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Notorious Koobface worm ported to Mac OS X

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Looks like both

IIRC, it acts more like a "social worm" as it sends itself, or tricks its victims to send the worm via wall post, and then infects the target OS.

There was one actual virus for OSX though; the Leap/Oompa-Loompa virus would spread over a local network using the Bonjour protocol. That was back in 2006, not sure if that one would work these days.

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PARIS launch tomorrow come hell or high water

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Buitre 1

¡Buena suerte!

Good luck! I would've loved to get pictures from the excised onboard camera, though...

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Sony soars, sinks, soars on Apple buyout rumor

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Hm...

It would be white and shiny, renamed as the iPlaystation or the iPippin, would lock out third-party accessories like the Xbox (PS3 currently accepts third-party stuff), the USB ports would go, and it would no longer support 1080p or Blu-Rays. Games would be censored at levels not seen since the NES/SNES heydays, and would be banned just because Jobs didn't like it.

It would then proceed to crash and burn, like the original Pippin.

But that isn't everything that Apple would damage ... Blu-Ray would probably disappear overnight. Um... I think I'll pass on this.

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Facebook comes down hard on Faceporn

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Going after Apple next?

After all, they have FaceTime.

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Seagate-Steve trash for Apple-Steve flash pash

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SSD vs. spinning

SSD won't replace spinning disks ... the limited number of writes is a no-no, especially after one of my pendrives failed after 2 years because of this limitation. However, it does make sense on laptops or netbooks that are used in bumpy environments ... you can shake, bump and hit an SSD drive without crashing the disk. They're also impervious to magnetic fields as well, so these environments are ideal for SSD.

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Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

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Not just Photoshop.

Adobe Type Manager, and they purchased another company that made killer apps for the Mac: Aldus. PageMaker and FreeHand were the main selling point for us; most of my stuff (including CV) is on PageMaker 6.5 and will remain in that format for years to come. PDF was also born in the Mac.

Steve's getting senile. Now he's even more of a control-freak than before!

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Remake Apple's 1984

But now it is Jobs himself in the Big Brother screen. I'm not sure who the runner would represent... because most of the remaining IT companies are shitty as well.

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iTroll?

You haven't used Java on Mac, then. Most of the complaints of the UI looking fugly don't apply to Apple's implementation, and most of the "slow-ass Java" reputation is from really old versions.

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Somali rebels threaten mobile banking group

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Not really

al-Shabaab is more like the religious fanatics that took over the real government of the country, and the "bribes" are more akin to mob tax that government tax.

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Java surpasses Adobe kit as most attacked software

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UAC is at fault

On newer systems, this is annoying because it requires UAC privilege escalation. But that one's a MS blooper, not Sun/Oracle's.

I find it curious that MS is bringing out the "alarm" ... they are directly competing with Java with their .NET thingy, which isn't that much safer. I'd like to see a report like this being put out by a proper security researcher, one that isn't biased on the MS or Java side.

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RIM boss joins queue to kick Jobs

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bloated?

If you're talking about Roxio Media Manager, I agree; though RIM dumped that POS in their latest Desktop Software update. The sync software itself isn't bloated at all; it is pretty lightweight even compared with Palm, and much more lightweight than iTunes.

The BB is secure, the "BS" isn't BS, which is why those gov'ts are trying to beat RIM into submission.

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Microsoft's fear of an OpenOffice

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Quite right

MS shot itself in the foot with the awful Ribbon thingy. Most of us have kept our old Office 2003 versions because of that, and those who got 2007 are usually the ones using the pirated versions, because someone gave them the pirated one.

If piracy were to go away overnight, a lot of MSO installs would probably revert to 2003 ... or simply switch over to OpenOffice. Ditto with the Windows installbase.

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Spanish fascist decries Franco Eurovision slur

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El Grito del 15 de Septiembre

Ever heard about the Mexican "Grito de Independencia"? It is mostly used as "Hail" or something like that.

The idiocy of this guy, however, is to claim that Franco wasn't a murderer. This guy practically made "garrote" a "legal" execution method. Saying that Franco was not a murderer is like saying Hitler wasn't a mass murderer.

And no, Godwin's law doesn't apply to this comment space, as Franco actually had a helping hand from the Third Reich, as those who live (or survive) in Guernica can attest.

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Your Catalan is showing....

The flamer seems to have not read the article (and damn, 2 years to bring out a flame?) otherwise he would know that La La La didn't have the "lalala" lyrics at all. It was a song in Catalan, which at the time was banned ... by Franco. So his "Generalisimo" Fürher actually ruined the song because of his beliefs.

Franco worshippers, Neo-Nazis, Hitler Lovers and Pinochet worshippers are all lumped in the same category by me. I would add Pol Pot sympathists, but I doubt there are any of those left, even in Cambodia.

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Tape backup could be binned soon

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@Michael C

"actually, disk can survive a larger shock than tape. metal enclosure might get dented, but when not spinning disks are good to 300Gs."

Tell that to me, I lost an 80Gb HDD because it fell from 1m height. Not completely unreadable, but the damaged sectors made it impossible for me to recover most of my stuff. The thing is "rated" at 50Gs ... so I'm not particularly impressed with those ratings.

I've had DDS4 tapes fall from the same height, they're still working.

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Former White House advisor wants cybercrime haven crackdown

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Your lack of tech knowledge is showing

"The money spent to develop the next version of the X-box would be better spent on the next protocol for the internet. With respect to Vint Cerf and the engineers who created the internet we ought to think about developing a network that's more secure."

So this guy hasn't heard about IPv6? We already have "the next protocol for the internet". Yet a lot of devices aren't supporting it, even though they should be doing it. The TCP/IP stack wasn't made by Vint Cerf, though ... that was earlier.

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OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

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In fact

it might be the godawful Ribbon the main reason why people are flocking towards OOo!!

I've clinged on Office 2003 because of that reason.

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Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

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Wot? No ROTM tag?

This article lacks the RoTM tag!

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Tablets? Pah! Netbooks still selling well, says analyst...

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US syndrome?

I've usually seen the biggening of hardware something of a US syndrome ... you know, the guys who love big-ass cars, big-ass SUVs, big-ass homes et al. Laptops used to be getting smaller until sometime around the 2000's where they started getting larger. Why would I ever want a laptop to have a screen as big as my *desktop* PC? One of my friends calls his laptop "the tombstone" because of the sheer size of the thing.

Netbooks were an initial hit because the small form factor was a nice thing to carry around when you don't need the extra horsepower but need a portable computer-thingy. Unfortunately, these have now suffered from the same "biggening" trend that their big-brothers suffer from. We were close to getting (once again) a small-factor portable computer in the form of SmartBooks ... but then Apple came and shat all over that market with the iPad. So now we're stuck with not-so-small netbooks or big-ass laptops. Ugh...

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Margaret Thatcher celebrates 85 years

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My thoughts as well.

I'm pretty sure that most Chileans don't give a flying fudge at Thatcher's birthday. She actively supported Pinochet, especially because of Chile's stance on the Falklands/Malvinas war. Of course, that war was what kept Thatcher in power, so go figure.

But I'm pretty sure that Thatcher isn't quite loved in Chile ... except probably by the Pinochet apologists.

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WWGBD

Actually... he would've done the same thing Thatcher did. She didn't do it "for the UK" ... she did it 'coz that gave her the popular boost she needed to stay in power. Labour was all set to win those elections before Falklands. Gordon Brown would've equally cinched a NuLabour victory as well!

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Almost a quarter of Europeans can't be bothered with the net

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The French thingy

Probably a part of those not bothered by the Internet have access to that French thingy that involved a mini text terminal, can't remember the name of that system though.

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Foxconn warns phones prices will rise

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Buy Blackberry

My BlackBerry has a nice sticker saying "MADE IN MEXICO 1" ... so buying this handset actually helps my country's economy. However, I'm not really sure about accessories...

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Oracle re-commits to ODF after OpenOffice divorce

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Seems like some people fail to remember OO's history.

OpenOffice is actually 'StarOffice' under a new name. Sun bought StarOffice, therefore they owned StarOffice. OpenOffice was the 'free' version of StarOffice, but Sun had the majority stakehold on it because they owned it. The real problem is that Oracle isn't as nice as Sun, and now the open source community is pissed. :(

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BOFH: Lock shock

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But...

I'm pretty sure that the 'security' guards are armed with dubious Eastern European carbon rod-wielding shockers...

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MySQL price hikes reveal depth of Oracle's wallet love

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Already switched

I already did that switch ... back in 2006, that is. I was being increasingly annoyed by MySQL's insistance on saying that transactions and referential integrity was superfluous, and treating the *real* RDBMS engines like InnoDB and BDB as second-class engines. The BACKUP command never worked with anything other than MyISAM, and most of their improvements were made on MyISAM. It also allowed atrocities like '2006-02-31' in its date fields ... so eventually, I switched all my dev stuff to Postgres.

Everyone's up in arms now, but those in arms fail to recognize that the InnoDB and BDB engines have been under Oracle's umbrella for quite some time now. If Oracle had wanted to kill MySQL, they could've just killed those engines.

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Google spits back at Oracle's Android suit

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They do have market, though.

Most of the not-so-dumbphones, Symbian and WinMo handsets can do java in the form of Java ME. And the #3 worldwide, #2 US smartphone vendor happens to use Java ME as well, with an augmented platform: Blackberry. Of course, current tendencies seem to point to Android taking over everyone, and it is using a rip-off version of Java. Of course Oracle wants to pimp out the $$$!

Google didn't act in all good openness faith; if they had wanted to be open, they would've used OpenJDK and *not* Harmony; especially when OpenJDK has actually been able to pass the TCKs. However, Oracle would probably still sue, because Google isn't using Java ME. Oh well....

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Hackers hijack internet voting system in Washington DC

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Bad language choice indeed.

"The voting application was written on the Ruby on Rails framework and ran on top of the Apache web server and the MySQL database."

Bad Language!

Bad DBMS!

I would've chosen Java under the J2EE framework. Why? Because it has so many safeguards in place that pulling something like this would be pretty difficult to do. Ruby on Rails is basically "the new PHP" in the sense that it allows to make really buggy stuff at a really fast rate. Finding out about big errors will usually happen when the thing is in production, and everything blows up!

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Miniskirted Brazilian is appealing...

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Expelled.

The problem is that the baying mob didn't get anything, not even a warning ... while the girl got expelled. It's like having a girl gang raped in front of everyone, and then stick said girl in jail while the gangbangers not even being arrested.

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Kiss frontman gives file-sharers tongue-lashing

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Shit Parenting

Thank God I'm not his kid. I would probably have run away years ago!

I'll grant him one thing: at least he's a jackass to everyone, his kids aren't spared from his jackassery.

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Apple wants halt to $600m patent case

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Easy solution

Repeal software patents. That should act as a thermonuclear detonation wiping out all patent trolls and useless lawsuits. Also, FIX the damn patent system!!!

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RIM: 'We don't need 200 fart apps'

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One slight difference there....

You don't need to use AppWorld to install every single apps. You can sell it on other stores like S4BB, Handango, or even distribute it yourself. Being kept out of AppWorld doesn't doom your app.

OTOH, being banned from the iStore means only jailbreakers will be able to use your app...

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre declared top horror flick

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Liberate tu-tamek EX INFERIS

I didn't catch this one on cinema, but did watch it on a 50" TV screen at the dorm's common area. I know what Graham's talking about, I know what *scene* he's talking about. Probably the only one that I would consider topping the Dallas in the crawlspace scene from Alien. Sheesh, those movies have probably made me fearful of any crawlspace at all...

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Some deserve the spot, some not

TCSM was nauseating. While I have not watched the original Exorcist (whatever sequel I watched, it was corny and stupid), I do remember that the original Omen scared the crap out of me, and I'm not even a religious man! "Ave Satani" still sends a chill down my spine if played in the right environment. So does Tubular Bells, even when I haven't watched the movie, so probably The Exorcist is equally frightening.

About Japanese horror ... those are more of a hit-or-miss with non-Asian audiences. I've watched Ju-On (The Grudge) and I was mostly bored. I'll grant them that some scenes were actually creepy, though ... the girl going down the stairs was definitely creepy as hell!

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US.gov set IPv6 upgrade deadlines

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Hurricane Electric

The Register has mentioned them on most of the recent IPv6 articles. They've got a lot of stuff on how to set up IPv6.

The 6bone experiment has ended, the IPv6 network is now in a "being deployed" status, that is, you can ask for IPv6 blocks from your RIR. There's a couple of 6in4 tunnel brokers for those w/o native IPv6, and even then, you could simply do 6to4. Anyway, check out the Hurricane Electric site. Those guys actually deployed native IPv6 on their network, and are encouraging everyone else to do so. :)

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US consumers don't want web-enabled toasters

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ooh....

"One web-enabled technology I've not yet understood a need for is a web-enabled fridge. Near as I can tell though, nobody wastes much time standing around waiting for the fridge."

It does have a use. It can send a message to your smartphone to tell you: "DRINK YOUR BLOODY MILK, EXPIRATION DATE'S TOMORROW!!!". Back in the college days, plenty of milk went bad because everyone assumed it was the other roommate's milk, and thus the milk went unused even when the expiration date loomed closer. Or worse, the food had gone bad and no-one threw it away!

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Stuxnet worm can reinfect PCs even after disinfection

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No shit

Step7 files are the actual PLC programming files. Now I'm even more worried ... does this mean that the PLC programming may have been in fact tampered? This is serious. Really serious.

If anything, this might prompt Siemens to move all PLC-manipulating software to non-Windows platforms, probably QNX. Linux would be nice, but I'm kinda paranoid when the software is managing stuff where errors are in the "oops-I-did-a-Chernobyl" category.

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BlackBerry tablet boots from 'floppy disk OS'

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Interix Subsystem

It actually works pretty well. I suppose that the MS XENIX knowledge base didn't evaporate, or that some MS people actually know how to do POSIX. It also seems to do a better job of doing POSIX than Cygwin, but for some reason most people seem to disdain "Services for Unix" and use Cygwin instead.

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HP won't license WebOS, says exec

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Palm's mistake...

It wasn't the OS licensing, it was splitting off PalmSource and then have PalmSource to sit on the OS instead fo updating it. Then some genius decided to switch the Palm handsets to WinMo ... and the Palm devices became "just another WinMo device". webOS came out too late to save 'em.

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RIM unveils The BlackPad BlackBerry PlayBook

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BB OS

The BlackBerry OS & platform is much more open than the Apple ecosystem. And while RIM has the AppWorld app store, it isn't the only place to purchase BB apps. An open platform, even if the OS is fairly closed, will definitely attract developers. Those who are already in the BB ecosystem will probably be enticed to buy one of these as well, and contrary to what the iPhans would like to believe, RIM still holds the #2 spot worldwide, #1 in the US and has expanded down to the midrange markets.

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Mystery lingers over stealthy Stuxnet infection

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Conspiracy theorists' motherlode

"In addition to exploiting four zero-day vulnerabilities, Stuxnet also used two valid certificates (from Realtek and JMicron) and rootlet-style technology, factors that helped the malware stay under the radar for much longer than might normally be the case."

Either RSA has been broken, or some intelligence agency gave a hand in acquiring the private keys. Either way, this ain't the job of your average malware writer. Tinfoil hats, on!

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Coders tip Google Android for eclipse of the Steve

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Walled garden

Apple's insistance on keeping iOS as a walled garden is hurting the iOS market share. Most of the iPhone and Android owners don't have a smartphone because they want a smartphone... they want a cool touchscreen device. In this matter, the Android handsets are cheaper than the iThing, and someone searching for a "touchy thingy" won't care about the OS and will go for the cheaper device. The ones that do care have been annoyed by Jobs' attitude with locking down the OS; the devs are pissed off because what's cool today may be banned tomorrow.

Those who really need a beefed-up smartphone will actually be looking at BlackBerry, that other closed ecosystem that in fact manages to be more open than Apple. The Torch will probably keep their customer base with them, as it features the one thing that the iGadget lacks: a QWERTY keyboard. I would really wish for the newer iterations of Symbian and Meego to have some impact (even webOS), but I have my doubts on those platforms.

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The BSA's fading twentieth-century piracy fight

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Good on some points, bad on others

As others have pointed out, the "copyright infringement == theft" is a fallacy is most frowned upon by those who know the difference. It ain't the same, precisely because of the points that have been stated here, like the fallacy of assuming "$1 pirated copy == $1 lost sale". In the software world, this ratio is even higher than in the music/movie industry, as you can't just get an "open-source Metallica" song but software is mostly replaceable.

Open sourcey stuff would gain the upper hand if piracy were to dissappear, so I wonder if that is the main reason for which Windows is still crackable. Specialized software like AutoCAD is pretty hard to crack, and some stuff even uses physical dongles as a hardware piracy prevention device. But Windows? Anyone can get a cracked copy of the latest Windows & Office without much tech skills, so the Linux vs. Windows arguments will usually fall out because "geeze, Windows is free d00d!" While piracy might fall on other types of software, me thinks that OS-related piracy will remain being high, if only to keep the MS monopoly in its place.

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How do you copy 60m files?

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SFU

Easier: Use Services For Unix, that one uses an Interix subsystem to run all your UNIXy stuff.

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Yes!

You did read the article, did you? Richcopy is not only mentioned, it was the only tool that worked under Windows for Trevor.

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SFU tools?

Most people over here were recommending cp over Cygwin; while Cygwin is a nice tool for home PCs, I have never understood why everyone flocks to Cygwin when MS has actually implemented a POSIX-compliant subsystem on Windows with better perfomance than Cygwin. That said:

I would recommend doing the cp trick with Services For Unix installed. If both servers have SFU, you can actually enable NFS shares on the destination, nfsmount on the source, and copy all the 60m files using cp, all the stuff will go through NFS instead of CIFS. I haven't checked the permissions, but this method will probably preserve the file ACLs as well!

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Oracle preps Google and Microsoft Office challenger

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Right on!

"no more AJAX tools, which a lot of suffering programmers will pray for you for the rest of their lives because they don't have to program in AJAX any more."

Yes, please ... an actual programming network instead of hacking away HTML and JavaScript to further levels, doing stuff that it was never intended to do in the first place.

OTOH, we really should be making real apps instead of webifying real apps. Hm...

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RIM's iPad rival 'arrives next week'

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QNX. Nice.

IIRC, QNX also has a Qt-based GUI thingy, which means you can do GUI apps with relative ease. Good choice for RIM; not sure about switching their OS for a QNX-based one, but then again, given the trouble with BB OS's memory management on devices < 256Mb, it is probably needed. I gotta see this device...

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Oracle to webify mobile Java against Android

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Fix ME

Looks like Oracle is trying to bolt on stuff that should've been in Java ME from the start. They should actually fix the rest of Java ME and put in all the stuff that ME is lacking, like easy Calendar manipulation methods. BlackBerry had to extend ME as it was useless by itself, and it is probably the reason why Google used Harmony for Android in the first place! FIX ME, ORACLE!

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Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide

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So that's why

So that's why Anonymous targeted them as well. I wonder how this would play out in reality; the DoJ has already landed in hot water when a Kentucky judge ruled that a non-US-based domain name could be seized by a US state. Taking over a domain name owned by someone not in the US is something that will definitely unleash a legal and diplomatic firestorm.

I hope that legislators aren't as stupid to pass this thing, and/or Obama to veto this stupid bill. Hell, even Bush blocked the previous one...

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