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Duke Nukem Forever

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They should simply go PS3.

If they're going to do real good stuff, they should give out PS3 versions. The shitbox 360 is getting outspecced by gaming PC rigs but the PS3 still has the hardware to cope with the increasing requirements. But yes, any real good PC game will blow any console version out of the water. I suspect that Take-Two Interactive are on PS's payola...

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States consider saner 'sexting' penalties for teens

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How about...

decriminalizing the whole act? It's incredibly stupid that kids can get jailed or whatever for sending nude pics of themselves to begin with. No wonder the US is the laughing stock everywhere else, where kids sexting are jailed and put in the Sex Offenders Registry, and Janet Jackson showing a boob serves to enact 50's-style censorship laws. Sheesh...

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Time to say goodbye to Risc / Itanium Unix?

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x86 is a steaming turd.

The reason we're still using this ancient piece of crap is because:

- Intel kept on cranking up the GHz to match the more power-efficient RISC chips,

- AMD went ahead and jerry-rigged 64-bit support onto the crappy x86 processor.

- Windows took over the desktop market, and it mostly runs on x86.

Points 1 and 2 turned x86 into a crappy but capable trashware processor capable of mimicking what the good processor archs were doing. Point 3 menat that x86 took over the desktop market, while the RISC alternatives began dying off, with Apple being the last one to vacate the PPC arch. Intel tried to move on with Itanium, but it failed in its first attempts and AMD seized the day with their jerry-rigged x86-64. Ironically, competition killed the path out of x86, while lack of competiton was what stuck us to x86 in the first place.

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Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app

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Re: Copyright of what?

"Did Apple copy the source code of Wifi Sync? Probably not, since the developer didn't send it to them"

Isn't "send us teh codez" part of the approval process of Apple's App Store? The whole point of their approval process is that they "check" the code so that nothing ugly gets through ... or so Apple says.

Of course, it is very possible that Apple just built their function from scratch, so it isn't a clear-cut case even if they did get the source code. :(

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Pirate-bothering ACS:Law lawyer goes bankrupt

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RICO worthy lawsuit

AC, you're missing the point. A good bunch of these lawsuits, maybe all of them, were based on shaky "evidence", followed by a threat of "pay 500 quid or we'll bust your ass!" which reeks of mafia-like activity. Had this happened in the US, ACS:Law would have been slammed with a RICO lawsuit. Because it mostly fills the "racketeering" part of that one...

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RSA makes token offer to worried customers

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0wnage of the century!

Damn. I work in the IT Security industry. I just can't find myself how to tell any of our clients that they might be 0wned if they're using these tokens. Even worse, one of my online banking services uses the SecurID tokens! Fortunately, they also use a zillion extra security measures, including extra auth questions if I ever log on from a *different* PC.

Hopefully, most systems secured by these tokens have some other layer of security in addition to SecureID; some are even inaccessible from the outside. Sill a big FAIL for RSA :(

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Has Steve Jobs killed the consumer hard disk industry?

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150Mb/s? Where?

You should really see my g WiFi over here. Sometimes it gets knocked down to 18Mbps, which is probably competing with 10BaseT or 802.11b at most.

Wired kit, even the cheapest kit, will always be faster than wireless.

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@DZ-Jay

Of course iCloud is optional, in fact it has an added cost so it isn't like someone's forcing you to use it. Most of the responses are actually dealing with the tone of the article, which states that HDDs are dead because PCs are dead because iToys can now sync w/o a PC or Mac. That assumes not only that all iToy owners subscribe to iCloud, but that everyone has an iToy, which isn't the case in the real world.

It's like that other claim that Apple's iMac was the death knell for the floppy disk. No it wasn't... it died when USB flash drives became cheap enough to take over them.

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Microsoft waves CentOS club at Red Hat

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Xenix...

... was sold of by MS and lived a very long life under the name of Santa Cruz Operation, or SCO. The only thing that killed it was that it was purchased by the ultimate patent troll: Darl McBride.

MS ditched Xenix because they went on with IBM to make OS/2 ... then they split from that project and went on to create NT.

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Apple proposes even tinier SIMs for future iPhones, iPads

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@Giles

"It was Apple who started off the death of the floppy drive and were one of the first to adopt USB."

Yet floppies were still in use as late as 2005-6. It was when affordable USB pendrives started coming out that PCs stopped having floppy drives. The iMac dropped floppy support too soon, as there wasn't a viable widespread replacement when they did. We were still having stuff like the iomega Zip/Jaz drives, the Magneto-Optical stuff, the "SuperDisk", and CD-RW. That would be like launching *today* a 4G-only phone!

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Because it isn't needed?

Even the mini-SIM is fine and dandy for everyone else. The fact that the microSIM was first used on a big-ass device as the iPad shows that the size reduction isn't really a deciding factor on using the smaller-sized SIMs.

As other commenter has already stated, you can pry my physical SIM out of my cold, dead hands. :)

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Re: To be fair to Apple

"The other company is RIM with the Blackberry handsets and they do it under the mantra of "security""

Geeze, tell that to my BB9700, and my previous BB8300. I've been sending/receiving files to/from other phones, yes even non-RIM ones for years. The thing with BlackBerries is that you have to Bluetooth-pair the handsets first, then you can send files. Receiving files requires you to fire up the "receive file from bluetooth" option in the Multimedia app, this is probably the "security" feature you mention.

But unlike iPhones, it can be done with any other phone ... except an iPhone, of course.

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Obama gov wants 3 yrs porridge for infrastructure hackers

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So now not just terrorists but gangsters?

This is something I would usually ascribe to a REPUBLICAN party agenda, not Democratic. Between COICA and it's beefed up son PROTECT IP, the other Obama proposal declaring freeloaders 'terrorists' and now this one, it really makes me glad I don't live in the US.

RICO should be used against true crime organizations ... you know, like the RIAA. Oh wait, someone actually did this...

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AT&T spars with rivals over T-Mobile merger

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Good for AT&T, bad for customers.

AT&T and T-Mobile is the only remaining GSM carriers in the US. They shouldn't be allowed to leave the US with only one GSM carrier; same applies to Sprint and Verizon.

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IP firm claims ownership of DVD video-menus

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So...

My PS3 is guilty of "patent infringement"?

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WTF is... IPv6?

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Not necessarily

You can simply configure DHCP6 to use a ranged addy instead of sticking the MAC addy on the host portion. That's what I've done, as I don't like my MAC address to be shown to anyone.

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Apple reportedly plans ARM shift for laptops

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@DrXym

MS already have their own thing, MSIL. .NET stuff can be compiled to this, which theoretically runs on any arch. Of course, I haven't tested tis beyond x86 and amd64, so the ability to run in a truly different arch is still in the air...

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Yes, there is.

X86 is shit, has always been shit, and the computing industry as a whole has taken a huge step back by sticking to the damned architecture. PPC, ARM, and basically every single RISC arch outperformed x86 by a lot; Intel then began jacking up the CPU clock 'till it matched the other processors. Of course, this means that current x86 suck a lot of juice, and run really hot compared to their RISC brethren.

The computing industry is now running stuff in the computer equivalent of a VW Beetle running on aviation fuel. Sure it can run real fast, but it's taxong on the engine!

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Facebook fails webmail tests

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Hushmail, indeed.

Whoever knows about Hushmail knows that it isn't for common stuff.

The paid-for version offers much more space at 10GB. Yes, Hushmail did lag on the space options, it used to be 250MB but they've recently upped that cap to 10GB. It's totally worth it.

Which? fails to check what Hushmail is used for.

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Apple squashes location tracking 'bugs' with iOS update

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Oh dear, fanboy zerg rush!

Downvoting Apple-critical comments, upvoting Apple-worshipping and/or Android-bashing comments.

Android and WinPhone 7 have had the same behavior that iOS will have with this patch from the beginning. Unless the "gathering data when location services are disabled" hasn't been confirmed yet.

Have no doubts; Apple did this 'coz the US gov't was going to crack down on 'em. Though it is quite possible that the German gov't will crack down hard on all three of 'em!

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Goodyear blimps to be replaced by German Zeppelins

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Except for Helium

Back then, Helium was guarded as tight as nuclear materials these days. The US wasn't about to give Nazi Germany something that could be potentially used against the US in the future.

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DIY crimekit brings advanced malware to Mac OSX

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Weyland-Yutani

So I should expect Aliens to burst out of my Mac any minute now.

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RIM makes Bold move with OS 7

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Nice

Though I don't see LTE being supported. Where's the 4G connectivity?

Looks like Blackberry is actually putting nice stuff on their handsets these days. I hope these things are within a manageable price tag by the time I change Blackberries. The jump from 8300 to 9700 was very nice indeed.

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Ubisoft to turn games into movies, TV shows

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They've got a shot

Keeping production inside the company means that the movie will actually have the game's storyline.

The other thing they really need is implementing a NO UWE BOLL zone at their studio. God that guy really hates gamers.

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Rackspace backtracks over toff-proof sign-up process

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Bobby O'Tables

is coming for you!

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Sony closes PC games site over security 'concern'

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Bad Luck Moment

I've been doing that with all new website logins, and those that I remember about. Unfortunately, my PSN account and the Twitter one weren't on my "sensitive" list. They shared the same password. That would explain the mystery twits sent under my account sending spam about "make more money!" about 2 weeks ago.

Now I still can't get to reset my password on the PSN. Damn!

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Farewell, Novell

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Agreed.

Novell was very, very pricey back in the early IPX days. Before the NT days, Novell was probably the only LAN option for PC networks running MS-DOS. Novell took advantage of this and had extortionate pricing for their licenses.

So naturally, Microsoft release Windows NT with cheap licensing, and everyone moved to NT. By the time Novell reacted, it was too late.

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Polls

Given the poll results, I'm definitely adding both books to my reading list.

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Oh dear ...

I had forgotten about the whole "stuff buried zillions of years ago" bit. Yeah, that didn't make sense. The whole "it's in the US instead of Britain" was also done in the original movie, and the (in)famous radio broadcast by Orson Welles.

To be fair, there *was* an attempt at doing a War of the Worlds movie in its original 1890's setting and geographical locations. Unfortunately, this was made by The Asylum of "Transmorphers", "Snakes on a Train" and "Terminators" fame. According to those who watched it, the movie adapted all the boring parts of the book and extended them.

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Huh?

Either many of the ones answering the poll are reading obscure books, or I should turn in my sci-fi credentials, because the top two leading books (Use of Weapons, The Mote in God's Eye) are books that I have *never* *ever* *heard* *about*. I was half-expecting Neuromancer or Ender's Game to be in the top, neither of 'em have more than 4%. Granted, Ender's Game is already being made into a movie.

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You've seen the original War of the Worlds, right?

It was kind of an insult to the book. By the end of the movie, you could swear that the Martians were prayed to death!

Interestingly, the Spielberg remake was actually truer to the story, but ruined by changing the main character from "separated from wife during the first attacks" to "father of two stupid and incredibly annoying brats". Dakota Fanning's character is a jackass that adds nothing to the plot. And then they had to stick the stupid family plot at the expense of cutting out better stuff: the main character's brother's adventures are mostly shaved off and partially added to the main character's plot; they also fused the likeable drunken artillery soldier with the least likeable character: the despiseable vicar.

But all in all, it was kinda truer to the book.

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Not so dated

It is probably still far away from what we have, the Matrix was basically the Internet with a VR interface. They even had their "home location", as Case always appeared near the Eastern Seaboard Fission Authority, no matter where he was jacking in from. The only thing dated is the fact that it occurs a couple of decades after WW3 between the US and the *Soviet Union*. Orson Scott was able to sidestep on this simply making the "Warsaw Pact" the "NEW Warsaw Pact" in Ender's Game.

I would still like a Neuromancer movie, though some people might think it's a Matrix ripoff instead of the other way 'round.

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Amazon refudiates Apple 'app store' trademark suit

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@Sarah Bee

Noooo! Don't do it!

It seems that most of the complainers have no sense of humor.

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Apple sued over iPhone location tracking

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@DZ-Jay

"Consider that the address-book, e-mails, and browser history are also stored on the physical device."

You mean the iPhone doesn't support local data encryption on the address book, e-mails, browser history and such? Geeze, my BlackBerry does this. Hell, my previous 3.5 year old BB can do it as well, nobody can access that info unless it's unlocked...

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It's the American Way!

Unfortunately, it seems to be the only way to get a US Company to do something about their users.

McDonalds had to get sued for them to stop serving third-degree-burning coffee. (And the woman who won that lawsuit is now universally ridiculed.)

Comcast, I think, got sued because of their RST mangling, and the FCC threat made them finally back down on that.

A good bunch of class-action lawsuits have stopped companies from dumping toxic waste into rivers or soil.

Ford stopped making deathtrap Pintos until they got slammed with lawsuits.

The lesson is: if you want a US company to hear you, SUE THEM.

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End of the line for mechanical typewriters

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Then you have the 99% of forms that aren't fillable PDFs

Ah yes. I 'fixed' that problem myself, scanning the form, then placing the fillable PDF fields over the form. Now you just need to fill out the form, remove the background image from the original form ... and TADA! Everything prints in its place!

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Sony unsure if PlayStation Network user data was stolen

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Missing the point.

Those of us who are running Linux on the PS3 didn't really care for the graphical interface at all. The real power in the PS3 is the CellBE processor, which has 8 SPEs for parallel calculations. Mostly useful for scientific purposes. For these things, the CellBE is much much faster than the shitty x86 processors we have in PCs.

I AM miffed by Sony's decision ... I can't buy games released after April 1, 2010 so I've been deprived of a lot of games. I can't update my firmware because I'll lose OtherOS. I can't buy a new PS3 and transfer all my data 'cause I will lose my trophies. I've been royally screwed, just because I happen to be a gamer *and* a Linux user.

The fail0verflow guys had to crack the low level bootloaders just to get Linux to run on the PS3. Of course, this means that they opened up everything; and while they didn't get the apploader keys themselves, they did open up the door so that other people (homebrewers and pirates) could do it. It would not have happened if Sony hadn't killed OtherOS!

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Nintendo confirms Wii 'successor'

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The new Wii

Should they just call it the Wiii?

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Obama to pop down to Endeavour launch

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Wrong prez!

Bush killed the Shuttle. It was under his administration that NASA went backwards and decided to replace the Shuttle with a beefed-up Apollo launched by a not-quite-Saturn-V rocket.

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IP registry goes to Defcon 1 as IPv4 doomsday nears

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NAT breaks stuff

Having everyone behind NAT is worse. Basically all Mexican cable ISPs have implemented NAT, and it's HELL. Even those who aren't tech-savvy have realized that cable ISPs over here are shit, and they don't even know why!

IPv6 works. The reason we currently need to do some wonky stuff is because we are using tunnelbrokers instead of native IPv6. I've already tested a Vista box, it does work with IPv6 out of the box if you have a DHCPv6 server, which ISPs would obviously have. Once your ISP supports IPv6, you'll get IPv6 if you've got an IPv6-ready OS.

And will the PS3/Xbox360/Wii support IPv6? Of course! That's what FW updates are for!

Non-browser apps? Most of 'em support IPv6 as well!

The one thing that will push everyone to IPv6 will be when some of the big sites (YouTube, Facebook) go IPv6-only. Then you'll have everyone deploying IPv6 en masse!!!

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Long live IPv6! DEATH TO NAT!

NAT, while functional for residential networks, is one of the worst boneheaded ideas to get implemented by greedy ISPs. Most of the "cable ISPs" in Mexico are pimping their users, as they have ALWAYS used NAT, and serve only 10.0.0.0/8 addys to them. Want a real IP? That's an extra $300/mo matey!

One of the best things about IPv6 is that NAT is not supported, and will *never* be supported at all. The RFCs have seen to that. Fortunately, some content providers have been starting to provide AAAA registers for their sites; if the big ones start going IPv6 only, a lot of users will start demanding their ISPs for a switchover. Go!

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WTF is... 4K x 2K?

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HD-DVD?

Superior HD-DVD? I thought only Toshiba thought that. 2-layer Blu-Ray already had more storage capacity; a 16-layer BD would probably be capable of even 8k video. HD-DVD was the VHS of the latest format wars from a technical standpoint. Unlike other battles, the superior tech prevailed this time.

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Sony ships 50m PS3s

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Sampling...

Close minds think alike. You'll find that PS3 owners will generally know more PS3 owners than 360 owners, and vice-versa. I know about half and half ... a good bunch overlap on PS3 and 360 ownership, a few have only PS3, even less have 360s. All of them still have PS2s, and some of 'em are still using the PS2!

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Android, Steve Jobs, and Apple's '90%' tablet share

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@jonathanb

hehe ... you sparked a flame! Probably people took offense on Windows being "premium" ;)

Well, you're kinda right, except Windows isn't quite "premium" even though it's expensive. Commercial UNIX, Mainframe stuff is the one that still owns the "premium" market:

Linux (mass market)

Windows Server (SMBs, expensive OS but shit performance, used at orgs where CEO/CTOs have been misguided)

Commercial UNIX like Solaris, HP/UX, AIX (premium market)

AS/400 (premium market)

Mainframe z/OS, Tandem NonStop et al (VERY premium market!)

Of course, a good bunch of Commercial UNIX installs are usually legacy platforms, and are being substituted by Linux boxes. But the exotic stuff like OS/400 and Mainframe isn't going to move that easily....

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Mostly correct

Yup, Apple's hoarding strategy will usually come back to bite its ass; it happened with Macs, it's happening with the iGadgets. However:

"Apple would be all but gone were it not for Microsoft releasing office for the Mac,"

IIRC, Office was *born* in the Mac. A lot of people in the Windows world suddenly got their Word 2.0 upgraded to "Word 6" ... what happened to the other versions? Oh, that's because "Word 6" was MS standarizing the version numbering on all platforms; Mac was already on 5.1 while Windows had only "version 2".

Hell, Word was the poor man's productivity app, we were all using Aldus PageMaker those days. A lot of "desktop software" was born in the Mac, and had Apple opened up in the late 80's-early 90's, we would all be using MacOS by now, and RISC-based PPC machines instead of the x86 garbage the PC industry got stuck with.

Oh well ... lost opportunites. And that was without control-freak Jobs in the helm; these days it is *less* probable for Apple to open itself up.

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Project Ceylon – Red Hat builds Java killer replacement

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JPA broke my Session Beans

I used to have a pretty nice CMP Session Bean framework in J2EE 1.4, which worked wonders for the stuff I do. Having methods start explicit transactions, commiting when the last method returns, or rolling back when certain Exceptions are thrown... that was pretty good for Business Logic. EJBs were also good if you wanted to have both a client UI and a Web frontend for your app; both would use the same server-side components.

Then Java EE 5 threw all that stuff away. CMP transactions seem to be no more, and Session Beans no longer support Local AND Remote methods. It seems that adding Hibernate was made at the expense of the already-established EJB framework. :(

Other than that ... EJBs are still good for stuff, even if they aren't as useful these days.

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Sony buries hatchet with GeoHot in PS3 modding case

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OtherOS

"Infact, there is absolutely nothing that's legal and wothwhile for a hacked PS3. There are some illegal emulators and illegal piracy, and that's it...."

... and running Linux. In fact, that "running Linux" bit is the one that pushed all those hackers into breaking the PS3's security model in the first place. Of course, the real pirates just waited until the legit hackers cracked open the thing, then just took the "last mile" effort to enable piracy on the PS3.

Really, Sony should simply re-enable OtherOS and be done with it. It isn't worth the never-ending uphill battle. Ironically, they had realized this when the PS3 launched; they gave all the stuff that other consoles are usually hacked for:

- Streaming

- No region locked games

- Linux

So yes ... up 'till April 1, 2010 the only reason to hack a PS3 was piracy. Not anymore.

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Steve Wozniak ready for return to Apple

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Change with the Other Steve

But that is the point. It could just be that Woz would probably ease down on the control freakery imposed by Jobs; Woz had always been more of the "open" school, while Jobs was responsible for the Apple closedness and the "oooh shiny" stupidity, like having the first Macs lacking a cooling fan.

Maybe Woz could be a much better successor to Jobs!

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The new killer app is … MMS

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Wrong operation

I think the one who made that statement did a boo-boo ... he actually meant "DIVIDE against all mobile phones", which is the standard method to get the % of something.

Bloke's got a point, going for iPhone apps is hitting at a veeery small market. But hitting for a generic Java app + specific Android and Blackberry apps will give you the same MMS-enabled ecosystem the author is talking about, without having to resort to "plain MMS".

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It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

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My Performa

... outlives your TiVo. 16 or 17 year old Mac still working with its Quantum SCSI HDDs, back when Macs were user-serviceable!

My dad complains that he can't get stuff out of that Mac, but the real reason for that is because he threw away all the LocalTalk wiring, including the LocalTalk to LPT adapter we had. FAIL! Though I do wish we had bought an Ethernet adapter back then ... instead we hooked our PC to the LocalTalk network. Oh well...

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