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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: If the rise in GitHub means....

The death of stupid crap like *.rpm, *.deb, and stupid per Distro crap like apt, and yum, and replaces it with something both simple, and universal.

Actually, it's reversing the trend. RPM and DEB are package managers that simplify software installation/upgrading in the corresponding distros, while yum/apt-get go a step further by downloading them automatically from established repositories. Before the package managers, we had to get tarballs and compile 'em all. GitHub is actually the same thing, except instead of downloading a tarball, you're actually pulling down an uncompressed copy of the whole frickin' repository, branches and all (because git is shit and does that instead of SVN/CVS where all the extra repo stuff stays on the server). So it is actually worse than just downloading a tarball, or even doing "svn co" on the sourceforge repo.

I've been mostly sticking to svn repos for FOSS stuff, as sometimes I do have to compile from source when handling obscure distros or when I want the latest update for certain packages. I'm mildly annoyed by the git-craze in the FOSS community...

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Re: You may not want to read this

Hostility towards n00bs, coupled with "if you gonna do FOSS U should know how 2 compile j00r k3rn3l d00d!" is one of the things that have indeed pushed back widespread adoption of the revered Linux Desktop. It also doesn't help that many of these "n00bs" were asking questions back in the late 90's or early 2000's and were simply shrugged away back then. Anyone remember trying to get one of those infamous winmodems to work on Linux? And what would you get as an answer if you ever had the great idea of asking about this?

One thing that has got better these days is that most distros Just Work out of the box, even with the newer annoying stuff like EFI and Secure Boot (urrrrgh). Now the problem seems to be that there's too much stuff out there. Sound system? ALSA! ESOUND! PULSEAUDIO! Everyone trying to pull off their own half-assed implementation of something that should've been standardized 15 years ago. Then there's the kernel devs that seem to be purposefully breaking ABIs just to annoy proprietary driver devs because fuck proprietary drivers. I still remember the dark days of the early 2000s when we didn't even get proprietary drivers for anything on Linux, and I do not wish to go back to that. Please STOP it. Play nice.

Hopefully, the Linux community may have gone past the RTFM stage, coupled with most distros mostly working without extra tweaks, so maybe Linux uptake will be better during the next years. I've had at least one colleague who gave up on Linux a couple of years ago come back to the Penguin OS after finding out that most of the annoying hacks are no longer needed: WiFi works OK out of the box.

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GPL

Ah yes, the GPL. Even the Linux kernel code ended up staying on GPL v2 because the latest incarnation of the GPL ended up being very toxic. There's one thing in wanting to have free software, but another one to force that "freedom" into everything even slightly related to free software code. Hell, LGPL had to be created just to ensure that linking to FOSS libraries doesn't mean the GPL has stuck to your code!

Now, don't get me wrong, we need radical people like Stallman; if it hadn't been for the Free Software folks we wouldn't even have the stuff we have now, but the GPL should really be toned down.

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@boltar

No offence, but Python, javascript, ruby and similar scripting languages are training languages. They're the 21st century equivalent of QuickBasic.

YES. YES. YES. There's a lot of "do it with JavaScript" oriented people that are turning out to be very annoying; anything done in JavaScript will only run client-side and is a security vuln waiting to happen unless you're checking everything server-side as well. Pretty much the only thing I see good with the "cool" scripting languages is that they aren't Visual Basic.

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Re: Crawling in my skin, these bugs they will not go away.

MS shills are now hiding behind AC. It seems they noticed that using their real handles gives them away, it's probably why I haven't seen TheVogon posts as of late. Though there's still one MS shill posting with his handle...

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Sony's 'Lizard Squad' battered PlayStation Network staggers to feet

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Re: Probably about time

As much as I dislike Sony's acting on both the rootkit fiasco and the OtherOS removal … I dislike MS more on their boneheaded decision to push anti-secondhand DRM on their nextgen console. I actually consider that more of an unforgivable sin.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Re: must be a Europe thing?

My experience has been quite different. US airports have free Wi-Fi, only showing a ToS page to click through and you're in. US hotels, however, love to charge for the privilege of having *any* kind of internet access in your room. Even Ethernet/wired. And they charge per device!

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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

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Not surprised

MS also went in back in 2000 when then-new President Fox was eyeing FOSS for the Mexican Federal Government. Suddenly a lot of cash changed hands, and magically everything went for the Microsoap platform. However, Chile just went back to the left-leaning party, I do wonder why did they let this proposal die?

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Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico

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Oh dear

Was it just me, or did everyone read that headline singing?

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Re: Complete this series...

Actually that list is missing a couple of entries where the good/bad cycle does fit perfectly:

Windows 3.1 good

Windows 3.11 bad (I'd say, AWFUL, especially with DOS 6.22 that broke DoubleSpace.)

Windows 95 good

Windows 98 bad

Windows 98SE good

Windows ME VERY bad

Windows 2000/XP good

Windows Vista bad

Windows 7 good

Windows 8 bad

Windows 9 …

YMMV with Windows95 though.

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Re: Underwhelmed

Probably even sadder is the fact that "Windows 8" is actually "Windows 6.2". Windows 7 is "6.1", the last "major" revision was actually Windows Vista with "6.0". Also, Win8.1 is version 6.3 which implies that 8.1 was actually a bigger jump than what its commercial version is willing to admit.

At least Apple keeps their major/minor versions in sync; you can actually map Darwin versions to OSX versions instead of having complete mismatches as MS has with their Windows versioning...

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Re: S.O.P.

a normal company ("company A"), if they say "something much better is coming out soon!" usually *decreases* sales as people hold out for that better model,

It's hard to decrease Windows 8 sales as they have already been pretty low as it is. People are holding out on W8 already, keeping to their old iron. However, there is a slight skew on numbers because people buying Windows7-loaded PCs are actually buying a "Windows 8 license with downgrade rights" so it adds up to the W8 count, even though W8 isn't even being used.

MS is even doing this with their sales numbers as of late with the Xbox division. They know the Xbox1 is flopping so now they report "X Xboxes sold" lumping 360's and XB1's into a single group. The empire is sinking, but MS has a lot of cash reserves and OS lock-in so the double-whammy won't kill them. They have all the time in the world to roll out a decent Windows version. However, the Xbox division might actually end up being a casualty if things keep going the way they're going.

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Meh.

The real question for the new Windows is: "Will I get back the Start Menu and a Disable Metro option?" which is probably what most Windows users are asking. If the answer's no, expect it to flop.

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

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Re: @Notas Badoff RE: "non-partisan" groups.

as opposed to an uber left-wing rant? Which is ok? A word comes to mind, hang on, it's...it's.... oh yeah, hypocrite!

… or maybe, just maybe, most of the rants are actually right-winger nuts and thus that's what you'll assume you'll be served with when someone utters those words? Kind of like hearing "Mainstream Media" these days will automatically flag whoever utters those words as a right-winger nutcase in the US, even though dissing the "mainstream news sources" is usually something done by the left-wingers in most parts of the world. Just ask my countrymen about Ukraine, and they'll tell you that all the news are being manipulated by the US war machine and that Putin is telling the truth, yadda yadda. But in the US, it's "the MSM is defending BHO".

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Re: ...that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

Wow. Of all the places I frequent on the 'net, this is the last place I would have thought to find a republican troll.

I guess you're new here. Yes, even though this is a site for more intelligent people than the average dudes, there is actually a pack of Republitards trolling around the comments section. Their most active point must've been during the Snowden brouhaha last year, they're easy to weed out because they're the ones calling him a traitor.

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Did you swipe your card through one of these UPS Store tills? You may have been pwned

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Re: What OS & server platform was infected?

Heh. I read this barely 2 weeks after DEFCON, where I learned that a lot of POS/Payment Applications use Windows Embedded. So my guess is that they were running Windows and that's why they got 0wn3d. When will they learn?

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Steam on Mint

So was I downvoted because someone did not want Windows 8 or because they dared to want dual boot?

I'm guessing because someone didn't want Windows 8. The MS shills think that Windows 8 being refused by non-techies is heresy speak and does not exist at all.

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Re: still early days

Everything can and should be on OpenGL instead of DirectX. It used to be that everything was on OpenGL, it was sometime around the 2000s that some studios started using DirectX instead. But looking at the current PC gaming market, it seems everyone's switching back to OpenGL. And that's for full engine games; some use engines like Unreal that already do OpenGL on non-Windows platforms.

Goodbye Windows, and thanks for all the BSODs.

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

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Prince of Persia

On Prince of Persia: Sands of Time:

For all I know, the concept may even have been created to explain the mechanism rather than the other way around.

That's exactly how the concept came to be. They were dealing with levels that would cause severe frustration, but they wanted to 'em. Thus the 'Sands of Time' were born. It seems they basically implemented moving checkpoints with this, except instead of being "checkpoints" you get to see them as part of the story instead of "GAAAAME OOOOOVERRRRR TRY AGAIN!"

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Re: Starcraft

Actually, a StarCraft movie is the one I'd see having far more potential than any of their other franchises. They might even use the same cutscene tech and pull off a SquareSoft-ish movie with their existing tech!

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Re: It can't be any worse than...

Daikatana : The Movie ????

Uwe Boll is about to make you his bitch.

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Re: FMV Sequences

So you get a live action movie centered around Jean Claude Van-Damnit and Gomez Adams with barely a nod at the already established lore.

To be honest, Street Fighter II didn't have much "established lore" when that movie came out besides M. Bison being the bad guy and Sagat being his second-in-command. King of Fighters was notorious in having the story that SF lacked. Capcom started adding real background stories to SF sometime later, with the "Zero" and "Alpha" games, but before that there was no real "story" in the SF games. It's kinda like doing a Pacman movie based on the first Pacman game.

That said, many game-based movies end up being horribly mangled, especially those that had the bad luck of getting "adapted" by Uwe Boll. The one movie made by that dude that didn't suck (as long as you forget it's based on a game) would be Bloodrayne. That one works as a corny vampire movie.

However, I wonder if having the real team behind a movie adaptation would avoid the mangling? After all, Chris Roberts directed the Wing Commander movie and it sucked compared to the games. Even though he "directed" that particular saga...

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Re: Just record a playthrough of COD...

Heh. Funny that they go straight for COD (which indeed can be made by simply doing a play through and passing that as the "film") when they have better stuff from their Blizzard side. I would rather see a StarCraft movie. With the actual owner of the stuff doing the movie, it will probably fare much better than other attempts like say, the Wing Commander movie (another one that could be simply have a play through passed as the movie, but at least that one was fun to play!).

By the way Steven, I feel you. Bioshock Infinite had a very good story, but the gameplay fell flat on me because it went down the "Call of Halo" route where everything's linear, you get two weapon limits, no meaningful choices to affect the ending (which the previous Bioshock titles did have) among other things. At least Wing Commander's ending was affected by both decisions made in the "intermission" scenes as well as the stuff you did during your missions. Infinite's choices ended up being irrelevant.

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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Re: We don't need no stinkin' backups

You should test your ABS on the road partly so you know it works but more importantly that YOU know how it feels on the bike when it does work.

I'd be VERY wary of testing motorcycle ABS brakes like that, because they're far more critical in a bike than they are in a car. Having your wheels lock up (ABS ain't working) on a car results in smokey tyre rubber burning and pretty much that. Having the back wheel lock up leads to slipping and horrible snaking; having the front wheel lock up usually results in what we call a highside. It usually involves the rider being catapulted in front and serious injury… really, really nasty. Oh wait … you can also trigger a highsider if the back wheel locks up as well. So basically, no. Do not go around testing motorcycle ABS systems. Do not depend on them working properly either. Test them with OBD if you have to, but never, ever do that live.

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Re: "ARINC 629 is actually harder to hack that ARINC 629,"?

Yes, they'd need to be on-board, or running really fast to keep up. Otherwise the target plane will be out of WiFi range in about half a second.

Um… it isn't the WiFi but the collision detection systems they were talking about on that particular scenario. IIRC, it was ADS-B they were talking about. And yes, you have to keep up speed but mostly because they use directional antennas so you basically have to be spoofing your signal from the exact point where your "plane" would be at. Which means it's actually easier to actually fly a plane there instead of trying to fake it, as you need to do it for real anyway!

By the way, check out the videos. Another theoretical hijack consists on sending fake ACARS messages, their example was really, really funny.

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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Whoa!

Looks like the Vultures are far better than me at picking interesting tracks. I missed the Oracle one!

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It's official: You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US

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A glimmer of hope

Now, if the US could simply pass legislation making it illegal to produce non-user-serviceable products. As it currently stands, it seems that Apple is turning MacBook Pro laptops into non-upgradeable devices and that's a bad precedent.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Re: ...

The solution is metered pricing, because like other utilities it charges people for what they use. Can you image the waste if people paid a fixed charge for water, electricity & gas regardless of consumption?

See, this is where the water & power utility analogy breaks down. Water, electricity and gas (CNG or LPG) are finite resources. The utility company has to buy that from someone else to give it to you, the more you use, the more stuff the utility company has to buy (electricity, gas, water, whatever).

Data, however, is sent through fixed "pipelines". Your ISP only pays for a fat pipe, with a fixed data rate and sometimes variable pricing on certain data rates (say, base rate covers up to 10 Mb/s, then you get charged per Mb/s extra up to the physical limit for that pipe being 30 Mb/s), but the thing is: they are paying the same as you are charged, by data rate. So it shouldn't be an issue if you're using 5%, 50% or 100% of your allocated data rate all the time because that is what the ISP sold you in the first place!!!! If ISPs want to get better data rates, they should upgrade their uplink pipes, increase pricing for home subscribers or reduce advertised speeds. The days of 50:1 contention ratios are over.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Ouch

So basically, worldwide EMP. Nice! I would be out of money, out of a job, and everything kicked back to the stone age! Hopefully we'll learn to shield our planet from those CMEs before one actually hits us...

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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

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Re: Yes, actually, carriers WILL love it

there's only so much they can send on their little slice of bandwidth

This is why I consider all this "move to wireless" fad as incredibly stupid. I'm OK with having phat pipes on my smartphone, but some people want to go fully wireless as in using a mobile carrier as their ISP. This will backfire hilariously if it ever gets big.

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Only if they offer unlimited data

I'm guessing that those of us that are stuck with paying by data use are going to be screwed if we do big downloads using our mobile data connection. They'll be happy for us to overload their network as long as they get to charge the big bucks on us!

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Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE

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Re: Will the NSA tender thru a proxy party ?

I'm sure the KGB, or whatever their post-cold-war equivalent is

That's the FSB. Even if they haven't cracked Tor, I guess they have … other methods to get what they want.

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The seven nations where SIM CARDS outnumber PEOPLE

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Heh.

My country made that list!

It's the last one, though.

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Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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Re: Should not this be

You're getting your media moguls mixed. The one that produces distasteful and icky stuff is Emilio Azcárraga, owner of Televisa. Mexican Televisa soap operas are good for killing brain cells!

Basically Azcárraga amounts to what could be described as the Mexican Rupert Murdoch. It's fitting that the Mexican branch of SKY is owned by Televisa...

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Re: FFS

Actually, Elop should've canned the WinPhone platform instead and beefed up the X phones. Of course, the mothership would not approve of that...

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Fox wants Time to wrap up even more content

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Stop

Oh no Rupert Murdoch no.

The last thing we need is to give that jackass more power. Fox News is already poisoning people, I don't want him owning any more stuff.

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Apple ebook price-fix settlement: Readers get $400m, lawyers $50m

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Re: and the result is...

The problem with what Apple was doing is that they in fact colluded with publishers to increase ebook prices across the board. Two wrongs do not make a right, and if publishers are worried about monopolistic lock-ins they should go to the DoJ instead of doing corporate vigilantism.

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Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

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Pirated name?

This Chinese guy's got balls. He didn't register "Tesla", he registered "Te Si La". The case should be laughed out of court. It's stupid, and an obvious IP troll.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Well...

I've once done the Excel to Access to Access-but-using-PostgreSQL-backend dance. A pretty nice lady from Payments had to do a big-ass cost analysis which involved call logs for the last 3 years. Back then, Excel had the 65536 row limitation. So I went on "hmmm… Access can handle this" only to find that Jet would start barfing somewhere around the 300k record mark. However, I had already done the whole DB query stuff, and found out about "linked tables" so I used that and ended up dumping all the data into Postgres. Then I just pulled a view from Postgres out to Access, then used that with my lady friend. Worked really good, and Postgres does the heavy grunt work in 40 seconds.

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SQL fights back against NoSQL's big data cred with SQL/MDA spec

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Re: Oh, please

But that isn't what the NoSQL guys are usually trumpeting around. They're mostly about the "NO SQL" part, killing ACID, killing all RDBMS concepts to implement their fantasy RDBMS-free world. It's sent the wrong message out there.

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

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Makes sense

The Chromebook is more of a consumer device and thus isn't yet ready for development stuff. Then there's the need for commercial software, which is usually only available for Windows or OSX. And lastly, if your options are Linux or OSX and you don't want to pay the MS tax, you really, really want to buy a Mac. Because buying a regular laptop then installing Linux means that you paid the MS tax anyway.

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It actually makes sense

If you need to use commercial software, you basically need either Windows or OSX. If you want to use a laptop and not pay the MS tax, you're better off buying a Mac. Ok, you can buy a Chromebook as well but again, no commercial software.

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US Supreme Court: Duh, obviously cops need a warrant to search mobes

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Two seconds of sanity

Looks like the Supreme Court has seen the light on this matter. Now, if only they could decide on warantless laptop seizures at the US points of entry, I might actually stop worrying about CBP being able to break my NDAs on client information by copying all my laptop's hard drive...

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Bitcoin is MONEY, says Canada

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Re: Here comes the taxman!

Since BTC is, now, real money in Canada... buying/selling BTC for Canadian Dollars wouldn't count as "profit", would it? It should be counted as changing money. Shouldn't it?

Nope, the taxman in many countries will apply some rules on exchange rates that will apply on any BTC transactions. The usual method is that if you receive X quantity of "foreign currency", the exchange rate for the day the transaction was made is the exchange rate used for taxation purposes. I'm guessing Canada's taxman will follow the same rule with BTC.

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T-Mobile boss: 'High and mighty' Verizon and AT&T are 'raping you for every penny you have'

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Re: Pot-Kettle-Black

T-Mo US acts very differently from T-Mo UK. In the US, they're in the "underdog" category and thus competition has pushed them to be actually nice. You'll see the same thing when comparing Telcel in Mexico vs. America Movil-owned subsidiaries in the US (i.e. TracFone). Not owning a large % of the mobile market makes wonders to a carrier...

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Student promises Java key to unlock Simplocker ransomware

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Re: Colour me an idiot, but..

Baring in mind the underlying issue here, perhaps he could write a version in something that isn't an insecure malware magnet like Java? C# for instance would be a much better choice.

Nice try my dear AC MS shill, but you fail at comprehension. The ransomware's running on Android, thus coding is done in Java (though compiled for Dalvik, not Java). C# is an MS only tech and after all it's basically pirated Java anyway.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: is that Lewis's knee jerking?

well founded distrust of their government, a genuine lack of belief that this project made any sense and the refusal of their government to consider alternatives.

Distrust? How about "they got voted out of government in the following election"? I'm pretty sure the whole project is why Chileans preferred to vote Michelle Bachelet back into power rather than letting Piñera destroy their national park. It seems they learned that voting for conservatives is a huge mistake, something they should know better given their recent past.

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Re: 149 Updates, plus 23 more, plus several more, plus several more...

That's still a couple orders of magnitude less than the Linux (Ubuntu) updates.

Unless you have an assload of installed packages, any Linux distro update list isn't going to be that massive. And as others have mentioned, you only need to download the latest patch level packages, instead of going "3.0.1, 3.0.2, 3.0.3, 3.0.4" as Windows forces you to do.

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Microsoft promises no snooping in new fine print for web services

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Re: Target advertising?

It isn't a revenue stream - but it is something that they have done (see how they caught their employee that leaked Windows 8),

This is the first thing I was thinking about, and also made me notice that the new fine print doesn't cover this. It's only saying they're not going to read your email for targeted advertising purposes. Which means they can read it for pretty much any other purpose. Oops!

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The cute things they say

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Re: Users have trouble with new tech

The first time I heard the cupholder joke, it wasn't quite a joke, it was an actual support call.

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