs. It's about time to grab the popcorn, because in the next month or two, things are going to get wild, crazy, and "not good" for the anti-Trump "deep state" types that seem overly obsessed on this "Russian collusion" nonsense.

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: Wine...

if Wine can simply have 100% XP compatibility [and application developers STOP USING '.Not' and other shared libs that have license restrictions for "not using them on non-Microsoft operating systems"] it would be possible to target XP (or even Windows 7) and have windows applications run PERFECTLY on Linux with the Wine layer.

It's a great concept. But Micro-shaft DELIBERATELY put roadblocks like "licensing" for ".Not" [and strong-armed inclusion of it as a dependency in nearly every DevStudio since 2003 (if I remember correctly) - it takes actual EFFORT to remove _ALL_ of the ".Not" dependencies for 'new application' wizard generated stuff, even MFC C++ statically linked applications!!!]. And since the ".Not" license quite literally FORBIDS installig it on Wine, it's hard for a software company to OFFER SUPPORT for you if you "install it anyway".

So yeah a bit of a catch 22 but I _DO_ like the idea. Perhaps an XP clone like ReactOS has a good shot as well?

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Re: Not since 1998...

"Most current problems seem to be caused by dodgy graphics drivers. I guess we could blame that on MS for not isolating the drivers properly..."

Well, when they LAID OFF THEIR QA TESTERS a few months before they release Win-10-nic, expecting The USERS to become their new Q.A. department via FORCED UPDATES., you get the expected QUALITY PROBLEMS that Win-10-nic has had since it was PREMATURELY EXCRETED from Redmond.

And yeah, driver bugs are probably the number one cause. Legacy driver support might actually _FIX_ that, but NOOoooo you MUST submit your signable Win-10-nic (new, shiny) driver binary to Micro-shaft, pay them the toll, and have them code-sign it on your behalf so you can be ALLOWED to load it in Win-10-nic. Real legacy driver support does not exist, as far as I can tell...

[real legacy driver support would allow you to continue using drivers that work perfectly in XP, 7, or even Vista, instead of requiring re-writes to work in Win-10-nic, including 32-bit drivers on 64-bit operating systems, but we can't have THAT, now can we, because then Micro-shaft wouldn't be able to COLLECT THEIR TOLL... which means to HELL with open source drivers, particularly software-only drivers]

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Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

"I would also be thrilled to have actual window borders back."

Just fornicating *NUKE* the entire "the Metro" interface changes that happened between 7 and "Ape", including the 2D FLATSO, "the Metro" in general, UWP, pastel blue on blinding white backgrounds, oversized non-intuitive shapes pretending to be buttons, and, as you mentioned, "practically BORDERLESS" windows that are hard to grab the edge of for re-sizing.

I used to have 3-pixel border widths configured in XP. i think you can still set that in 7. Of course, it all disappears in 10, because, MICRO-SHAFT knows BEST on how YOUR computer should look.

/me points out that APPEARANCE CONFIGURATION should _REALLY_ be an "accessibility" issue, because old eyes can't see those HORRIBLE 'the Metro" colors very well, at least NOT without eyestrain...

icon, because Win-10-nic is a *BIG* *FAT* *FAIL* and deserves to *DIE* a *HORRIBLE* *DEATH*.

Micro-shaft needs to DO WHAT CUSTOMERS WANT, and *STOP* trying to HERD us like CATTLE.

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Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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Re: Hmmmm

"my W7 system decided that the license key was invalid and I had to get it validated by MS "

beyond 2020 will they STILL do that for ya?

After my MSDN subscription renewal was completely 'cocked up' last year, I actually ended up getting refunded for an entire years' worth [I was willing to pay the normal price, but after a couple of months they're like "we're all settled" and I'm like "o...k..."] I technically need to change the license keys on any version of windows I have installed on test machines and in VMs ... but I hardly use them these days, and the old keys are still working (last I checked). Go fig. I do have one reconditioned 7 box I purchased on e-bay to make sure I could have one non-MSDN license for doing accounting and stuff with. No regrets on that one. I don't run windows update on it, either.

But yeah, when 2020 hits, will our windows 7 boxen suddenly STOP WORKING???

/me doing cross-platform WIN32 and X11 application at the moment, so i still need MSDN, yeah

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Re: Notepad to support *nix line endings

"Microsoft finally listening to tired o' the hate mail from end users"

Fixed. you're welcome. Micro-shaft STOPPED actually LISTENING to customers, several years ago. They may PRETEND now and then, but we've been IGNORED since Windows "Ape".

To Micro-shaft, customers are MINIONS, or "Borg Drones", to be EXPLOITED, and MONETIZED. To individuals working at Micro-shaft, you might get some actual good service, but their internal bureaucracy [yes I've had to deal with it] is BEYOND some of the worst nightmares I've ever had related to GUMMINT bureaucracies... let alone a 'for profit' company that RELIES on customers paying for their products!!!

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Re: "I don't believe a voluntary beta program like Windows Insider may help much"

Micro-shaft effectively kicked out everyone from their 'insider' program who wasn't a fanboi of the 2D FLATSO, the "the Metro", the "the Store", the "the Start Thing", the "the Slurp", the "the Ads", the "cram it into your rectum" forced updates, and so on, back during the 'grand purge' right before Win-10-nic was first released.

They don't want to listen to actual CUSTOMERS and DEVELOPERS. They just want their FAN BASE "testing" it, so they can hear how great it is an how the bugs aren't that bad...

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UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

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Re: Ouch... that must have hurt

good luck collecting those "larger fines" GDPR allows for. once the legal sidestepping starts, nobody will be responsible.

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Re: Conclusions?

"creating profiles for people who have never had an account?"

How can I *poison* their data... ?

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: Those cubicle things

"how does anybody tolerate working in them?"

A properly designed cube is sound isolated [soft walls do this] and big enough for whatever you need, and isolated enough that it might as well be a private office. Hang posters instead of having a window, and you'll be fine. you can pin up 'whatever' onto the cloth walls. And again, PROPERLY designed cubes are nearly as good as a private office. And they cost a lot less to the company than private offices.

Think of what the 'cube farm' that Neo worked in looked like, in the first Matrix movie. That's close. Again, when done properly, it's like having a private office.

(of course I'd rather have a private office with a door, or better still, HOME office so I don't need to commute).

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Re: Hard to Hear

"not being able to hear what's happening around me means that I am "on alert" the entire time"

yes, having your back to an open hole, doorway, window, etc. is naturally "un-nerving". It's bad feng sheui too, from what I hear.

Good office environment means productivity. So, face the hole, or install one of those wide angle rearview clip-on mirrors like you might put in your car to see the kids in the back seat [a friend of mine actually did that, taped to the top of his monitor, and it was brilliant].

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Re: What about disturbing others?

"the male or female who slathers on so much cologne or perfume that I can't breathe"

At least they're not **SMOKING**. OK not an issue HERE since the 80's [but 'vaping' would be ok]. I understand that in SOME places "they" still "allow" in-office smoking. I'd rage quit, LOUDLY and maybe even VIOLENTLY, the first time someone lit a @#$% cancer stick anywhere upwind of me. The exhaust *ALWAYS* gives me a *BAD* headache.

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Re: What about disturbing others?

"I would happily shoot the sociopaths who think they have the right to share their conversations, thoughts and phone calls with the whole damn floor..."

Or the OTHER sociopaths that have to INCESSANTLY complain about everyone around them, particularly those who need to "interact" like the office plan implies...

yeah "fish bowl" office design is JUST! PLAIN! STUPID! (and I guess that pretty much says it all). Whoever thought that up needs to be re-educated with a cat-5-o-nine-tails *AND* a clue-bat. And maybe 'accidentally' 'fall' out of a 2nd floor window that swings open easily when leaned on...

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GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Re: That boring grey is good for your eyes!

"all of the grey backgrounds actually helped reduce strain on your eyes."

**YESSSSS!**

beer, sir!

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Re: And this is bad?

"I really really hate all this new fad for whitespace"

It is _EXTREMELY_ bad for the eyes. I force the 'white' color to be a tad yellow on my machine to limit the eyestrain from all of it. Incidentally, the background whiteness ALSO makes 'el Reg' hard to read [especially in the edit screen, where the font is now 50% smaller than it was when reading the posts]. At least El Reg has grey panels along the sides, which are a HELL of a lot less *OBNOXIOUS*.

The problem is the level of blue in the white light. Blue light depletes the orange pigment in the macula which leads to macular degeneration. It's also why bluish flourescent lights are *HORRIBLE* for your eyes. It's why staring at a computer screen all day causes eye strain [try the 'yellowing' trick like I've done, you'll notice the difference].

You'll see white on black better than black on white. But all of the @#$%^'ing "Modern" (*spit*) web design is BASS ACKWARDS. and 2D FLATSO. It's "anti-reader-friendly". Or maybe "reader hostile".

(and 'soft white' lights, slightly pinkish, are easier on the eyes, just like white on black text. Hey, let's make this an "accessibility" issue, start a major *STINK* over it, and *FORCE* web designers to make it all "old eyes accessible" - heh)

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Re: Now, if only Git could work under Windows...

I learned in a few minutes how to use the git command line utility when a customer said "I want source files kept on github in a private repo".

1. 'git clone https://example.com/pathname' <-- get a copy of the repo

2. 'git pull' <-- grab the latest source

3. 'git push' <-- update with your latest stuff

4. 'git log' <-- list all of the commits (which you can then use github to look at if you need to)

that'll get you started. look the rest up on an 'as needed' basis. (that wasn't too long now was it?)

(thinking of the children, learning to use git)

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Re: Now, if only Git could work under Windows...

I'd like to point out that git (the command line utility) works REALLY well with Cygwin. I recommend installing Cygwin (as well as git) on ANY windows system anyway, especially if you're a developer. yeah you can thank me later.

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Re: Now, if only Git could work under Windows...

"Windows 95, after all was written by far better developers."

than the ones that wrote Win-10-nic and Windows "Ape".

fixed it for ya! (You're welcome)

/me points out that what made the '95 developers BETTER was a *WILLINGNESS* to actually *LISTEN* to their customers, and a *TRUE* appreciation for Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers. Ah, those were the days I actually _LIKED_ Microsoft...

(not sure what icon to use, but 'former fanboi' might fit this one)

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Re: It looks old fashioned and...

old fashioned = 'classic' or 'antique'. Sometimes 'retro'. Nearly always COOL!

/me wants a steampunk laptop... running FreeBSD + Mate of course!

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Re: Web 3.0 look

"makes modern users feel, well, safe."

no, just those who _INVENTED_ this hideous 2D FLATSO look, the same ones who use "modern" like a pejorative when telling the rest of us that we're "luddites" for preferring the superior 3D skeuomorphic look.

so the 'safe spaces' are for the insecure AUTHORS of that [insert profanity here]. Because, it was "their turn". Because the people who invented 3D skeuomorphic are *OLD* now. Because, "change for the sake of change". Because, "change is ALWAYS better" [even when it's obviously NOT]. Because, you can't be a patent troll with obvious "prior art" (right, Apple?). And so on.

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for Win-10-nic, too?

Can I have this 3D skeuomorphic look for Win-10-nic too? PRETTY PLEASE?

3D skeuomorphic is what made Windows 3.0 a SUCCESS back in the day. Prior to that, there was only 2D FLATSO Windows 2.x and Windows 386. They were boring and sucky-looking.

So is the 'win 9x' look for GitHub *evil*? Maybe. *genius* ? Probably. Crowning moment of *awesome*? Most definitely (even if all it does is MAKE A POINT)!

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Windows 10's defences are pretty robust these days, so of course folk are trying to break them

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Re: Double edged sword

keepass works for me, the non-".Not" open source version (KeePassXC) at any rate. Runs great on FreeBSD. I think there's a winders version also.

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Re: "Win10 supposed to bring higher-level security"

Well, if Windows IS getting better (security-wise), I suggest that Micro-shaft COULD have solved this OVER A DECADE AGO if they'd focused their efforts on SECURITY instead of RE-INVENTING THE GUI 4 TIMES (1)! And "the slurp". And "the ads". And "the Metro". And UWP. And "the Start Thing". And the 2D FLATSO. And the FORCED UPDATES to make sure we *ALL* suffer equally with the "new, shiny", DAMMIT!

(1) 4 times: that would be Vista, 7, "Ape", and Win-10-nic. 7 was acceptable. The other 3 are *NOT*.

I think we'd ALL be a LOT happier if we were still using XP (with bug and security fixes).

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Who fancies a six-core, 32GB RAM, 4TB NVME ... convertible tablet?

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Re: " effectively run Windows 10 "

win-10-nic does not "run effectively". The only possible "system requirements" list consists of magical items and unicorns.

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Re: Oh how the mighty are fallen

"HP aren't even in Cupertino any longer"

yeah probably to HP's advantage.

The REAL question: for $3k can I at least get Devuan Linux with a mate desktop pre-loaded? I wouldn't want to pay the "Win-10-nic" tax. [and Win-10-nic will, no doubt, cause their sales to be MUCH lower than what is possible with a high end platform that runs a REASONABLE operating system!!!]

Apple is based on BSD (Mach, FBSD userland) and so has THAT advantage already. 'Win-10-nic' as "competition" against that is LAUGHABLE at best.

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United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield ... or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

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Re: Newsflash!

"The US government has been completely dysfunctional for decades."

heh, not arguing THAT point! [I think Trump is trying to fix that, part of why he was elected].

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Re: Privacy Shield

keep in mind, U.S. law does not have to bow down to EU law. GDPR is a good idea in theory, but Con-Grab is going to have to legislate it. And NOBODY over here cares about "disobeying an EU law".

If you want something from U.S. Law, give something in return... then let Con-grab legislate it. That's how things work.

Here's a thought: what's the penalty for NON-compliance? whack our pee-pees ? take away our birthdays? Point fingers and make fun of us? Call Donald Trump 'Herr Drumpf" ??

Yeah, do better, make a deal, see results.

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

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Re: Is it too early to ask....

I'd consider paying for a full amputation at the neck... [juuust kidding]

seriously, though, this kind of blatant stupidity should NEVER be paid for by "everybody else". Know-what-I-mean?

Not only that, but pretty much everybody knows that shorting out a LiPo battery can make it burst into flames. His tech skills are obviously not worth much. I dunno why he'd use a LiPo anyway, considering that throwaway batteries would last longer. Ah, well, pervs aren't very smart to begin with.

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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type 'reboot' in the local console instead of the remote one

Did that a few weeks ago, while working on important kernel updates for a popular ARM platform. whoops. And I had over 100 days of uptime on the box that got rebooted, too.

it was too late when I realized it. I had to watch the shutdown complete and the system restart. It turned out ok, as it eventually motivated me to update the kernel+world and some necessary kernel modules. All good now.

[working versions of the kernel updates are going into the target OS, too. all good]

icon because it's what I did when I saw it.

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: 49 to go

ballot initiatives are an unfortunate necessity because THE LEGISLATURE is so @#$%'ing corrupt!

Recently they did an 'end around' of one of the first ballot initiatives in this state that requires a 2/3 majority in the legislature to INCREASE taxes. A tax increase on gasoline and large increases in car registration fees was recently passed. A local radio guy, Carl DeMaio, along with a few others, has gotten it on the November ballot, to repeal it. But like a LOT of good measures, "the left" will be spending ZILLIONS to defeat it, like the 'bag ban' initiative a while back [yeah banning single use plastic bags at grocery stores, and REQUIRING customers to PAY FOR RE-USABLE BAGS - needless to say, OVER HALF of the shoppers say "no bags" and won't pay for ANY bag, nor bring in re-usables - all items loose in the cart!!!]

So ballot initiatives CAN backfire, unfortunately. People are too easily swayed by EMOTION and MIS-INFORMATION (read: fake news). People *NEED* to stop *FEELING* and start *THINKING*, but good luck making THAT happen in a self-centered hedonistic society, where arrogant/smug/hubristic wealthy people exempt themselves from the negative consequences, but then use their wealth and influence to force OTHERS (who really can't fight back) to give up THEIR wealth and freedom, for some pet 'charitable' cause that makes smug wealthy person "feel good about himself", like the environment, ending orca shows at Sea World, and "free" [insert thing here] for "all" (which becomes mediocre "thing for MOST" since demand will go up and quality down to satisfy the new 'need', and 'the rich' will ALWAYS have the best ANYWAY) and so on.

maybe if we had no ballot initiatives, we'd get rid of the ASSHATS in Sacramento instead of RE-ELECTING THEM!!!

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bombastic bob
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Re: Legitimate business interests

yeah, 'legitimate business needs' - when the l[aw]yers get ahold of THAT one, watch your wallet. And your privacy.

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bombastic bob
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Re: Easy Enough

some level of common sense data retention, such as the fact you did business with a company, or bought items and had a receipt for those items, is reasonable to retain (such things are really needed for proper bookkeeping standards and income reporting to government agencies, sales tax collection, and so on). But then, GDPR and related laws SHOULD take over to prevent that data from being used for 'other than that' purposes, such as tallying up what you purchase for advertising purposes.

So the 'right to forget' might mean including "your identification number" into a list o' IDs to exclude from statistical analysis and reporting to 3rd parties. The data would be effectively 'forgotten'. But things needed for accounting purposes and legal requirements would not be.

At some point you can't assume the data was actually "deleted". it might be illegal to actually delete it. It might also break most accounting systems.

it might be possible, however, to change your customer ID to "anonymous customer" and aggregate all anonymous customers into one. I'm not sure if that would violate legal requirements on accounting practices, though.

as for slurping and targeting ads based on your clicking and browsing and e-mail history - DELETE is the way to do it.

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Re: Big Deception

well, a broken clock is right twice a day. slow-clap for the Cali-fornicate-you legislature. clap. clap. clap.

I'm glad they did it, but this from the article is probably correct (and a bit frightening):

"with the chance to change it later through normal legislative procedures"

They'll emasculate it as soon as they can with loopholes, "but if" exceptions, and other weakened features that are bought and paid for by the Silly Valley liberals that PWN them. For the Cali-fornicate-you legislature is one of *THE* most corrupt organizations ON THE PLANET.

if enough states do the same, the feds will act and federal law will take precedence over state laws. That would help prevent them from being weakened in the future.

NOW - will Micro-shaft have to UPDATE their EULA policies with respect to the Micro-shaft Login, "the slurp", "the ads", etc. in Win-10-nic? And, their plans for GITHUB...

icon, because it's what "they" *REALLY* want.

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

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Re: Isn't he supposed to be ...

"should it be said that justice was served fresh and hot out of the gun's barrel?"

Yes, and by an angry "mama bear" who knew how to properly use a firearm! But we still have to jail the guy for (allegedly) having the chutzpah to fly halfway around the world to stalk a young teenage girl with apparent intent to kidnap (or worse). [where was Ted Hanson?]

I'd _MUCH_ rather see that (alleged) idiot's face on a mugshot, than the girl's face on a milk carton. So, KUDOS to mama bear for SHOOTING him! And, KUDOS to law enforcement for NOT prosecuting her for doing it!

[yes, there IS still hope for the world/country/etc.]

And I think the (alleged) perpetrator (allegedly) deserves a *DARWIN* *AWARD*! At _least_ get him out of the gene pool by keeping him in PRISON!!!

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Re: "Flew halfway around the world" = "Auckland to Sydney"?

"perhaps you would prefer twitter where looking like a twit leads to getting elected president."

Oh, you obsessed anti-Trump'ers never stop, do you? [in case you hadn't noticed, the USA is in the middle of a 'socialism vs constitution' revolution here, and CONSTITUTION is winning, thanks in large part to Trump].

Besides I'd rather see someone who might look like a twit online, but doesn't act like a twit when actually in office (like OBAKA did, and Mrs. Clinton WOULD have). And I suspect Trump would have read the entire article before commenting (so the first part of your argument is irrelevant to the 2nd part).

icon, because, facepalm at that last part. You were right on until that point. then it went *splat*.

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Re: @AC ... The cat is pretty well out of the bag already

"non-law abiding citizens in the US are even more likely to" [own guns]

pandering to the perception again, I see.

maybe THIS will help...

icon, because, facepalm at the lamenes and sameness of the anti-self-defense mantra. you probably want EVERYONE (except YOU) to be mild-mannered SHEEPLE, easily controlled, easily herded, etc.. no thanks, not THIS *RAM*. A few of us still have our genitalia intact.

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Re: MSGit

Q3 2018 - here's the new EULA for your git login. Enjoy the slurp/track. It's now a 'Microsoft Logon', just like the one you use for MS *EVERYTHING* *ELSE* . (good luck using it with traditional non-updated git tools)

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Time to dump dual-stack networks and get on the IPv6 train – with LW4o6

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Re: "Where does the 4 to 6 interchange take place?"

An IPv6 tunnel is another "temporary" solution for IPv6. But it seems to work well for me.

And as long as your IPv4 machines can [at least temporarily] map to an IPv6 address through the router [or wherever] it should work just fine. And I don't see IPv4 devices disappearing any time soon, especially when a lot of 'el cheapo' and legacy devices [and experimenter boards, etc.] only support IPv4. "A method by which these devices can connect" is a good thing.

One IPv6-related problem I'm seeing RIGHT NOW is the lack of _PROPER_ IPv6 glue support, even from MAJOR registrars. I have a particularly suffixed domain name that's not '.com' '.org' etc. and it's registered (inexpensively I might add) from "the biggest registrar" [no need to mention names but it starts with 'Go']. A few years ago I wanted to set up IPv6 glue for it (i.e. an IPv6 address that points to the name server, not just IPv4), if for no other reason than to get 'guru' level on he.net's certification along with a nice T shirt. Well, it wasn't supported back then, and _STILL_ is not supported, as of last week! I can only point the domain name to an IPv4 address, which means IPv6-only won't be able to access it. They _CLAIM_ to have "glue" support but when I try to get support, it's like "we do not support IPv6 addresses for DNS servers that we don't host" - in other words, PAY THEM EXTRA to get the IPv6 glue support.

THAT isn't how you promote IPv6. It also *BREAKS* any scheme of an IPv6-only connection to 'teh intarwebs'. This is the fault of the LAZY/CHEAP REGISTRARS, from either "being too cheap" or trying to STRONGARM PEOPLE into paying EXTRA so *THEY* host your DNS server (instead of YOU).

Unfortunately I had just paid them to renew the name, shortly before this discovery. Some time within the next 2 years I'll be looking for a competing registrar that WILL give me what I want. If they FIX it, I'll stick with them. If they do NOT I'll get another registrar. They need a series of clue-by-fours [most likely] before figuring out how WRONG it is to leave things as they are.

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Ready, get Sets... no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed

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Re: Netelligence - an option for people wanting Sets!

maybe not a bad idea to announce early, so MS can 'Embrace Extend Extinguish' your company. Don't worry, you'll be well paid for it.

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