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Windows 8 hype has hurt PC makers and distributors - Gartner

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Re: All these unsold boxes

< 2% Linux market is MS-paid FUD. Anyone who has worked for even half-decent companies knows that the server market is swarmed by Linux and UNIX variants. While the desktop side is still low, the server market is a different story!

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Re: Unfortunately...

But the fun thing is that this is actually something they predicted before Win8 was released. They outright said that TIFKA Metro was awful on the desktop, and that it would be horrible.

They were right.

I'm pretty sure hell froze over, as that assessment still stands.

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Sci-fi and horror scribe Richard Matheson: He is Legend

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The novel's pretty hard to adapt without bombing

The only version to mostly stick to the book is Vincent Price's "Last Man on Earth". But including the part of the book where that phrase is used means you get a bad ending (for humans, that is) and that just won't go well. Ironically, there's an alternate ending for the Will Smith adaptation where the phrase's meaning is preserved in context, but it was cut out.

But really, a movie where the "monsters" end up "winning" isn't going to fly.

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Making the case for upgrading from Server 2003

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Re: NT 4

I once migrated an NT4 Server box ... in 2006. Though in the end, we ended up chucking a new server into the site, installing WS2003 on that and migrating *all* PCs to that domain. The NT4 box was really out of spec, slower than most of the PCs in the office and that said a lot!

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo: The big three slug it out at E3

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Re: Dropping XBox

To play devil's advocate for a second, none of the XBox titles I have ever purchased have required me to be online just to play them. None. (maybe I just haven't bought the right ones though)

But they do require Gold for the extra stuff, like Netflix. And even though Sony did capitulate and turn PS+ into a required thing for online gaming in the PS4... it still isn't required for the extra stuff. Only the online gaming part will require PS+. So even in the next gen, MS are still looking like greedy overcharging bastards!

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Re: But what about Windows?

Not this time. Both consoles are now using the same Craptel architecture, so the upsides on the PS4 box are merely the difference between different PCs. The differences will be that now devs will target the PS4, and simply set the Xbone version for "low graphics" or something like that.

And for the looks of how the market is shaping itself, there's a good chance that PS4 will end up winning this round. It's cheaper, and it didn't piss off the gamebase with the DRM thing. That part is probably going to leave a bitter taste for years, even with MS doing the U-turn and all. Just see how Sony is still suffering from the rootkit fiasco: every time something about Sony comes up, someone will inevitably mention "but does it come with a rootkit?"

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Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks

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So...

Did MS actually revive the Start Menu on this one, instead of having the Start button go to the kiddy toy thing?

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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

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Re: Correction:

PGP/GPG relies on the prime number thingy for secret key transmission. It is only used for sending the encryption key used by the symmetrical encryption algorithm which is used for the actual message. The symmetrical encryption algorithms used by PGP/GPG are also used in TrueCrypt, specifically AES.

TrueCrypt requires recipients to know a secret key/passphrase beforehand, and that's where you need something like PGP or roll out your own RSA implementation for that. And that's where you end up using the prime number thingy, or maybe Elliptic Curve if you can do that.

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

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Re: Organic? @Tom Wood

Oh so very agreed on all points. I do eat fatty/energy dense products, but it is mostly when my regular intake is low or when I'm actually doing energy sapping stuff like exercise, carrying stuff, you know ... physical stuff. And yes, some stuff does need salt, which is why the "war on salt" seems so stupid from my point of view.

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Increased cell phone coverage tied to uptick in African violence

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Re: The history of tribal violence

Go back to the Aztecs and you'll find they weren't the nicest people around and were overthrown in part because all the nearby tribes signed up with Cortez in hopes of sloughing off their existing master.

And there goes an interesting thing: unlike Africa, the Latin American former colonies aren't killing themselves in the stupid way the Africans seem to be doing. By the time we started breaking free as independent countries there was more of a national identity than a tribe affiliation; though the intermingling of Europeans and the native population might have a lot to do with that, something that didn't happen in Africa.

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Doubtful.

The real reason for African violence is ... Africans. We're talking about a continent where all the worst of the former imperialist cultures was absorbed, coupled with bad religion (some of it also thanks to European and Middle East "imports") and sick beliefs ("Muti", anyone?). See Rwanda, with the black-on-black racism culminating in the Rwandan Genocide. Somalia, which has been mostly lawless since the 90's. Sudan. Sierra Leone and the RUF bastards. Liberia. Zimbabwe, where racism targets whites these days.

Somehow, I don't think cellphones can add any more violence to the mix...

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Not all data encryption is created equal

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Re: *Properly* implemented encryption ...

Indeed. That's why I consider most iPhones insecure, because the "password" is actually a 4-digit PIN. So instead of 2^256 guesses at an AES key, you only need to try 10000 "password" combinations to crack the crypto.

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AES has been tested.

The algorithm has been pounded everywhere, even by security bods who don't trust the NSA and it hasn't been cracked. Yes, the implementation even in FIPS 140-2 certified implementations might be considered "NSA 0wnable" but those that aren't should be moderately secure.

Also, take into account that at least in some FIPS 140-2 revisions, the ghastly TDES is still "certified" ... which I actually distrust. DES was cracked 10+ years ago, and it is pretty possible that GPU/FPGA hardware in the "chump change" range might be able to crack DES within hours; TDES is simply doing DES three times with three different keys. But theoretically, throwing hardware at it should eventually crack it... and it probably has been cracked already.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Reminds me of HS

Back in High School, I encrypted the following message:

"Si estás leyendo esto, CHINGA TU MADRE, este mensaje no dice nada!"

(If you're reading this, [local profanity], this message doesn't say anything!)

The idea being that anyone snooping my email and eventually cracking the "secret" message would have wasted their time for nothing. Maybe these practical jokes will become standard?

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'That time I hired a call girl to do my taxes while I f****d my accountant'

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Re: Right John

It wasn't that bad when he sold it. Same thing happened with Norton AV, after it got sold, it started going shitty!

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Brits' HSBC bank cards, net access goes TITSUP

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Re: Less than ideal

In my case, yes I have more than one card. Unfortunately, most of 'em are stuffed, so most of the time only one has enough credit for doing stuff.

Also, having only one card on me means that if I ever get mugged, the mugger will only be able to empty one of my cards instead of all of 'em.

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India's outsourcers fume over new US immigration bill

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Re: Not making sense @jeremy 3

Ah, that's a better name for the thing. We still call it 'outsourcing' over here, though I've pointed out that the term isn't quite right as the only 'outsourcing' component is that the resource works for another company than the one that pays him his salary.

I used to be stuck under this scheme for 5 years. It's horrible, and over here in Mexico it has become the unofficial standard. A big bank which is a strong branch from a very well known European bank recently went full evil and created an entire NearSourcing branch, moving most of the IT people into that. All of the work, without the privileges of working in a bank ... because you don't work for the bank. Get it?

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Apple: If you find us guilty in ebook price-fix trial, EVERYONE suffers

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Only five years?

Most-favoured nation clauses should just be made illegal. They lead to anticompetitive markets, and this case shows it.

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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

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Re: Too big for its britches @h3

I disagree on the tyrant stance being good. Nintendo didn't shave away "bad" games, they shaved away most competition in favor of their own content. That's why some of the big publishers started creating shell companies (Konami had ULTRA and others) to sidestep on their "5 games per year" restriction for third-party games. Adding to that, the draconian Nintendo Censorship board, which seemed to have censorship standards based on "what can an 8 year old play?". One of the few weird exceptions would be Monster Party during that era.

Hell, for many years I gravitated more on Mac/PC gaming because the games were much better. It took the Playstation to finally break away from the heavy censorship era, though by then Nintendo had stopped being so heavy-handed on the censorship (only that can explain DOOM on the SNES.)

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Re: XBox 180

It is XBoned, as in 'boned' by Sony.

At least if the XBox 180 moniker sticks, it will finally make that 360 joke accurate.

- Why is the XBox1 called the XBox 180?

- Because when you see it, you do a 180 and walk away!

(Though the original joke would work if you're moonwalking away.)

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Re: Exception: the Ribbon

The Ribbon is only marginally useful in the OSX version ... mostly because the Office for Mac edition still has the menus and thus you can ignore the Ribbon (or use it for the few power features that actually show up there), and that the Ribbon doesn't waste as much screen real estate as its Windows counterpart.

At least you do agree that TIFKA Metro is a piece of shit that should be dragged to the woods and shot.

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Re: Its all about games

With these restrictions Microsoft was courting the game developers by reducing the developers two great hates. Piracy and second hand sales.

Piracy is understandable ... but that was far better covered with the PS3. Even here in Mexico, where piracy is widespread, the PS3 has been the one console where most games are acquired by actually buying them. The 360 is the one that's still chock full of pirated games.

And second hand sales is only a developer-side hate. As MS found out, gamers are far more pissed off at draconian attempts to kill second hand sales, and they're the ones who actually pay for games. Those who had wooed MS and made their games XBoned exclusive releases would have seen their games fare far worse than the usual second-hand-traded games they currently have. Game publishers will smell the blood and sometimes even remove the "exclusiveness" of certain games if they realize their "exclusive" platform is going down the drain. Remember Resident Evil Code Veronica?

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Re: Fuck them.

Even the most rabid of Sony shills - hi Barry! - couldn't possibly argue Xbox One's phonehome and limitations were about Microsoft's greed. ... sez the MS shill.

Ironically, EA are dropping their own retarded attempt at screwing the second-hand games market: Online Pass is being phased out. Yes, publishers probably had a hand on MS trying to pull off this, but for it to work it would have to be implemented on all platforms. Anyone who isn't stupid would know that DRMing the shit out of a console will send people fleeing to the competition unless they are also locked down. By the time MS went on to go full retarded offering their horrible games lockdown, Sony had already stated that the "NFC chip disc lockdown" FUD wasn't true and that there would be no secondhand games lockdown.

It would have been interesting though if the devs pushing for this DRM scheme were actually offering the X1 more exclusives. If it had gone through, those publishing houses would've had their exclusives crash & burn, as the thing would have not sold. Which is why I'm sad that MS did do a U-turn: all of those who pushed for this braindead, greedy scheme should have been punished by economic failure and bankruptcy. That would send a pretty strong message to anyone even trying to pull this off that its just not worth it.

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Re: The 360 cannot live like XP did

Yes, they could do that. But if the problem were that people aren't just buying the XBone, that might just piss those 360 owners enough to send 'em to the PS4. Hell, maybe even used PS3s just to give MS the finger!

PS2 games were still being released years after the PS3 came out, and it is pretty possible they were being released because the PS2 had a larger install base than the new gen consoles for quite some time.

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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Um...

While Nazi does mean "national socialism", it was in fact more like pirated Italian Fascism than actual socialism. In fact, their first targets were the Communists and the actual Socialists and Social-Democrats; the conservative oligarchs actually cheered for the Nazis because they would crush all attempts at socialism/communism. Of course, they were very, very wrong.

And well, I'd really doubt Kim Jong-un would worship the Third Reich, given that the Kim family fought the Axis powers in WW2. It would make as much sense as a Holocaust survivor worshipping Hitler: it would just not make sense, even by NORKS standards.

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Hi? Vladimir? It's Obama. The hackers ARE BACK. Hello? Are you still there?

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Dr Strangelove or ...

I usually think more of the Kubrick film.

The code is OPE!

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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

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@William Donelson

Nah, all their articles are like this ... against all big IT companies. Ever read Itanium articles here? They call it the Itanic.

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John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code

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Oh man

McAfee really knows how to party :P and he gets to take potshots at his former product. It's kind of similar to Murdoch's trashing of MySpace, but way cooler!

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Icahn doubles down on Dell offer with $14 per share buyback scheme

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iKahn

So now his "plus offer" is reduced to a mere 2.5% advantage? Hopefully investors can remember how Icahn has shafted everyone else and kindly refuse his offer. He's also at a loss as his previous bluff was called.

It's pretty possible that Icahn will lose this battle. Good riddance!

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Dish abandons Sprint sprint, now in mad dash for Clearwire

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Huh?

Is this a mad dash for outdated technology? Sprint uses the dog-awful CDMA. Clearwire IIRC used the failed 4G contender WiMAX. Why would anyone want such things? Sure you'd get their spectrum, but then you'd have to invest into building up the infrastructure from the ground up, as both CDMA and WiMAX are dead in the water.

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

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Re: Replace the "call" button on each floor with a keypad -

Heh. I've been at 3 buildings where this system is in use. Fair warning to y'all guys: each one of you riding on the elevator must key in the destination. The system will route you, but will only count one person. If you don't do that, it's pretty possible you'll get assigned to the one lift where there's only room for one more person, and the rest will have to wait. Or, you'll end up stopping at places where lots of people are waiting the lift.

At least there was a good feature in these: if the elevator gets actually overloaded, it will no longer stop anywhere but the actual destination of the people inside. W00t!

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Tor users locked out of Facebook after wave of dodgy traffic

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Wrong tool.

Independently from the fact that using Facebook, especially with your real name, is going to be PRISM-read or NSA acquired anyway, as the info is going to be asked to FB directly... they're using the wrong tool.

If you want to be "safe", you only need to use HTTPS, and it's even an option on Facebook to make it so that your entire session always goes through HTTPS. No need to use "HTTPS Everywhere" or anything like it. Adding that kind of stuff actually makes you more vulnerable, as now your "secure" traffic is going through a third-party. One that probably has PRISM sitting right at the exit point.

Fake security is worse than no security at all!

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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@Don Jefe

Yes, the Weimar Republic and its fall is indeed an interesting case, which is why I get irked when Godwin's Law is overused to squash out discussion concerning related topics. It is usually dismissed without taking into account that the worst evil perpetrated by the Nazis was possible because they actually made all those things legal, and even had the Reichstag passing the laws that let them do what they did. Hell, the Enabling Act even had a Patriot Act-ish name to it, the "Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich". And it was extended twice as well.

Being able to vote in/out your representatives is useless if they keep on voting for extensions to these things. And even if someone campaigns on a platform promising to take down these things, there's absolutely no guarantee they will follow through their promises.

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Re: NSA Snoops on YOU @John P

Also, from what I can gather, the data Microsoft provided consists mainly of information regarding people's Microsoft accounts which, prior to Windows 8, were completely disconnected from one's OS.

Not necessarily. Windows XP had a "feature" where you could link your XP user to your MS/Passport/Live/whatever account. A lot of people did link their accounts, so extracting stuff from such PCs would give out as much info as the win8 linkage.

Oh, talking about old MS OS ... remember NSAKEY?

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Icahn scratching head over BEEELLLIONS needed for Dell deal

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Calling Icahn's bluff?

Looks like he didn't get either thing. Nice to see him actually losing one of his Scrapyard Investor schemes.

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When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

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Re: "When to say I quit..."

Ahh, ShelLuser, it seems you've met my dad. Breaking Rule 1 had the consequence of him going through a 2 year jobless period. It also cost me a full year of suspended studies, as the reserves dried out and there was no more money for college.

Though sometimes you have to break the rule, as I've unfortunately found out. When the old boss gets fired, the new boss starts harassing you and all the projects you're "managing" are being actively sabotaged by your boss, it's better just to pull the 'EJECT' lever and hope for the best. It's that, or have your reputation smeared by your employer's inept approach at project management.

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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

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Huh?

What's this, zombie rush? SCO went down years ago, how the hell can this lawsuit even happen?

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I told you I'd be back: Arnie set for another career revival

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Your foster parents are dead

I wonder if they're continuing after Salvation. There's a good chance we'll see him as the 'evil' Terminator this time!

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UHF

So, I'm not the only one that has seen UHF, it seems!

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Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

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PostgreSQL

Agreed with ShelLuser: they should use PostgreSQL as the main DBMS. Monty is part of why I disliked MySQL and eventually turned back to PostgreSQL ... he hated transactions and thus made MyISAM and the early MySQL releases transactionless. Also, referential integrity was missing because of that.

And well, MariaDB is headed by Monty. Using the transactional stuff requires InnoDB which is owned by ... Oracle. Oops!

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Critical Java SE update due Tuesday fixes 40 flaws

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Guessing....

Oracle must've sat over Java for quite some time, and neglected to fix this stuff. It took a public outing of "DUDE FIX THIS NOW" for them to finally act on it.

That said, client-side Java is still useful. I wouldn't kill it.

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

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Backend coding

"but strugglerd with do anything practical and productive like coding a website that actually looked good."

Put those kind of guys into backend development. Get the Web-aware dudes to build the frontend, and voila! Stable backend, good-looking website.

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Facebook killing off Sponsored Results in search pages

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Questions

It is one of the few things that is actually useful, and they're axing it? They had already ruined it somewhat in that they made it a Pages-only feature; we used to dole out these for a lot of stuff. But it seems FB doesn't like this feature.

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Review: Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock

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Not quite.

I used to think that when they launched it. But now that I need to expand my storage options, even USB3 is starting to look reeeal slow.

Also, TBolt gives me the option of adding up more Ethernet ports, so I can get extra interfaces on my MBP. So maybe I'll end up buying stuff like this dock, or maybe just the big JBOD array and laying ZFS on top of that.

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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

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True

Indeed, x86 should've died long ago. Though this tests might have had some "special sauce" tweaking so that the Intel chips would show up as better, given the "ABI Research provided no details on the content and construction of their benchmarks" part.

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Microsoft Office 365 on iPhone NOW: No, we're not making this up

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@Stephen Channell

Oh, I've always known that ... I used the first Word versions on Mac, years before the Windows counterpart was ported. Though to be fair, sometime around 6.0 I think MS decided to backport the Windoze version back to the Mac. So the Mac version ended up having an ugly UI instead of the neat Mac-native one it had before.

These days, it does seem to fit with OSX, and it has the added benefit of actually keeping the menus they excised on the Windows version.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

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Re: keen.

Food is not a gas tank refill and nobody is so time-challenged that they can't spend 20-30 minutes a day to prepare proper meals for themselves.

Food is a gas tank refill, as far as our body's concerned. Taste is all about us searching for the best energy-packed food, usually. As for the time-challenged, this is a good option for some types who have jobs where 30 minutes is all you have for eating. Technically, this might be healthier than eating at McD's. Though I'd agree that I'd use it more for emergency rations than everyday eating!

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Cellphone remote detonation

The problem with these devices is that theoretically someone might think ahead and fit the device with the infamous dead man's switch ... that is, activate on call or on signal loss/disconnection. Oopsie, cops just blew up everyone with their jammer/killswitch!

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TSA

Heh. That happened to my dad; he had his luggage arrive at the other end in a similar fashion. By the way, the note also said something along the lines of "You had a non-compliant lock, so we had to break it open and it is all your fault. TSA won't pay up anything if you are missing stuff."

So not only do they break open your stuff, they basically give anyone else a free pass to steal your stuff!

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US Supremes: Human genes can't be patented

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Re: Monsanto?

Sadly, I think their patents are still legal. Because SCOTUS ruled against human DNA patents.

Though it could be used as a base to void non-human, naturally ocurring DNA. Maybe.

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