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Sony threatens to ban PS3 jailbreakers from network

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Arch FAIL

The PS3 has a CellBE PPC processor, the PC does not. That's the reason anyone computer literate enough wants to use the PS3, especially now that IBM has wound down the CellBE servers. It would probably be a moot point if we actually had the chance to buy CellBE-powered PCs, but sadly the x86 crapware is still king in the PC market.

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Same for Sony defenders

These Sony PS3-related articles seem to have attracted a good bunch of "defenders" ever since Sony decided to kill OtherOS. Any self-respecting CompSci professional would never be caught saying such bullshit as "buy a PC you retard!" or equating Linux with Piracy, especially given how the OtherOS hypervisor worked.

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I have been hit by this

I'm stuck at 3.15, and I haven't been able to play Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare because it requires the 3.21 FW. I didn't give a flying fudge about RSX, the grunt power of the PS3 is the CellBE processor. Even with the low amount of memory, I could do interesting stuff with the CellBE ... and still can, but at the price of being locked out of PSN and being unable to play any game released after May 1, 2010.

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Watchdog turns a blind eye to Danish fu*king

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It is moderated

The thread is moderated all right, but the Moderatrix doesn't give a fuck if you fucking swear in your fucking post.

You've actually got to be really nasty/offensive for your comment to get deleted, not just spray a load of swearing in your post. However, it helps if you want to get FoTW!

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Sex offenders will get a review – after 15 years

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Bicycle-shaggers, @Jord

You seem to forget that the Sex Offender Registry includes a lot of things, not only paedo/rape. El Reg has a couple of innocent cases where the "sex offender" was reported as such for ... screwing a bike.

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Oracle and Java: Mobile dev FAIL dooms Ellison's future

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Still there, yes...

I can attest that even in the recent past (2008), COBOL was pretty much alive in the bank's mainframe. In fact, the CICS stuff is still being maintained and getting added functionality.

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One third of Russians say Sun revolves round Earth

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Joke

Wot? No Russian Reversal jokes?

In Russia, Sun revolves YOU!!!

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After Black Friday, Nokia acts to halt share slide

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Shareholder revolt

Of course the shares would go down! Anyone with any kind of hindsight would know that the ones who have gone into such deals with Microsoft have suffered a silent death. However, I don't think that selling Nokia stock is the real solution.

Shareholders should be voting to fire Elop and reinstate someone more Finnish; someone who would kill this retarded Microsoft deal. Save Nokia before it's too late!

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Protection of Freedoms Bill is released

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Section 44

Isn't that the one used to harass photographers? Nice!

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America spared Top Gear Mexican quips

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Wrong country

In fact, most Mexicans in the US do know English, or at least a bit. Having the US so close means that English creeps a lot into daily language. Hell, a lot of Mexicans *in Mexico* know English as well.

Those who come from South American countries are the ones that will usually be English-impaired, but even they will actually learn English at some point.

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No new strings for Guitar Hero

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The circle of game life

So, it went the way of the Dance Dance Revolution, Pump It Up, Dance Freaks, and the Karaoke thingy that came before GH. No surprise there ... the games are usually fads, and while they do have a good run, they will eventually be set aside after some time. Pimping out the brand with a zillion releases doesn't help any franchise, either: Street Fighter 2 and Duke Nukem 3D can attest to that. (By the time Street Fighter 3 came out, everyone was playing King of Fighters...)

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Anonymous hack showed password re-use becoming endemic

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Blackberry!

Blackberries have a "password storage app" for storing passwords (duuuuuh), and it has a "generate random password" feature. I've been using it lately for site passwords I don't really trust. I used to have a generic password for non-critical sites, but that one was cracked by the Gawker bust. So now I've changed passwords, and any site that looks like it might have the Gawker "security" model will have a random generated password.

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Kid spanks a grand on Xbox using Mum's bank card

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Sony actually does this better.

The PSN service is not only free (unless you want the "plus" service), it has the option of using pre-paid cards instead of giving them full access to your credit/debit card. Using that route means that you won't have your CC tied in such a way that you might get charged without your knowledge.

Oh, and PSN child accounts have explicit locks which allow the parent to lock down how much the kid can spend. But then it could be the case that the account for said kid was made as an adult ... probably for that retarded reason that kid accounts have some features locked out. In PSN's case, under-18ers can't post to Facebook, and in some cases nobody under 13 can even *make* a fricking account.

So it does seem to be a FAIL on MS side as well, especially if they have the same retarded nerfing of under-18 and under-13 accounts.

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Sony tweets 'secret' key at heart of PS3 jailbreak case

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Not meh

There are quite a bit of PPC users, and PS3 isn't just PPC but it also has the CellBE processor, the only one with such a thing. Thanks to IBM's axing of the Cell Blades, the only way to get 'em now is by buying a PS3!

OtherOS users would never ever need to crack the ps3 for pirated games; those in the industry actually think that Sony's move was stuipd because the pirates themselves had considered the PS3 too hard to crack, and thanks to OtherOS the hackers didn't care about hacking the thing.

In fact, the hackers stopped short of enabling piracy precisely because they weren't interested in that. It was the pirate community the one that went and used the opened doors to enable the "copy game to HDD, run from HDD" thingy. But they would still be unable to do so if the hackers hadn't cracked the thing, and the crack wouldn't have happened if OtherOS hadn't been disabled in the first place!

It may be a small % of PS3 users, but it is the kind of people that actually have the knowledge to crack the thing. Bad move!

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Texting teenager plunges to his death

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Midget barrier

This was an unfortunate accident, partly caused by human stupidity... but 1m barriers are stupidly low. This seems to stray into the McDonalds hot coffe suit, mostly because the suing party actually was right: serving 3rd-degree burning coffe is stupid.

I'm 1.75m and I've seen roofs with stupid 1m barriers, and even a couple of pedestrian overpasses with 1m railings. Needless to say, crossing on those is a terrifying experience given the fact that quakes are common over here. I'd be scared shitless by any railing below 1.40!

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Midget barrier

This was an unfortunate accident, partly caused by human stupidity... but 1m barriers are stupidly low. This seems to stray into the McDonalds hot coffe suit, mostly because the suing party actually was right: serving 3rd-degree burning coffe is stupid.

I'm 1.75m and I've seen roofs with stupid 1m barriers, and even a couple of pedestrian overpasses with 1m railings. Needless to say, crossing on those is a terrifying experience given the fact that quakes are common over here. I'd be scared shitless by any railing below 1.40m!

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Android's on top – will Nokia and RIM let it in?

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Not WP7

They would probably doom theirselves if they go with WP7. That's what Palm did, it took away the only distinction they had and soon Treos were interchangeable with any generic WinMo trashphone. Nokia would go the same way with *any* of these options, but MS is a surefire road to failure.

BTW, numbers aren't lying. iOS is nowhere near the "#1" anywhere, not even in the US. It still hasn't managed to overtake RIM. I expect the Android share of the market to keep taking larger chunks at the expense of Symbian, Palm, WinMo and probably Blackberry and iPhone deserters. The only ones seeing iPhone as #1 are the Appleista fanbois.

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Catalans to hunt wild boar with bows and arrows

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Oh the irony

Ironically, Spain also has a strong anti-toreada movement and seem to have better progress in banning bull-fighting than their former colonies.

Oh, and Catalans *hate* Spain, which they consider to be a rebaptized "Castilla". Calling a Catalan "Spaniard" would get you a response such as "I'm not a ****** Spaniard!"

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Mexico demands apology for Top Gear outrage

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@Oliver Mayes

Sure, if your dad stayed at a cheap hotel in a small town, I would also expect crappy cuisine. The poor man's version of Mexican food is pretty crappy by Mexican standards, especially the "soup" which is basically water with a couple of peas.

The best food you'll find will be in either Central Mexico or the Southeast (Yucatán Peninsula); Northern Mexico's food will be good, but it probably will look more US-ish. Oh, and BTW, nothern states don't eat much tacos, and are the ones that actually make burritos.

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Au contraire!

In fact, that is the reasoning for giving this so much attention! If you got the sheeples more worried about these things, they'll ignore the *other* news, like the military murdering families that had the gall of overtaking a military convoy, or killing kids 'coz the patrolling soldiers were too drugged to notice they weren't narcos. Oh, my favorite: murdering students, then claiming they were "sicarios".

Check out "Kalimba", "Salvador Cabañas" and hell, even "Daryl Cagle" to see big non-stories being overblown in Mexican media.

Note: I didn't find Cagle's drawing to be offensive, but Top Gear's comment did seem Over the top.

If yoou don't think there is a line in certain type of humor, try asking "Are you from Malvinas?" to someone from Falklands.

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@Annihilator

"The bandwagon can currently be found outside the Daily Mail's office, maybe you should go there and complain about Speedy Gonzales - something which apparently is quite popular in Mexico."

Don't know about Speedy Gonzales, but Speedy Gonzalez isn't "popular" in the way you might think; it has its fair share of criticism for being a corny stereotype of Mexicans as seen by "Gringos" similar to the black aboriginals with a bone in their hair of 40's animation.

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Marry Microsoft, analyst tells Nokia

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Worst. Advice. Ever.

There was one smartphone maker that heeded that kind of advice some time ago. I think they called 'em Palm. Look what happened!

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BlackBerry beats iPhone to top UK smartphone

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Try my country

BB outsells iToys by a landslide. In fact, it is more likely to find someone touting an LG or Samsung touchscreen feature phone than an iPhone. Part of it may be that an entry-level BB, the 8520, sells at the low price point of 3000 MXN (£154.16) vs the 10,000 MXN (£513.87) iPhone4.

I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case in other countries as well. Oh, and businesses seem to prefer BB for some reason...

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BB 9700

Been there, done that. My BB 9000 got nicked, so I took the chance to upgrade to the BB 9700. Most of the ugliest issues with the Bold were solved, and yes including the ones making you pull the battery every now and then. Mostly the problem seemed to lie with the measly 128Mb of shared memory, which was increased to 256Mb. The entry-level 8520's are also equipped with these specs, so they are kinda stable as well.

Why oh why did RIM take so long to produce decently-specced handsets?

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Egypt switches off the internet

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Radio signals jammming

Hillary's visit to the State of Guanajuato this week incurred the wrath of a quite large number of people who were affected by the cell jammers. And that was only Hillary; if Obama were to come over here, I'd expect my handset to suddenly go into "NO SERVICE" mode.

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Vodafone confirms Egypt lock-down

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CB and Walkie Talkies

I suppose that Egyptian protesters will now have to turn to another tech, one that we used to use a lot before the advent of mobile phones: CB Ham Radio and Walkie Talkies.

IIRC even 20 years ago we used these in a similar way IRC was used; chatting with random people. Some people would actually relay messages for other people, say XKC1 tries to locate YZX1, but they aren't in direct range. FOF3 is within XKC1's range, DOH8 is within FOF3's and YZX1's range ... so XKC1 would relay to FOF3, FOF3 to DOH8, DOH8 to YZX1. Geeze, that sounds like our modern Internet, doesn't it?

I'm pretty sure that people could do this, and CBs don't depend on a centralized infrastructure...

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Court orders seizure of PS3 hacker's computers

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@AC replying to Octopoid

"Out of the 20 "must have" games you mentioned in your post 13 of them are sequels, and 3rd or 4th sequels at that. To any non-Sony fanboy that's pretty fucking pathetic."

AS pathetic as having a console that owes its mere existance to one single game? If it hadn't been for Halo, the Original Xbox would have gone the way of the 3D0 and the Apple Pippin. And it still is the #1 reason to own an XBox360, that and Gears of War.

As much as I hate Sony for pulling the 3.21 "remove OtherOS" bait-and-switch, I would rather buy another PS3 to be able to play games released after April 1, 2010 than purchase a 360. Barring the Linux brouhaha, Sony actually lets you stick a bog-standard HDD in your PS3, while MS will make you buy an overpriced "Xbox HDD".

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Re: Nice that you rewrote history there

No rewriting ... in fact Hotz did that because Sony decided to take away that option in the PS3 Slim. IIRC he was mostly trying to get OtherOS capabilities in the Slim as well, and unlocking the HW restrictions in all PS3s initially. He didn't actually gun for piracy.

The fail0verflow dudes even explained this in the CCC conference.

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Microsoft insists autistic Xboxer is a cheat

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Microsoft FAIL

How is this possible? I haven't lost any PS3/PSN trophies, or even heard of Sony doing such a thing. So why should MS do such a thing? I thought Achievements/Points were more of a "dick wavering measure unit", in which case MS shouldn't even worry if someone earns points faster or not.

Good riddance, Zdenek would do well with cancelling XBL service. Paying for "online gaming" already sounds like pimping off gamers, but resetting achievements on a paid service?

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Oracle eases Java's Oracle big-boy bias

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J2EE/Java EE

It seems to be the only language that has actually bothered to implement an interesting business logic framework. I haven't seen anything like Seesion Beans (EJB) in any other language, not even the Java-wannabe child from Microsoft called C#.

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Mexican army interdicts dope-slinging catapult

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Naming FAIL for Spanish speakers

"US National Guard operatives at the Naco Border Patrol Station"

Reading this made me giggle. If you don't get it, search the meaning of "Naco" in Mexican Spanish and you'll get the joke!

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Facebook flick up for 8 Oscars, King's Speech for 12

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Mind Screw

That would be a better definition for Inception. Probably.

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Apple $10k winner hangs up on 'prank caller'

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So

$10k for iTunes store.

It IS a con after all!!!

Though I would probably go down the "make 10 apps for $999" route.

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Gates, Woz, and the last 2,000 years of computing

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Colossus

Yes, I've mentioned Colossus a couple of times after learning from it thanks to me studying about the history of Crypto. That and the parallel discovery of the asymmetric key by both the RSA/DHM teams and the GCHQ dudes are quite the story; the British inventions aren't well known because, well, they were military stuff and thus were shrouded behind secrecy.

However, I would expect for a Computing Museum to add these references once they went public!

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Duke Nukem Forever release date revealed

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Re: Duke who?

My 14 year old stepson showed me the DNF thingy as "look, this game looks cool, it comes out next year!" and then wondered why I was laughing my ass off. Then I explained that the previous game came out before he was even born!

He later read the entire story in one of those "Worst Video Game Failures Ever" articles, chronicling the worst FAILs in the industry, including the infamous E.T. game.

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Duke3d

I still have my original Duke Nukem 3D disc. In fact, we found it last weekend, and I'm planning on installing it on my stepson's PC so he can learn what the hell everyone's talking about.

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NY bomb scare bank worker 'evacuates self'

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Ah yes.

This would be the reason why I have an "EVACUATION ROUTE" sign pointing to the bathroom. It's the age-old joke, especially because "Ruta de Evacuacion" (Evacuation Route) is the mandated signage for er... escape routes.

It also doesn't help that the bathroom in my office is at the stairs, so every "Evacuation route" sign also points to the bathroom!

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Publisher takes swipe at StarCraft II game mod

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Generations

Not a new thing. Back in 1998 we had "Generations", a Quake 2 mod that allowed you to play the Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake guys with their respective levels and items. Can't remember if it was Activision or id Software themselves who came hard down on them; the problem seemed to be with the Quake 1 stuff more than the previous games.

But it is worthy to note that DooM 3 wasn't even in their sights, at least not until the next millenium. :P

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Phobos Lab

One of those structures looks eerily similar to Phobos Lab.

I'm off to change all Demon sprites to Hydralisks!

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Apple tightens screws on hardware hackers

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Easy solution

Pass a law making it illegal to make non-user-serviceable devices, anywhere. The only reasons I've seen for non-user-serviceable labels are for stuff that can give nasty electrical shocks (like CRTs) or stuff that gets ruined by opening it (like HDDs). Those should keep the wacky screws, but the rest of it is pointless.

Soldered RAM should be a jailable offense as well.

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Brazilian cult condemns USB

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The "evil" Trident

With a lot of imagination, it would look like that "evil trident" used in Satanic imagery.

... except the three "prongs" should be about the same size, all end in a triangle point, and also be crooked in an angle to one side.

That's like calling all Swastikas the Nazi Swastika. Oh wait...

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New Taser made to take down angry bears, moose

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BOFH-approved

Somehow, when I've seen both this one and the NX edition, the BOFH comes into mind...

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WikiLeaks accused of tapping P2P for secret docs

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So

What were those documents doing on a P2P network to begin with? Seems like someone installed P2P clients in restricted PCs...

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Games sales slip in 2010

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Crap games

Some games are kinda good... but my current year's share of games amounts to:

- inFAMOUS

- Bioshock

- Bioshock 2

- Fallout 3

You'll probably notice that only Bioshock 2 came out this year. And Fallout 3 is one of the few games left that have a good story, and isn't oriented to the ADD Halo-playing crowd. Bioshock 2 does have a decent story, but it is mostly told via diaries. True RPGs seem to have gone away, now all games seem to be CoD: MW or Halo clones. :(

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Israel and US fingered for Stuxnet attack on Iran

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@Craiggy

Actually they are kind of controlling the centrifuges. The Siemens WinCC manages the PLC's that are actually controlling the centrifuges; the Stuxnet worm takes over WinCC and uses it to alter the Step7 code on the PLCs. Sneaky sabotage!

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Mozilla slings out 9th beta for Firefox 4

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Not Chrome

I stopped using Chrome when they stopped showing http://

Hiding stuff from users is a stupid thing to do.

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Linux ecosystem spins around Red Hat

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RedHat FTW

Red Hat was the distro that brought me into the Linux world, back in the RHL 5.0 days when getting Linux to install, or even boot up into the graphical interface was an adventure. I remember griping when they killed the official Red Hat Linux distro, but not on grounds of RH "pimping" Linux, but because they killed the cheap alternative of the supported Red Hat Linux option vs. RHEL. Many said that nobody would ever use SuSE or Fedora ever again; however RHEL is now pretty well established in the enterprise market, as well as SuSE though the latter one has been losing market.

But it is nice to see RedHat sailing on, it was the first one to prove that you could actually make money out of Linux and Open Source stuff in general.

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Gamers raid medical server to host Call of Duty

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Wot? Laggy?

"Scandinavian gamers/hackers wouldn't use an American server, the ping would easily be up in the hundreds of milliseconds. That may not sound like much latency to non-gamers, but it would be laughed at as unusable and pointless by gamers."

WHAT?!?! IIRC, the official definition of an LPB was < 200ms ping rates. When did 100 start to classify as "high ping"? Granted, something like 450-500 would brand you an HPB even in the old days of dialup, but associating three-digits to "high ping" is an exaggeration.

Oh well, I'm off to fire up QuakeWorld ;)

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Spain grovels to penguins over 'Linux' anti-terror plot

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Surname Snafu

That's the same reason why some US-based stuff I receive insists on using my mother's surname as my "surname" instead of either the first one ro both of them. I actually like bearing both of them, otherwise I would have the same name as my father!

There are some fun cases, when someone's first or second surname are a composite one, and the person has three names:

Given Name: Maria Alicia Norma

Surname 1: Lopez Velarde

Surname 2: del Palomar

Full Name: Maria Alicia Norma Lopez Velarde del Palomar

Guess why I have to use varchar(50) for those fields when setting up databases...

PS: Latin American countries will do hideos things with their male population, putting them FEMALE names like "Maria" or "Guadalupe". Ow!

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Microsoft's Novell patent cartel dodges German regulators

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Bad News Indeed

"Backed by Apple, Oracle, and EMC as well as Microsoft, CPTN is spending $450m to buy a bag of Novell patents."

That sounds like the Evil Corp League of America. Don't know about EMC, but Apple, Oracle and Microsoft will happily engage in mass source-closing movements to bully their propietary stuff as the only option. This is indeed very bad.

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