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Boot Linux In Your Browser

Skrynesaver Re:You win Slashdot (393 comments)

Tried to, but wget doesn't see the outside world from within it :(

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Rejects Calls To Upgrade From IE6

Skrynesaver Re:it shouldn't cost anything (233 comments)

When you are a large institution who have (over)paid consultants to create workflow tools on your intranet, upgrading is far from free. The new approved browser will have to be validated against your existing tools, then you'll have to do rewrites where you had horrible IE6 kludges. The cost of the software isn't the issue, it's the cost of delivering your applications on that platform that is the issue.

With that said it provides a wonderful example of why organisations should avoid proprietary extensions to standards. One day the world will move on and you'll be stuck with an un-integrateable piece of shit platform.

more than 4 years ago
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Copyright Troubles For Sony

Skrynesaver Re:If only... (276 comments)

There is, we even have our own flag, it's just like yours, but on fire (Apologies to Rob Newman)

about 5 years ago
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New Hitchhiker's Guide Book "Not Very Funny"

Skrynesaver Re:meh (410 comments)

Eoin is a perfectly standard spelling in Gaelic, we tend to use too many vowels, a friend of mine, Aoife (pronounced eefa) has great fun in other English speaking countries. Now try Aodhan, ;)

about 5 years ago
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The Myth of the Isolated Kernel Hacker

Skrynesaver Re:the list Before a karma whore can... (282 comments)

Which puts Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz in 7th place with 1.85 of the changes between Linux 2.6.12 and Linux 2.6.30. I always knew students had way too much spare time ;)

about 5 years ago
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Irish ISP To Block Access To Pirate Bay

Skrynesaver Re:Incompetent idiots (169 comments)

Their mail tech support is hilarious, I had a similar but different problem, mail from eircom customers never reached my domain. This was due to an extinct domain with my domain name having been hosted on Indigo back in the day.

I rang them to get them to remove their MX record for the domain, their responses were hilarious:

  • "Which mail client are you using?" "pine(just for kicks :)"
  • "What is the account number of your hosting account?"
  • ...

After 3 days of this shit I eventually began each call with "Do you know what an MX record is?" Eventually I got a guy who sounded insulted by the question, half an hour later it was working, but their tech-support guys are beyond ignorant.

about 5 years ago
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Windows 7 RTM Reviewed & Benchmarked

Skrynesaver Re:The competition is OSX (792 comments)

I think you missed the point somewhat, all GUI configs suck to a greater or lesser extent, anyone administering a server should know their job and as a result be able to issue the commands required to analyse and resolve problems without the ladybird book picture version of the interface.

A GUI interface is always slower, unless you have a hideous shell with no tab completion and limited editing of your command history and an inability to copy/paste, but that's due to neglect of the shell rather than an intrinsic failing of the paradigm. mind you I've heard nice things about powershell from MSFT using friends, apparently it competes with Unix/OSX shells.

more than 5 years ago
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UK's FSA Finds No Health Benefits To Organic Food

Skrynesaver Re:World improves (921 comments)

You have hit on the essential point, western agriculture uses 10 calories of fuel energy for each calorie of food energy we produce. Folks we're eating dinosaurs
I also garden and friends have remarked that they never new that lettuce was supposed to taste of anything. My niece and nephews eat carrots and tomatoes from the garden as though they were sweets, the varieties I grow are not viable for the supermarket economy.

We actually produce more food than the world population needs, farming in developing countries is damaged by dumping of western agriculture surpluses in their economies.

I could rant on this one all day but suffice it to say that this study was.... flawed

more than 5 years ago
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Tetraktys

Skrynesaver Re:science? (216 comments)

An astronomer, a physicist and a mathematician were holidaying in Scotland. Glancing from a train window, they observed a black sheep in the middle of a field.

"How interesting," observed the astronomer, "all Scottish sheep are black!"

To which the physicist responded, "No, no! Some Scottish sheep are black!"

The mathematician gazed heavenward in supplication, and then intoned, "In Scotland there exists at least one field, containing at least one sheep, at least one side of which is black."

more than 5 years ago
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Tetraktys

Skrynesaver Re:What? (216 comments)

You owe me a new keyboard, or at least first option on the manuscript ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

Skrynesaver Re:First uncensored post (392 comments)

Which has been completely ignored by civilised society and at no cost as Europeans continue to trade according to European law with Cuba, Iran and other countries.

more than 5 years ago
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Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

Skrynesaver Re:First uncensored post (392 comments)

The ability for law enforcement to monitor calls is standard in all telecoms infrastructures. That the legal system in Iran is even dodgier than that in the US is irrelevant, I don't see them suffering a huge PR disaster because two ignorant half-wits decide to mouth off in the hope of garnering some apple-pie flavoured publicity

more than 5 years ago
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Malware Found On Brand-New Windows Netbook

Skrynesaver Re:Right..... (250 comments)

You are either a troll a fool or an MS marketing droid. While Linux adoption on the desktop may still be limited, in the server room Linux and Solaris are more common than Windows server for many reasons, not least the registry concept. Apache is more secure, no argument available to contradict this. I'm sure others have stated this elsewhere in this thread, but i's one in the morning and I'm back from the pub, yet your drivel is more likely to cause me to puke than the ten pints of Guinness I've enjoyed this evening (Go on Leinster)

more than 5 years ago
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Adult Website Use At Work Leads To Hacker Conviction

Skrynesaver Re:What the fuck? (361 comments)

One of the downsides of election cycles is that they really only care about what happens in the next 3->5 years (adjust for your local conditions). As a result we see rampant "short-termism". No politician is going to go out of their way to sponsor legislation that isn't going to generate good press by the next election

more than 5 years ago
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The Biggest Cults In Tech

Skrynesaver Re:Church of GNU Emacs (397 comments)

Who did you think wrote vi. Though in all fairness they don't compare, vi is just an editor

more than 5 years ago
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What Did You Do First With Linux?

Skrynesaver Re:First time? (739 comments)

A friend, who subsequently became a Debian maintainer, arrived over to me with probably the same 2 disk distribution I had a kernel, a shell, a compiler and vi. After that it was roll your own. At the time I was an occasional building laborer, a whole new world became available to me, though I had no net access at the time, so we wrote our own tools and games. Since then I've worked as an Apache admin, a mod_perl programmer and currently maintain enterprise Tomcat and C apps on Solaris and RHEL. That first distro gave me the freedom to experiment without the resources of a college or company to pay for the tools. My girlfriend of the time became an ace C++ coder (she remains an intimidatingly smart friend), in fact by introducing us to Linux Al changed all our lives, cheers amck;)

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Culls "Offensive" Books From Search System

Skrynesaver Re:Atheists would fight for your religious books (470 comments)

Or as the Jesuits used to say, "Give me the child to 7 and I will give you the man".

Religious institutions have refined their indoctrination techniques over centuries and consequently could be viewed by those of us who view religion as offering a misguided view of the universe we live in as dangerous.

After that the degree of danger offered depends on how absolute their beliefs are, snake handlers being one extreme and Unitarians the other within the Christian churches

more than 5 years ago
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Breach Exposes 19,000 Active US, UK Credit Cards

Skrynesaver Re:Cashless Society (232 comments)

Free speech, fair trial, freedom of assembly are fairly nebulous rights mainly exercised by a few radical wingnuts in the view of the "plain people", however the right to sell goods and services "off books" is something the the "plain people" cherish and hold dear.

Not to mention Drugs hookers and blackjack (or whatever that damn meme is :)

more than 5 years ago

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Skrynesaver Skrynesaver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skrynesaver (994435) writes "Computerworld has an article on LG's decision to drink Microsoft's patent Kool-Aid, no figures released so feel free to speculate as to LG's motives.

A fifth cross-licensing agreement between Microsoft and a Linux-using company was announced late Wednesday. LG Electronics is the latest company to make a deal related to Microsoft's unproven claims to Linux-related patents.
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Skrynesaver Skrynesaver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skrynesaver (994435) writes "It would appear that LG are the latest Linux company to sign an agreement with Microsoft

A fifth cross-licensing agreement between Microsoft and a Linux-using company was announced late Wednesday. LG Electronics is the latest company to make a deal related to Microsoft's unproven claims to Linux-related patents
No details are disclosed as to who is paying how much to whom so feel free to speculate ;)"
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Skrynesaver Skrynesaver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skrynesaver (994435) writes "The Register has an interesting article outlining the possible motivation of MS in partnering Novell. The possibility that SuSE will recognise MS's patents could set an unfortunate precedent. The fact that they are to be paid to license MS's patents however is a tad sinister."
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Skrynesaver Skrynesaver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skrynesaver (994435) writes "Dutch voting computers admin password is GEHEIM (don't think thet're running minix though).

An advocacy group "We don't trust voting computers" has produced drop in EPROM replacements to run software of their own specification, they demonstrated this by running a rigged election, and playing chess on one of the Nedap voting machines.

It started with what we thought was a very obvious statement. We claimed on our website that the Nedap was just another computer, and that as such it could just as easily be programmed to play chess or to lie about the election results. We didn't think more of it until Jan Groenendaal, placed a document9 on the Nedap/Groenendaal website to talk about our website "Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet". In it, he says: "[...] And with regard to the claim that our machine can play chess: I'd like to see that demonstrated".
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