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Comment Re:People still don't get electronic security. (Score 1) 152

Even if you are after keeping the information secret rather than protecting its integrity, encryption is more effective than steel doors.

Well, at least with steel doors you have a good chance of knowing when your security has been breached. With encryption, you have no such luxury. You're just relying on the fact that no-one has been clever enough yet to break your particular encryption method, and you don't even know if that is a fact still.

Comment Re:What happens .. (Score 1) 279

It'll eventually (in a few million years) end up being some really bad-assed coal?

It does bring up a point, though - for a movement that utterly detests genetically-modifying things like food, I wonder how the overly-eco crowd will react to genetically modified trees... 'course, I'm thinking they'll just turn around and complain that humanity should instead modify its own behavior.

Er - yes. Much the same way as the doctor tells the alcoholic to stop drinking or he'll die horribly, or the smoker about the dangers of lung cancer.

The difference is, in the case of environmental destruction, the behaviour of individuals has far-reaching consequences beyond their own mortality.

Comment Re:On the desktop, perhaps (Score 1) 225

Posting lots and lots of copied text doesn't really help you prove a point, it just makes you look like a dick.

I'll just quote you the bits you missed:

Windows PowerShell is Microsoft's task automation framework, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language ...

So far so good ... only one shell, and one scripting language - but still, I suppose it's better than none, which is what we had 10 years ago when I cared.

... built on top of, and integrated with, the .NET Framework.

Ah - so it is just a bolt-on afterthought.

Comment Re:in other words, microsoft is losing the war (Score 1) 225

Not really a fair comparison. You are comparing a hardware company with a software company.

Apple are not a hardware company. I believe they write some software, but apart from that they buy hardware from partners in the far east and concentrate on brand development.

Oh, yes - they did venture into antenna development recently. Look how good they were at that.

Comment Re:On the desktop, perhaps (Score 1) 225

But what does "anemic" mean? That Windows servers don't have much iron in them? It sounds like you are picking a line of related features and targeting them as a weak point. But if you are spending that much time remotely administering your servers, you are incompetent.

I agree anemic is a poor choice of word in this context. Inflexible might be better. However, calling someone incompetent because they would prefer to be emailed when an error appears in a log file than have to open the log file and look at it periodically, or whatever the alternative is on windows, is just rude.

For that matter, is there even an alternative such as "tail -f" or less with shift-F on windows?

So, you are apparently arguing from the perspective of an incompetent administrator. If you assume a competent administrator who wants the server to actually do something, rather than sit there being remotely administered 24/7, how does it do? Not that I'm arguing you are wrong or right, but that you didn't address server performance at all, and I still have no idea what "anemic" means in this sense. Given the same hardware it's "harder" to administer. That's unrelated to the actual performance. Install VNC to control the GUI on a Linux and Windows server and who's faster?

Again, here windows is inflexible. You *must* use the GUI, therefore you must be near a terminal with a large enough screen and fast enough network connection to draw those extraneous pixels. However, with a Linux box, that transient error appearing in my log file can be emailed to my smartphone while I'm watching my kid play football, and I can ssh onto the server from the phone and check whatever I need to check. If I happen to be at my desk, I can use VNC. My choice.

I'm not implying that Windows is, but I'm arguing that if you are attacking one, at least be fair about it. There are enough valid reasons to dislike Windows or Microsoft that making up reasons isn't necessary and just further convinces people that Windows is just fine and it's a fringe of nutters that have a problem with it.

Windows is fine as long as everything is working. However when something does break there are very few diagnostic facilities built in, and no remote management capability to speak of.

Comment Re:the last time this issue came up here (Score 1) 225

everything on a network as TCP/IP currently works is being delivered according to factors that have nothing whatsoever to do with financial input. yes, you can use financial input to build network infrastructure or build more servers, but on an existing pipe, to make financial input a factor, you would need to do artificial things that would add to overhead and cost. you would have to

1. proactively examine the headers, 2. pick out the headers from companies that are paying you, 3. proactively block all other headers

ironically, the effort involved to do this proactive promotion of certain headers is an additional cost on the speed of your network

This is BT and Talk Talk we're talking about. Remember Phorm? I don't think they're too bothered about the extra overhead of packet analysis if it makes them a few more quid.

Comment Re:Forward thinkers (Score 5, Funny) 506

"Thank you sir. Please scan next item or press done to continue." ----- Yes that's right. I stole an item. Not my fault the machine doesn't work right. It's the store's fault.

How does the machine know you're a man? That's scary.

Unless of course you're not - in which case, you're right, the damn machine doesn't work right.

Comment Re:Please reconsider (Score 3, Insightful) 417

The best toy for a kid that age is a good sized cardboard box. Nothing else comes close when it comes to stimulating their imagination, curiosity and social development. If you for some reason are opposed to cardboard boxes: How about some real world open ended interactive toys like blocks, teddybears, a tricycle, a pail and a shovel, some toy cars or a ... gasp... big red ball?


And don't forget - turn off the TV, put down the laptop, and interact as a human. Toddlers don't need computers, they need messy tactile 3D objects and people to interact with. Computers (and TV) should come later, when social and physical skills are developed.

Comment Re:People have all the privacy they want: (Score 1) 346

So? Can I demand that the shopkeeper turn off the CCTV before I enter the store? Try buying gas without ending up being recorded on tape somehow.

Don't know where you live, but round here they don't feed it back to a central location monitored by a private company, so they can inspect the footage to see what you bought. It's purely a crime-prevention mechanism.

If someone is that paranoid about being tracked, turn off the damned cookies in your browser. If you're super-duper paranoid, get off the internet - no-one is forcing you to browse.

I've been using the internet longer than google - why should I go?

Anyway, I'm just pointing out the fact that you don't need to be using google services to be tracked by them - some people may not be aware of this fact. I personally think the ever-more-pervasive nature of it is slightly worrying, not for what they currently do with the data (targetted advertising) but what they could do with this or similar data in the future.

Comment Re:People have all the privacy they want: (Score 1) 346

just stop using the free services provided on the internet, and nobody will want your data anyways. how is it news to people that somebody want's something in exchange for what they give away?

Google Analytics means that you can be visiting any of an ever increasing range of sites with no visible affiliation to Google, but still be being tracked by them.

Comment Re:Censorship? (Score 2, Insightful) 362

I'm playing a game at the minute, about a guy who relives his ancestor's life as an assassin in the middle ages. It triggered a latent ancestral memory in me and I realised this guy actually assassinated my mother's mother's father's mother's father's uncle's mother's mother's father. How could they to market this game to me? The disgrace.

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