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2517 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

RIM's BlackBerry OS 6 may be too late to fend off Apple

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Point (1)

The point on (1) also adds up that BES does that over an secure link; also the BES will push e-mails to your 'berry, instead of your iPhone polling Exchange to check "is there any new mail?"

Also, the same BES encrypted link will protect any browsing you do from your 'berry, even while using public WiFi hotspots. :)

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Symantec buys PGP and GuardianEdge too

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Start the Darth Vader scream

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Network Associates nearly killed it, Symantec might well kill it for sure.

I really hope they'll honor my "lifetime license", as I really don't need all those upgrades they're offering. And something tells me that I won't need them at all, as they will be bloatware.

Crap.

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HP agrees to buy Palm for $1.2bn

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Dump iPAQs, keep Palmphones with webOS

I'd like to see HP dumping the crappy WinMo stuff. Especially now that Windows Phone 7 is coming, which sucks donkey balls.

WebOS at the very least has PalmOS/GarnetOS backwards compatiblity, and there are still some apps out there for that OS.

Palm should live on, it wasn't that bad, was it?

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Nokia asks ever so nicely for return of missing prototype

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Re: Open Source

At least it is a widely used language with C++, and not some Smalltalk wannabe like Objective-C.

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Adobe clutches chance to bury Steve Jobs 'hog' insult

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Do you realize?

That most Adobe apps were frickin' *born* in the Mac? The only reason the dev cycle reversed from Mac -> windows to windows -> mac was for market share reasons.

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Nokia's lost weekend ends with N8?

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Yeah

Maemo seems to be a better option. Though they ditched that, and turned it into MeeGo (who the hell gave it that name? Sounds like a kid's toy!). Though it seems that MeeGo is more Maemo than Moblin, so that would be nice to try.

Non-removable battery sounds like a deal-braker, though.

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Don't try to sleep with your iPad, doctor warns

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Simple solution

Don't sleep with your backlit-LCD devices turned on. Very simple, indeed.

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RIM unwraps the BlackBerry Pearl 3G

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Flip 3G?

I'd like to see a Flip 3G. That is the only one that I'd consider to use, considering that I'd lose the full-blown QWERTY keyboard.

I hate the "candybar" factor, unless it gives me a QWERTY keyboard. Still, I'd like to see a slidking BB...

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Ridley Scott talks up 'nasty' Alien prequel

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Alien

What would Ridley Scott do?

It could be that it will be more similar in style to the first Alien movie, as that one is the only one he did.

I disliked the third movie; Dark Horse Comics' "Aliens: Earth War" was much better than the tripe we were given with Alien3. Hell, even Alien 4 looks better than Alien3!

A prequel might actually work... The Company already knew about LV426, that's why the Nostromo had that return route plotted. It could be that they knew because somebody had already found the thing. So it's workable...

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Steve Jobs snuffs App-Store-for-Mac rumor

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Not for now....

I will only say "Remember SONY". They also said that they would never remove OtherOS from fat PS3s. They did so about a month before they removed it.

Jobs has turned around so many times, everyone is used to this.

- G4 is "teh best processor"! Intel Sucks!

- The iPhone will NEVER have third-party native apps! Webapps r teh shiznit!

- Multitasking? Who needs that?

- Cut & Paste? Who needs that?

- MMS isn't supported because nobody uses it

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HP: last Itanium man standing

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HP killed PA-RISC

HP did the idiotic decision of killing PA-RISC. I'll never forgive them for that.

As much as I loathe Intel, I would like to see the Itanium fare better, if only to get RISC stuff to take over the x86/64 market. But that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon.

Maybe HP should revive PA-RISC, or even try to chime in with SPARC. Bring back the real processors!

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Jobsian drones shackle gamer with 'lifetime' iPad ban

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WTF?

Incorrect label = WIN!

Actually, in the US you *can* buy something for what the product has been mis-labelled for. They will only check the mis-labelled price tag, and then proceed to sell it to you for that exact price. I think that the "transaction refusal" may also fall under discrimination laws as well, so I doubt that they'd be able to do this as well.

However, I've seen "quotas" on big events, like concerts and such so I'm not quite sure if quotas are also legal on things that aren't really that finite. You can always buy an iPad, but there is a finite amount of tickets for your standard Metallica concert, so quotas do make sense in the latter case.

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except this isn't a concert ticket

Concert tickets are very finite; you'll have something like 20k tickets per event, and you can't quite fabricate more tickets for those. iPads can be manufactured, and if you want to buy a zillion of them, you should be able to do so.

Limits on products sounds more like the USSR brand of 'socialism' than luxury product sales policies. BTW, luxury stuff is bought on stores, someone stockpiling on luxury products is just wasting his/her time, as those who are interested won't buy them from a "shady guy" selling it at twice the price.

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Android on an iPhone? There's an app for that

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Use for unsupported iPhones?

So his Jobsiness decided to completely cut off the 2G iPhone, and ban the 3G from having true multitasking ... at least down the official route.

Now you can keep your iPhone updated ... with ANOTHER OS! hahahahaha!

I doubt Apple will be amused by this. It means that their artificially obsoleted iPhones can be actually upgraded and kept everything but obsolete. This hack works only on 'older' iPhones, so whoever wants to run this will buy a used iPhone. Apple doesn't get any cash on used iPhones. Whooops!!!

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Mobile network hack reveals sensitive cellphone data

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Nothing to worry?

Well, given that Caller ID in Mexico doesn't send the owner's name (only the phone number), it seems this doesn't affect me.

Cell tracking isn't very accurate, so they'll be able to pinpoint me ... within a 500 meter range. Meh.

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'Gossips' say Apple will acquire ARM

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DON'T.

Apple would only have two motivations to buy ARM:

- It wants a stranglehold on the predominant chip, so it will hog it and make it an Apple exclusive. That would screw up all other mobile producers real good.

- It is still allied with Intel, and plans to murder ARM so that Intel will reign supreme with its crappy Atom chip.

None of those options look good. I hope this is just a stupid rumor, similar to the AMD switch from last week. Otherwise, I'm going to be pretty mad!

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McAfee false positive bricks enterprise PCs worldwide

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McAfee?

I ceased to use McAffee in 1994, when it successfully destroyed NATAS. .. only to curl up and die because of an "unknown" virus. That "unknown" was DIR II.

I reverted to MS Antivirus back then (remember CPAV? MS bought them!), and later to Norton. I'm currently using avast!, though I had a brush with ZoneAlarm/Checkpoint... until they also brought upon me a bad false positive. Whoops!

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First among SQLs

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SQuirreL!

I've seen worse abominations than pronouncing SQL as Sequel: One "IT guru" claimed that he was a "seequa server" expert. Huh?

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If you ever feel like SQL is bad...

You should check something called MUMPS. Now *that* is absolute terror!

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Cyberattack lifted Google password system code, says report

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Even more embarassing...

The fact that the "hack" surely began when the aforementioned employee clicked on one of those oh-so-common links that botnets send, like "WATCH MY NUDE PICS!" or "TSUNAMI HITS! WATCH VIDEO!".

That is one of the reasons my missus doesn't have an Admin account on my home PC ... her defunct laptop used to get hit by those links. Mind you, I blame those annoying "Tap to Click" trackpads, too easy to click when you don't want to click.

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Newtonian Rock shop leaks iPad prices

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Newton a tablet?

I was under the impression the Newton was a PDA, not a tablet PC. However, the name did bring a couple of giggles...

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Should all hard drives be encrypted?

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You haven't used PKI, have you?

The "password" isn't just there for verification reasons. The harddrive key isn't stored "in the clear" at all, it is also encrypted itself using *noather* key, which is derived from the aforementioned "password". So either you guess the password, or engage on brute-force cracking the HD key. Good luck with that!

OTOH, there are those nifty solutions involving freezing the RAM sticks and dumping its contents... but that would take a determined hacker with physical access to the laptop while it is still running.

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One password to rule them all

I wouldn't put my passwords on a standard mobile phone ... but some smartphones have a "password vault" app which securely stores your passwords. My Blackberry has such an app, and if I ever lose the thing, not only will the other user be unable to read my passwords, my backup can be easily restored unto another BB and I will be able to get my password store as well!

Oh yes, the passwords are encrypted, even when backed up. :)

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Chinese go beyond binary with ternary molecule

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The Daily WTF

I think I know what this can be used for. The now-famous TDWTF BOOL implementation:

TRUE

FALSE

FILE_NOT_FOUND

can now be represented at the register level!!!

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India boasts more mobes than bogs

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Squat toilet

I doubt any Indians will be using their mobes while on the toilet, given the fact that they use the "squat" variant of the toilet. They don't quite sit on them .... the position required to use those "toilets" means that losing any concentration will end up into said user going down into ... well, you get the idea.

And may God help you if you have to use one of these while suffering diarrhea!!!

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MySQL fork duo tear down Oracle's Iron Man fantasy

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innoDB

My question would be: are they planning on implementing something like InnoDB? MySQL by itself isn't very useful thanks to Monty's "we don't need no steeeeenkin' transactions" mentality, thus MyISAM lacks transactions.

If any fork wants to free intself from Oracle, it should implement a transactional engine as well. Otherwise, it will remain at the mercy of Oracle.

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Nintendo beats Wii patent infringement rap

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It was Sony

The Sixaxis claim of prior art comes from the Playstation's DualShock controller. Which would've looked even weirder in Nintendo HQ: "Hey guys, our main competitor made the thing before!"

Granted that the "Sixaxis" controller as such came with the PS3, but the concept might have been patented by Sony well in advance of the actual accelerometer being added; also you might claim that the dual analog sticks give six-axis movement capabilities.

Anyway, good for Nintendo. Troll icon, though I'd like to use a 'dead troll' one.

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Steve Jobs: 'Pad? That's my word'

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I predict a double whammy

With the current trend of Jobsism, I can predict that this attitude will lead to a never before seen scenario, something I'll call the "Atari/Nintendo crash". Everyone knows about the Videogame Crash of 1983/84, and how Nintendo got the gaming companies to flock en masse to the PSX. Jobs will bring BOTH things to Apple:

- Pissing off the developers over idiotic stuff will not bring any friends to Apple. If they manage to piss off the big devs (the ones doing the good apps), they will leave en masse to either the Blackberry appworld, or the growing Android platform. I wish they went to Palm, but it doesn't seem to be so appealing right now. Anyway, this would be the "Playstation" effect.

- The remaining devs will be either the Jobs fanbois, or the lazy iFart suckers that churn a lot of useless apps. These guys will saturate the AppStore such that it will reach critical mass, and people will just stop buying apps. This happened with all the Atari crap games on clearance, triggering the Crash.

Eventually, the well will go dry, and the whole "... there's an app for that!" marketing campaign will backfire, as the "selling point" will no longer be valid. Users with lapsing contracts will switch to Android or Blackberry, and the fall of the almighty iPhone will be complete.

Sadly, this seems to be the only way that Apple will ever understand that Jobs' attitude is hurting them.

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iPod implicated in US attack sub prang

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It was Deep Purple

I don't know what he was hearing before the crash, but I'm pretty sure the iPod skipped to "Smoke in the Water" afterwards.

Engines, full ahead!

>CRASH<

I didn't know that the navigator could get into Deep $h*t for listening Deep Purple....

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Adobe man to Apple: 'Go screw yourself'

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Adobe's good, but I'd wonder about which tools I'd use

Photoshop - Sure

Acrobat - Definitely!

Flash - I hate Flash-only sites. I'd only use 'em for games, but anything beefier will be done using JSF or Struts. HTML good! Flash bad!

Erm ... I think I just passed through all the stuff I would use from 'em. There was another one (PageMaker) which they acquired from Aldus, but it seems they wanted everyone to use its expensive sibling InDesign so they killed the app in which my CV and most of my serious documents were made in. Ironically, PageMaker was one of the Mac's "killer apps", looks like Jobs doesn't care about the companies that gave them the killer apps...

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BlackBerry sees iPhone shrink in rear view mirror

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In fact, it might fare worse

Mixing in the worldwide stats would give Nokia, not Apple, the jump into King of the Smartphones. Apple isn't doing much outside the US, specifically here in Mexico where the iBone is directly competing with the knockoff hiPhone. I've only seen like 4 iPhones in my life that aren't some mobile carrier showcase handset. Meanwhile, I'm seeing more and more Blackberries, a bunch of Nokias, SonyEriccson and lately even Samsungs being used as smartphones.

I'm pretty sure that even factoring in worldwide sales, RIM would still be over Apple; they've got all those enterprise-provided berrys plus a growing userbase in the consumer market. Apple only has the consumerist user buying the latest fad, or the Jobs worshippers buying them. If they actually release an iPhone 4, I'd wonder if it would sell that much... most of the people that wanted an iPhone should have one now, and only the iPhone1 users would be tempted to trade in theirs.

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Can Oracle Swing it on SWT in Java?

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All the nice tools get killed, except Netbeans.

At least I can be safe that they won't kill the remaining Java IDE I actually like. I've been through the following ones:

- JBuilder. It was so bad, I threw it away and switched to emacs.

- Emacs - Nice to use in the graphical system ... the shortcuts are too complicated to learn em, but at least back then emacs did have parsing, braces/paren checks and even colored the code to show reserved words.

- vim - Pretty much the same as emacs, useful when I didn't have X.

- VisualAge - Now this one was a pretty good GUI, compared to what was available back then (2000). It was also the first one I remember that allowed us to visually build the UI stuff. It did lack autocomplete, but it was pretty good for what it was.

- Weblogic Workshop - The 8.1 version was pretty damn good for the backend stuff: EJB, Web Services, and even Struts for the webby stuff. Much better than the weird Eclipse plugin that superseded it...

- NetBeans - Good for UI building, and excellent for building Enterprise Apps with EJBs. I still use this one as my main IDE.

- Eclipse. Everything's weird, it isn't even similar to VisualAge... I just don't like it. Only used when forced to. I think IBM should've stuck with VisualAge.

I haven't seen JDeveloper, but given that JBuilder sucked donkey balls I doubt it's any good.

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IBM tears up open source patent pledge, claims FOSS

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I'd rather have a System z, but...

I understand the need to defend the mainframe stuff ... I would definitely not want one of the few non-Intel architectures to die off thanks to having a zillion users running z/OS on junk archs (x86, x64).

But this case would be interesting ... if TurboHercules wins, it will set a nice precedent to take down the *other* company that insists in controlling the hardware on which its OS runs, and you know who I'm talking about.

At least IBM can claim their System z iron performs better than a junk PC ... but the fruity PCs have the same junk inside 'em.

Let's see how this unfolds...

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Developers turn sour on Apple iPad

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Fanboi fest! Yay!

Dude, chill off. The iPad devel sourness is happening with those who *aren't* already iPhone devs, which are quite a bunch of us. The iPhone's lack of multitasking isn't acceptable, but transferring this "feature" to the iPad is just downright stupid. The last portable computer I had that didn't multitask was a 386 Portable PC. Even my 1996 PalmPilot was able to multitask.

Heh, if anything, the iPad isn't being the "big hit" the iPhone was, so that should be a wake-up call for the Church of Jobs. And no, it ain't El Reg who's saying that the iPad isn't living up to the hype. Its all the other media...

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Apple to reveal hallowed iPhone 4.0 on Thursday

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Yeah, right.

Because you don't need to copy that stuff from Excel into that e-mail you're sending. Or use the calculator while sending an SMS. Or having some app open, take a pic and return to the app.

Things that my BlackBerry can manage, but the Jobsian gadget still is unable to do. Regular users may not care about this stuff, but *smartphone* users expect to have these features on their smartphones. This is one of the reasons the iPhone is still seen by many as an overpriced toy phone.

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MS sees Windows 7 leap, but XP workhorse refuses to die

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I'd think about going up to Win7...

I might think about going all the way up to Win7... but good ole MS seems to ignore the fact that many of us gave a pass on Vista. WinXP *CANNOT* be upgraded to Win7. Too bad for MS, that means that even if I have a valid reason to jump up to Win7 (specifically, I'd like to see the full 4Gb o' RAM in my PC) won't do so.

MS FAIL.

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PS3 update to rid all consoles of Linux support

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If you want to....

upvote this one:

http://share.blog.us.playstation.com/ideas/2010/03/29/dont-remove-ability-of-other-os-in-future-update/

basically asking for sony to refrain from removing OtherOS.

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Really, REALLY frickin' mad!

I have a PS3. I play games on it. I also use it as a testing lab because it is the only frickin' thing that lets me run Linux on something else than shitty x86 arch processors, and has an interesting enough arch to code for.

This is one of the few times I wish I lived in the US, as I'd definitely start a class-action lawsuit against something like this!

The feature was advertised, and it is even included in the PS3 manuals ... so removing it does fall under "bait and switch" legislation. Come on guys, sue 'em!

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Kit attacks Microsoft keyboards (and a whole lot more)

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Weak encryption? More like 'bit operation'

"The exploit worked because communications in the devices are protected by a weak form of encryption known as xor, which is trivial to break."

XOR'ing bytes is the first step into encryption... and the simplest to "crack", as you only have 256 possible 'keys'. Bad, bad Microsoft!

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Apple display patent enslaves sun

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Everything has been done already?

Sunlit screens = transflective displays. Also, the first Gameboy Color if anyone remembers that fiasco...

Sensing how much light there is in the ambient ... well, both of my Blackberries have been able to do that for quite some time.

I would be more amused if someone came up with a cellphone with the ability to charge under the sun ... Solar-powered smartphones FTW!!!

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Apple director 'disgusted' by Jobsian health secrets

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In fact, TFA is right

What the article states is that Jobs is basically running the company as if it were *his* company, as in "I own all the stocks", or as if it were a private company, not a publically-traded one. Yet another sign of his control fetiche showing its face.

I think that when Jobs leaves (or dies), Apple might stumble, but all the "control freak" stuff might go out, and *then* Apple will once more be a nice company. Currently, it seems like they turned into the very Big Brother they "attacked" in their famous '1984' video.

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Hackers hit where they live

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How water discovered

"Analysis of the sender’s IP address, rather than the IP address of the email server, reveals the true source of these targeted attacks.”

No shit, Sherlock. I've known that since 1996, ever since Eudora allowed me to send email from my PC instead of directly sending it from the UNIX Workstations. That's why the headers usually stamp the originating SMTP server *and* the originating IP from which the email actually came from.

The thing is that it is mostly the zombie PC sending the e-mail, so even this source IP might end up being irrelevant. :(

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Nintendo confirms 3D handheld console coming

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It ain't the only one, silly!

The PSP Go manages to do most of that as well. And you can buy real games, not some cheap knockoff on popular titles as well!

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As long as they don't pull up a Virtual Boy again...

That one could actually do 3D, if you consider an AutoCAD-ish wireframe image a "3D experience".

On other matters, I wonder how many of those "mobile developers" are actually games developers. Namco? SquareEnix? Capcom? id Software? Valve? Irrational? Konami? Somehow I doubt Street Fighter 4 is available for the iBone/iTouch, or Pokemon or <insert best-selling game here>. Real mobile gamers already have a DS or a PSP. N-Gage tried to do this and failed, and that one had fairly proper game controls.

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Botnet pierces Microsoft Live through audio captchas

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This would explain!

So this is why I've been receiving a lot of add requests from RosieJosieMax5666943@hotmail.com or such asking me to see her nekkid cam... really, these bot accounts have been around for the past 6 months, maybe more.

Looks like MSFT needs to add some complexity to the audio files. Some random background noise, coupled with some salting to botch MD5/SHA1 hash checks should do the trick.

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IBM kills off second-gen Cell blade server

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Damn!

Does this mean that one of the few processors that actually does something interesting (the Cell) is going poof? Come on! IBM should be pushing these processors everywhere, not axing them!

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Nerd alert: First Lucid Lynx Ubuntu beta fun

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MP3

Goody! I remember that one of the turn-offs of Linux is that starting with Red Hat 9, they started disabling the mp3 codec because of "patent problems". OGG support is nice, but useless outside the nerdy geek community. MP3 is by far the standard for most everyday users, lack of MP3 support won't bring in the "mortal" users to Linux. Nice to see that Ubuntu is actually taking back mp3 into their distro! :)

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Facebook stands up to UK.gov's cyberbullying

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Panic button?

Really? This sounds as retarded as the "emergency email system" that the Virginia Tech staff toted as a "state-of-the-art" emergency announcement system that saves lives. I wouldn't trust a "webcast" or an e-mail to send life-threatening alerts like "SHOOTER ALERT!"; I wouldn't even think of a crappy 'panic button' to save me from fugly predator pedophiles. The real danger is in frickin' REAL LIFE, which is why you should meet people from the 'net in public places. Ashleigh Hall should've met this "kid" in a public place, and verify he was really the guy she thought he was before accepting to "go home with him".

It seems like Stupidity was what killed this teen. Big Red buttons are useless unless they're actually there when you're being assaulted.

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China Mobile pleads for compatible iPhone

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Ironically, China's "CDMA" seems to be better than CDMA2000

China's version of CDMA uses SIM cards, which means you have the interchangeable SIM card us GSM users are used to. The nice feature that gives you the ability to swap handsets & keep your number without dealing with your carrier. Hell, that's the main reason I hate CDMA, having the handset directly associated with my mobile number is so 1999.

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After Sony PSP phone, a 3G Nintendo DS?

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Proper titles pull more gamers

The DS games may be more expensive than an iBone app/game, but at least they are known titles, the kind of games that pull in hardcore gamers. You know, the kind of demographics the DS-phone would be actually targetting. What would you rather play, Mario Kart or iDontKnowWho's Kart? Pacman or "Pecman"? You get what you pay for.

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