* Posts by Ocular Sinister

189 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Aug 2008


Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

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Re: Why Berlin?

I know its hard to believe, but bankers aren't the only people that like night life. The reason I chose Berlin post-Brexit (besides speaking passable German) was excellent night life on the same level as London. I've visited a few other cities in Germany, and while they're not exactly sleepy, they don't compare with Berlin.

(And, yes, some of those clubs are a bit 'special'...)

Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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Nah, its ConEmu + Git Bash for me - closest I can get to sane shell on the Windows laptop imposed on me by management.

Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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"For fingerprint recognition, I found it to be more reliable than the iPhone’s sensor, and that's typically cited as the industry’s best. It worked with greasy or wet hands..."

That's great, but if it lets any muppet unlock it so long as they've got greasy fingers its not much use...

Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

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Re: Googleapis.com

You almost certainly do - unless you are writing directly to low level APIs you'll be using C runtime, MFC, C#, DirectX, ADO, ... all of which are third party binaries and all of which may be updated by an OS patch. Worse still, even if you do write directly to kernel/GDI APIs the entire OS may be upgraded!

OSX and the Linux (not sure about BSD...) have ways to limit the ways that libraries can change, so this is mostly a problem on Windows, but still...

Star Trek's Lt Uhura hospitalised in LA after stroke

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No offence to the lady

but I think she was cast as little more than a supporting actor. I certainly don't remember her doing much other than occasionally passing on messages to the Good Captain or one of his blue shirts.

Locally Integrated Menus back on Vivid Vervet’s menu

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Re: I can not wait

What kind of masochist uses grep and tail to look at a systemd log file when journalctl is right there...

Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the worst

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Re: Middle Laners Anyone?

Surely it wouldn't be rocket (computer) science to make all the vehicles in the platoon communicate where they are going so a break could be opened in the middle if necessary. The vehicle approaching the platoon could also learn about the size of the platoon as it approaches. None of these things are possible with human drivers.

Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges

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Re: "What methodology is used to calculate StatCounter Global Stats?"

On the other hand my Win 8 work laptop has a user agent spoofer installed so stat counter probably thinks its Linux.

Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Symbian? QNX possibly?

NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Of course the state isn't doing dastardly things!

They've all been contracted out so that government can make claims like this, with the added bonus that you can't find out what's going on because they are exempt from Freedom of Information requests.

Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP planet-wide

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Re: "calling into question how effectively Redmond has partitioned its service"

Umm... what the hell are you talking about? My personal files are on a separate partition, the software comes OS but I could mount /bin and /lib on a separate disk or partition if I felt like it. Even better than that, I can make /bin span several disks or partitions if use LVM.

In practical terms, this mean when I install a new OS I can be sure my personal files don't get destroyed because they are on a separate disk. My home folder is now well over a decade old despite upgrading and even switching from SuSE to Ubuntu and then back to OpenSuSE.

So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

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Don't know about that

But I do know that Indians shake their head for yes and nod for no.

'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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Re: I guess we'll find out

You can install software on Linux without the admin password, so long as you bypass the package manager and simply copy your files to ~/.mypron. Modify .bash_profile to start your software and you're golden. OK, this is not very sophisticated and its easy to spot if you know where to look, but plenty of folks won't know where to look or even bother (when was that last time you checked your .bash_profile?). I'm sure smarter folk than I can come up with ways to obfuscate all this to the extent that a casual perusal won't reveal anything amiss.

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Re: So how does it get onto the system?

That can happen with closed source software too - who knows what back doors exist Windows? Maybe none, maybe the NSA required one, maybe a rogue engineer. The only difference is we have no way of knowing.

NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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Re: Bingo

> I'd rather live in a policed state than a robber or terrorist state.

Then you, sir, are a coward.

So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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I don't really care much, but...

Surely we must be due for a female doctor by now?

Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Re: Clever people make. Clever people break!

Or you block mirrorad.com at your firewall...

Boffins implant almost-cellphone in the BRAIN

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Black Helicopters

Two words spring to mind:

Mirror and Black, but not necessarily in that order.

So much noise on WinMob, but Microsoft's silent on lovely WinPhone

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Paris Hilton

Sony Xperia?

They always compare with iPhones and Samsungs - but Sony claims to have a comparable low light camera on their Xperia range. Any chance of a comparison between those two cameras?

Paris, 'cos she's always taking photos with the lights - and everything else - off.

Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: Content before Chrome

Ironically, X applications in the 90's suffered from the problem if inconsistent chrome and tool kits and everyone complained (quite rightly in my opinion) that it was hard to use. Now a days my KDE desktop is blissfully consistent - even non-KDE applications - and Windows apps are all over the place!

YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

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Re: Easily subverted...

Hmm... feed a cat for $1-5 a month? I think your cat is going to be doing a lot of hunting!

Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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Its even worse when you've got the wrong glasses on and you see a reflection of your glasses reflecting the monitor in front of you... all with a ghostly reflection of your own eye ball apparently floating in mid air! Gahhh!

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Rooms with no lights

The only condition where glossy looks best is a room with no light at all - neither natural nor artificial. Given that most offices won't offer such a space, for office use at least matte is best. Glossy might make sense for TVs as you can close the curtains and turn the lights off to watch the box, though I'm not sure the advantage over matte is that great.

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Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather...

I'm over 40 and currently humming The Velvet Underground's Venus in Furs....

But you were right about the matte screen.

Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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Unique emails.

Each web business that requests an email gets a different email address, something along the lines of companyurl@myemail.co.uk. Once the transaction is completed, the email address gets added to my junk filter.

Problem solved!

Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Printed books are just as bad...

I mean, there's even some weird zombie death cult with an obsession with crosses - all because they've got a book that says its true.

Start the clock! Public sector web MUST be disabled-friendly by 2015

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In other news...

The rate that this lot are going, there will be no public sector by 2015...

Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

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Re: That bright yellow one


IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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Re: Really?

If recent reports are anything to go by, Windows Phone 8 - the same kernel as Windows 8 - does exactly that.

New flexible lens works like the one in your eye - and could replace it

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Re: liquid lenses

They actually exist as a product you can buy: http://www.lifeactivated.com/

No idea whether they are any good or not, but they are certainly expensive!

Vote now for the ultimate bacon sandwich

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Bagel? Bacon?

I can't be the only one that finds the idea of bacon in a bagel a little... jarring. Bagels are Jewish after all!

Motorola, Samsung smash Apple's touchscreen patent claim

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Now if they made it two lawyers...

I think you could be on to a winner, with one minor adjustment - switch the CEOs for lawyers. I'd certainly tune in!

'Your app will work on Windows 8 - but please rewrite it anyway'

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> . For example, "this application should *never* access the internet" or "this application only needs access to these libraries and this particular data directory,"

You can already using tools like hosts.{allow|deny} and chroot... oh, you mean on Windows...

> Or only an admin can flag/unflag a file as executable and executables are immutable.

Even Windows does this, so I'm not sure what you are on about.

> Would anyone else find VMS' version controlled files being on by default handy

Not really. Windows 7 & OS X does this and I've never found it useful - everything is checked into source control anyway. Similar tools exist for *nix, but I've never felt motivated enough to try them. My solution is put everything important (including /etc) into subversion which has the added advantage of supporting branching, labels and so on.

> That might be a little more interesting than a new gui.


All you need to know about nano SIMs - before they are EXTERMINATED

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Re: Really dumb idea

> SIM-less works fine if the consumer is in control


> Apple's idea was to let the consumer sign up for network access via iTunes

That, right there, is your problem. Can you even access iTunes on Android or Windows Phone (I honestly have no idea as I don't own a smart phone)? Even if you can, why would they allow you to transfer your virtual SIM to a non-Apple branded phone?

Office to propel Windows tablets past Android in 2015

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I predict more asinine predictions by market research businesses

Why on earth do CIOs/CEOs even waste time reading this crap? And what is the WitView's track record of actually predicting anything anyway? I tried to Google but information of that nature is scarce (I wonder why...?)

Memo to openSUSE 12.2: More polish, less angst

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One of the best SuSE releases I can remember

The boot time on my ancient Dell laptop went from > 60 seconds down to 3 seconds once I enabled Grub 2. My jaw literally dropped when I rebooted. Unlike the previous two releases, all my upgrades went smoothly so I'm pretty happy. That, and KDEPIM getting stable/useful again makes this an outstanding release. Kudos to the SuSE team.

NHS eye hospital embiggens in-house open source system

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Will they share this technology with other trusts?

Will they share this technology and their experience with other trusts? Well, its open source so the code will be available for all and sundry, but it would be nice if there was some inter-trust collaboration to share knowledge and experience.

Listen up, Nokia: Get Lumia show-offs in pubs or it's game over

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Re: Why can't we have normal sizes and colours for phones anymore?

I can only think Nokia are trying to replicate the success they had in the 90s with the swappable covers for their 6220 (I think). They don't seem to realise that the market has matured a lot since then and no-one wants those stupid garish covers any more.

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Re: A very thoughtful article Andrew.............

Sony Xperias already do the low light trick - see Mike Judge's link. And they didn't have to fake it.

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Re: It's clear what the Lumia market is

The U.S. carriers aren't scared of Google or Android, they are scared of Skype... which is owned by Microsoft now and included in WP8.

Skype may well be one of the greatest own goals in the history of IT.

Patent flame storm: Reg hack biteback in reader-pack sack attack

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Your argument has one of the laziest fallacies

Reductio ad Hitlerum - or a slight variation thereof.

Samsung fights to stay on US shelves as Apple calls for ban

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Well, that's that then

So Apple will block all the Android devices they can - that is anything that isn't shit - and Microsoft will move in to the gap left.

Much as it pains me to say this, given this ruling I think there will be only two players in the mobile/tablet OS market by the end of the decade: Microsoft and Apple. Yes, you heard me right - Microsoft, not Apple are the big winner here, while Apple will be quite happy to keep the luxury end of the market, just like they always have.

Nokia CEO: No shift from Windows Phone

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Re: Don't fracture your base

> ...wanting to be a leader rather than a follower

You stopped being a leader when you got rid of the R&D people. You are now, and from hence forth always will be, a follower. Another HTC. Or LG. Or whatever knock of Chinese brand. Just with an OS that's a bit more shitty and a lot less open to Nokia customisations - even if you had the people left to do that.

Welcome to the low/no margin world of the grey box shifter, following the tune played in Redmond.

'$199' Surface tablets: So crazy it might work, or just crazy?

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Classic Microsoft tactic

This is classic Microsoft - massively undercut the competition with a large loss leader. They could only do this if they made the hardware themselves as they have plenty of cash to burn. Plus they don't have to pay the OS licenses. They are going to piss off the OEMs, but frankly, I don't think they care - they are going for an XBox here and if they are the sole manufacturer I doubt they would loose any sleep.

The question now is - can Google and their OEMs cut the prices to compete with this? I doubt this will affect the Apple ecosystem much, so there will be little if any changes there.

Nokia straps Qt into ejector seat and hits the shiny red button

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Re: At least it's not Accenture

> Symbian is still owned by Nokkers, Symbian maintainence is carried out by Accenture

Yeah, Stevie Wonder is driving and Chales Manson is co-pilot. Yeeeeeahaaaa!

Devs can't be bothered with Nokia's Windows Phone – report

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@Jim Coleman

Re-compilling and cross compiling is not the problem. The fact that it compiles doesn't mean it is in any way ready for market.

Hint: Our test team is 50% bigger than our development team.

Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

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Swapping the kernel?

They already have as they have made a lot of custom modifications. You could argue its not a Linux distribution at all.

The good news is they are heading in the correct direction - they are actively working on getting these changes approved for inclusion in Linux. This will benefit us all, especially the power management stuff they've been working on.

So, no they're not going from Linux to some other kernel. Quite the opposite.

Chick-lit naughty girl MP Mensch starts own web-jabber service

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Pronounced Mention...

...or Menschen?

Bloody Germans getting the nose in again...

Microsoft stuffs $300m into Nook, bolts B&N app to Windows 8

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Part of the deal...

> As part of the deal, Microsoft has wiped away its patent disputes with the bookseller

Ergo, they won't get tested in court. The only winner here is Microsoft.

Windows 8 on ARM vs iPad: Has Microsoft lost already?

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Re: Woa is me

I disagree - at least at first. I expect Microsoft to be heavily subsidizing tablets to get some presence in the market. It has lots of cash, so it can afford to do this. What it can't afford to do is let Android/iPhone take the market as their own. Microsoft has done this before, allegedly paying people substantial sums to switch from Netware to the vastly inferior (at the time) Windows Networking (aka Windows for Workgroups).

Microsoft isn't going to give up on the tablet market lying down, so Google, Apple et al had better get their hands to the pump!