* Posts by Silviu C.

59 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jan 2013


Microsoft touts SQL Server 2017 as 'first RDBMS with built-in AI'

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So they found a way to bring Clippy back?

Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Remember Opera bork edition?

Not the first time MS pulled some BS move.


And by the way, despite it being reported as fixed, it was not for me. Onedrive became significantly faster just now after spoofing my UA to look like MS Edge on Windows.

Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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The key is "hidden reset procedure". This should be in the fine manual, not hidden so that LG can charge you for "repairing" your TV.

LG relented and gave the instructions away for free but only after being named and shamed on Twitter. This alone should make a lot of people put them on the shit-list of openly consumer hostile companies (though I fear it won't).

It seems that these days, if you want to buy some known brand TV you just can't avoid getting a "smart" one.

Twitter goes titsup

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Today, worldwide productivity increases 100%.

Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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Re: Re stu 18

Then the video gets taken down by other trolls, via DMCA takedown :)

European Patent Office fires up lawyers over claims of cosy love-in with Microsoft

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Are you kidding me?!

"The US patent system is significantly cheaper and more efficient. Just let that sink in."

The USPTO is a rubber stamping machine. They use the well known "award the patent and let the courts sort them out" approach.

EU urged to ignore net neutrality delusions, choose science instead

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Re: Just because someone has an interest...

It does invalidate his points when he starts the discussion from false information. Like somehow preventing ISPs from dicking customers over like this:

* mobile operators blocking SIP because they want people to use their own voice service

* traditional ISPs degrading the quality of something like Netflix because they just happen to run a streaming service themselves and well, competition is bad for their pockets.

would be a bad thing and oh how we need some "scien-fucking-tifical" approach to what is a simple matter of not allowing ISP dickery.

I've heard it all before from the industry shills from over the pond when they were talking about net neutrality. Spare me the bullshit please.

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Talked like a real corporate shill. Gotta love how he blurs the lines between QoS and what net neutrality stands for.

Hey ElReg, could you please disclose who this guy is what he does for a living more visibly (as opposed to not at all) at the start of the article?

His website:


LinkedIn Profile:


"I co-founded a new industry association promoting the commercial adoption of value-added voice services by Web, telecoms and enterprise software organisations."

Gee, now I know who to thank for this crap. Thanks dude! Thanks so very much.

Oracle's Hurd mentality: We (and one other) will own all of cloud by 2025

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Looks like Hurd found Ellison's stash of "the good stuff".

FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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People lie yo!

Here's the obvious problem with this research:

"The researchers **asked** the respondents their height, weight and the number of sexual partners they'd had, among other things."

People fucking lie! All the time!

In this case weight and height could be verified. But number of sex partners... NOPE

You want a 6% Google Tax? Get lost, German copyright bods told

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Re: “If Google takes intellectual property from the EU and works with it..."

Google's crawlers strictly respect robots.txt. They and Bing also support wildcards in robots.txt.


So these dinosaurs can perfectly well keep their fucking drivel from appearing in the largest search engines. The thing is, they don't really want to. Greedy arseholes that they are. They want both the clicks that search engines bring their way AND a tax on those engines because "IP dawg".

Uber is killing off iconic black cabs, warns Zac Goldsmith

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They're also killing off iconic shitty service. Good for them.

Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: "Personal" computer no more

Last time I checked it, The Bat! seemed to work fine with Wine. Granted, I use CrossOver which has a nice GUI for managing their (Codeweavers') own build of Wine but on the libre side it should be possible to achieve the same with PlayOnLinux.

Trumped up lobby group tries to get EU data protection watered down

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So what they're saying is basically "your data protection legislation is preventing us from making money".

Good then, go bankrupt a-holes.

US mulls unprecedented Chinese sanctions in wake of hacks – report

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I don't get it. Doesn't the US economy still need the Chinese cash infusions in order to survive? Or is this their way of saying "You know all that money we owe you? We're not going to pay it back. FU and here's some sanctions"

Also "hacking and spying"?! Isn't that what Snowden exposed that the 'muricans were doing to the entire world?

Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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"I'm so bad at Flappy Bird"

As H-dot Oettinger drafts Europe's new copyright laws – who's he been talking to?

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Re: appears so far to mainly be listening to content creators

No, he's mainly meeting the content peddlers. And this is a problem.

EU anti-trust watchdog ponders TeliaSonera/Telenor merger

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Do the exact opposite of what GSMA wants and we'll be fine.

EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

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Is there any way to get rid of the corporate shill?

It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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Re: DropBox

Yes, dropbox stores the encryption keys on their servers.

Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Um, what?

They did not opensource .NET, just parts of it. Enough to make it interesting for server use, not on the desktop (well, other desktops than Microsoft's)

NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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"Last month the treatment of independent musicians by the company came under the spotlight again when cellist Zoë Keating alleged that Google had attempted to get to her to agree to unfavourable new YouTube terms."

So, when Apple decided to stick it to the entire music industry (including indies) all weenies cheered and life was good. Music became cheap.

When Google does the same thing, weenies boo and hiss because "oh noes, poor artists are starving".

Good show, nerds.

NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Aren't they in danger when hiding in bushes with the radar gun? :) NSA, stop putting your employees lives in danger. Take them off the streets!

Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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More like the "portable involution" :/

UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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They actually advocate for SystemV init. Wow! This makes their "manifesto" look more like parody or a laughable trolling attempt.

Good luck with forking it and finding someone to sponsor you with (at least) infrastructure. I highly doubt they even have the required man power to run a forked project.

Btw, if they are Debian developers why don't they say who they actually are. Why lurk in the shadows?

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: New Feature or a tidy up and bundling of one of their own utilities?

You should read the limitations that it has. It's pretty ridiculous. The fact that this utility existed 6 years ago doesn't mean that people even knew that Windows was able to do multiple workspaces. It was never advertised and for anybody else, this feature never existed... it was never used.

Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS

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If the OS is so secure that simply peeking behind the green curtain is enough to break the security model then it wasn't that secure in the first place, was it? But I digress, some corporate shill says something => becomes news story.

We've certainly never seen that before.

HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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"Er, what about latency, bro?"

There is no latency bro. Do your homework.

Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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it's not enough

They need to be able to prove that the software they're running was compiled from the source code they're auditing,

Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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prior art

I'm pretty sure that there is plenty of prior art on shitty headphones and speakers that produce crappy sound. What am I missing? :)

EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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I did not know why this article was causing me brain bleeding, then I read who wrote it and it all made sense.

"Google releases Android source code, and claims this makes the system "open". But this is true only up to a point. For a device to access Google's own services – such as Play and Maps – it must integrate a stack called GMS (Google Mobile Services) and pass strict compatibility tests devised by Google."

This again?! What is so hard to get? You can get the Android source for free and you can modify it however you want. If you want to use Google's services you abide by their rules. Why? Because it's not your damn right to use their service, it's a prvilege granted to you. They *own* the service and get to decide what's what.

UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Pfft logic

"Unless they have a business reason to hold this data, internet and phone companies will start deleting [comms data] which has serious consequences for investigations – investigations which can take many months and which rely on retrospectively accessing data for evidential purposes."

If the EU directive that allowed for a law to gather that data has been shot down, then how can they say that they will be able to use said data as evidence? Shooting down that directive means that such evidence is illegal, thus not usable.

Viv Reding quits justice commish role - heads for EU parliament

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Good riddance!

You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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This also means that the TTIP negotations between the US and EU have advanced. Not good...

Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Dude who used to work for Ubisoft says it's all BS:


Microsoft swats away FBI request for Office 365 subscriber data

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Moral of the story is that if you're someone with deep pockets and a "big" client of theirs, MS will try to challenge the NSLs.

Let us know when you do the same thing for the "unwashed" Microsoft.

But yeah, it's probably good news for the companies... so it's not all bad, I guess.

Apple vows to squash iMessage SMS-KILLER

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And all it took for them to fix the stupid bug was a lawsuit... douchebags!

Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

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Antivirus is not a fix journos

I love the introductory part:

"Symantec,..., looks to be getting out of that business and into fixing hacking problems rather than stopping them."

Since when the hell was an anitvirus going to stop "hacking"!? This is almost as hilarious as those security officers that were not worried about Heartbleed because they "had firewalls" :D

Ouch... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

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Instead of having me read through all the stupid why not say "greedy lawyers with no grasp over what they are talking about drool over the potential payments from Google but most likely from people that will pay to be represented in the trial"

Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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And that dude used to be a software architect at MS!? Wow, MS really does hire anybody these days. From the summary it looks like they both got caught because they were dumb.

Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown

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Oh look, another of these articles again. The growth is for *all* sites, but look at the *active* sites graph

Apache - 1.81

Nginx +1.49

Microsoft 0.18 (yes, barely registered a blip)

Seems that MS' server product is the best thing to keep your *parked* domains on :D

This article is a bad joke, hope you did not pay the guy money for it.

Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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"Google does not demand that smartphone manufacturers make Google the default search engine as a condition of using the Android operating system"

"The MADA requires the licensee to preload all Google apps, and even specifies where they should appear on the Android phone's home screen."

These statements do not contradict each other. Maybe people should make the difference between restricting the use of an OS vs. restricting the use and terms of use of services. Google does the latter.

If you want the Playstore and other Google services, you get your device certified by Google. If you just want to use Android, you don't have to give a fig about what Google wants.

Eldelman either does not understand the English language or MS paid more than Google. He's an academic, I highly doubt the first hypothesis.

Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Re: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear

RMS never endorsed the term "open source", he cares about "free software".

Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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No, no, no you silly man! That's not fungus. Those are Pikmin.


'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

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So what?

Now that they mentioned it, it kinda does look like one but, I don't get what the problem is anyway. There are plenty of guys and gals that like vaginas. I bet the detractors are mad that they can't make a stadium look like a prick, in which case this "problem" does make *them* look like pricks.

Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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Wait! Did they see a cat and then another cat just like it? Shit! They changed something! *Panic*

Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

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Can you hear the screams? Hell has frozen over.

Other than that you can see their reluctance in being forced into it from their press release which basically says we adopt this open standard but EAS is better. What they forgot to say is that EAS is a closed protocol that only MS controls.

Ubuntu devs to get 15-min code review, full SDK love – Canonical

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Wtf? Who wrote this?

"For better or worse, though, it sounds like you’ll have to use the Ubuntu SDK instead of cross-platform widget toolkits such as GTK or QT – hard luck for those of you who love your GIMP."

The Ubuntu SDK uses Qt Designer and QML. Sure they build their own stuff, like UI elements but they are all built upon the mentioned tech and open-source. But hey, don't take my word for it, just google for "Ubuntu SDK"

Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

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Re: Should have used UUID ..

He should have. Windows should too. After buying and SSD and inserting it in my computer (yay, finally some use for the SATA 3 ports!) Windows' own backup utility would refuse to back up to the drive where it had backed up the system more than a year. The drive was fine of course. Had to dust off an older copy of a disk imaging software because no amount of googling managed to revive Windows Backup.

Oh but you want some NT 4.0 memories yes? Ok. We met when I was in highschool (I also found out about Linux there so it wasn't all bad) and I was studying CS. We used Borland Tools for Pascal and C++ for learning how to program and used to ping of death random workstations for giggles with programs we did not create ourselves, ofc. Our teacher was a lousy sysadmin. Oh yeah, since the "workstations" did not have more than 16MB (yes kids, megabytes) of RAM, NT would like to grind the HDD like crazy.

We were also using one of those bus type networks built with coaxial cable. This has nothing to do with NT, but I wonder how many people still remember those .

Palestinian Facebook flaw-finder getting $10,000 payday in online appeal

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Next time

Let the highest bidder get the bug... "Oh but, but people, innocent people might suffer". Yeah, F them and F facebook too.

The sooner something nasty happens on facebook the sooner people will learn not to post their private stuff online.