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Comment: So glad there is no UK wide NHS (Score 1) 108

by magpie (#46196811) Attached to: UK Police Will Have Backdoor Access To Health Records
Only applies to NHS England as there is no UK NHS, and never has been, for those confused (mostly in better together), the Scottish NHS is septate and always has been :-D. Thank god(dess) for our septate legal system. Out of interest does this mean all the UK police forces can have a nose about NHS England’s records?

Comment: All the same (Score 1) 564

by magpie (#45801335) Attached to: PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES
The problem is MS current ad campiagn that pushes windows everywhere. This does not help the hardware bods, they can get stuff free (android) rather than paying MS. This does not help MS with an OS that sucks on anything other than a touch machine. MS is ignoring it;s corp customers, It thinks it can get off with it, and it will for now (one release of the OS) but is now on trial with the corps who are now concered about ms's comitment to them. I work in a SME (the core market for MS) and we are likely to nuke our last MS server and machine when XP support ends. Apple in some places and linux everywhere else. They play well with each other.

Comment: Re:So Near, Yet So far (Score 1) 222

by magpie (#44726397) Attached to: What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

I finally dropped Linux after 15+ years because I got sick and tired of constantly trying to keep things updated and doing my own system integration.

Erm...ever herd of apt,yum,etc?

What version of linux were you using...LVS or slackware, really you must be one of the few people on the planet that has a problem with linux due to packet management ever herd of a package manager.

Even base debian, hell gentoo, looks after the system intergration side if you use the package manager rather than tar balls.

Comment: 81% I think if I'm strict (Score 1) 222

by magpie (#44726315) Attached to: What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?
Work: fedora/centos, totally open source other than the inhouse apps/scripts...That is what drops my percentage the most.

Home: debian and me android phone (used to have a n900 until some git broke in and nicked it, best geek phone ever) which does a few rarely used close source apps.

Not counting inhouse apps I would be about 98% open source.

But I am almost zero on ms except for the one MS server I have to maintain that gets looked at when it falls over at work.

Comment: I see what they're doing (Score 5, Interesting) 329

by magpie (#44398187) Attached to: UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn
The ISPs don't want to implement this as it will cost them money to run so what they are doing is stymieing it by putting everything that could possibley be non-child friendly on the filtered list. Thus making the net largly usless to the majority of adults, thus getting everyone to opt out and then they can say to the gov, "look we implemented it, infact we went beyond what you asked". As almost everyone opted out they can put most of the kit they had tied up running this to more profitable use.

Comment: Re:Should we transmit? (Score 1) 119

by magpie (#44212693) Attached to: UK Steps Up the Search For Alien Life
Do you really think any advanced civ out there hasn't picked up that we are about? We have been broadcasting our existence for a about a century (or more). Anyone looking knows we are here for about 100 light years about. Should we broadcast....we have been for decades. That genie is well and truly out the bottle. Tis too late to worry about it.

Comment: Re:If it makes you sleep well at night.... (Score 1) 375

by magpie (#44193265) Attached to: How Old Is the Average Country?
Well my English friend, I know your English as no one from any of the other nations of the UK would think the way you are, England as well as Scotland ceased to exist as a state when the act of union was signed. A new state called the United Kingdom was formed, not an enlarged England. Just to make this clear England != United Kingdom. Anyway if your going to take the oldest nation that formed the UK Scotland was the elder nation.

Comment: Re:Who gives a shit? (Score 1) 215

by magpie (#41409565) Attached to: US Military Tested the Effects of a Nuclear Holocaust On Beer

Really, if I see a mushroom cloud and a 6-pack, the last thing on my mind will be "oh, I hope that's not irradiated." I'm getting WASTED!

Funny, in that situation my first though would be to get as wasted as possible (the odds are your dead anyway before long so why in gods name would you not get wasted?)

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