* Posts by Daniel B.

2765 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Re: Crikey...

Yes, it'll be like the old Computer wars of the 80's and early 90's!

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Re: And in the Microsoft World

As much a laugh as I got from that, the real story for mass-market ARM netbooks already passed.

Remember the Smartbooks? ARM-powered netbooks toting some Linux distro. The iPad came out and supposedly killed the market, but in truth MS and Intel joined forces and twisted the OEM's arms, a repeat of the netbook case. Except this time, they KILLED the product instead of hobbling it with Windows.

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Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber

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New Media

Yet another case where the "new media" got it wrong. The problem this time is that they actually took their pitchforks out.

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Java still vulnerable despite recent patches

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Re: Devices

Yes, that's how it is going down over here as well (Mexico). The Servicio de Administración Tributaria (Revenue Administration Service) uses Java for filing tax reports and mostly everything related to Tax Stuff. This is because everything is done online, then signed by a private key which has had its public key signed by SAT, and thus has official recognition. And this can no longer be done offline (the tax filing).

So killing Java means I won't be able to report to the tax man. Oopsie!

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Apple beats revenue estimates but margins are falling

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Heh

Maybe they should've paid dividends earlier? Though it was obvious that Apple revenue was going to stall eventually. No company can keep up growing on revenue infinitely.

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Boffins explain LED inefficiencies

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Weird physics

So basically it's heating instead of giving out light? Wonder if it can actually be fixed...

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Ding! Dong! —the witch is dead!

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Some of the hate she gets

... also comes from outside the UK. Namely, a lot of Chileans who are pissed that Maggie supported a bloody tyrant called Pinochet.

A lot of the stuff that people currently hate about NuLabour is actually a product of Thatcherism permeating the Labour Party. Yes, she may have fixed things that were wrong with the UK, but some of the bad stuff will linger for quite some time.

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

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@Dana W

There have been articles on that. Even here, this article mentions that IDC blames Win8 on the PC market crash. And they're right.

The thing is, MS screwing the pooch and crash-landing isn't even news anymore. It's more like the usual news whenever Redmond and Windows is involved.

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First the PCs, now System X: Is IBM ready to flog server biz to Lenovo?

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Re: PC-like servers revenue is dying

Dear AC, you've been blind for the last 20 years have you? Because what Eadon is saying is *exactly* what has happened in the server space. Linux has been eating away the commercial UNIX market, and stands pretty tall on the worldwide server OS market. Red Hat and others have made billions out of the Linux Services; IBM has also profited from Linux as well. The ones that have favored Windows over Linux are the ones failing, like HP and Dell.

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Human rights groups rally humanity against killer robots

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Anyone thinking on doing these for real?

Understandable to have this opposition, especially as most of the "autonomous killing machine" stories always end up badly. The Terminator, Screamers (based on Phillip K. Dick's "Second Variety"), even the I Robot movie which has 3-law compliant AI.

Notable that in Screamers (and indeed, in "Second Variety" which spawned said movie) the killer bots have a simplified rule consisting in "kill all humans not wearing a tag". The AI gets smart and "improves" into being able to kill humans that wear the tags, thus not only wiping out the enemy, but their makers as well...

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Nvidia Tesla bigwig: Why you REALLY won't need x86 chips soon

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Re: What he really means is...

... that Sony fucked up big time by choosing Craptel x86 for their next PS. In fact, the PS4 is going to be so underpowered that it won't be able to play PS3 games. The CellBE processor runs circles around even current-gen x86 chips, and it's at least 7 years old! The only things that actually match/overcome the CellBE are GPUs. Which is what Nvidia is pushing, and putting an ARM as the frontend. Basically, getting the boost AMD is now getting but also improving the x86 chokehold.

Good luck, Nvidia!

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Re: So... how do you boot?

A "PC" SoC would have a more firm interop standard. It would be necessary for mass production, so it will be there. Maybe Open Firmware or something like that?

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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Re: @ Eadon Wrong title...

Slightly different though:

Xerox STAR -> Original Mac -> Windows 3.1. (But they didn't get it "right" until Windows 95, UI wise.)

BSD/NeXT/BeOS/UNIX/Linux -> Mac OSX -> Vista/Aero.

RIO PMP -> iPod -> Zune.

Newton -> MS Tablets -> iPad -> Surface.

Netbooks -> Macbook Air -> Ultrabooks

(the zillion smartphones we already had) -> iPhone -> Windows Phone 7/8.

Yes, the late Jobs was an expert in copying stuff and succeeding where others had moderate success or even failed. But at least the Apple stuff has some brains in the copying instead of "copy X so Y will succeed". MS is now attempting to copy the Jobs attitude, the "my way or the highway" philosophy with Windows 8. Gross!!

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Re: The true parent of the Ultrabook

You can run Win8 con 'em now, thanks to the 10.8.3 update. But why would I want to inflict Win8 unto my MBP? I actually switched to Mac *because* of Win8!!!!!

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Review: Nokia Lumia 720

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Re: Almost perfect

There's no way Elop or MS are going to make me buy a MS-toting Nokia. Even if the Fabulous Fred interface copes better with mobile phones, I do not want MS creep in my phones. I still have a BlackBerry because I dislike both the iOS walled garden and Android's Google Data Slurp.

And as other commenters have mentioned, I dislike MS for many reasons, especially being the Galactus of technologies: FoxPro, Sendo, Palm... either they kill those who enter strategic "alliances", or absorb them and *then* kill the tech (see FoxPro).

I only wish Elop is given the boot while Nokia is still alive...

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Yahoo! Axes! Yet! More! Products!

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IM

Instant Messaging is supposed to be instant, and apps are much better than HTML-anything in that regard.

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Microsoft betting on smaller Windows 8 devices and subscriptions

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Win8 *is* killing both MSFT and the PC market.

It's telling that most of the "pro-Win8" crowd are 'AC' commenters. Probably MS shills, who are also astroturfing on ZDNet (just read any Steven Vaughan-Nichols article, the shills will claim he's unprofessional, even when he's actually telling the truth). IDC is placing the blame on the sharp PC sales drop squarely on Windows 8. MS is probably trying to pull a Jobs here, but they lack the RDF, and even Jobs didn't go out and change OSX's interface like MS did with Win8. Launchpad, the iOSish app launcher is optional; TIFKA Metro is *mandatory*.

People hate it. It seems it will kill MS this time, I just hope it doesn't take the entire PC industry down with them. I still need 'em to get work done.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Geeze, lots of evidence

.... you'd assume that the fact that Plumpy used a *STOLEN* Credit Card to buy stuff would be enough evidence for the Met to get him, stolen laptop would be an extra charge against him.

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Cyberthugs put YOUR PC to work as Bitcoin-mining SLAVE

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Re: What is "the puzzle"?

It kind of does serve a useful purpose, in the sense that "mining" is actually securing transactions. That is, miners are actually people who keep the whole system up & working, and the "mined" BTC are basically payment for keeping up the whole infrastructure.

It doesn't have an extra value though.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Re: They bought a stolen laptop.

Both moral and legal implications are different. Stealing something deprives the owner of the object being stolen. Unauthorized copying deprives the "manufacturer" (usually the author) of a work from one sale. But the original work still stands, and can in fact be legally copied even after the copyright infringement.

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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Re: $20 per bitcoin was the low???

Hell, I'm thinking that. Last time I checked, it was somewhere around $3/bitcoin.

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Re: Non-scammable?

Yes, part of the problem with BitCoin is that some people buying into the whole BTC thing aren't able to differentiate between BTC as a currency and payment processing systems. BTC is NOT a payment processing network. It does have transactions, but they exist because it is the only way to trace the currency at all!!

For true online payments, anyone using BTC for payment should be using actual payment processors. Those would be able to initiate chargebacks if needed.

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Actually

if you read the Reddit thread, the guy in the pic actually admits this is exactly what happened. They raced on ahead, then posed on the roadside. He's even got pics of the car in question as proof. Hehe...

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News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

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Re: Typical

START PARSER

"Typical Left Wing"

FOX CONSERVATARD DETECTED

It's kinda awesome to see how the first three words in a given comment give away that it comes from a typical US Conservatard. I could probably set up a Bayesian filter to detect 'em, hell, even a simple filter like searching

- Obama AND Muslim

- "liberals" in quotation

- Liberals, with capitalized L

- Left Wing

- MSM or Main Stream Media (variations thereof)

- liberal media

Fun to run this game!

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Re: study goodness

Shit that passes as news is worse than no news at all, which is kind of the point of that study.

Only stupid people and rabid bible-thumping Conservatards actually believe Fox News actually says "teh truth". Murdoch is basically the 21st century Citizen Kane / Hearst. The kind of people that believe Fox News are the same that call Newsweek "Newsweak" because they don't believe in the retarded stupidity they do.

Hell. Maybe the problem isn't actually Fox News at all ... it is that there are people out there stupid/crazy enough to believe the stuff they put out!

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Nice!

Getting rid of the garbage in open TV can only be seen as an improvement. By now even conservatives are thinking FOX is full o' dung news.

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Intel doubles Thunderbolt speed to 20Gbps

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SAN, not NAS

For something using Thunderbolt, I would think of a SAN instead of a NAS. Or simply attaching one of those big-ass 20TB 5-disk arrays with RAID5 support. Though these days I'd also think of using ZFS on the array; that way I can set up the array as a JBOD *and* have a very reliable FS on the attached stuff.

The other use? A plug-in acceleration card for your x-treme gaming needs.

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Bitcoin briefly soars to record $147 high, driven by Cyprus bank flap

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Re: Bitcoin

I'm actually wondering if the effort of minting BitCoins is still far over the economical benefit of having those 25 BTCs given. At current trading rates, 25 BTC cashes in around $3450 USD. That's got to be enough to pay for a high-end CUDA-toting PC *and* the leccy bill. Maybe even two of 'em. Of course, this only holds if the price point holds...

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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

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Re: Not so much @mmeier

I do agree that current tablets are mostly "toy tablets" ... but I don't think MS is going to "save the day". In fact, the reason the whole Personal Computer industry has mostly stagnated is *because* of the Windows/Intel curbstomping in the desktop PC market. If the transportation industry were to match the computing hardware industry, we would all still be driving horse buggy, albeit with steroid-pumped, genetically engineered super-horses doing 100MPH down the motorway. But an internal combustion engine would still outrun the super horses, and the same applies to current x86 crap vs. RISC hardware. The reason we don't see RISC chips doing circles around x86 arch stuff is because nobody outside of ARM and SPARC are really investing in R&D on 'em. And yet, ARM is ever getting closer to x86.

Eventually Microsoft and Intel will fade away; what we don't know right now is who will take their place. Neither Google or Apple are better than them; ARM is good but still lacks the punch to really take over the hardware market.

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MS shills strike again

"Microsoft have by far the best OS for touch and gesture based computing in Windows 8"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

Oh dear, both one of the zillion AC MS shills and mmeier, the MS evil Eadon clone.

Realistically, Windows 8 might actually trigger a faster migration *outside* the MS ecosystem. People were already setting back new PC purchases; with the Fabulous Fred interface infesting all new PCs and Windows 7 off the shelves *and* MS site (both offer win8 only), consumers are put off.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: oh yes, people are dumping iPhones for Windows phones all day long. SURE they are.....

While dumping iPhones for Winblows Phones is iffy at best, the iPhone->Android migration does seem to ring true. Not all iPhone users are fanbois, and those who aren't might actually switch for many reasons.

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

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Oh please...

MS Architect. I might have bought not needing the five-nines availability, but someone pushing MS stuff is usually trying to cover up for MS failings, availability being one of those.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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MS take on version numbering?

OSX does use a different kernel versioning, but at least the 10.x versions usually match a major version in the Darwin Kernel.

Sun would use the second decimal for Solaris, so SunOS 5.10 is Solaris 10. They also do this with Java, with 1.7.x being "Java 7".

MS however seems to be unable to standardize versions. Windows 7 is actually NT 6.1. Ow!

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Federal lawyers, MIT threatened following Aaron Swartz' death

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Re: Oh the irony!

Yes, JSTOR decided not to press the charges further. But the prosecution decided to do so anyway, especially Ortiz; *those* are the guys who are actually being pilloried.

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Oh the irony!

The people who bullied Swartz into suicide, saying he had to suffer the consequences of his activities, are asking for themselves not to suffer the consequences of THEIR activities.

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BitTorrent opens kimono, gets out one-to-many streaming tool

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BT Multicast!

So basically, it's the BitTorrent way of doing multicast. Hope it works behind NAT, given the ISPs out there trying to force that awful thing upon end-users...

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Apple denied trademark protection for 'iPad mini'

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ooh that's why

Meanwhile, here in Mexico, Holy Thursday and Holy Friday are the days marked as holidays. Some places even give the whole week off. Wee call 'em the "Holy Week Vacation" period.

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hahaha

APRIL FOOL'S!

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Relaxed Windows 8 rules hint at smaller slabs to come

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Windows 8

It has one true place in my office: the trash bin.

There's no way in hell I'm buying anything with the Fabulous Fred interface.

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Re: @Shane Kent

Why are all these MS shills so shy? Most of 'em hide behind AC...

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IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

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So I'm not alone!

Last year I decided to switch my DNS pointers from the hosting service I have (GoDaddy) to my own. Alas, I forgot that while ns2 had the "recursion disabled by default" setting, ns1 *didn't*.

2 weeks later, I check out my bandwidth usage and notice that it's waaay off chart. Monkeying with iptables, I was able to pinpoint the extra traffic to port 53. Firing up tcpdump gave me a zillion DNS requests for some weird domain, which itself was pointing to CloudFlare as well. Ouch! I outright blocked port 53, sending it to DROP. I even switched the DNS order ... but I did notice that ns2 didn't get the zillion requests. So I went on checking and finally found out about both the open recursion configuration, and the default config switch. Even after securing my ns1 BIND, I still had to leave port 53 blocked on my main DNS 'till the request flood died out. It cost me a lot in bandwidth that month, but lesson learned...

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Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

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Was falling...

'till the 'nsfw daemon'. References to "the adult industry" made me remember that it is already April 1st on the GMT timezone.

A good one, El Reg!

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Microsoft says WinPhone outselling iPhone, BlackBerry

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Re: Azure now has a dozen users, up from 6 two years ago!

"I wouldn't mind having a revenue growing 3x."

Neither would I.

But the coffee shop that went bust across the street last year? They were able to have their revenue grow up 10x. That didn't save their business go titsup, as their "revenue" was pretty much chump change. The given value for "x" matters a lot.

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Re: Azure now has a dozen users, up from 6 two years ago!

hahaha, awesome stats! And I wouldn't doubt it is the truth behind MS numbers. After all, Apple also did the faux numbers dance in the times before they hit the Top Three spot.

I at least still see Blackberries in the street, but I haven't yet seen a single Windung Phone. There are a lot of Symbian-toting Nokias, maybe Nokia should see the truth and dump Elop-borg?

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Spanish Linux group files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

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joke's on you

"Three percent of WPhone? Wow - double the share Linux has on the desktop. So 2013 will be the year of WP8!"

What makes this attempt at humor actually funny is that MS has been *claiming* every year since WP7's release the "year that WinPhone will take over the world", yet remain irrelevant.

Modern/TIFKAM Metro sucks donkey balls and exactly zero organizations have taken in that flying dung. In fact, our clients (big organizations, financial sector) actually *stopped* buying new PCs, or added a mandatory requirement for any new PC to have Win7. Hell, some of them are still in the process of jumping from XP to Win7!

Yes, we've tried Win8. The last dude that was still defending Win8 gave up last month, reformatted his laptop and went back to Win7. I have yet to see someone in the real world actually like the Win8 stuff.

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@mmeier

"PS3 was neither powerful nor low power so the game box was rarely used as a NAS - cheaper maschines for that around"

PS3 *is* powerful thanks to the CellBE processor, and people actually using the OtherOS feature, like me, were actually monkeying around with the special features of said processor. Of course, most of those who dabbled with Linux on the PS3 were trying to run it as a regular NAS/Desktop box, which sucks given the low RAM specs on the box. But removing features like that is pretty much frowned upon. My original phat PS3 is still on 3.15 FW, I ended up buying another PS3 to play more recent games and have PSN access.

The irony is that Sony's boneheaded decision didn't hit the "nonmarket" ... it hit the crossover market of dudes like me who actually play games *and* tinker around with Linux. That made it a FAIL, which morphed into an EPIC FAIL as it energized enough crypto-geeks to crack the box.

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Re: Wah Wah Wah

Actually, the MS shilltards are far more annoying than anything Eadon posts (or any of his alleged sock puppets). Proof of the AC shilltards being, well, retarded is the whole comment section for the article on Samsung's firmware doo-doo where booting Linux would brick a Sammy laptop. All of them saying "that's what happens to freetards".

Then someone made a PoC app that bricks the same laptop model from Windows, and the AC's go either quiet, or say "Will Eadon apologize now?"...

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You're reading it wrong

"No, it's actually a REQUIREMENT for Microsoft Windows 8 certification that you can disable Secure Boot."

Actually, it's a REQUIREMENT for Windows on ARM certification that you *CAN'T* disable Secure Boot. On PCs, they hastily added "user should be able to disable Secure Boot" after word got out of the Linux-disabling feature, and even then that was because MS knows they can't pull that off on x86 hardware without getting antitrust lawsuits in their face.

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Re: As is said in church...

Actually, Secure Boot is a useful thing ... *when it is user-manageable*. The MS way of doing Secure Boot is locking the stupid thing with an MS provided master key, so only MS signed stuff will work. A truly secure system would have me being able to add my own master keys, or those from Fedora, Ubuntu, whatever.

Most if not all PKI systems have this ability, so should all "Secure Boot" systems have it.

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Angry commentard mobs to feel Facebook jackboot in site tweak

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Um... no

The most upvoted comments kinda appear in the main article bit, but clicking on "read all comments" will still show all comments in chrono order, up/downvotes nonwithstanding.

FB doesn't have "dislike" so there's no real "balance" on stuff, and the page owner überupvote is something not even El Reg does.

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