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Meltdown ahoy!: Net king returns to save the interwebs

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For an expert in "TCP/IP", he seems to forget stuff

TCP/IP is usually known as "the Internet protocol", but there are a lot of things in the TCP/IP stack that are able to handle some of this stuff.

Multicast, anyone? ISPs seem to filter out these things, even though a large chunk of IPv4 address space has been assigned to this. This was designed exactly for the purposes of one-to-many transmissions!

Also, BitTorrent has also mostly solved the central-vs-distributed situation, most games actually use the protocol for updates these days.

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Shell's London office UNDER WATER and besieged by GIANT EELS

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Shell's UPS

In case of losing power, they must be using ELECTRIC EELS!!!

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Why Microsoft is Acorn and Symbian is the new CP/M

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Metal Gear

That's the reason that the first two games in the Metal Gear series were made for the MSX2. In fact, those games themselves are the reason for me to have an MSX2 emulator.

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Blackberry OS

As someone else noted, it probably fits into the role of OS/2. A crapload of ATMs were still using OS/2 Warp well into the 2000s. It is preferred by businesses and power users.

Of course, at least in my country it is also being quickly adopted by the masses, the Blackberry Messenger being a selling point for them. Unlike Gartner, I don't quite think that the BB OS will go away though; the QNX thingy might actually turn up to be a game changer. Of course, it could also be the perfect analogy for OS/2 Warp... but only time will tell that.

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Brits say 'no, no, no' to 3D TV

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Another 1080p LCD TV owner

Same thing over here. Saw the 3D thingy at the store shows, yes they look cool, but it isn't a feature I actually need. OTOH my PS3 screams for 1080p, so that was my primary feature when searching for flatscreens.

Of course, I am glad about this 3D fad, as the 3D-deprived flatscreens have dropped to almost 50% their original price, which is what enabled me to buy an HDTV in the first place. Thanks to 3D, my old 17" tube TV has finally retired.

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GSMA opens the way for Apple SIM

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Software SIM

Dead right on that one. I've chosen GSM over CDMA because of the damned SIM chip, because:

- Private keys are stored inside a smartcard (SIM card) so it is extremely difficult to "clone" cellphones, which was very common during the AMPS era.

- Ease of switching handsets by simply swapping SIM cards, useful when changing handsets or simply when my mobile's battery goes flat and I really, really have to make a call,

- Easy to sell my old handsets because whoever buys it only has to stick a SIM on them.

Losing the physical SIM means we lose the GSM portability, and security goes down to AMPS standards, probably worse. BAD IDEA.

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US may disable all in-car mobile phones

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Emergency Services

So this would actually be more of a safety hazard, as jamming the cellphones means that if you actually HAVE an accident, your cellphone won't be able to call 911. Other drivers noticing the accident will also be unable to report the accident. Genius!

What they should do is increase the penalties for using the cellphone without hands-free solutions, and considering "texting-while-driving" as something equivalent to a DUI. "Crashing while texting" should land no-bail jail time; I'm pretty sure that those kinds of car accidents would drop drastically.

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Hey kids, wanna build your own Vulture 1?

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New class of airplanes

So, what are these paper planes called? The Vulture-class aircraft?

Now I've got to get a bunch of paper straws from that retro hamburger joint...

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Speak geek: The world of made-up language

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The zillion Spanish dialects

Spanish is another example, the fact that it is used in more than half of an entire continent (America) makes it a multi-language in a language, depending on which country you are in, there are loanwords from the original native dialects, incorporated sounds (like sh) and sometimes, words mean different things in different countries. That brings some things like "Xola" (shola), "Tlapaleria" (hardware store in Mexican Spanish), and a couple of Mayan loanwords in the Yucatan peninsula.

Spanish variations have deviated so much that some words have different writing rules, like membership (Membresia, Membrecia), pineapple (Piña over here, some weird word in South America), Apricot (Chabacano, again something else in South America). Also, America-side Spanish is less wary of incorporating English-based words into Spanish, hence computers actually being called "computadora" instead of "sorting machines" (ordenador), files called "archivos" instead of "index cards" (fichero) and such.

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Shakespeare

Oh my. So someone actually translated Shakespeare to "the original Klingon"?

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Coffee/keyboard

You forgot

the 'I need a new keyboard' icon. ;)

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DVD, BD retailers warn punters off non-DVD, BD Xmas gifts

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Games consoles

That play Blu-Ray and games ... good one, they're recommending the PS3 without even mentioning Sony or the PS3! Too bad the 360 backed the wrong horse...

As another commenter said, I no longer buy Christmas presents, and when I do, I buy 'em in January, when the prices are down.

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Facebook bug sin-bins female users

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MSN

I thought those accounts were confined to MSN or whatever that network calls itself now. I'm sick & tired of checking if johannaswissglwabirfdd29 is spam or not.

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Baidu boss: Google don't know China

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To be honest...

Yahoo is now a Yahoo-skinned Bing, and from the other options, only Altavista is worth mentioning. Oh, and didn't Ask pull the plug recently?

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Palin email hacker gets 366 days in custody

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O RLY?

I expect a ton of bullies and snot-nosed kids who hack into their schoolmates' emails to serve 366 days in federal prison, by your logic.

Oh, did you install a keylogger to check your kid's email, because you want to know who he's been talking to? FEDERAL CRIME! GO TO JAIL!

What you fail to realize is that the only reason this kid's getting hard prison time is because it was Palin. I doubt that you'll get the same treatment if someone breaks into your e-mail. Probably Yahoo will tell you "geeze, too bad, but it's a free service!" and that's all you'll get.

Finally, there was no work-related sensitive information ... if there had been something like that, it would be Palin's crime to use Yahoo for official stuff.

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MoD battles copycat hackers

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Prepared Statements FTW

Which actually solve the issue and no crazy "parameter sanitiation" is required. John G Imrie has just posted the PHP-centric solution, Java has PreparedStatements as well. Don't know about .NET though...

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Kinect hacked for OS X

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Pippin 360

Wel DUUUUH ... they wanted to try another shot into the gaming console business!!!

Wonder how would Apple fare with a Pippin 360.

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Nvidia poised to challenge Jobs on tablets

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Apple killed the smartbook star

The iPad killed the not-yet-born ARM-based netbook market. Of course, it is an ARM-based tablet, but it isn't quite a netbook either.

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Pussy-slurping: You think you understand it, BUT YOU DON'T

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Oh dear

Second day in a row that my innuendo meter explodes. Pussy-slurping and robo-trouser snake... coincidence?

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Commission urged to force transparency on network traffic shaping

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People pay ISPs for the bandwidth.

People usually pay for 2Mbps, 5mBPS, 10Mbps and such, that's what they should get. If someone wants to sell internet services with some kind of traffic shaping like prioritising certain kind of traffic over others, they should state they're doing so.

In the case of those telcos that are switching to full-IP networks, and are offering their own phone services & such through the same pipe (FTTP?), those should not include the dedicated bandwidth for such services in the "internet" offering. Say, you get 30Mbps, but 20Mbps are for voice and IPTV, 10Mbps for "unrestricted internet", then it should be sold as that. the 10Mbps part should be governed by the dumbpipe policy.

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So did Windows Phone 7 'bomb in US'?

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Re: to-mah-to

Erm, Latin Americans, at least those from Mexico can manage English pretty well; the problem is that they will be used to American English, not British. However, the "to-mah-to" pronunciation wouldn't be a problem, as it is actually similar to the Spanish word for tomato: tomate sounds like "to-mah-teh".

Anyway, I learned about the to-mah-to pronounciation thanks to the "Attack of the Killer Tomatos" cartoon from the early 90's. One of the episodes involved a war on how to say "tomato".

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I think...

They are trying to copy the iPhone model a little bit too closely, so they are also ditching the features that the iPhone didn't have on its first iteration.

Except they aren't the first one doing this, so even the iPhone users will see the option as inferior, even if their own phones couldn't do that a couple of months/a year ago.

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MS always evil

MS was always evil. They killed CP/M. Then MS killed the DOS clones.

Apple was the one that started fighting IBM, but the closed ecosystem paired with a couple of stumbles in the early PC days meant that the PCs took over the market udring the 90's. Of course, those of us old enough remember when Apple was good in making easy to use OSen and *didn't* have rabid fanboys, or one man imposing his views on the entire company.

IBM has somewhat turned into an "open-source fighter", so it isn't really seen as evil anymore... unless you're stuck with their propietary stuff on mainframes. The other thing that has happened is that most of the IT firms have turned evil: Google, Apple, Oracle, Facebook... so now there isn't "fighting the mammoth" but more like mammoths fighting each other. :)

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Rethinking the iPhone

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Geeze...

I though I spent too much with my $1000 18-month contract. That's for a Blackberry though, and it includes the 18 months of BIS service.

I wouldn't replace an iPhone with two iDevices + dumbphone, I would probably ditch it for a Blackberry or the N900. I just can't make do with a regular handset anymore, when my BB was stolen I was fumbling at sennding even SMS from my 2005 Alcatel dumbphone. Bought the replacement BB about 4 days later!

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Google alerts users to Facebook contacts 'trap'

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Message too wordy

They would get a better effect if they put Admiral Ackbar in that warning page.

DON'T EXPORT YOUR CONTACTS! IT'S A TRAP!

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Apache threatens Oracle with Java exit

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Death Oracle

Now witness the

firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL

battle station! Er... Patent Platform! Um what was I talking about?

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AMD ships first Fusion processors

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Zacate?

That's one word for 'grass' in Mexican Spanish. Should I keep my APU out of reach from my lawnmowwer, then?

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The forgotten, fat generation of Mac Portables

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PageMaker!

That was the Mac's Killer App back in the 80's and early 90's!

At least it was for us...

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680x0

Our LaserPrinter IINTX lasted well over 10 years. It was finally sold in 1999 because my dad needed cash ... and it was *still working*. It had printed something like 80,000 pages or 180,000 pages (can't remember if the counter was one of those rollover at 99,999) by then.

The 680x0 lives on with a couple of low-power devices, notably my TI-89 used one of those. I joked with some of my friends that I could theoretically fire up System 7 or System 6.0.7 on one of those calculators!

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I think I remember SCSI differently as well

It was much more reliable, and you could plug 6 HDDs in the same SCSI chain, unlike IDE which was limited to two. Well, 7 if your Mac didn't have an internal HDD.

Also, the SCSI terminator requirement wasn't needed anymore with SCSI2, the terminating device would automatically terminate itself. BTW, anyone remember the HD Removable Cartridges of that era? I used both the Jasmine Removable 45 and the MDS88 ones. That was before the iomega Jaz/Zip drives...

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Hacker unshackles Kinect from Xbox

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Knockoffs

From the creators of the Sports VII..

Here comes...

The Ki-NEXT!

I just know it's going to be out there; I've already seen stuff like the Sports VII in a large department store.

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iPhone glitch gets US fanbois up on wrong side of bed

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I'm guessing...

that the "rude awakening" consists on said iPhone user waking up, looking at the clock and screaming "OH $H!T! I'M LATE!"

I've had this happen to me on one occasion that I had an early meeting and forgot to change the alarm settings. Nasty situation, indeed!

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Laptops heat up your balls

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Nut roasting!

Laptops are already hot enough for me *not* to consider putting them on my lap. Fortunately, most of the time I've required using a laptop, I have some kind of table to put the laptop on. On airplanes, this used to mean using the dinner tray for the laptop, or the next seat if it was free. Oh, I haven't flown with a laptop on-board since July 2001, don't know what kind of restrictions apply for laptops these days...

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US smartphones – Once you’ve had Android there’s no going back

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Really surprised?

A good part of the iPhone's success is similar to the iPod's success ... a nice touchscreen phone that's actually easy to use and looks nice. However, it is expensive.

For those only searching for a phone with a lot of features and a nice interface, Android does seem to be a cheaper alternative that fulfills most of their expectations. Hell, even the Nokia Xpressmusic running Symbian fulfills some of these users' expectations! It is no real surprise that Android handsets are now robbing the iPhone from its target market.

The Blackberry marketshare has been mostly static in the US, though here in Mexico I have seen the 'berries gain ground among first-time smartphone users. I think that BB Messenger and heavy marketing on behalf of both RIM and carriers (as BIS contracts mean more $$$ to them) are the main drive behind BB adoption.

The greatest loser in the smartphone wars is actually WinMo; HTC users are switching to the Android-powered HTC's, while other smartphone users are simply jumping to Android because they fulfill what they wanted and have no need for RDP/Exchange stuff.

Finally, Symbian might still march on, if only because some of the Nokia handsets carry it and so some users not specifically searching for a smartphone will have a Symbian handset without knowing it.

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BOFH: You just can't go around killing people

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Return of the BOFH Killer Robot

So the BOFH *did* pull it out from the basement after all!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/11/21/the_killer_bofh_bot/

This is the bot Simon's using to hunt the other, Terminator gone DieHard bot. Woohoo!!!

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Disguised impostor clears international flight

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Real-Life Total Recall?

Looks like something out of Total Recall to me.

- How long are you going to stay in Canada?

- TWO WEEEEEKS

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Ex-Red Hatters eye Larry's MySQL wobblers

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We the Postgres People

There are a lot of us that consider PostgreSQL as a main DBMS. I have done so since 1998. While I did initially jump to the MySQL craze, MySQL's disregard on transactions put me off, especially when the 3.x documentation insisted on telling me that transactions were not needed.

MySQL did get the spotlight for most of the Noughties, but thanks to Oracle, Postgres may finally come back and replace MySQL as the preferred open-source DBMS.

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Android wins devs' hearts and minds

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Different horses...

I also looked at that graph with suspicion... but there is a point with separating iPhone and iPad. the iPhone is, well, a phone, so there are some iPhone apps that wouldn't make sense on an iPad. Similarly, big-screen iPad apps wouldn't make sense on the iPhone/iTouch.

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HTC forgets Norwegian alphabet

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ae

It's still pretty much there in UK's spelling of words like paedophile, encyclopaedia, etc.

The Spanish language has used to have a couple of weird non-letter letters like "ch", "ll" which are really sounds, not letters. Thanks to technology these non-letters have been excised from the Spanish alphabet.

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SMS Fail

I've noticed that a lot of recent phones and smartphones alike lack the acute tilde for SMS messages. áéíóú don't appear, except for é ... but the reverse tildes àèìòù do appear. I blame this lack of support for all that bad typing the Spanish-speaking-and-writing yoof have these days! Also, no ü character... lazy SMS people!

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Apple coughs to time zone problems

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So...

This is going to be something akin to the Sony's PSN "fix" then. Their "fix" with "Feb 29, 2010" was to sit their asses all day and claim it was "fixed" when Mar. 2, 2010 00:00 GMT came by.

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Shut up, Spock! – how Battlestar Galactica beat Trek babble

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Don't forget Starship Troopers

I remember distinctly that for all the high tech shown everywhere else (including the nuclear RPGs), the future troops still used regular ammunition. The only appropiate weaponry is shown at the end of the movie, where we see rifles causing explosions in the last "Federal Network" broadcast.

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Aircraft bombs may mean end to in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile

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Collateral Damage

That movie was made *before* 9/11, yet it already featured a Nextel-detonated bomb. Twice. I somehow believe that the cellphone-triggered bombs were already a well-thought idea before the Madrid bombings!

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No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed

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Re: Geeks?? Where??

Same thing over here. When I mentioned that I had bought a used Cisco Catalyst 2950 switch, a lot of former college friends asked me why would I want something like that. I responded that it was so I could separate my home network into 3 VLANs. It brought another ton of "why?" questions.

It really, really seems that "because I want to tinker with this stuff" is no longer accepted even withing CompSci grads. :(

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Most smartphone users breach employers’ security, says survey

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Um, which circumvention?

If the company's network is locked down, what use is it to get your smartphone on the corporate network? No internet access with your PC, the same will apply to your gadget. The smartphone will do a better job of doing internetty stuff all by itself... in fact, I originally bought my first BlackBerry back in 2008 because of my then employer blocking all internet access. Technically, you aren't putting your company at risk for using your BB to surf/chat/whatever.

However, if you actually use the smartphone to poke a hole to the public Internet, there I can see a big problem.

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LimeWire (finally) dies under judge's gavel

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Identity theft

"If it was a file containing your person details that was downloaded, you'd be first in line to call it theft."

That particular crime is "Identity theft" or "False Impersonation" depending on your jurisdiction; the data can't be "stolen" by itself, it is the use of said information for fraudulent activities the one that is punished by law.

And as everyone has mentioned before, "copyright infringement != theft". It's been proven every single frickin' time that copied stuff does not translate to lost sales. It isn't harmless either, but it is definitely *not* threat.

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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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