* Posts by Ian Reissmann

14 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

Ian Reissmann

As Tony Hancock said "What about Magna Carta ? Did she die in vain ?"

We'd rather go down in Down Under, says Google: Search biz threatens to quit Australia if forced to pay for news

Ian Reissmann

Re: Google isn't the internet

Have you tried using a different search engine. I've found duckduckgo pretty good. I would miss google, and I certainly wouldn't miss their sneaky ads.

Ian Reissmann

"Considering more than 90 per cent of the world uses Google Search, that would be quite a blow to Oz's netizens, who would have to turn to other search engines like Bing or DuckDuckGo."

I'm puzzled. In what way is using a different search engine a problem? I use a mix of google and duckduckgo on different systems. both seem to provide good search results. But google hides really annoying adverts in its results in a really annoying way. If Australia does have the courage of its convictions maybe we'd all realise that google is far from irreplaceable. End result : the world is a better place ?

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'

Ian Reissmann

CentOS was exactly that IIUC - a one man band cloning RHEL.

I was surprised after reading this announcement how far CentOS has been assimiliated into the RH/IBM Borg. This will obviously kill CentOS in fairly short time. And that is obviously the intention. Sure - people can set up businesses and sell themselves. But the system can work badly against customers and users when competition is reduced and the market rigged.

I hope someone does come up with a new clone. We're watching the space.

(We used to be a vendor on Solaris, added in Windows. We adopted RHEL/Centos some time ago. Solaris we've now dropped - thanks to Oracle. Even more sadly the majority of our customers buy our products to run on Windows).

Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool

Ian Reissmann

Favourite Windows bug

I loved the fact that a bug in Windows 95 and 98 caused it to hang after 49.7 days, and it took years for anybody to notice !


That's bang out of order: Threesome hookup app 3Fun leaked lovers' data, locations, pix – report

Ian Reissmann

Three's company, 1.5M's a crowd.

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

Ian Reissmann

Intrigued at the Reg's outrage at FB minimal explanation of the outage.

1. How do you think a comprehensive technical explanation makes things better ?

2. Are you going to suggest the FB refund people's money ?

Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

Ian Reissmann

Re: Are we being TROLLED?

The "worst thing you can think of" ?

What about Boris for PM for starters ?

Ok MS/GH is not good, but if the coders of the world can't come up with a non MS alternative solution, we'd deserve all we got.

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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Re: Horsecrap

In what sense in an iphone 5 unsupported?

iOS10 receives updates. The fact that you can't install iOS11 is irrelevant. Feature updates are quite different from security updates and maintenance updates.

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

Ian Reissmann

In one sense Rudd is right. She does not need to understand cryptography.

What she does need is to listen to the advice of security experts who will explain to her what is feasible and what is not.

If she has an expert advising her who claims PKI can be weakened or outlawed, let Rudd put him/her forward to explain how this would work.

No. I thought not.

UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

Ian Reissmann

You don't really understand how taxation works for multinationals like Amazon do you ?

It's actually very complicated - deliberately so.

Ian Reissmann

Amazon's excuses rather give the game away:

"We’ve invested over £6.4bn in the UK since 2010."

... and yet that investment has resulted in an annual profit of £7.4. Either they are managing to get spectacularly low ROI, or they're cooking the books. Hodge is right.

Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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Re: Backdoors in systems you say ?

Gosh: open source has bugs ?!

The point many people (such as Bruce Schneier) are making is that NSA are probably relying on things like back doors and poor security practices to ensure they can breach people's privacy. Open source is much less likely to be vulnerable to these as we know what goes into open source.

So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Ian Reissmann

worst film


I got to watch this at a charity event. After a meal we went to the cinema. At about 10:30 I realised the ship hadn't even started to sink and I realised I had a long way to go. The scene where they start shooting in the hold had me laughing out loud - I was waiting for a car chase to start.

150 minutes of my life I'll never have back ...


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