* Posts by bombastic bob

5200 posts • joined 1 May 2015

Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo'

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Re: Just been on for a reconnoitre

"there's a lot of gifs and the contributers don't seem to like anything or anyone."

It's been like that forever, I think (though I think they were shut down a while back, then re-started 'under new management' ???). I went there once or twice (or maybe a few more times) for a laugh, but not for YEARS. I first heard of it when someone prominent on IRC said "hey I have an article about me on E.D." and it was both scathing and cruel.

So now someone does a libel lawsuit, no doubt some kind of judge's order to locate the various anonymized people, which gives legal searches and seizure the teeth they need, and makes a point to the 'anonymous' ranters on E.D.: You are NOT 'anonymous' any more.

And, I'd say that about sums it all up. I doubt the plaintiff will EVER get his judgement paid, and the people who did it may not even be within jurisdiction of the U.K.. They didn't bother showing up to the trial, and got a summary judgement against them. And now, if it's like it is in the USA, *all* of that is a matter of public record now, so anybody wanting the info could find out the REAL names of the defendants.

That may be 'enough retribution' in and of itself.

Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

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desktop OS's will be the minority by 2020 (?)

"desktop OS's will be the minority by 2020"

I disagree. More recent phone sales statistics tend to suggest that smartphones. like slabs, have had their "bubble". Also, you can't use sales statistics to judge the size of the user base for desktops and notebooks. Assuming you mean operating systems, and not devices, you'll ALWAYS have a need for something more powerful than a phone OS, and you'll need a desktop or notebook computer to run it on. Putting a phone OS (like Win-10-nic? "Ape"?) onto a desktop is just REDONKULOUS. And there's only "just so much" that you can do on a 4 inch screen... (and I don't see VR headsets becoming all that popular within 4 years to replace relatively large and easier-to-read laptop/notebook screens).

And, if you consider ACCESSIBILITY, old eyes can't see tiny screens very well...

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Re: Good OS

"I expect down votes, but I've yet to have a problem with it in my company."

no down vote from me. Only pity.

Don't worry, you'll have "that problem" soon enough. It begins with Pro being unable to avoid the ads now. You think Micro-shaft will stop THERE? You think they won't force-upgrade some new "feature" on you that REALLY causes you grief? Past behavior often predicts future performance, and so far Micro-shaft's past (and current) behavior supports MY predictions pretty well.

Back in the early 90's, Ernie Ball (makers of guitar strings and related stuff) suffered a rather nasty surprise audit and was fined $100k or so. The owner of the company said "@#$% Microsoft" and switched over to a Red Hat-based solution. Saved enough money in a year to PAY! THE! FINES!. After that, it was all SIGNIFICANT cost savings.

here's a link to the article

And, I bet it's even EASIER to UPgrade your company to Linux, now, than it was >10 years ago.

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Re: Twisting in the wind

"Let's not forget the forced advertising in the start menu."

or the 2D FLUGLY that is SO distracting it makes the OS "unusable" (and 'Ape' as well).

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Re: tell em a tree

"so t'all andicapped can now eggspect tailored ads for reading glasses, cataract operations and hearing aids?"

I'd much rather have the ability to configure things SUCH AS the window borders, making them thicker (and 3D looking) so I can see them and resize windows WITHOUT using the 'magnifier', or at LEAST pick colors that are "more readable" to *ME*... in the name of ACCESSIBILITY if nothing else.

And while we're at it, give me back the OTHER personalized 'appearance' settings. And a 3D skeumorphic appearance in general, because it makes the various components EASIER TO RECOGNIZE ON THE SCREEN (i.e. 'Accessibility). And no more nagware, adware, spyware, and pre-loaded CRAPware (it's distracting, and MAKES IT HARDER TO USE THE COMPUTER). And make ALL of the configuration stuff available through the CONTROL PANEL, and WITHOUT invoking the 'Settings' app(sic) to do it (you know, so I don't have to RE-LEARN to use my own computer after an "up"grade, for ACCESSIBILITY reasons). And how about an actual 'start menu' like 7 has... wait, am I now describing 7?

I guess I'll stick with 7, then.

Microsoft buries the bad Windows Phone news: Mobile sales collapse

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Re: Serves 'em right

It's actually the 'Extinguish' part of "Embrace, Extend Extinguish"

Dem-owned-crats: Now its congressional committee is hacked

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Re: Five minutes later

"So, Twitter is not the reason Don is pulling ahead of HRC in the polls?"

HRC - that would be "Her Royal Clinton-ness" ??

somehow I suspect a) policy, b) trustworthiness, c) likeability all play a part

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Re: misdirection

"So, with access to some of the best minds from wallstreet to Apple genius bar...haha... how can a smart organization get hack"

they went with their buddy Bill's solution: Windows server running Exchange, with Outlook mail clients. ok I'm guessing but I bet I guessed _RIGHT_ since THAT would be a 'worst case scenario' for any level of security.

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Re: "Cat's name is Родина, why you ask?"

"I read somewhere that Mrs. Clinton doesn't like cats."

is THAT why she barked like a dog?

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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I use a Mr. Coffee, but no milk/cream

Whenever I brew tea, I use a Mr. Coffee, with 3 bags in a coffee filter [it holds the water longer], dripping through the bags. It works pretty well, though milk NEVER goes into the pot! Tea comes out STRONG. If I want cream (not milk), I add it to the cup. It helps prevent tongue-scalding that way.

(though I admit, it's slightly better, but more time-consuming, to pour hot water into a cup and dunk an individual bag for each cup - it also uses more bags that way)

My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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Re: What does putting my Windows installation in a VM do for me?

6) makes it much easier to do a "whole system" backup and restore of a VM by essentially cloning the virtual hard drive.

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alternate mail/calendar client

couldn't something like Thunderbird or Evolution do what you want? Thunderbird works very well for POP and IMAP, and I haven't seen anything in the calendar extension for Thunderbird that lacks usability. So maybe the thing you want is an even BIGGER/BETTER calendar extension for T-bird? There might be one available. It's worth checking into, I think.

I've been using Open/Libre office on non-windows systems for a long time. It does what I need, and seems to have BETTER compatibility for "that type of document", i.e. NOT being forced to "UP"grade just to read a particular document format. I had that happen with Office '95, so I bought '97, and ended up with (@#$*(&^(*@#$) CLIPPY on my desktop, when '95 worked perfectly well. Eventually, '97 stopped working properly with XP machines that had 1Gb or more of RAM, so I simply started using Open/Libre Office on Windows machines as well. I *NEVER* went back.

seems like "lack of a mail client" that you like is a nice OPPORTUNITY for the Mozilla project, or for T-bird addon makers. I'm sure that a 'pay for' add-on is WAY cheaper than your 365 subscription.

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Re: As M$ loves locked down versions:

"Turns out if you have VPN software installed the downgrade to Win 10 screws your wireless connection completely, even when you go back."

*violently shakes head*

WHAT? THE? **FEEL**???

This reminds me of that Sony CD ROM driver thing from a while back, where inserting an 'equipped' Sony music CD would "update" your computer's CD handler, without your knowledge or permission, often breaking the ability to listen to audio CDs (a lawsuit forced them to make removal tools available, as I recall, and the bad press hurt them significantly).

Now, certain nations are ALREADY making VPN illegal, so you cannot AVOID being snooped on. Is this just a way of FORCING THIS UPON THE WORLD ???

At this point, NOTHING of the sort would surprise me.

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Mushroom

"uneducated" users? Try "indoctrinate" ones!

"I only used Trump because of his statement that he loves the 'uneducated voter' "

well, it's been MY view that "education" is highly overrated, ESPECIALLY if the 'education' is merely 'indoctrination' into a specific method of thinking. Self-taught programmers are GENERALLY BETTER than the drones that colleges excrete. Well, I'm generally self-taught so there you go! I took night classes to improve my skills, of course, but no paper pedegree, just decades of experience that PROVES I can ACTUALLY get the job done. Too bad the snooty-snobs think that a paper pedegree is important. They can continue with their 'mediocre hires' and skip the truly great ones over that. I'll just do work for the startups that need someone who's fast, efficient, and gets things DONE, and can't afford to pay an "occupant" to effectively just sit there filling up a chair.

that being said...

It's not "uneducated users" that would fall into the Win-10-nic trap. It may, in fact, be the INDOCTRINATED users that "feel" that Win-10-nic is so great, and are WILLING TO TOLERATE the advertising.

As one of the first posters pointed out, "slowly turning the screw". Or, the classic 'frog in a pot' that doesn't notice the water heating up until he falls asleep from the nice hot bath and ends up as frog soup.

If Linux distros were to try that, the distro forks (and widespread competition) would force them out of the way.

It's really time for the computer makers to solidly consider shipping Linux-loaded computers at the REDUCED PRICE that "no Win-10-nic" would allow for, so that people MUST pay extra to get Win-10-nic. New computer sales WILL rise, though slowly at first, as more software makers get on board and produce Linux versions. BUT... the "consumer only" crowd will QUICKLY LEARN that their favorite browsers can STILL access Face-barph and Tw[a,i]tter, they can read their e-mail, they can watch YouTube videos, and do it WITHOUT Micro-Shaft's intrusive ADVERTISING.

(ok they'll still have ads within the browsers, but you can filter that more easily in browsers like Firefox by using things like NoScript)

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Re: Microsoft Account vs Local Account

"So this won't affect people using a Local account then?"

No, I read on infoworld that the "feature" (aka intrusive and irritating ADVERTISING) creeps into the 'lock screen' now, which can no longer be BYPASSED in the 'Pro' version. At least, that's my understanding.

So, regardless of 'Micro-shaft Account" preferences, I bet you'll see ads when you boot up, and you won't be able to bypass them.

Thanks, Micro-Shaft !!! You're inventing NEW ways to circle the drain, on your way to the cesspit of formerly successful companies that managed to go from the top to the dung heap.

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Re: Revenue enhancement suggestion

"we will be DOOMED"

No, just Powerpoint. There are small mercies.

who needs Powerpoint anyway? I once did a full-length presentation using web pages on github.io, for a related open source project. Web pages were intended to "look like powerpoint". Then I just needed a web browser, and click the 'next' button. Simple, effective. not a lot of work, either. Just need to code the HTML. Probably took less time than it WOULD have, wrangling Powerpoint's mousie-clickie interface.

Which segue's into 'Captain Obvious' mode: how long before IT managers and financial officers discover that LIBRE OFFICE does everything Micro-Shaft office does, for FREE, without the need of Win-10-nic, "the cloud", or subscriptions, in order to use it?? Swap in commercial Linux if they must have IT support, or a free one if they can roll their own. I think an in-house Linux expert would cost considerably less...

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'sauce' please

"They're not only forcing adware and crapware down the throats of all users, but they're also strongarming other companies to not support any apps not written for Win10."

where was THIS reported? Is this REALLY happening? because, if it is, I'd like to see the evidence of it [so I can snark all over it on USENET and make sure everybody knows about it]

With Windows 7 STILL outnumbering 8 + 10 by about 2:1, *NOT* targeting 7 for your appLICATIONS is like committing 'customer base' suicide. If appLICATIONS that target Windows 7 STILL RUN on W10, then there's EVERY reason to do THAT. Otherwise, Universal [CR]apps(sic) are ugly and I dont' wanna see that on my nice, 3D skeumorphic 7 system anyway.

/me considering windows toolkit to draw everything 3D skeumorphic, even on 10

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Re: I know this is beside the point ...

"but you could always install Start10 for your users, to replace builtin start menu."

only a partial fix. Classic Shell is FREE, but that's not enough either. You still have:

a) adware

b) spyware

c) 2D FLUGLY interface

d) "the METRO" all over the place, particularly "Settings" vs Control Panel.

no thanks. I'd rather switch to an open source OS like Linux or BSD, or "go MAC".

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double-double down on STUPID

"If I were someone like Dell, I would call Nadella and tell him to stop this idiocy because it's going to impact sales"

Whoops. too late. [negative sales impact since Win "Ape" actually]

Micro-shaft doing THIS reminds me of a Futurama episode where everybody became stupid because of giant space brains. On the news, the reporter talked about a huge train wreck, but then she mentioned that "the governor lady" was going to fix everything by "sending MORE TRAINS".

So in Micro-Shaft's case, they'll just DOUBLE-DOUBLE DOWN on STUPID, hoping it will WORK this time.

The 3 stooges, Ballmer, Turner, Sinofsky: turning a profitable technology leader into a laughing stock, since 2005. (now all 3 have been 'canned' and the direction is STILL not changing, it's just getting WORSE)

IPv6 now faster than IPv4 when visiting 20% of top websites – and just as fast for the rest

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Re: I'm sure many of the punters here

(re: set up IPv6 from scratch)

"It is an abomination."

well, it's DIFFERENT that's for sure. once you understand, not so hard. just make sure you firewall it properly. Someone else besides me already mentioned that last part...

One problem I ran into was an older WiFi router that aggressively kept trying to route things via its own WAN port, even if I shut OFF the IPv6 support on it. My solution: assign static IPv6 to both the LAN and WAN interfaces, then use an ethernet cable to plug the WAN into the 5 port LAN side. That way, if it insists on routing, it's back onto the network. [biggest problem was that it affected things on the ETHERNET side too, not just the wifi].

So you have PROBLEMATIC DEVICES like *that* as well, announcing themselves as 'routers' whether you want them to or not, then B0RKING the routes that aren't statically configured, because they're so aggressive and effectively unconfigurable.

In any case, as long as you're using Linux or BSD as your gateway, you should be able to set the daemons up that you need to make it all work, with plenty of instructions on how to do so online.

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Re: Why is IPv6 faster?

"Who still uses old connectivity such as RS485 / RS232, X21, X25, Arcnet, Token Ring, IPX, etc. etc."

RS232 and 485 are common with test equipment, as well as devices that have no ethernet. It's also common to have a serial port login for an embedded device so you can flash it with custom firmware (typical for GPL compliance), and of course things that have NO ethernet on them (like remote data collection devices). NOT being on the intarwebs or cellular networks is a form of security (so you'll see dial-up phone modems being used for data transfer with remote data collection devices).

So: Even though you don't see a serial port on your latest PC, it doesn't mean they're not still being used... particularly by people working with microcontrollers.

"The world moved on, embrace the change."

Usually when I hear that, it sounds arrogant, like people who are Win-10-nic fans telling me I have to "embrace the change" or be pejoratively labeled a stone-age Neanderthal for NOT embracing it.

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Re: We didn't run out of ipv4

"getting rid of NAT is good, and I operate an ipv6-only website which really helps to keep the peasant scum out."

the common misconception here is that NAT is bad, though there ARE cetain security advantages to using it.

First of all: do you REALLY want publically accessible IP addresses on EVERY device you own? Isn't it a good idea to have your PCs and other things at home behind some kind of NAT-based firewall? It's a fair bet that NONE of your devices that support IPv6 are properly firewalled for it. This goes TRIPLE for Windows. Try a 'netstat -an' some time, and see what's listening... and other machines, ALSO listening on the SAME ports. It should scare you a bit, because NEARLY EVERY IPv6 address is publically visible and routable, and discoverable whenever you 'hit' a web site with an IPv6 request.

I've personally been using IPv6 for a few years now, using a tunnel through he.net . My ISP doesn't support IPv6 and probably never will. No biggee, it works fine this way. HOWEVER, after early experiments, I determined that windows boxen that have IPv6 configured are DANGEROUS security craters waiting for some 0-day that exploits the "somewhat well known" listening ports. So I scan all of the windows boxen, and add these ports specifically to my (FreeBSD-based) firewall and router box. But I also see the pathetic support for IPv6 that exists on typical NAT-based routers, particularly wifi, particularly older ones.

Sadly, I think that widespread adoption of IPv6 would yield more virus outbreaks than ever before. Too bad, because it SHOULD be "the standard" by now. Perhaps if we can convince Micro-shaft that it needs to STOP IT with the listening ports on "::" and "0.0.0.0" then security *might* improve. If they MUST listen for connections on these 'somewhat well known' ports, they need to listen on LOCALHOST ONLY, and *NOT* every stinking IP address (and IPv6 address) you've configured. And that just about sums it up.

We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

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Re: Given that they haven't found it...

"..or they're not done yet."

how long did it take to find the Titanic with modern equipment? I'd figure something smaller than Titanic might be harder to find, and it may be deeper there.

I suspect classified military information might have already pinpointed its location, right after the crash, even [which is why they keep searching "those areas"]. But revealing classified information can lead to "oh, you have THOSE capabilities!" revelations to people who shouldn't know such things...

So the only help they could give is a circle drawn on a map, and a "we think it's within this area someplace". And if there wasn't a submarine on station within a few days of the crash, listening to the underwater beacon in order to get a proper fix on it, I'd be VERY surprised. But underwater, sound does NOT travel in a straight line, the detailed knowledge of oceanographic and other factors that affect sound propagation is probably STILL classified, and even the locations of a submarine is classified as SECRET and above (for the U.S. Navy), and probably similar for Australia, Russia, and China, and any OTHER country that might have a sub in the area. So there you go.

Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: Americans...

"Honestly, who is better qualified to run the free world?"

How about the one who wants to make America BETTER? Not pandering to groups, dividing people by race and religion, showing favoritism to certain races, religions, behaviors etc. and paying groups of people with "other people's money" in order to purchase their votes. Yes, that would be 'Business as Usual' for the Demo-Rat party, and the ones who run it, i.e. the Clint-stones and (formerly) Debbie "Blabbermouth" Schultz.

I'd say TRUMP is better qualified.

Trump already wants to lower tax rates, make 'gummint' (so-called because it nearly always GUMS THINGS UP) more business friendly [so we can have JOBS instead of 'unemployment' or 'welfare'], and THEN go after the gummint WASTE FRAUD AND ABUSE to make the annual budget actually go DOWN for once. I can hardly wait for a bunch of gummint dweebs that merely punch a clock everyday, and spend 'work' time surfing the intarweb all day, to get those pink notices from Trump's administration: YOU'RE FIRED! And the national debt - doubled under Obaka - needs to be dealt with as well. I'm sure Mrs. Clinton would TRIPLE IT.

But I digress...

Trump's habit of saying whatever the hell he wants to say is actually *REFRESHING*, particularly for people like *ME* who are *SICK* and *FORNICATING* *TIRED* of "political correctness" and the hypersensitive chip-on-shoulder HOWLER MONKEYS who go into full poo-sling mode every time they even THINK they (or anyone else) *might* be offended. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Exactly! Only free to say what the howler monkeys LET you say according to P.C.. And I know that *I* am sick of it, and seeing Trump say this stuff and *CHANGE* *THE* *NARRATIVE* every time just makes me smile...

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Re: Treason

"Trump was going under the assumption that the Russians ALREADY HAVE the Clinton email, from a server that no longer exists."

that was MY first impression as well.

A thumb-UP from me, even though the 'howler monkeys' are thumbing you down [a badge of honor, heh]

and, did ANYONE ever think that Trump *might* be telling a JOKE? *I* thought it was UPROARIOUSLY funny!

Why Agile is like flossing and regular sex

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Re: When the business mandates Agile but still thinks Waterfall

"To be hip and trendy the latest multi year project I'm involved in is being run on Agile principles."

"The customer mandated the product be managed using Agile"

etc.

reading your intro reminded me of some of the BOFH articles. well done! Simon would've been snarkier, of course.

as for me, I'll fill in the blanks as I see it:

1. Customer exec read an article that had the word 'Agile' in it.

2. This filtered down to the contract manager as a "requirement"

3. Agile 'as a requirement' became part of your development contract, with no explanation as to what that actually means.

4. People on YOUR end head-scratched for a while, trying to document how they were fulfilling the contract, and "came up with something"

and the result (as you described it):

"its all a complete cluster fuck trying to keep the new age customer happy, the old age executives happy and still deliver a credible product in the short term."

It can't be said any better.

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'waterfall with dithering'

It's amazing - I've worked at a handful of places that do "Agile" but none that do Agile. If you see what I mean. At the best it's waterfall with dithering.

My current place does "scrum" - an hour long meeting in the pub every other Friday.

this looks like a PRACTICAL approach, not a hard-line stick-to-the-definition approach. Isn't that what we REALLY want?

I've never seen pure 'waterfall' design. Normally things are done "top down", that is 'definining the spec' but the spec CAN change if it's necessary. It becomes more difficult as you go further along, but if you need to change an API before it's published, that should be fine. If you need to change it AFTER, you have a 'compatibility' version. I think APIs have been managed like this for as long as they've existed. So you have to think *REALLY* hard about "that kind of design work" before you actually implement it.

But you could still be 'agile' without diving 100% into the concept known as 'Agile'. So your comment about 'waterfall with dithering' makes sense.

And, it probably ships product ON TIME and UNDER BUDGET. then you can work on 'Rev 2.0' (that deals everything you COULD still be working on if you'd done Agile, but you wanted revenue from sales of 1.0 didn't you?)

AND, bi-weekly "scrum" meetings at the local pub, yeah. In my part of the world, it might be an actual BREWERY.

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Re: The Way Good Software Is Done?

"an old dinosaur who has been coding for 40+ years and can still teach these youngsters a thing or two."

yeah I like your rant against this 'Agile' thing, which I've only seen ABused. meeting, after meeting, after meeting, and a year (and 400 direction changes) later, they're *STILL* using the prototype I hacked together BY MYSELF in 3 weeks [and spent maybe a week's worth of intermittent time making fixes] to DEMO THE PRODUCT's CONCEPT to prospective clients.

4 weeks' worth, done by me, by myself. OR, a YEAR by a team of 3 [one manager, one 'programming pair']. I was NOT in on those meetings. They knew better. I was working on OTHER things. After the layoffs, I assisted the more senior guy in FIXING IT UP so it would actually WORK "as advertised".

yeah, NOT a fan of "Agile". Analysis paralysis, meetings in lieu of actual work done, and "the junior guy" *ALWAYS* gets HIS way, because it's not FAIR to exclude junior programmers and their impractical [reflecting their extreme inexperience] ideas.

You want a team to work on something? DESIGN THE 'CONTRACT', then implement to it. Separate duties so nobody steps on anyone else's toes. Then, MANAGE the programmers by periodically asking "how's it going?" and "when will this be done?". then, solve the problems as they show up (you know, like CLASSIC management, not this "touchy feely" garbage).

Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

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oil is "liquid energy"

keep in mind that the energy density of fossil fuels is STILL much better than electric storage batteries, and is likely to be so for a VERY! LONG! TIME! to come.

besides, CO2 isn't killing the planet. CO2 is depleted by rain, and kept at a chemically balanced equlibrium level in the atmosphere, forming carbonates in the ocean (and other bodies of water) when it reacts with Mg, Ca, etc.. Higher water temperatures cause the oceans to EFFERVESCE CO2, and zealous "scientists" take measurements and try to prove the CO2 caused the warm, but it was really the WARM that caused the CO2. Besides, CO2 has 1/10 the absorption spectrum for infrared than does WATER, and I don't see anyone complaining about WATER VAPOR. The blanketing effect of WATER VAPOR could be 100 times or more than CO2, and it changes so unpredictably (whereas CO2 tends to be a constant by comparison).

But this kind of common sense analysis is NOT what the warmists want to hear.

So I'll say "Solar plane, COOL! Geek-factor-major" and I think it's a fun thing to accomplish, too. But for practical energy storage, particularly for FLIGHT, it looks like good old-fashioned FOSSIL FUELS will be the way to go, for a long, long time.

Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide

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Re: Really?

"They're all managed by Elite VPN. They are probably all VM clones of the same machine."

that's pretty sloppy, though. re-generating a server key isn't that hard...

ssh-keygen -A [I think that's right]

if you delete the old ones first, this should give you all of the ones you need. It would be a good idea, if you plan on using a hosted server to anonymize you, to re-generate the keys periodically... UNLESS you *INTEND* for people to "find" you.

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Re: It's funny

"I'd vote for Putin over Hillary. At least he's an honest bastard."

I'd vote CTHULHU or SATAN over Mrs. Clinton. Either would be the LESSER evil.

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Re: FWIIW

"At kindergarden they told us not to point fingers - it is not polite and while you point at others, three of your fingers point back at yourself."

Unless you're a Clintstone; then, everything "slicks" off of you, and doesn't stick.

Mrs. Clinton's native tongue is "the lie". The DNC is nearly as bad. Debbie "Blabbermouth" Schultz has quit her position over this already, but Mrs. Clinton is still in there, ready to become the next "Liar in Chief". You can expect LOTS of finger-pointing as the USA circles the drain, if SHE gets elected. "It was a MOVIE on YOUTUBE that caused it!"

Microsoft offers admins free Win 10 upgrade lube

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Re: El Reg at its best

"Round of applause and please everybody raise your hat!"

I'd wear one just to raise it

also reminds me of a 'Bob & Tom' parody song... something about a guy in prison... the falsetto ending, in particular.

thanks, MicroMega-shaft!

The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

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Thanks, Vlad!

Thanks, Vlad! Your contributions to our nation's future are greatly appreciated!

(because, U.S. law enforcement is all too blatantly, all too corrupt at the moment to do a proper investigation of the Clintons, the DNC, and all of their dirty dealings, so it takes a foreign government that "has it in" for the Clintons to do it on our behalf)

MI6, you guys wanna give it a go as well?

Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

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"Most cultures in this world are in agreement with Republicans on this issue, regardless of how the press tries to make it appear the opposite."

and, apparently, the DOWN votes in this forum (trying to make it appear the opposite)

[badge of honor again, thank you!]

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"JFK may be a Democrat icon but was he really liberal? "

Actually, No. JFK and Nixon were friends, and actually agreed on MOST issues. JFK was a CONSERVATIVE Democrat, probably one of the last [along with his brother, Robert Kennedy].

For example, JFK believed in tax rate CUTS, and his policies went into effect after his death, in 1964, causing an economic boon. JFK was ALSO a cold war 'Anti-Communist' kinda guy, like Nixon. But JFK's big issue was civil rights, as I recall, which may have differentiated him significantly from Nixon (that, and the press LOVED him) and got him elected. As I recall, Nixon later embraced the civil rights issue, which helped him win against Humphrey (and Wallace) in 1968. (many of the hippies really liked Nixon in 1968).

Civil Rights issues really started in the 1800's. The Republican party formed out of the Abolitionist movement, and Lincoln was the first Republican president. Democrats, on the other hand, heavily promoted "state's rights" when it comes to slavery. And the REAL Demo-Rat party surfaced as LBJ created "the great society", a means by which they can buy 'poor minority' votes INDEFINITELY, by giving away other people's money (i.e. higher taxes), but not enough given away to create wealth among the poor; the policies deliberately give away just enough to "keep them in their place" and buy their votes (with plenty of fear-mongering that Republicans HATE them and will stop the gravy train if they don't vote Demo-Rat).

bombastic bob Silver badge

I love how the author implies that acceptance of gay marriage is a prerequisite for acceptance of gays period. They are different issues, regardless of what the Gaystapo says. It is possible to accept gays, and still consider the ancient institution of Marriage to be intended for the raising of children and not just a societal label that all have rights to.

Well, there's this former politician, a Republican, who's on the air with a radio talk show in my area. He's also an openly gay guy. Demo-rats actually tried to use that AGAINST him, stressing things about "his BOYfriend" in political debates, etc.. Yet Carl DeMaio is VERY conservative on most issues. On social issues, he's kinda 'libertarian', which I think is the better position to take. And he's NOT "an activist" by any means. And I suspect that OTHER members of the Republican party (who happen to be gay) are the same way, and would EQUALLY get MY vote.

The thing worth re-pointing out: It was a DEMO-RAT that kept HARPING on his Republican opponent being gay. That Demo-Rat became mayor of San Diego (Bob Filner). THEN, he got ousted for being a sexual harassment predator. It shows you what kind of guy he is.

The only problem with the 'gay' issue (that I see) is how IN YOUR FACE the activists are. The moralists (their only opposition) are in the minority. Most people (as I see it) take a 'live and let live' stance on this. They don't want their OWN lives disrupted, but think that others shouldn't have THEIR lives disrupted either. So we don't need 'in your face' activism, OR changing the definition of what 'marriage' is to suit 1.8% of the population. [I support Civil Unions for equal legal protection and so did Arnold Swarzenegger when he was Gov. of California].

Why gummints got involved in the whole 'marriage' thing is beyond me. It is possible for gummints to get OUT of it. Just call ANY marriage a 'civil union' for legal purposes, STOP ABusing the tax code by using different rates for married vs single, and basically ELIMINATE the "grievances" that the gay marriage issue is trying to resolve. Then nobody has to be 'forced' to accept anything they don't like. People can MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS.

And when it comes to child custody and support issues, actual marriage is not even required in the legal dispute, at least not in California. So gummint involvement in marriage, including the determination of who can marry and who cannot, is just an IRRITANT. It's just not needed.

I'm perfectly happy, as a Republican, with welcoming and recognizing the 'LGBTQ' community (as so-named in Trump's speech), and welcoming them into the party. But I'd expect them to act more like CONSERVATIVES, in that they're "not activists" about it.

Worth pointing out: the 'moralists' aren't CONSERVATIVES. They are 'activists' in their own way. Conservatives seek to work with things as they are and NOT make radical changes. Activists, on the other hand (and I include the 'moralist' activists in this), want nothing BUT 'radical changes'. So openly accepting and acknowledging 'LGBTQ' people is a good step forward, without the 'radical' element you would see in the Demo-Rat party. I think it was done appropriately, without the usual one-sided activism you see from the Demo-Rats.

Most cultures in this world are in agreement with Republicans on this issue, regardless of how the press tries to make it appear the opposite.

In fact, the USA today is one of the most TOLERANT nations with respect to 'LGBTQ', and SHOULD be. If you look at Obaka's favorite religion, Islam, you'll find a LOT of hate in there, and nations that embrace Shariah would (obviously) NOT treat 'LGBTQ' people well. Neither did the Nazis (pink triangle) back in WW2. Something to think about.

It falls under the argument that 'most people are really conservative', which is why Republican candidates need to stop leaning to the left after the primaries, and instead SELL CONSERVATISM to the 'undecided'. And, I bet Trump will say ON MESSAGE without deviating at all.

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

bombastic bob Silver badge

hmmm.... that's not how I remember things. went to the PDC for the 3.1 beta also. As I recall, the Win 3.0 SDK cost me about $300, MS C/C++ 6.0 was another $300, and I had to purchase a 2nd monitor and hercules-compatible adaptor to get CodeView to work under windows. It was a rather big commitment, actually, to do Windows coding, and I didn't see ANY lack of demand for the same stuff I was buying...

I also recall a number of "we're working on it" comments. Lotus went with an OS/2 version at about that time, but didn't make a windows version quickly enough (which they later regretted). Maybe we're just reading the facts differently, but there _was_ a bit of a scramble. It's also not an easy port, going from MS-DOS character mode to Windows GUI. It takes a bit of time.

Paradox for Windows, Lotus for Windows, and Word Perfect for windows took a year or so to become available. But everyone was blind-sided by it.

The intent HERE, of course, is to NOT blindside developers with making LINUX versions. We get them on board, NOW, and get the manufacturers to start shipping more linux OS 'preloads', and at REDUCED PRICES while we're at it (since Linux is, essentially, FREE).

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Actually

"Actually in terms of the efficiency of the base coding of 10 you may well be right but there is a problem and its name is telemetry."

We got PROBLEMS! Right here in Micro-shaft city! With a capital P that rhymes with T and that stands for TELEMETRY!

Aside from THAT obvious thing, there's the 2D FLUGLY that just irritates the *BLANK* out of me. I can't even use "Ape" (8.x), not even with 'Classic Shell', it's too distractingly UGLY. Tried. Couldn't stomach it. I don't even have an "Ape" VM any more.

And Win-10-nic is much, much, worse in that regard. 'Start Thing' comes to mind...

bombastic bob Silver badge

"All new CPUs will ONLY run Win 10."

Actually, not *entirely* true, but there is NO move by Micro-shaft to support newer architectures with older OSs. THAT being said... Micro-shaft appears to NO LONGER BE INTERESTED in other businesses that have (in the past) derived THEIR success from the success of Micro-shaft, and Micro-shaft continues to proceed over the lemming-cliff at full speed, cracking whips behind the stampeding mass in order to speed it up.

If I were Intel and AMD, _I_ would invest in making LINUX the next major OS that people WANT to get in order to run the APPLICATIONS that they want. This would mean a LOT of marketing effort in getting software vendors on board, from games to accounting. All of those applications that run ONLY ON WINDOWS will need to be PORTED.

Remember how Windows 3.0 changed the rules for MS-DOS applications, and EVERYBODY scrambled to "get on board" ? Well... how about a SIMILAR scramble for Linux!!!

THAT is what we need, a mass migration AWAY from Micro-shaft, who can NO LONGER BE TRUSTED to bring success to anyone ELSE... or themselves, for that matter.

Oh, and I'm sure Linux and the BSDs will support the new CPU architecture. Just not Micro-shaft, with any OLDER operating system than Win-10-nic.

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Re: "....should you do it?"

"No if you own and wear a tinfoil hat which has a propeller on it."

a big "thumbs down" for more smug, snooty-snob arrogance, and the pejorative 'tin foil hat' commentary.

unless you were being facetious. but it seems you were not.

you seem to think there are no LEGITIMATE reasons for *NOT* embracing Win-10-nic. I find the 2D FLUGLY to be #1 - I can't stand seeing it in Win "Ape" (8.x) either. So I use 7.

the advertising and spyware and EULA "anti-privacy" are just MORE reasons to NOT use it.

About 2/3 of desktop computer users are NOT using Win-10-nic, despite it being FREE, for a YEAR. MOST of these people use W7. Many online resources, such as statcounter, support this.

(the ratio of 7 to "Ape" users was about the same, 2:1, before Win-10-nic released).

Your 99.99% "should upgrade" argument doesn't hold much water. It's like some claim that a LOT of idiots, who don't have facts to back up what they say, would make: they just make schhhtuff up, rectally atmospherically extrapolated, as if it's "truth", to "prove" their points.

bombastic bob Silver badge
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Re: dont forget your tin foil

"windows 10 is actually significantly better than windows 7, is it different yes, so oh no you have to learn something, so scary."

typical. arrogant. snooty-snob. snot-nosed-baby. pejoratively criticizing those who simply DISAGREE.

What, is their something CLINICALLY WRONG WITH US (tin foil hat insanity) if we do NOT embrace "the glory and wonder" of Win-10-nic ??? *AND* become EVANGELISTS for it? "The cult of Redmond" indeed.

'oh no you have to learn something'. So much arrogance and snobbery in THAT statement alone, I don't know where to begin criticizing it, except to point it out again.

Yeah we're all a bunch of WACKY NEANDERTHALS for *not* "getting on the bandwagon" with Win-10-nic, REFUSING TO LEARN, evolutionary THROWBACKS now doomed to EXTINCTION for NOT ADAPTING to "the new normal".

In a year I'll offer you a special dish, Crow a la humility sauce. enjoy.

[since we're "going to have to learn something" I suggest learning LINUX instead!]

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Surprise!

"One lovely surprise is when Win 10 decides to update for 90 minutes right in the afternoon. WTFG!"

I frequently put off updates on XBox 360. The 'yes/no' full-page thingies [that often repeat] aren't something I want interrupting my game time, and I don't want to waste OTHER time doing their blasted update downloads. And considering what some of the 'update's have added [including ADVERTISEMENT CONTENT] I think I'll pass until I have nothing better to do...

But at least I can *DECLINE* the "offer" on a 360. I can't imagine what 10 on an 'XBox One' might do to your afternoon if you REALLY wanted to play a game, but end up waiting 90 minutes or more to "update" instead.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: 'Prettier'? you meant 7, right?

"GWX, surely you mean the "Admiral Ackbar" update..."

Heh - "IT'S A TRAP!"

I should start calling it 'Admiral Ackbar update' from now on

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Mint 18 + WINE

"As long as that lets me use Office (2007 or 2010) then I don't do anything that needs Windows."

have you considered 'Open Office' or 'Libre Office' ? I have yet NOT seen anything (other than old MS Access stuff I used to do a decade-and-a-half ago) that requires a Microsoft product like 'Office'...

I had Office '97 which worked ok until I had an XP box with >1G RAM, and then a bug kept it from printing. Trying *FIX* that bug broke other things. Dumped Office '97 for Open and/or Libre Office suites, which matched what I was already doing on FreeBSD and Linux. All of my template-based documents (like address labels, envelope addressing) worked perfectly. Never looked back.

bombastic bob Silver badge

"In what world is it acceptable for a vendor to remove features from a product, post-purchase?

or add NEW *unwanted* ones (like spyware and GWX in W7)

or CHANGE! THE! CONTRACT! (like their *new* EULAs)?

bombastic bob Silver badge

"So you're to young for all the shit they were doing in the 90s? Like ensuring Windows borked DR-DOS and secret APIs etc..."

ah, yes. the 'secret API's. I scanned their DLLs for things that weren't documented, because I'd heard about it, and saw "GlobalHandleNoRIP" which became EXTREMELY useful in a buggy environment, to validate global handles before you attempt to lock them. Kept those pre-blue-screen 'Unhandled Exception' dialog boxes from interrupting my application. And the reasons FOR that sort of thing were *rarely* due to MY code...

(later, a lawsuit forced Micro-shaft to DOCUMENT things like that, because MS Word used these things internally for the SAME reasons *I* did - stability! 'Unfair advantage' was the justification, and so Micro-shaft had to document them for EVERYBODY)

bombastic bob Silver badge
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"On the other hand, Windows Millennium...now we're talking. :)"

I love it when the obvious facetiousness gets a significant number of downvotes. It's like a badge of honor.

bombastic bob Silver badge

'Prettier'? you meant 7, right?

"A simple example is the new UWP calculator; it may be prettier than the old accessory, but it is slower to launch, takes more screen space without advantage..."

Uh, wait. 'Prettier than the old accessory'. SERIOUSLY????

2D FLUGLY is *NOT* *PRETTIER*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You forget about the total eye candy that is Windows 7. *THAT* is "prettier".

2D FLUGLY is JUST! PLAIN! UGLY!!!

You know, like Windows 1.01 was: flat, crayon-art, etch-a-sketch quality, *BARELY* better than an MS-DOS 'GUI-like screen' with ASCII graphics (say 'QBASIC').

http://www.guidebookgallery.org/screenshots/win101

as opposed to that really nice screen from the article, despite it having fewer things to put checkboxes in: it just LOOKS BETTER

https://regmedia.co.uk/2016/07/22/command.png?x=648&y=393&infer_y=1

the image on the RIGHT is CLEARLY more aesthetic, more pleasent. Micro-shaft's move towards fat-finger-friendly screen-real-estate-wasting 2D-FLUGLY EXCREMENT was one of the WORST things ever invented by the Ballmer/Turner/Sinofsky "3 Stooges", killers of Microsoft's image, quality, and future.

No _WONDER_ they have to SHOVE! IT! UP! OUR! ASSES! with GWX!

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: bashing

"Strangely enough I get a Unix like experience on my Linux boxen, and the OS still free after the point Win 10 becomes non free"

Windows 10 was never 'free' - you pay with your privacy and future enslavement to whatever forced updates are coming down the pike.

but yeah, you could run Linux or one of the BSDs and get a TRUE "UNIX-like" experience, or run Cygwin and get something similar on _ANY_ version of windows, or use Micro-shaft's 'Embrace, Extend, Extinguish' version and get something FAKE that has "issues".

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