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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

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Re: Several problems that I can see

Yeah ... cloud storage ain't going to be the sole solution. Cloud outages will ensure that all of us will keep up storing stuff at home for years, not to mention avoiding the Megaupload situation, bandwidth caps & such. Even if we had infinite bandwidth and no legal issues, it would be like moving out of your house and paying rent forever. And "renting out storage" in the 'net is much more expensive than just buying a ton of HDDs, or even SSDs.

For example, you'd get a 10TB RAID0 ThunderBolt device from LaCie for $1100. On a certain "Cloud Storage" Provider, 1Gb (and REAL Gb's, the 1024-based ones and not the fake 1000-based ones HDD mfg uses) costs 10 USD cents. That would be $931.32/month. That is ... in 2 months, cloud storage ends up being *more* expensive than an equivalent storage option which is not only local, it has a stupidly high transfer rate (750Mb/s).

So I don't see the cloud taking over for everything we want anytime soon.

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Nokia axes 300 IT bods, outsources 820 to Tata, HCL

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So the MS philosophy is infesting Nokia as well

MS, and companies living in the MS ecosystem are the ones that rely heavily in outsourcing everything to India. So it seems Elop is infesting Nokia with this mindset as well. So sad...

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Hey HP: You may not rate Autonomy, EDS, but buyers do

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Bad...

"Also, PC-makers' last hope, Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system,"

If PC makers were betting on that turd as a last hope, they deserve to die. Win8 is actually accelerating the slump!

On EDS, well, HP screwed the pooch during the acquisition. Many of the EDS dudes abandoned ship thanks to HP lowering their wages. By now EDS is mostly a shell of its former self...

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Fans of dead data 'liberator' Swartz press Obama to sack prosecutor

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So...

It had to take Swartz offing himself for someone to actually propose limiting the CFAA so that something exaggerated like this doesn't happen. I hope it doesn't take, say, Jammie Thomas suiciding as well for copyright maddness to be fixed as well!

Something's wrong when distributing files earns 30 in the slammer + millions in fines, and songs cost $10k each.

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Oracle patches Java 0-day, goes to Defcon 2

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I found the MS shill!

.NET isn't more secure, it's actually on par with Java on some stuff. On others, Java is better. And .NET is stuck with Active Directory; trying to use a true LDAP for authentication/authorization means you'll have to roll out your own implementation for MembershipProvider and RoleProvider.

Yeech!

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Hey, tech titans! Those smartmobe sales bans? Give it a rest. NOW

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Re: I think

But what if company A is proved to be in the wrong? Company A should be held liable for multi-million dollar losses, as unlike the racketeering done by the MPAA/RIAA, such an injunction actually hurts real sales on company B. Penalties should be incredibly steep, coupled with company A losing the patents in question if they have gone for the ITC fast-track as to discourage abuse of this.

And it should be extended to cases where the patents are done over trivial stupidities...

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

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Re: Bah!

"It would help if the loudest anti-windows ranters would actually admit to the last time they had hands-on (or even eyes-on) experience of Windows [insert marketing tag]."

Last Windows experience: WinXP, WinVista, Win7, Win8.

Last Windows Server experience: Win2003, Win2008, Win2008R2.

With Win8 and now Win2012, it seems MS is going backwards.

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MSFT service sucks donkey balls

"That's part of the cost of the Microsoft products; they carry a service warranty with them (to a degree)."

If you want to talk about excellent support service... that would be erstwhile Sun Microsystems, or some of the remaining commercial UNIX vendors. MS "support" usually consists in a phone call with some Indian dude. Sun used to send someone on-site, on-time, on the spot. I haven't experienced Red Hat support yet, but the difference between UNIXy support levels and MS is dismal.

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Bad news: PC slump worse than feared. Good news: It's Friday

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Too much analysis, the main reason is obvious.

It's the Windows 8, stupid! Companies will have frozen *all* orders for new PC purchases as soon as the win7 kit ran out of stock. People hate TIFKA Metro probably even more than Ribbon when it came out. MS and manufacturers have actually shot themselves in the foot!

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Ruby off the Rails: Enormo security hole puts 240k sites at risk

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Re: Ye gods

I hate Ruby, and RoR even more. But reading this news alongside a Java 0day exploit, which is my main dev platform is just ... ow. More like "Today's a real bad day to be a programmer."

Someone should out a .NET 0day and a PHP one as well, so that we can all feel miserable ....

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Kill that Java plugin now! New 0-day exploit running wild online

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Re: can't resist

I blame Oracle. They've fudged and shat all over the Sun stuff they bought. Is it any wonder that exploits have become commonplace *after* Oracle bought Sun?

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

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Re: Dear Microsoft

I'm guessing that won't happen, because M$ is a sore loser. They went for the losing, crappy HD-DVD standard which tanked hardly, and they might even be blamed for that (the menu system & other stuff in HDDVD was MSFT tech). The day HD-DVD died, MS said "oh, physical media is so ded, downloads r d future!" but in truth, they were sore losers.

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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So now I understand...

That's why the 32-bit UNIX time field will overflow in 2038. The Almighty Dennis Ritchie knew the world would end before that happened!

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Texas schoolgirl loses case over RFID tag suspension

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RFID doesn't work like that

Oh, and by the way ... you fail at tech as well. RFID has a very limited operation range, so its use for missing/kidnapped children is nil. It also makes the "oh noes mark of teh beast" argument kinda silly, because they can't really track students *outside* school because of this very limitation.

For RFID to actually track people everywhere, you would have to have RFID readers *everywhere*.

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Re: Did I miss the part

It's written in the new, revised Conservatardpedia version.

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Re: The benefits still outweigh the negative...if only clear lenses are used.

"Just look at our recent election results and the poor track record of our president. Even when its right in front of there faces...they choose to ignore the obvious."

Yes, I am also apalled that so many Republicans were elected/re-elected, given their awful record at breaking the US. Wait, that's what you meant, didn't you?

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Re: I'm wondering ...

"I have no idea what the ID does for BATHROOM breaks though, do they have card swipe locks on the bathroom doors or something?"

I guess they have RFID checkers in the classroom door, so it won't open unless you have your RFID. It might also serve to track you actually going to the bathroom vs. just skipping out class.

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ARM server hype ramps faster than ARM server chips

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Re: MIPS

I'd advocate any move that gets us out of using the crappy x86 arch, even if it means Intel regaining traction with MIPS or ARM processors. We should've moved to RISC hardware decades ago!

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Red Hat Linux: Now with Microsoft's Hyper-V drive

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RedHat already had support from MS on that....

There was already a "HyperV guest tools" ISO image for RHEL, and could be hacked to work on Ubuntu. It would put the drivers for the virtual network card, virtual HDD and something else I can't remember. RHEL only added it to the stock drivers in the distro, I'd guess.

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

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As an MBP owner...

I think the Retina MacBooks are for posers and/or gamers. Maybe. I'd probably strike out gamers, because the Retinas aren't upgradable, and thus you can't up 'em to 16Gb like my non-Retina MBP. Apple can sell overpriced Retinas because people still drool at the fruity stuff and will spend $$$ if they can on that.

That said, regular, non-Retina MacBooks are pretty much worth their price. I do wish they had user-replaceable batteries, but on the rest, they're pretty much customizable. And even if a Mac is more expensive than a typical PC Laptop, knowing I am not paying the M$ tax is a huge plus for me!

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You aren't the only one.

I didn't spend *that* much in my W8 h8, but I did buy a 13" MBP instead of a "regular" laptop because of Win8. It was getting stuck with that POS or doing the mighty jump to OSX. And given that a former boss managed to skip Windows entirely thanks to choosing OSX since day one (he mostly used Solaris, so he didn't even use windows at work) and the UNIXy aspects of OSX well... it was worth jumping back to Mac. (I stopped using it sometime around 1997. Previous to that, we were a Mac house.) Ironically, my jump to Windows/PC had been on dev grounds, MS being more "open" than Apple for development stuff. Currently, MS is a broken ecosystem where something you might learn will be deprecated in a couple of years.

Thankfully, my main dev platform these days is Java.

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Re: Office for Linux? @LDS

"That's exactly why you'll never see an Office for Linux - you need Windows to run it."

I'm using Office right now ... on Mac OS X. They do release stuff outside their M$ ecosystem, they just haven't added Linux to the mix. And they actually should go on an Office for Linux; it could give them an escape route when Windows finally comes crashing down. I don't think it will happen soon though; it'll take a couple of years before Windows loses the OS wars. Hell, if Apple were to open up, they might even take over the Windows market entirely at this rate. The Mac version of Office still has menus (and the Ribbon) because the OS doesn't have menu-less apps, by the way.

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Re: Netbooks destroyed Windows?

Oh yes. Netbooks were selling pretty well when they were running Linux, and were gaining traction. Of course, they start selling 'em with Winblows and suddenly they started being crap. I unfortunately bought one after they had started sticking Win7 on 'em, and well, it's the junk netbook that we use when none of the other stuff is available.

Maybe I should outright rip out Win7 and stick Linux on the thing. Uh-oh, it has no DVD drive ... oops...

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iPhone tops US market, but trounced by Android in world+dog

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Re: Apple Style

Macs are sold on reliability and ease of use. iDevices are sold on the basis of "oh I look cool with shiny thingy".

At least with the Macs, they're actually right: they're easier to use and generally more secure than Windoze-toting PCs.

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Re: US vs other countries

I'd also consider how the stuff goes on Brazil. Other than being the only country that doesn't talk Spanish in Latin America, well, they're part of Latin America. Which as a whole outnumbers the US as a market.

And guess what? Android rules this market as well. It used to be BlackBerry, but in the last year they've moved on to BlackBerry. Yes, a few have gone iPhone but most of 'em have gone Android.

Apple will eventually lose the smartphone war. Hopefully they'll lose the "patent trolling" war as well.

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Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

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Oh, it's easy to know why

El Reg has been in Apple's shit list since the Jagwyre article. They've probably remained on said list because they don't ever pander to any tech company at all, and Apple only likes media that praises them.

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PGP, TrueCrypt-encrypted files CRACKED by £300 tool

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FileVault 2 defeat ElcomSoft Tool!

pmset -a destroyfvkeyonstandby 1 hibernatemode 25

'Nuff said. Can't get a crypto key that never, ever leaves RAM, and if the MBP is in sleep mode, the RAM's powered off as well. Looks like this was a damn fine setting after all!

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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Re: Good job no-ones using Win 8 then!

"I do love it when Linux users make jokes about other OS not being widely used."

Though it is right, win8 is headed to be the next Vista; most corporates have begun win7 migrations and *don't* support win8 at all. One of our consultants got bit by this, he went all "ooooh win8 upgrade cheap" only to get bit at the client's premises: "your setup is not supported. You can't plug your lappy into the network!"

Bummer.

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Re: Microsucks Windoze O/Ss suck

I also filter out "slowlaris" as well, as it is in the same jest.

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Another Microsoft Trojan? Sinofsky might just want a RIM job

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Re: RIM are not the threat

To do an Elop is to shit all over the R&D of a respectable mobile company. That would be killing off BB10 and imposing the shit WP8 OS.

Except in BBs case, that wouldn't just stagnate them, it would kill them. RIM's remaining asset is actually their secure OS; while "Secure Windows" is an oxymoron even among the non-techies.

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Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away

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Re: HD40307g, really?

Last call for the Weyland-Yutani flight to LV426 now boarding!

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

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Re: And your point is?

You'd see why the article calls Linux a series of cheap hacks if you read the part saying "... says some dude from FreeBSD". Every couple of years, someone from the bitter BSD groups will come out and bitch about Linux because Linux went out and did what GNU and BSD were supposed to be (the free/open alternative to Unix). See Theo De Raadt basically spewing the same bile about 5+ years ago. (The GNU people themselves have their own tantrum, they insist on calling Linux "GNU/Linux" as well.)

That said, the flock of C-gulls description isn't that off the mark. I've been using Linux since 1998, and during that time I've seen the silliness of branching and deprecation done real quick for either personal tantrums, pride, or infighting within the dev groups. Anyone remember ALSA, which was the one standard to supersede all other sound systems in Linux? Now there are a zillion "sound systems" still duking it out. Ditto with the XMMS project mentioned in this article. Or mpg123 and mpg321. And now the kernel itself seems to be doing the stupid change dance as well. Anyone using the latest and greatest distro might have noticed that the standard ethernet interface is no longer "eth0" but some weird thing called "p6p1". What does that mean?

So Linux and the FOSS community do need to get their act up, but it isn't as bad as the BSDites are painting it.

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Assassin's Creed 3 game review

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Re: Anything like Dishonored?

Assassin's Creed (the main series) does have a focus on stealthiness. Some of the later games in the AC2 branch even require stealthiness to achieve "100% sync". I suppose that particular feature is present in AC3, which I haven't bought yet.

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Xbox mod spreads KILLER Borderlands 2 GERM

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Re: Some facts and corrections...

Wait ... isn't it obvious? Just rename Graveyard.sav and it's fixed?

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FBI cuffs 14 over $1m 'Gone in 60 Seconds' casino scam

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Re: Race conditions?

The concept you're talking about exists everywhere (AFAIK), and it's called "pre-authorization". It's specifically used in CCs for the reason you've mentioned: open vouchers at hotels, and car rentals will do it as well.

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Why Google and Amazon could end up cooking their own chips

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I'll cheer...

For anything that makes us finally move off of the crappy x86 arch. If the car industry were like the PC one, we'd all still be driving VW Beetles, Kombis & Trabants.

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Skydiver Baumgartner in 128,000ft plunge from brink of space

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Re: Well done that man!

So, we have a Portal reference and an H2G2 ref as well! Nice!

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Re: SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE

ooooh I'm not the only one thinking that the Space Core would definitely hitch a ride on that capsule...

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RIPE NCC handing out last European IPv4 addresses

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You say CGN like something in the future...

Most cable co's over here (Mexico) have ALWAYS done CGN. Cablemodems are infamous over here for giving the 10.x.x.x addys, in so much that I learned about NAT because of this practice long before I ever even heard the term NAT, or the need for something like this.

Hopefully, IPv6 will kill these shady practices...

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Windows 8? Nah: Win Phone 8 should give Apple the fear

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You're not the only one not on the iOS/Android bandwagon

The main reason I have stuck with Blackberry is precisely this: I don't trust either platform. Ok, that and BBM, and BB's security model/encrypted FS & stuff.

I have no guarantees that Google's Android won't slurp that data, and iOS well ... I don't like walled gardens.

WebOS is dead, though it might come back.

Nokia killed Symbian and all its alternate mobile OSes.

And I still don't like MS.

It seems that my next smartphone choice is going to be very, very hard.

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New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

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Chernobyl != Fukushima

Chernobyl has left large areas of land uninhabitable for the next 1000 years or so. Fukushima hasn't, most of the estimates are "only" for 20 years or so. It isn't harmless, but it isn't "the next Chernobyl" either.

It is relevant that both Chernobyl and Fukushima were byproducts of bad management, and in Chernobyl's case it was reckless abuse of an unsafe reactor type (RBMK). On Fukushima, it was TEPCO's neglect to tsunami-proof their backup systems....

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Apple's patent insanity infects Silicon Valley

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Re: Absolutely Wrong

"Anyone who disputes this should look at the state of smartphones prior to the launch of the iPhone."

Lots of Symbian smartphones that did a lot of awesome shit. As Nokia hadn't borged Symbian, most smartphone manufacturers embraced this and were working on a standard UI to be used on the whole platform (UIQ) so they did have something to aim for.

WinMo sucked, but then again WinMo always sucked donkey balls.

RIM had good security, but their specs sucked and the OS would start getting the "infinite clock of DOOM" issues when the shared memory ran out (which is sadly, *still* common on most BBs due to stupidly limited shared memory on the BBs). The first OS with decent features was 4.5, though I'd say that 6 would be the first one that actually looks nice enough to compete with the rest.

Maemo was nice.

Didn't even know about Android back then.

The iPhone killed most of these, so now we have to choose between secure-but-clunky-BB, grab-your-data-Android, or "my way or the highway" iOS. Neither looks pleasant. The Smartphone market looks uglier than pre-iPhone.

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@Christian Berger

Oh so very true. The first gen iPhone in fact would actually fall into a feature phone category before the 3G's release. No apps aside from the ones given to you by Apple. In fact, probably worse than feature phones, as these can have third-party apps installed while the original iPhone couldn't.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love IPv6

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hehehehe

Now I'm off to the obligatory Two Minutes of Hate against RFC 2663.

ICANN has always been at war with Eastasia.

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Jimbo Wales: Wikipedia servers in UK? No way, not with YOUR libel law

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The libel laws are broken

as demonstrated by that famous #superinjunction TT from last year. Jimbo is right on this one.

But he also fails to see stuff like the real-life H2G2, and that the Wikipedia *itself* is based on D. Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" concept. Remember one of the reasons it sold better than the Encyclopaedia Galactica? ;)

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French minister: 3 strikes anti-piracy rule a 'waste of money'

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Not surprised

Hollande won the elections, which means a Left-leaning party (Socialists) are now in power. Left-leaning parties are generally against SOPA/Hadopi/Sinde/ACTA-style laws, so I wouldn't be surprised if the entire law were to be taken down by the current French government.

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Ten... console games you may have missed

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Meh

On his defense

Starhawk looks interesting. The rest are meh, especially the ones that look like "AAA" titles (Spiderman! Olympics!).

Oh well, back to Assassin's Creed then.

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Woz: Cloud computing trend is 'horrendous'

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Re: A sane

"Gmail, Hotmail, Flickr, online VMs for testing the list goes on. People are already using online services for many things.

Woz is old school, he's an electronics engineer and hardware hacker. Why does his opinion count in the world of software and online communications?"

Wait till someone hacks into a bank email account outsourced into Gmail. Given the stuff stored in bank employee e-mails, it's bound to be a blast!

Security in the cloud (or insecurity) is something that should be taken into account, but in a lot of cases, isn't. And it isn't like data loss or hacks haven't happened:

- MobileMe wiping iDevices clean if you cancelled your MobileMe trial but failed to unconfigure MobileMe on the iDevice.

- the Danger SideKick getting mass amnesia due to Oracle RAC replication corruption.

- The Amazon/iDevice hack mentioned in the same article.

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Wikipedia collapses threatening the very fabric of civilisation

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Ah, so that was it

That explains the "Guru Meditation" I got this morning while searching some stuff in Wikipedia.

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Marlinspike demos MS-CHAPv2 crack

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DES

I'd like to point out that I distrust anything that smells like DES or uses DES at any point. That one has been cracked since the 20th century, I even distrust 3DES for this reason. Its only a matter of time that someone finds how to crack 3DES based on the DES crack.

Also, anything with "MS" in the name is usually a half-assed security implementation, and this is proof of it.

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