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Microsoft exec selling his Surface tablet

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@Simon Barker

Because it lacks both the actual apps you find for iOS/Android/Playbook while posing as a Windows device that can't actually do what "traditional" Windows devices can do. When we got Windows CE, nobody expected it to do much; but MS itself sold the idea of WinRT as basically Windows on ARM. And on those expectations, it's horribly limited.

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

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Re: The bill sounds good

... and Eadon would be right. It is obvious, even for the article's author, that bill is obviously aimed to whack out MS competition.

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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Re: Cor blimey! @Captain Hogwash

I just saw someone do exactly this in a public restroom. Seems to be something of an older guy thing though...

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Steam works offline in Mac

If you have saved your login/pwd on the Steam login screen, it will ask you if you want to go "offline mode" if you're w/o internet. Just tested it.

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Pirate Bay to world: We're not really off to NORKS

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Trollface

hehehe

Now I get to tell all those pro-DPRK suckers on Twitter "you've been trolled!".

No really. The same guys who praise Stalin were praising North Korea as a shining star in internet freedom. I wonder what they'll say today...

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Intel, Apple forging chip-baking deal?

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Re: Shittel

Not quite expecting Intel to jump to the cold water, but at least not force Apple to switch over their ARM stuff (the iGadgets) to x86.

Their Itanium (Itanic) venture actually failed because they were originally trying too hard to keep the x86 compat layer, and their first chips were real slow. Apple had a better way to jump from one arch to another, and they've done so twice: Motorola 86k -> PowerPC -> Intel. Maybe they should've relied more in the OS manufacturers to port stuff instead of trying to emulate everything?

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Shittel

Hopefully, this will mean Intel would bake ARM-based chips, instead of the awful alternative that is having yet-another-PC-disguised-as-something-else in the iPhone.

Maybe it is time for Intel to switch to more promising architectures.

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Gone in 30 minutes: Chinese tweets purged by army of censors

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Re: Cryptography @AC

It's called SSL, end-to-end encryption is part of that system. Nobody in between should be able to read it, and in fact Twitter *does* support SSL comms.

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Carl Icahn may be planning to block Dell buyout

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Icaaaaaaaaaahn!

The closest thing to a Wall Street Troll there can be. Shareholders should stop selling to him, and should stop listening his poison. He has shat all over the companies he's manipulated.

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Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work

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Duress code

I actually set that code up for my mom's home alarm. The trick in setting such a code is that it would be something inconspicuous, maybe even a code that they'd expect it to be (such as your birth date or something like that).

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New IBM storage chief Ambuj Goyal: I like all-flash and I cannot lie

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Re: So long, SAN

SAN is for consolidating storage. You'd have to read tech articles from the early 2000's when the concept was floated up.

Hell, even my makeshift home SAN did serve its purpose for a time. I was able to just plug in HDDs on my NSLU2, make that an iSCSI target and then just expose a couple of LUNs to my PCs. Instead of growing the PCs HDDs, I simply would expand the LUNs themselves and add more HDDs when needed on the NSLU2. Unfortunately, I also overclocked the NSLU2 and it died a horrible overheating death sometime around 2011. But while it was running, I did get a lot out of it, especially on the PCs that didn't cope with the larger, TB-range HDDs.

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Brit comic-book-guy-vs-gangsters film goes straight to Xbox Live

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Meh.

I'm not buying a shitbox to see this movie. Bad move!

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Cruel Microsoft will drive us into arms of iOS, Android, warn resellers

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MS shills make Eadon sound right

Really. Even if MS ends up being "cheaper" ... what I know MS to be cheaper is on the support part of the contracts. "MS Support" consists in some Indian call center and remote support. RedHat at least will send you a local person for support issues, extra points with being someone I can actually understand!

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Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA

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Re: Big flash if it hits mars?

At least now we know to shoot the damn cylinders as soon as they land!

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Icaza has a point.

A couple of years ago, one of my hardcore Linux friends switched back to Windows for the same reasons: hacking around for WiFi, graphics card, sound, and well that mucking with Office files with OpenOffice will fuck up the format.

And then, I had the same issue this December; I needed a work lap, but also MS Office, OmniGraffle, Merlin and those are Win/Mac or Mac only. Of course, I went for Mac as any other lap would pay the MS tax which I didn't want to do.

I do acknowledge that Linux has been user-friendly for quite some time, and even user-install-friendly as of late, with WiFi finally being supported out of the box. But it still gets hobbled by stupidity, like "no mp3 playback" and Adobe has recently stated they're no longer going to upgrade the Linux Flash plugin. I've demoted Linux to VM status on my Mac, though my main PC at home still has Linux and does a lot of the geeky stuff I want it to do. But as a desktop OS? Maybe, if I were to work in a 100% Linux shop. And even in some of those, I've seen people have windows as a VM...

Oh, and the irony: Miguel de Icaza was the Mexican champion on IT circles. A lot of Mexicans started doing Linux just because a prominent Mexican had got into the international limelight, and he was doing some stuff for Linux...

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Sony: Can't beat Apple and Samsung, so let's be the Other Guy

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Blu-Ray

Um... you do know that HD-DVD was the "renegade" format? Only supported by 2 manufacturers vs. the BD being supported by the rest? Not to mention it was the crappiest of the two, with lower storage space *and* hobbled by a fugly MS-backed menu system.

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Sony and past, good AND bad @Bodhi

Sony did a lot of pretty good stuff in the past; in fact, my circa 1998 Walkman is still in working order, I used it yesterday. The three PS3's are pretty good as well; the Trinitron TVs (our 1981 Trinitron made it to the 21st century!) and same with my Sony stereo. Oh, my 2007 W300i is still seeing some use, now on its third owner in the family.

But one thing I won't do is call OtherOS "a feature used by 3 people". I was hit by that boneheaded decision; it left me at least a year off PSN, and I finally ended up "solving" the situation by buying another PS3. The irony is that the OtherOS nixing only hit the people who both used OtherOS *and* played games, that is, the segment that was actually giving Sony the $$$ for games. That said, Sony is a lesser evil vs. M$, who pimps off ki'box360 players on HDDs (selling overpriced HDDs to 'em, banning OTC HDDs) and charging for multiplayer. So I'll keep on giving Sony my gaming money, even if I disagree with their OtherOS stance.

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Sergey Brin emasculated after HORROR smartphone disaster

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@NumptyScrub

So I see someone has been playing Shadowrun... :)

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SimCity 2000

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Re: May have required the next version of the game

Yipes. That city looks like the Limbo landscape in Inception. Heh, I do remember doing some cities with less roads; subway stations were pretty good for this thanks to the three tile limit. Put the subway stations at 6-tile intervals, layout a grid of these stations and you could build up a pretty dense population zone in the area...

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@sisk

The way I was able to pull off a 120k population was pretty easy:

- Before starting, create the city with the terrain editor and flatten *all* terrain. Mountains and stuff will rob you from valuable building spaces. But you must have at least a river or something as a water source.

- Zone *everything* as dense. Dense residential, dense commercial, dense industrial.

These two tips should get you a 120k population city. :)

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Re: Playing it on a 386 SX 40?

It used VESA for graphics, and yes it did SVGA, or 800x600 for the kids who don't know what SVGA is.

It also required a better graphics card; I remember it running like ass on my 486, but it ran well on my friend's 386. Of course, once I switched to our first Pentium 133, it ran decently.

I have the original CD somewhere ... it was a strange thing to have on CD, the game was 2Mb, so most of the CD was basically wasted!

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Yet more world+dog patent suits, this time over encryption

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Re: Not a Troll

Encrypted filesystems/containers have been out there far before this company. And given the method they patented (intercepting I/O calls and encrypting data on that point) pretty much covers any kind of whole disk encryption systems. There's a program that predates this patent for more than a couple of years, and it worked on DOS.

It is a troll. As trolltastic as Apple's "phone as a hyperlink" patent, which patents a feature found on a lot of phones predating that patent as well.

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Trekkies detect Spock's Vulcan homeworld ORBITING PLUTO

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Re: Kerberos ...

I'm both thinking of an authentication system and a fluffy plush toy bear from Sakura Card Captors...

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North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some

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@boltar

"When was the last time your saw a right wing pressure group trying to prevent a guest speaker at a university from speaking?"

Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, Tec de Monterrey Campus León circa 2001? 2002? A teacher brought over a guest speaker explaining how the Guadalupe Virgin was actually made up by the Catholic Church using an Aztec goddess as a base model. Most of the people left the auditorium and the ultrarightist religious nutjob organizations *demanded* an apology from said teacher for daring to bring such blasphemous people to talk. And that's just the one case I know about; I'm pretty sure there are a lot of those cases in that particular Mexican state.

Extremes are extremes. They happen on both sides.

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That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging

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Re: JG Ballard?

I'm guessing that he's referring to High Rise, not Soylent Green.

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Bad advice!

"because the network operators fear Google so much, they’re backing every conceivable alternative, except the one that can succeed, which is Windows Phone."

M$ has shat over and destroyed most if not all of the mobile phone manufacturers that have dared to sell their soul to the Borg: Sendo, Palm, HTC to a lesser extent, and now Nokia. Any operator or mobile phone manufacturer going down the Microsoft way would be infinitely stupid by now! Also, note that Symbian's history goes back to a Nokia+world coalition precisely to *stop* MS from taking over the mobile OS market.

I'd rather see the coalition go for something like webOS, or probably reviving Maemo/Meego or Harmattan as an alternate platform.

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Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

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Oh so needed

It is extremely annoying to have a random tab start playing sound, especially when it's an obtrusive ad. I'd like to have a feature that pops up "tab X wants to play sound. Allow/Deny?" so that I can shut up said tabs...

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Microsoft latest to 'fess up to Java-based Mac attack

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Re: Stop using bloody Java

I'd be out of a job, then. It isn't like PHP, which can be replaced by other stuff, or Ruby on Rails (which has much more exploits every day, and of the serious, "server pwned" kind of exploits.) Lots of "enterprisey" stuff is built on top of Java, so it isn't something you can rip out. And even if you could, the only alternative to it is .NET, which is probably worse as you'd end up tied to the MS ecosystem. yeech!

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Re: Eh? @dogged

Heh. At first, I also read that as "wait, Macs in a MS campus?" but then remembered Office for Mac.

That said, it still reads as funny.

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Official: More than 7 million Brits have NEVER accessed the interwebs

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@Nuke

"As for what disabled people thought 40 years ago, I can remember when I was small that there were still quite a few old soldiers around who were disabled in WW2."

Disabled soldiers aren't the same as regular disabled people. They've been trained for far more physical stuff than regular people, and they are definitely not *born* with said disability. Your high and mighty attitude says a lot of you. Get off your high horse!

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US woman cuffed for 'booking strippers for 16th birthday bash'

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Re: This is called ...

It *still* appears in current US immigration law. Comitting a crime of "moral turpitude" will be a reason for visa denial.

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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Re: People forget...

This is why I chuckled when the "audio snob" culture came to be about hating MP3s. The true audiophiles despise any digital format, so MP3 vs. Raw CD is kind of like trash vs. trash to them.

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variable capacity

While cassette tapes did have a fixed "capacity" rate, both vinyl and VHS/Betamax tapes had differing quality/capacity. vinyl: 33.3, 45 RPM. VHS had SP, LP, and "SLP". But besides that, the capacity would still be fixed.

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Re: Introducing a new definition of "a few"

I also agree, the Walkman kept marching on for *decades*, not just a couple of years. In fact, it ended up being more portable than its CD counterpart, the Discman. I have a 1998 Walkman, it still works, and I still use it from time to time.

The place where cassette did get displaced was on the car stereo.

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BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield

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Nice

Just yesterday I noticed that there hadn't been BOFH episodes since November...

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SimCity Classic

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Original SimCity

Heh. My first observation was OMG those screenshots are in color! Because the first SimCity I played was on Mac, and it was black&white. Oh, the one disaster that couldn't be triggered by the player but was mostly random was the nuclear meltdown.

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SimTower

The fun thing about SimTower is that it was deemed kinda "boring" once you topped out the building. But there's now an iGadget game that plays like an 8-bit graphics version of SimTower, and it is now a moderate hit on the mobile world...

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: It's such a shame it's x86

"AMD will be bankrupt before the year's out. Their hardware has almost always been inferior to Intel and it's too late for them to catch up now."

Both use x86 arch. Both are shit compared to pretty much anything else.

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Re: What a shame! What a fraud! @Joerg

I tend to agree with your assessment of the hardware: x86 is a steaming turd that should've been excised from the computer industry *decades* ago. Unfortunately, it seems the lack of cheap RISC-based, cost-efficient alternatives have brought another casualty in the war. ARM might wrestle the PC market in the near future, but they just aren't there yet as to be seen for a next-gen console at this point.

That said, I'll probably cling to my PS3 for a bit longer. I still have a backup one with OtherOS, which I sometimes use to tap on the CellBE processor. :)

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@AC on "xbox live is better"

Xbox live is a pre-internet model of "pay for the privilege of multiplay" which was wiped out by Quake and similar games that gave it away for free. It should eventually get wiped out again, which will probably be sooner if the PS4 "wins" the next console gen wars.

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

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Return of the AC shills

So, the M$ shills are back, and they're still posting as AC's. Really?

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

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Re: Are you for real? @Mookster

"There's very little protection on BB from malicious apps. For instance apps can even inject keypresses."

All those actions require the permissions to do so being granted by the user. You can actually block apps from doing such things by setting an explicit Deny on those ops, having a granular security model allows BB to do that.

iOS, as far as I remember, *doesn't* have that granular security, thus the iMob (?) apps were able to grab personal info and send it to the devs. Android might have those safeguards, being based on lookalike-Java; BB has that security model because of Java. I do wonder if they kept it for BB10, though...

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Re: capacitor-based overwrite

IIRC higher security devices like HSMs do have something like this implemented. It doesn't just activate on power-down, it will also be triggered if someone opens the box; that's why those devices have a higher FIPS 140-2 cert than regular mobile devices.

But then HSMs are 1U rack devices, not sure if that mechanism is small enough to fit inside a phone...

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Re: Are you for real?

iOS is broken, indeed.

But Blackberry (both OSen) actually have FIPS 140-2 certifications, something that none of the other OSen have achieved, not even Winbugs Phone 7/8.

FWIW I have never even seen BB jailbreaks being available...

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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Re: Space Monkeys

As opposed to the current situation, where half our salary (or that of US citizens at least) is spent fighting pointless wars?

I'd rather have the monkeys in space.

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Traceroute reveals Star Wars Episode IV 'crawl' text

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Re: A few corrections

hahaha ... it's already rick rolling us!

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Explicit Kill Switch

The engineer in me shouts that any design where you require an emergency kill switch should have a BIG, RED BUTTON called EMERGENCY STOP, easy to find (but not so easy to trip it during normal use) so that even the most stupid person can press it in an emergency.

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

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Re: Time to mount an offensive against the Arachnids!

JOIN NOW! SERVICE GUARANTEES CITIZENSHIP!

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Re: More videos

According to a friend, it seems that in-car recorders are now required by law in Russia, given the incredibly extreme traffic accidents they have there. The cams are used to determine who's actually guilty, and so the "Russian car crash" video collections were born. Recently, one of such cams gave us a first-person view of that plane crashing into a highway incident.

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BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

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Re: Pay for my own device, and have them lock it down??? @Will Godfrey

There's another article out there that mentions this. It even jokes that BYOD will eventually mean BUY your own device. And I agree.

The iTard mobs getting their company to let them use their iShiny stuff are going to inflict suffering on those who don't have the $$$ to buy expensive smartphones but will be forced by their employer to buy one, as they need it for work but the IT budget is no longer covering that, thanks to BYOD.

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