* Posts by Daniel B.

2765 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google

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Re: Preferred @JimC

The reason Excel did a better job on implementing spreadsheets on Windows was because Excel was born on the Macintosh instead of DOS. MS decided to ditch their Multiplan spreadsheet and start from zero with Excel on the Mac. That gave 'em the GUI looks that they could then use on Windows, while the rest of the spreadsheets had to transition from DOS to Windows. A lot of programs that made this transition were usually horrible as the devs would still embrace the DOS conventions instead of taking advantage of the new GUI features. An example: remember who created the ZIP file format? PKZIP. Which program is mostly used for opening/creating such files? WinZip. They aren't made from the same company: PKZIP for Windows sucked, so the competing WinZip took over the market.

I can't quite vouch for 1-2-3, as I mostly used the DOS version but didn't migrate to Windows. But I wouldn't be surprised it if were the same case....

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Fedora project may expel MySQL

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Re: Top database tip.

I found another MS Shill! Do I win anything?

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Re: I am so glad ..

MSSQL is awesomely secure! Last time a filesystem filled up in a former job, the whole DB was impossible to recover! Maximum security: NOBODY will ever be able to read your data! HAHAHAHAHA

Honestly, I switched back to PostgreSQL a long time ago because Monty hated transactions, and that attitude was very visible in the MySQL 3.x documentation. Other gems in that documentation was raging against Foreign Keys, and basically saying you don't need subqueries, or stored procs ... whatever. I now use PostgreSQL for FOSS stuff, and DB2/Sybase/Oracle for more commercial stuff. I try to avoid MSSQL, but given that it's basically ripoff Sybase, I can do that too...

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Silly gits upload private crypto keys to public GitHub projects

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@Frumious Bandersnatch

Yes, you're actually right on the RSA algorithm, they're reversible and in fact, signing is done that way, by encrypting with the private key. The reason swapping files doesn't work is because the private key file contains the P and Q primes, so both public and private keys can be derived from the private key file.

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Re: but ...

Actually, you'd be right if the format for private and public key were the same, that is if the files were:

public key: N, e

private key: N, d

as with that format, one key can't be derived from the other. But actually, the private key is usually stored like:

private key: N, e, d, p, q, and other numbers that are derived from these which help for some implementations of RSA.

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Re: More detail is needed

I'm guessing that the people stupid enough to upload their private keys are the kind of people that had their keygen process go like this:

$ ssh-keygen

Generating public/private rsa key pair.

Enter file in which to save the key (/Users/dummy/.ssh/id_rsa): <enter>

Created directory '/Users/dummy/.ssh'.

Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): <enter>

Enter same passphrase again: <enter>

Your identification has been saved in /Users/dummy/.ssh/id_rsa.

Your public key has been saved in /Users/dummy/.ssh/id_rsa.pub.

The key fingerprint is:

c3:bb:2a:59:a6:3f:2e:12:e3:4f:36:ca:e9:c2:75:e0 dummy@antares.local

This is one of the widespread bad practices that is sometimes encouraged by some devs. Ditto with having unpassworded MySQL access under the guise of "well, nobody from the outside will ever get access to the box".

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Nokia turns a PROFIT. Sort of

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Re: As predicted last year....

I don't want Nokia to fail, I really don't. But if they're going to really return to profitability and previous grandeur, they must sack Elop and restart their OS R&D. The previous smartphone maker that went in bed with MS was Palm. We all know what happened there.

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Greenland ice SIMPLY WOULD NOT MELT in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

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Re: it's 42 @NukEvil

You need to re-read your H2G2 :)

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Lenovo considering RIM buyout to boost mobile biz

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I doubt it'll happen...

.... because of RIM's core biz: secure smartphones for the US & Canadian Gov. Remember when Huawei wanted to buy 3Com? The same would happen with Lenovo/RIM.

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US general: Beware of Iran's Revolutionary Cyber-Guard

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Re: Who knew...

The difference is that the CSA was incredibly under-industrialized, underpowered, and had a good % of its population against them: the slaves they refused to count as citizens.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Re: Upgrade = Full

actually, there's a more LULZ worthy method to follow, which was what someone I know did:

1) have laptop/PC running a pirated version of Win7.

2) Get WGA to tell you "d00d you running non-original Windowz"

3) WGA will recommend buying legal Win7, or the cheap Win8 upgrade

4) Buy Win8 upgrade, download, install.

The Win8 upgrade won't care if your Win7 copy was pirated. MS is so desperate to get Win8 out there, they simply don't check if the Win7 was properly licensed or not!

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot? - yes, by releasing Win 8. @Flhart

"Like it or not, computers are about files and directories, devices and connections. Pretending that they are not (as per bloody Apple) is just to breed dumb users who can't fix stuff for themselves, so pester those who can."

As much as Apple loves to hide stuff on their mobile fondleslabs, the directory structure on OSX is actually the same than that used in UNIX. / filesystem, anything else goes under that. Even the user homedirs are under /Users/xxxxxx, even if this breaks with the /home/xxxxx standard or /home/group/xxxxx one, it still looks UNIXy enough to work. AND they also use /dev, so my main disk is usually /dev/disk0s2. They "hide" stuff from common users, but it is there to be seen by savvy users as well.

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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@RonWheeler

"For a VDI solution where users need Direct3D whizzyness (and in the real non-linux world they do) it is hard to beat"

Direct3D for work? Where do you work, id Software? If anything, *disabling* whizzyness is probably an intended course of action in enterprise PCs/clients as to avoid employees doing LAN parties on company hardware.

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Re: @Eadon - openness selling Android

Yeah, I'm pretty sure people know more about Apple's patent warfare than MS's trolling.

But on the openness selling, it is pretty possible that it does have an impact in mobile. On desktop, most people have some dependencies tying them to Windows, especially MS Office. So you can't tell Average Joe to just switch to Linux; even the most radical Linux dudes have eventually returned to the MS Borgship after a couple of years, mostly because Open/LibreOffice will b0rk the documents sent by clients, and the resulting doc looks bad. I took a third option and went OSX instead (and I'm not quite happy with Apple's philosophy either!)

On the mobile platform? Only those who have invested huge wads of $$$ on iOS apps will be tied ... and that would be to iOS, not MS. Anyone else is fair target, which is why the mobile market has been able to shift so suddenly in a 10 year span. 2005? The mobile OS du jour was PalmOS. 2007? Symbian and/or BlackberryOS. 2010? Symbian and iOS. Then Android and iOS. By now, someone might bring out a radically new mobile OS and it might take over the entire market if it is better than the current ones...

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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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