* Posts by Jurassic Hermit

34 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Jun 2020

Rocky Linux is go: CentOS founder's new project aims to be 100% compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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On the one hand I see corporate greed and neoliberals and the desire to Borg everything.

On the other hand I see communists wanting a free ride and not valuing other people's hard graft.

Put them under the same roof, more or less, the initial cracks will become chasms and it falls apart eventually, because the two values are fundamentally worlds apart and incompatible.

Users complain iOS 14.2 causes some older iPhones to overheat, rapidly lose charge

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Erm, with all due respect, that’s bollox imo.

I have the following on 14.2:

SE 2016


6s Plus

No difference to 14.1

In fact iOS is improving all the time. I have very few, if any, problems with these phones compared to the decade of suffering under Android and Windows Phone. And my very reliable iPhones are half the price of the problematic Androids.

There, fixed it for you. You’re welcome.

'We've heard the feedback...' Microsoft 365 axes per-user productivity monitoring after privacy backlash

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Re: I don't understand

Welcome to the 21st Century Victorian Workhouse where everything is monitored. And it's all just to make more and more profits for MS and the corporations using it.

For them, the human costs are irrelevant because there's plenty of suckers lining up to be sucked dry and tossed out the door as empty vessels.

Swiss spies knew about Crypto AG compromise – and kept it from govt overseers for nearly 30 years

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Who is Huawei?

You surely mean Wah-way...?

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Re: Cheese

cuckoo clocks are German originally...

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Re: "let's not forget the brotherly love"

We may all disagree...but we agree to disagree.

Switzerland is the best example of 'Entente Cordiale' ever....

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Re: Cheese

...and let's not even mention the wine, which thankfully almost nobody outside of CH has heard of.

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Re: Shocked

It's unfortunate that you're not "shocked" by the City of London, Delaware, and the numerous British overseas islands.

Apple wants privacy 'nutrition labels' on all new and updated apps in its software store from next month

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Re: Loopholes you can drive a truck through

On iOS an app can't explicitly grab your contacts without you getting a prompt to allow it.

When I used Android for donkeys years there was no such ability to restrict, but I gather it may be better in very recent versions.

At the end of the day, I'm not enthralled by any tech giant, but I tend to trust a device maker with my privacy slightly more than I do a data-slurping-behemoth whose sole purpose for its existence is to slurp data in a behemoth manner.

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And not just games apps. I recently discovered the navigation app ViaMichelin and there are the ads at the bottom of most screens which are easily accidentally presed on a 4.7" screen.

I searched for an ad-free paid version and there's none available. So I contacted ViaMichelin and they told me they'd pass on the suggestion to the developers...I wonder who they are and why they rely only on ads.

I guess I'll get to see their data disclosure shortly and possibly will be alarmed by it. Something Apple are getting right at least.

BBC makes switch to AWS, serverless for new website architecture, observers grumble about the HTML

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Re: Does this change explain

They created the Reith font because they currently pay significant royalties for using existing fonts.

Whilst they paid handsomely for the creation of Reith, their ROI is I think 3-4 years, they save millions after that. I actually like the Reith font, they've done a good job imo.

Ed Snowden doesn’t need to worry about being turfed out of Russia any more

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Probably not, but Russia doesn't pretend to be a great democracy and leader of the "free" world does it?

It's 2020, so let's just go ahead and let Amazon have everyone's handprints so it can process payments

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Big Brother


What could possibly go wrong?

Spain's highway agency is monitoring speeding hotspots using bulk phone location data

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Re: Railway Lines?

<= 1 metre accuracy for the military version I once read, here I think.

Did this airliner land in the North Sea? No. So what happened? El Reg probes flight tracker site oddity

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

"Canadian open-source intelligence bod Steffan Watkins, whose recent flight tracking research revealed that US intelligence-gathering aircraft were switching transponder codes to pose as benign Malaysian flights off the coast of China"

What could possibly go wrong?!

China, Russia and Iran all attacking US elections and using some nasty new tactics, says Microsoft

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Re: This could al be avoided

...by sticking with the tried and tested method of paper and pen. Much more reliable.

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The US is merely getting back in return what it's being dishing out to others for decades. The CIA playbook for coup and regime changes and getting their man in power is well worn. As the old saying goes: what goes around eventually comes around.

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Re: Oxymoron

No need for insults. That almost always indicates that a person has lost the arguement.

I'm pretty sure that NSA boss Bill Binney knows what's been happening.

In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not

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Re: "beyond the predetermined lifespan of a product"

"You made it, you support it until the day nobody uses it any more. Don't come whining about cost - you sold it, you support it."

Good point. I'm having trouble finding anyone to support my papyrus and abacus devices. Those bastard Ancient Egyptians just didn't care about supporting the users! I think I'll sue Mr Mubarak or whomever is in charge these days.

Microsoft Q4 sales up, profit down, shares down. More importantly, someone reboot the CEO. He keeps repeating 'tech intensity' over and over

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The BS intensity of Mr SatNad is so high these days that my sensitive BS meter is in meltdown.

I’m now forced to dynamically reimagine transformative upscaled solutions and re-engineer a successfully implemented outcome for my melted meter situation.

Suggestions welcome from all you collaborative technically-intense evangelists out there.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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Re: Icon

Zebra crossing? No, it's a Rainbow Crossing now. And if you are colour blind you will miss it, and get run over perhaps! At least your sacrifice to the Cultural Marxist idiots was worth it...???

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Re: Icon

The word "slaves" derives from Slavs. Why? The Slavs were stolen, especially the blonde women, by invading Turkish, other Arab and Hun armies over the centuries. They were kept busy in the harems.

I am a Slav. My ancestors were slaves. I am in no way offended by modern IT using the terms Master and Slave. Please carry on Linus. Ignore the faux outrage, the faux offence, the Cultural Marxist claptrap.

I approve, on behalf of the original slaves. I and we know your usage is not in any way meant to be offensive.

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display

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Re: 0.1mm

Bollox to Apple, they were in recent consideration for a professional device, but then I discovered that "Pro" is no longer a range for people who work for living, merely a wannabee label for label-conscious, vacuous consumers.

So I decided to buy a tough but lite and very powerful Thinkpad and which coincidentally comes with an in-built sliding webcam shutter called the ThinkShutter.

Apple are in danger of becoming irrelevant to the professional user if they carry on at this rate.

Utilitarian, long-bodied Nokia 5.3 has budget basic specs - but it does cost £150

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Hope it doesn't go the way of Wirecard. Good luck.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

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MS Works

Microsoft Works was ideal for those users. It's to MS' eternal shame that they threw Works in the bin and then foisted a complicated Office suit upon them...and then proceeded to dumb it down for that audience, thereby alienating professional / corporate users.

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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There’s more chance of finding intelligent life on Mars than on present day Earth.

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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Re: No I am not salty about Windows for Phones dying, why are you asking?

I can't believe 19 21 muppets up-voted the original comment - must be clueless Mac users

Chrome extensions are 'the new rootkit' say researchers linking surveillance campaign to Israeli registrar Galcomm

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Which Extensions?

Does anyone have a list of the 111 extensions? The report only lists an ID number which means nothing to most of us.

Thanks in advance.

City of London Corporation explores options to escape Oracle's clutches

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Re: Good Luck

- It will cost at least three times the initial budget

I've found that over 30+ years of project management - both on the delivering end, and the approval / financing end, that the wise old maxim of "double it and add a third" is invariably not far off the original estimate.