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Comment: Looking at the past... (Score 4, Insightful) 145

by CaptainOfSpray (#47661319) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution a dinosaur in the last days before the meteor. The future is over there in the Makerspaces, where 3D printing, embedded stuff, robotics, CNC machines, homebrew PCBs at dirt-cheap prices are happening. It's all growing like weeds, crosses the boundaries between all disciplines includg art, and is an essential precursor to the next Industrial Revolution, in which you and your giant installations will be completely bypassed.

You, sir, are a buggy-whip manufacturer (as well as a dinosaur).

Comment: Re:Classic Spook Stuff... (Score 1) 132

F**k 'em both, and the equivalents in Canada, Oz, and NZ, and the lazy, corrupt and incompetent oversight committees. Oh and by the way, did you notice the Germans have been at it too, though not on the same scale.

I am now Officially In a Bad Mood, at which point I am quite likely to send a sizable donation to the people who make Tails, and I encourage y'all to do the same.

Comment: Classic Spook Stuff... (Score 0) 132

Tails is clearly a big problem for the NSA. They can't crack it, so they spread disinformation and FUD instead, to put people off using it.

These people "Exodus Inteligence", who are they, where do they come from, what is their agenda, and how much are the Five-Eyes paying to discredit Tails.

Obligatory NSA food: Kalashnikov, Handbook of Urban Guerilla, bomb factory, Edward Snowden was right, GCHQ is staffed by lackeys and lickspittles.

Comment: Re:Just make it simple (Score 2) 131

by CaptainOfSpray (#47377049) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks
I agree. I was a contractor at BT. The internal Usenet was the absolute world's best way to find how to keep your home broadband working when the router BT supplied was trying to sabotage your connection, bandwidth, wifi etc etc. Or when Openreach cocked up supplying your broadband connection in the first place.

Comment: Waste of time (Score 4, Informative) 131

by CaptainOfSpray (#47376989) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks
...(1) the only contributors are employees with time on their hands, who tend to be the drones. Those employees who actually know someting useful to you are too busy to waste time with crap like this
(2) the only employees who will tell you anything at all are ones you have actually met face to face - otherwise you are not a real person, and they don't trust you, no matter what you say.

Been there, done this with a multinational corp.

Comment: Something like this already exists... (Score 3, Interesting) 184

In UK. If you have your broadband from BT, you can use wifi from any router that is advertising FON service. You need to logon with your BT account credentials, but it's otherwise free to use. If you are out and about, and you need wifi, just drive into a residential area. There will one or more FON routers on almost any street.

Comment: News Release (Score 0) 346

by CaptainOfSpray (#47194411) Attached to: Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?
"Karpichko Information Services are proud to announce that we have won a high-profile contract worth a six-figure sum from a US client. The client, a low-profile multinational data-gathering business, wishes to discredit certain information sources and shift the blame for their own loss of control of the situation. Our operative, ex-KGB Major Boris Karpichko, enjoys a well-earned international reputation in the disinformation field, and has recently graduated summa cum laude from the IBM Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt School."

Comment: Since when... (Score 4, Insightful) 226

by CaptainOfSpray (#47097901) Attached to: Domain Name Suspended
...does City of London police have any jurisdiction outside City of London? Registrar should not have caved in.

I should like to point out that I, a registered voter and taxpayer, have never been asked whether I want my taxes spent on something so monumentally stupid as a Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. And I suspect that its creation was an idea planted, bought, and paid for by You-Know-Who.

Comment: Related problem with software recommenders (Score 1) 253

I've done work for a local charity to select, install and implement a local open-source solution. The problems came when the national HQ with a national IT department started arguing with our choice of an open-source solution, recommending a proprietary solution on the basis that "you'll be able to get support". It wasn't just that they wanted $1200 per year per seat (as opposed to nothing per year per seat), but also that they were based in Flagstaff, AZ and had no (zero) offices anywhere in my country or anywhere in Europe. Just how exactly were they going to supply this support? Meanwhile we had two local volunteers on board, both competent in the relevant language, both of whom would be available at an hour's notice at no charge. So whenever you find yourself facing a recommender who is pushing proprietary on the basis that "you'll get support", call him out on it, demand to talk to a previous customer to find out what support experience they have had, and challenge him to match local availability and fees for people with relevant skills.

Comment: I don't know about you lot... (Score 4, Insightful) 379

but I don't want a separate device just to do Office...I want whatever device I use to be able to run "everything I use" so I can combine stuff, rework, sort, juggle, scrape and reformat all that stuff into one coherent work output. If, like the Surface, the other apps from other suppliers are either not present or unusable with a touch screen, it's dead in the water. And it's dead in the water if I have to buy again software I've already paid for on another platform. And don't say Cloud. Cloud is dead because using it makes me legally non-compliant.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)