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Microsoft botnet smackdown 'caused collateral damage, failed to kill target'

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There's a point...

Now if said computers are doing something safety-critical there is a problem but:

1) Windows is not certified for that by the EULA

Maybe security researchers & honeypots should simply send the kill switch to these botnets. Anyone stupid enough to use Windows for real-time things or actual mission-critical stuff shouldn't be doing so in the first place, and even MS can claim its a violation of the EULA. In most of these cases, only the botnet zombie client is removed.

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STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: So

The real scandal here is the DoJ presenting a known DRAFT email as one which was actually sent. I believe if it was a witness who made that statement they would be hauled up on PERJURY charges.

Except it is Apple, and only Apple that claims that the DoJ mail was a draft. It might be that both emails were sent, or that the second one is forged, in which case it would be the Apple lawyers who end up hauled on perjury!

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

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Re: How is the Other Blair (or is it "Lord" Blair) doing these days, btw?

Um... actually Orwell basically put into 1984 the experience of what happened with the USSR and Spain; the former having the "socialist revolution" perverted into a totalitarian state, Spain turning into a fascist state (which unfortunately remained as such for far longer than it should've had). He was actually made an unperson overnight in Spain, and had to flee the country thanks to Franco.

Basically, he used 1984 to warn people about what could happen with "the revolution". Unfortunately, some governments seem to use it as a guideline instead...

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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Oh yes, the SSC

It would have been awesome. But politics killed it by lack of funding, and IIRC parts of it have been even sold out. It's currently one of the largest abandoned constructions of the modern world.

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

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Re: webOS had the wrong name

WinMo killed Palm. Anything that MS touches turns to crap.

That said, yes the name for that OS was not only confusing, it was hilarious in Spanish. Why? Because 'webos' sounds like 'Huevos' which basically means 'bollocks'. Oh the innuendo!

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Re: HP

It seems so. They ended up killing:

  • DEC's Alpha
  • Tandem
  • PA-RISC (which was their own creation) to jump into the Itanic FAIL boat
  • Palm, all of it, including webOS

They sure know how to let good stuff die...

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So, Windows 8.1 to give PC sales a shot in arm? BZZZZT, wrong answer

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Re: Win 8.1 - It's not a shot in the arm

More like a shot in both feet and legs. Repeatedly, if you add up their EPIC FAIL strategy with the I Spy Xbox1.

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Re: +1 avoiding an upgrade

I'd avoid the HDD swap route anyway for another reason: if I buy a new PC/laptop with Win8, I'm adding to the Win8 stats, which I definitely DON'T want to do!

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Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

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That word, it doesn't mean the same things in certain countries

In the US, there's "statutory rape" which strangely covers consensual sex where one of the participants is under the age of consent. So there's a devalued use of the word. In Mexico, we call that "estupro" and thus the actual concept of rape isn't devalued.

And yes, up until recently, in most countries there was no such thing as marital rape. Interestingly, while laws have been fixed on these cases, female-on-male and female-on-female rapes are rarely prosecuted (or even considered as crimes); males trying to press rape charges on females will usually be laughed out of the police station. Sad but true.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: Well done Sony.

They had to do it. With both the rootkit fiasco and the OtherOS controversy, they managed to piss off a lot of people, and when they dismissed the latter group, the PS3 got cracked in a matter of months. Up until then, they could proudly say that the PS3 couldn't run pirated games and thus was pirate-proof. Oh, and then they had the PSN hacked as well. Back then, it seemed they didn't get the message, as OtherOS never came back. But it seems they did, to some amount.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has been trying to replicate Apple's "the customer does as we tell him" attitude and it shows. They've managed to piss off far more people than Sony ever did: while OtherOS users were a very vocal minority, the demographics annoyed by game sharing bans is far larger. It's even dumber as they can't even hide behind the anti-piracy all-justifying flag that Sony had with OtherOS. MSFT is all about banning legally purchased games from being passed down or resold. Hopefully, they'll stand their ground and have the XBone crash & burn. A massive fail needs to be put as a warning to others...

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Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

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Re: XBox - is a Licence fee

Add to it that the XBox had already pimped gamers for far too long with charging for online play (that's sooooo 1996), it seems that they finally have put the final nail in the XBox coffin.

And with Windows 8 being the massive boat of FAIL, this means they're really going down this time!

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Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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Oh man...

This is stupid. So helping uncover a crime lands a worse sentence than the crime itself? CFAA needs to be fixed...

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Apple unveils hints of Monday's new-product announcements

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Re: Apple WWDC on Monday

El Reg has been unofficially banned ever since the Jagwyre presentation. That explains the lack of WWDC invites...

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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Obama, Ben Franklin called.

"Those who would trade essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither."

Sadly, Obama is the lesser of two evils.

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Re: I don't call this "making choices as a society"

The other idiot would ha ve also done the same, the difference would be that he wouldn't even try to justify his actions!

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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But they won't do the MS thing.

They pretty much axed the FUD on the "we'll tie in PS4 disks to one console" during the PS4 unveiling. Similar rumors were put out for PS2 and PS3, and both times they were disproven as well. While they did act as true asshats with the whole OtherOS issue, they haven't gone on full evil as their stupid music arm (the rootkit fiasco) or as MS is now doing with the XboxOne.

And with the WiiU also lacking this stupidity, they even have competition on the "we let you play second hand games" camp.

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Google says it can predict movie box office with 94% accuracy

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But it works both ways.

If a movie ends up being a turd of bombastic levels, it might also earn a lot of searches ... because the movie bombs. Think Battlefield Earth...

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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

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Re: Location is Everything

Agreed. I would love to watch MST3K on Netflix ... but the series isn't available in Mexico. I could do the VPN thingy, but that's cheating. Netflix should be able to serve content worldwide; the problem is that content providers are the ones screwing stuff up, not Netflix per se.

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Albert Einstein brings cheese and clean pyjamas to space station

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Meh

Gah!

Nutella *is* vomit-inducing, unlike Peanut Butter.

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Publishers put a gun to our heads on ebook pricing, squeals Amazon

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Two wrongs don't make a right.

Firstly, they bought wholesale at a discount from the publisher, then sold ebooks AT A LOSS to undercut their competitors. This is called "dumping" and, well, the goal was to build a monopoly.

This is indeed frowned upon, as dumping is usually done with this goal. It is actually illegal in some countries, but in the US it might not be, or has some kind of exceptions. But then, if it is illegal, the publishers could've simply taken Amazon to court instead of trying to go all Judge Dredd on them.

But price-fixing is actually illegal in most countries, including the US. And it seems that they were making it such that they could simply point that it wasn't price-fixing, simply that they couldn't sell for less because of Apple's MFN clause. In reality, they were colluding with Apple, having the price point set higher than what Amazon was getting, thus forcing the market to go much more expensive. And while dumping hurts the consumer in the long term (when the monopoly is established and prices are jacked up), price-fixing hurts the consumer immediately.

Apple deserves to be punished for stooping so low.

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Smart TVs riddled with DUMB security holes

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Re: Sir

Yup. WiFi is for mobile devices, using WiFi for stuff that doesn't move often (desktop PC, TV, PS3/Xbox) is for lazy people.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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More concerned on other issue

I really, really hope they upgrade the non-Retina MBP range. I dislike non-upgradeable hardware, and is the main reason why I didn't go for the Retina stuff.

The optical drive is something I rarely use, but it is still good to have it there. It also gives me the option to add a second HDD if I ever need to do that as well.

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iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent

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The Prez had always used a BB.

Actually Obama DID use an iPhone when he started office, but was told he'd have to switch to a BB for security reasons. ;)

Um, you got that wrong. Obama was using a BlackBerry before he got elected, he was actually asked to switch to a Sectera Edge when he got elected. Finally the NSA let him keep his BlackBerry, after they hardened it a bit more so the Obama BlackBerry is truly one of its kind.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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Re: common mistake

Companies transiting to Win7 since 2010 so most are not yet due a replacement cycle

Yes, companies are transitioning to Win7. They're also blocking Win8 for the same reasons most people who aren't MS shills or MS fanboys (I didn't know there was such a thing!) are: Metro/Modern is crap. The Start Screen is crap. Companies want their employees to work, not to dabble with toy interfaces.

Sorry but MORE than one UI for my devices is contra-productive and will eat resources in a corporate environment to boot.

... which is why companies hate Win8 as well. It has more than one UI, and a crap one to boot.

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Re: Nice ... Nice ...

Because the Start Menu is the one single thing that made users get up in arms. Actually XP made it less cluttered, by putting all the "My PC", "My Documents" et al in the Start Menu instead of wasting space as icons in the screen. Same with the scrolling menu vs. zillion cascading menus behavior. Vista/7 even improved on this concept.

And just searching stuff, a lot of people that aren't even in IT are complaining about it.

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Nice ... Nice ...

But they still haven't brought back the Start Menu. So 8.1 still isn't the Windows version you actually want!

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Exclusive Halo game coming to Windows 8 and WinPhone 8

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Re: Meh. @Dave 126

A lot of those pet peeves were better managed by later FPS, the ones that didn't give in to Halo. Half-Life put weapons into categories; many of those started using autosave; and BioShock even made a weapon select menu that freezes the game while you select weapons.

Ironically, I found the Halo-style games to be somewhat *harder* than their predecessors, because they also introduced the awful "checkpoint" system from old sidescrolling games. That is, saving will save the game up to the last checkpoint, vs. "right where I am". So if you get 90% through one of the hard as hell segments, but get iced by a lucky shot, you had to start all over again. This is mainly what put me off of Halo and most FPS following this system.

One of the ironies with Duke Nukem Forever is that many reviews basically said that the game was outdated, belongs to 1997, yada yada. The thing is that the reasons that DNF ended up being a lemon is because it actually incorporated the Halo-style combat, linear levels & similar stuff... so the game just felt like reskinned Halo instead of a Duke Nukem game. :(

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Meh.

Shit game gets exclusive for shit OS. Keep moving, nothing to see here.

Really, Halo is one of the reasons most FPS have devolved into the tripe they are today: two weapon limit, regenerating health, linear levels ... see any Call of Battlefield Modern Warfare Nukem Forever.

Then again, it was Halo that saved the original Xbox...

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Firefox OS: Go away fanbois, fandroids - you wouldn't understand

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Re: "a web-based mobile future isn't just appealing, it feels inevitable"

Anyone thinking ObjC is better than C++/Java has got to be an Apple fanboi. Smalltalk was an interesting language for learning OOP, but for serious stuff I found C syntax to be far more useful. Thus I ended up going down the C++, later Java branch of programming languages. Objective C looks like the ugly match of C and Smalltalk, neither one or the other. Yeech!

And I agree that HTML5 is a shitty option for real app development. His Jobsiness tried that approach with the first iPhone, utterly failed and eventually caved in to demands of an SDK being released. webOS also failed on that regard. Unless they release an actual native SDK, it might not gain enough traction. Though I suspect it is on its way...

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Another senior bod leaps overboard from foundering HTC

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Re: What Nokia did @Jemma

Yes, Nokia was doing pretty good decisions, even with the infighting between the consumer and enterprise divisions they had. At least, up until Elop came in and shat all over Nokia. Sadly, I had considered jumping ship to Nokia when they started releasing interesting stuff like the N900, but then Elop happened.

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Re: HTC invested too much in Win 8 - CURSE OF MS

Curse of MS indeed. HTC has both an Android and a Microsoft arm. The MS side is a curse for anyone involved on that: Sendo, Palm, Nokia and it seems that HTC is in there. Even more as they were among the suckers who actually bought into WinRT/Win8.

Had they invested more on the Android side (which they did pull off successfully in earlier years), maybe they wouldn't be where they are...

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Sacked Zynga bods learn their jobs are gone via Facebook

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Not surprising

The only game they made that actually caught my eye was Mafia Wars, but on the Tagged network, not FB. That version wasn't spammy. Then when I had a fairly decent level, they decided to kill the Tagged version and "migrate" us to the FB one. Not only did I lose interest because of having to rebuild everything and level up, the FB one was depending on spammy stuff and thus I got bored. Quickly.

And then Farmville/Cityville spam made me hate them even more. Whatever. The ship's still sinking, but it has been treading water for quite some time. It is only now that they realize it...

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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

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Re: Most favoured nation clauses

The concept you're talking about is called "dumping" in an economic context, and it is indeed frowned upon for open markets.

But so are "favoured nation" clauses, especially if the "favoured nation" conspires with the publishers to raise prices across the board. It's kind of similar to how the Nazis gained power: hey, we have a Communist threat. We have here one Adolf Hitler that vows to get rid of them pretty quickly. Hey, let's put them in power, quick fix! Wait...

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Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

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Re: Great, its a ghetto then.

It's worse.

We're probably the last remaining ghetto inside a gentrified arm of the Galaxy.

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@Glenn Booth

hehe ... you have 41 likes ... one more upvote and you'll have the magic number!

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Obama: Just call me Billygoat Gruff the Third, patent trolls

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Nice!

It seems Obama isn't just going for plain vanilla patent trolls ... he's going against the other flavor of patent trolls, or patent bullies. That is, stop companies like Apple blocking imports because someone else's phones have round corners...

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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Re: Perhaps a little research ? @Gav

Heh. It actually made me remember back when the god-awful Winmodems became common. I was saddled with one of those ugly things, so I go googling how to get the POS to work, and ended up reading stuff like:

"Oh, you gotta compile these drivers. If you don't know how to compile a Linux kernel, you shouldn't be doing Linux at all!" or "Closed source evil! We won't accept closed-source drivers even if winmodem manufacturers provide them!". Basically, the Linux community had a dark, newbie-hostile side to it and it showed in many places. Not to mention the pointless naming wars "EETS CALLED GNOO SLASH LEENUX!!!".

Though Microsoft is now losing the plot, given Windows 8. It seems they want to do a poor copy of Jobs' "blame the user" game, and they're losing it. They just don't realize it yet!

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Re: To be fair to MS... @John Lilburne

" I go to get a coffee and what I want is a coffee, I don't want to have to chose between a whole bunch of different varieties"

Um... if I go to Starbucks and ask for "black coffee", or "American coffee" (this is how "regular" coffee is called here in Mexico) I'll get exactly that. In fact, the only question I'll get is "do you want space for milk/cream?". I've never run into the retarded zillion-option thing that makes its rounds on the intertubes.

Meanwhile, with desktop Linux distros, if what you want is something that "just works", it'll work no matter which distribution you've chosen. Got Ubuntu? Use Unity. Got Fedora? Use Gnome3. You can change the desktop manager, but you don't need to choose that when installing. So just like the Starbucks faux analogy, it doesn't apply to Linux either.

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Think you're ready to make a big career bet? Read this first...

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Re: There'll always be a future in security

Security is a moving target. The mere nature of all the security stuff means you'll rarely run out of work; especially if you go into the Identity/Access Management areas. Even the intrusion detection stuff gets some kind of upgrades or changes every couple of years...

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Finally – mind-controlled limbs without brain surgery

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Bionic Commando

So the tech to do a real-life Bionic Commando is coming soon?

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Elon Musk pledges transcontinental car juicers by end of year

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This guy

He's probably the one that will actually make the future tech we want a reality. Reusable spacecraft & rocket stacks! Functional electric cars! Railgun-ish bullet trains! And he has the money to do it all!

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

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Ahhh... the good old DELETE...

only surpassed by the WHEREless UPDATE, when someone ends up realizing they've set the email field to 'sucks@2beU.com' on the whole table too late, after getting the response

UPDATE 0 3958293

Geeze, isn't that single statement taking too long?

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China ponders joining controversial IP trade treaty

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Oh, another Mickey Mouse Protection Treaty!

Couldn't help but notice that copyright term extension is among the TPP stuff. Copyright is getting real stupid these days... it's supposed to be a grant for a limited time. "Lifetime" does not a limited time make.

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Re: Sinofsky pitched sales of Windows 8 licences as something

The Mexico City pirate salesmen are doing pretty well with win7 pirated copies. Guess why?

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EFF files objections with W3C decrying addition of DRM to HTML5

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Not seeing the big picture, are you?

... to continue to use non-standards compliant front ends. We'll be stuck with Flash/Air/Silverlight/Java forever - great plan EFF!

If DRM is put into the standard, we'll have a lot of black boxes that are not only the propietary crap packaged into one tidy black box, support will depend on whoever makes that black box. If the Big Hollywood Studios, or Netflix, or whatever deem that supporting Linux is too much of a hassle, we'll end up worse than what we currently have. At least Flash is supported in Linux (though Adobe does seem to be phasing that plugin out), and Java does have actual support in most OSen out there.

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Ruby on Fails: Zombie SERVER army built thanks to Rails bug

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Webservers and lazy sysadmins

A couple of years ago, a certain forum for a certain IT-related website had part of its userbase posting links to vulnerable websites. Some of them were immediately defaced by jokers, and while a couple of them were quickly fixed, at least one of those remained in its damaged state.

For months.

If instead of joke defacements, someone had dropped a botnet there, it would have done their job for quite some time...

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Ruby/Rails vs. Java

That's not really fair to Ruby (the programming language) though, this is a failure of Rails (the application framework). You can write insecure applications in Java, too.

Though the point is that Java doesn't need an extra application framework. Java itself has its own framework, which does most of the low and mid-level stuff out of the box. Rails, Maven and other craptastic frameworks were built for platforms where there is no base framework within the language/platform: Ruby, PHP, you name it.

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

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Start button yes, Start menu no

That's all we need to know. That is, they didn't listen in on user feedback, or listened the same way Jobs did: hearing what they want to hear.

Meanwhile, the one sole person that did like Win8 switched out to Linux Mint anyway!

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CRUNCH: 'Drunk' chap cuffed in high-speed car nookie prang rumpus

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Re: attempting to hide in a cactus?

I'm guessing they catched him after hearing way too much screaming. Cactus and 'nads don't mix!

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China’s state-run rags brand Mars One mission a scam

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Re: Speaking of China's state-run media

Taking in mind that this is the official mouthpiece of the Chinese government. Maybe they're just giving out a subliminal message about what they really are?

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