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3750 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Web Browser, Email Client, Video Player, Audio Player, Document Processor, Personal Organiser, Games, Art Package.

That's not all, but I think it covers most of what the majority of people want.

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Not So

There are machines in production right now that are designed from the ground up for RISC OS.

Start here:

http://www.rcomp.co.uk/

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Re: A bit too old now.

This already exists. OroboRox combined with Rox filer, gives a very close approximation to RISC OS.

I don't think it's being maintained any more though :(

Also, I believe some specifically RISC OS-like features were later removed because people didn't like them {grrrr}

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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: I have a code of conduct

I think one or two commentards may be missing the point. It is my code of conduct, not one I try to impose on others.

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I have a code of conduct

It's a one liner.

"Don't try to tell other people how they should behave."

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Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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Conspiracy theory?

Is it possible that the entire story was invented by some people wanting to depress the value of Super Micro - some aggressive investor maybe. Although Icant think of anyone who'd want to do that.

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GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Two baskets for the eggs

When Sourceforge had big problems a couple of years ago I mirrored our little project on GitHub and have maintained both ever since.

It seems I did the right thing.

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Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

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A statement from the 5 eyes

On being asked how it was possible that Kaspersky was the first agency to make a detailed report on the NSA's leaked malware, they said:

*crickets*

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Quite believeable

I stand sit corrected. Must be the approach of late middle age (I refuse to ever be old)

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Quite believeable

A similar problem was discovered with older VCRs, which were then fitted with a dew lamp. This was part of a system that stopped you using the machine and gave a condensation warning. Trying to drag a tape around a damp drum would have been a recipe for disaster!

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Sounds like a massive, risky UK.gov scheme, but let's not keep too many tabs on it, OK?

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SNAFU

... in an unknown way.

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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Sad

It's amazing how quickly Australia has gone from almost 'Do as you please' to 'Don't do anything without permission'.

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Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

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Exasperating

No matter how long I live, I will never get used to the idea that people will knowingly assist those intent on harming others. In cases like this, that's likely to be harm to many millions of people - including those that engage in such assistance!

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Arm cozies up to Intel for second time in a week – this time to borrow tools from Yocto Project for Mbed Linux

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Warning bell

Intel is a monolithic American company with deeply entrenched attitudes to {cough}acceptable{cough} business practices. ARM is a competitor.

Nuff sed?

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: everybody's got a DVD drive

@FrogAndChips

Laptops come less and less equipped with optical drives.

FTFY

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Is it still a choice...

At least Linux devs are listening to blind people - and this also applies to those with motor control difficulties for whom a mouse or touch screen is unusable.

I'm part of a small group of amateurs working on a soft-synth that now has extensive CLI control with minimal typing and context sensitive responses.

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Re: Last time

I feel left out now. I've only got 1367 downvotes. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong please?

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It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

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Re: NHS upgrades antiquated IT systems to Windows 10?

If a software developer requires training to code for Linux they should move to a more appropriate career - manure transport maybe?

If the apps are configured to be ergonomic and intuitive there would be little need for training - certainly less than what's needed every time Microsoft has another clever stupid idea.

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NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)

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It's difficult to budget for replacements when the gubbermint keeps cutting said budget.

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Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Monitor

This is a situation where hard-earned experience come in to play. If I suspect a motherboard failure I will never put a new one on the existing PSU. If I had absolutely no possibility of a replacement PSU, I'd link out the soft start, and power the PSU up by itself with dummy loads (even once resorted to using car tail and brake lamps as loads).

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Not Surprised

Just depend on an actual secure system.

P.S.

Having a dog is a good start :)

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Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

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It's a duck

You know the rest.

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UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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Train Wreck

Totally predictatable - they'd barely started to build the 'rails' when they started the train.

So how much did this particular fiasco cost us? Or do we really want to know?

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Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award

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One of these for dogged persistence

So, SAP tried to take him for a sap. It seems they are even bigger bastards that I've been told. I've never had the misfortune of having any dealings with such a shower. Even more fortunately I'm not likely to now either.

I hope he was also awarded full court costs.

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Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Defensive typing

I've long been in the habit of entering dangerous commands partially in reverse, so in the case of theO/Ps one I've have done:

'-rf /*.old*'

then gone back top the start of the line and entered the 'rm' bit.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Too many apps

If walking paths in the country, at every junction always turn round and stare at the route you just came for a minute or two.

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UK.gov looks to data to free people from contract lock-in doom

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One lives in hope

I find car insurance companies are by far the worst offenders. Extortionate fees and a maze of add-ons. Of course it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that you are obliged by law to have it - to even have a car sitting on the street.

To paraphrase: "There is no such thing as a poor car insurance company."

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Resident evil: Inside a UEFI rootkit used to spy on govts, made by you-know-who (hi, Russia)

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Not really surprised.

I didn't need another reason to be suspicious of UEFI, but this will do.

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: Electrifying

.. or as I was once told...

L = leave empty

N = no connection

E = every wire

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Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Looking good

I started using V1 some time back when I wanted to separate financial stuff from ordinary browsing, and was quite satisfied with it. The upgrade was a bit of a surprise, but a very pleasant one :)

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WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store

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Why?

Try as I might, I simply can't conceive of any circumstance when I would want to do this.

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Open-source software supply chain vulns have doubled in 12 months

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Curious

This seems to be long on fear factor, and short on current news.

Also, logically if time has reduced by 100% it has gone from whatever it was to zero. More than that is time travel. Are they really saying the vulnerabilities are being discovered before they exist?

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The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians

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I need a longer bargepole

See title.

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Hmmm

In the mid 1980s the Acorn Archimedes came with two floppies. Apps1 and Apps2

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Re: If you found yourself in charge of the in-box Windows 10 apps, what would you do with them?

... and entirely appropriate too.

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: Build that wall, the world will pay

We might as well. In many ways we are already paying for it not being there

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Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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Obvious

Would you tell anyone there was a Martian with a blaster pointed straight at you?

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NSS Labs sues antivirus toolmakers, claims they quietly conspire to evade performance tests

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Re: Only in the US can you sue companies for not giving you attention

"the OS vendor should be made to secure their own product and reimburse companies that suffer because of bad security"

That's only part of the problem. The writers of the applications that sit on the OS also need to sort their shit out.

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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A refreshing change

.. from bre[CENSORED]

Thanks for the trip down memory lane Verity, and may many more notable notes come from your pen er keyboard um touchpad?

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Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say

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This is an Event Horizon

Once past it there is no way back... Ever.

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Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

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Look on the bright side

Corporate America is (admittedly slowly) driving the country to international ridicule and irrelevance.

Maybe that will finally wake people up.

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National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

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Good stuff

And while TNMOC is steadily expanding, the rest of Bletchley Park is turning into an over-priced send rate theme park!

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Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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We were not the audience

This nonsense is aimed at the people in Russia. Irritating everyone else is just an extra benefit.

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Go now, go quickly

Sounds like the sort of 'boss' who was on the fiddle. I wouldn't want to be around when the crunch finally comes, and risk having my reputation tainted by such a poisonous person and situation.

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Top Euro court: UK's former snooping regime breached human rights

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Re: Well done everyone involved...

While I appreciate the effort people are going to exposing all of this, I don't think the situation will improve until someone hits the 'civilization reset' button ... again.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Not too keen

Too much white space - seems to be a web 'disease' these days :(

Oh, and still no BOFH or Terry Pratchett icons.

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Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you

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Re: "Networks Delivery Group"

That's assuming any of us will still be in work and earning enough to hit the tax threshold.

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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Re: I'm turning into *that* guy.

So there's two of us then!

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Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives

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Fuzzy

From my reading (IANAL) the conditions are too broad and ill defined. They don't specify automated takedowns but they don't ban it either. It's pretty obvious this would happen when small ISPs can't afford to take any risk at all and the big boys are likely to do it for the benefit of their mates.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: I've really had enough with humanity.

George Carlin was one of my favorite critics of the 'modern' world. I think I've watched all of his vids and enjoyed every one. My only regret is that I never got to see him live.

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