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Comment: Re:Please. (Score 1) 603 603

I tend to use nice a fair bit personally, some times I want my desktop to be really responsive, other times I want my background compilation task to be fast.. just depends on what I am up to, and no matter how good the scheduler is it can't read my mind (for god's sake I get enough 404 errors trying to find the bit I want and its my head)

Comment: Re:Microsoft Wanted it that way (Score 1) 262 262

Wouldn't surprise me if MS aren't going to be secretly happy about this hack... means they will sell a few more units to people than they would relying purely on X-Box owning buyers (I'm tempted to get one for looking at machine IR vision stuff... and the last console I owned was an old Atari. A *VERY* old Atari at that.... just about managed to play pong on it or breakout)

Comment: Re:noob (Score 1) 237 237

hint:
Baron == Male
Baroness == Female
Heir == Male
Heiress == Female

Start to see a pattern?

And she didn't think she was above the law, it was a mistake... which I guess you never mak.. oh guess you do make them :p. Anyway, the bit she got annoyed at wasn't being told to remove it was the lecture the customs/security ape tried giving her - she probably authorised most of the lecture...

Comment: Re:He has no clue what he's talking about... (Score 1) 332 332

IMO most security experts who spout garbage like this suggestion from Sophos should be taken outside, placed against a wall and subjected to a fire power demonstration using a range of handguns.

Idiots like this give the IT security field a bad name as being made up of charlatans and snake-oil sales men. More cowboys in this field now than the Wild West used to boast... and more bullshit generated than all the bulls in the wildwest used to ;)

Comment: Re:Rampant ignorance on Google's part (Score 1) 407 407

Agree. For an RFQ the requesting authority can, and do, specify what ever they like, they can even specify the entire technical solution down to the silicon level if they desire.

Without knowing the full details of what MS and Google are fighting over hard to say but is this RFQ for a specific solution (it appears to be from the article) and so more a vendor search rather than an oh we need a new toy to do some stuff so lets have some ideas...

Comment: Re:Laptops, desktops, thin clients (Score 1) 164 164

Point b is only true upto a point; from memory most of the 'os native' encryption only provides for upto baseline encryption standard - which isn't sufficient to, for instance, downgrade restricted to not protectively marked (least in the security classification scheme HMG uses); enhanced grade products are needed which is likely to mean they've been through a certification scheme and only maintain the certification when deployed in accordance with the criteria used to certify the product in the first place or the relevant guidance notes.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.

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