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Comment: Re:So much for Debian 8, then... (Score 3, Insightful) 338

by tomknight (#49213595) Attached to: Google Chrome Requires TSYNC Support Under Linux

I'm instead amazed by Google's arrogance in stating that RHEL 6 is "too old" for Google Chrome. It's been that way since at least last summer, so my RHEL teaching cluster and workstations just don't have chrome installed.

Actually, that's not quite true - one user manged to get Chrome working, but it regularly consumes all system resources and crashes the PC. Result.

All in all, I'm happy to do without Chrome on RHEL 6. Will I try to get it working when I roll out RHEL 7 this summer? Possibly, but moves like this make me wonder if Google's a company whose products I want to install at all. Firefox ESR may have its faults, but it basically works, and I can trust it'll stay working.

Comment: Re:Why Google? Shouldn't Microsoft patch XP? (Score 2) 579

Are you being deliberately dense?

Okay, try this.
Windows 7 was released in 2009, and will get security fixes until 2020.
Even Windows Vista (released in 2007 for home) will get security fixes until 2017.

Let's look at phone versions instead:
Windows Phone 7 was released in October 2010 and left support in October 2014.
Windows Phone 8 was released in October 2012 and will be supported until January 2016.

Looks like Windows users are getting a little better support from their supplier.

Comment: A Wonderful Thing! (Score 1) 71

by tomknight (#43066655) Attached to: Researchers Describe First 'Functional HIV Cure' In an Infant
This is fantastic news, and offers the beginning of a glimmer of hope across the world. Transferring these benefits to sub-Saharan Africa (for example) will require incredible changes to drug marketing/profit-making, but also cultural changes. Ultimately this would have massive positive economic benefits in this region, but the political will and strength required to make this available is immense.

Comment: A counter to this...? (Score 1) 75

by tomknight (#40996999) Attached to: Gaining Info On Tech Execs With Just Their Email
So could a counter to this be to create accounts on as many systems as possible using your corporate account just to create noise?

Maybe an early task for the IT department could be to create such accounts on the executive's behalf, and release them as required? Obviously this will be borderline (or plain beyond) the standard T&Cs for these sites, but at least they'd be able to claim another valued user (advertising viewer).

Clearly you'd need to use a list of sites that won't get the corporation into trouble, but which encompasses all the sorts of sites its employees are likely to log in to with such credentials. Playboy might or might not be on such a white list, but should an exec need such...relief... (s)he could ask to have that site added to the list.

Comment: Re:Probably worse for The Register than their read (Score 1) 70

by tomknight (#37830062) Attached to: The Register Email Address Blunder
As (I assume) an average Reg reader I don't really give much of a toss if my login's compromised. The email account was probably disposable and I can always make a new login if I want to comment. I've looked through the list and can't see myself (or anything that looks like the sort of online ID I'd use) there, and given that I've forgotten my details I'll probably need to create a new account anyway... Yup, they look a bit daft from this. The self-reporting to the ICO is certainly a Good Thing.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.