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What are you, APPLE? Storage upstart patents filesystem wrapper tech

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TBH, Apple is the poster child for "patenting frivolous things" in IT space, and while they aren't quite a patent troll (they actually do use their patents in their products) the whole "rounded corners" thing has made them the laughingstock whenever patents and IT are involved.

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Hm...

I'm guessing at least ZFS already does stuff like this, unless they're going for the "but we do it in TEH CLOUDZ!" angle. Anyway, it's possible they'll succeed thanks to that horrible "America Invents Act" where prior art is no longer a patent breaker if it hasn't been patented first. That act made patent trolls very happy!

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Dude, relax – it's Just a Bunch Of Disks: Our man walks you through how JBODs work

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Hehe

I was wondering "but it's still a JBOD" until I read the particular implementation involving ZFS. Yes, a JBOD is useful if you're doing ZFS as the resiliency upon losing an HDD is managed by ZFS instead of a RAID controller card. Bonus points for having an array accessible by two servers!

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PC market: ABANDON HOPE all ye who enter here

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Why oh why doesn't MS see the elephant in the room? It's the Metro/Modern UI, stupid! It does work on tablets, though even there it is possible that Windows has become an anti-brand. People sat through Vista, given current market trends both consumer and businesses are going to sit through 8.x. They are in grave danger of losing the consumer market for good; nobody really needs win8 for common consumer tasks where win7 is enough.

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

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It depends on your "nowadays"

Unreal (1998? 1999?) came out with a very clear disclaimer that the game might have bugs, it might not even work, and a smiley face. Sure, old console generations would be pickier with bugs as ROM cartridges couldn't be patched even if you could do so due to the game living in ROM. But even then old games had bugs; some of them horrible. There's a particular one in Megaman 1 where getting hit right when you beat Dr. Wily would crash the game and deprive you of the ending. Oh, and that game is the hardest Megaman ever, and it lacks password/continue capabilities. Ouch!

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This is going to be fun

All those MS shilltards trashing the PS4 "blue light of death" finding out that the XB1 has similar defects. It would be even hilarious if the Xbone ends up having a worse failure rate; however I think they'll end up being pretty much the same this time 'round.

It does seem that the quality of most stuff these days is going down the gutter. Maybe a side effect of outsourcing everything to China?

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Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

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It did.

They're comparing week-1 sales of the PS3 vs. week-1 sales of the XB1. On the long run, the PS3 ended up outselling the 360 by a low margin, and that's even before shaving off those who bought RROD replacements.

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Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

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So...

Who's left in id Software then? Most of the original team had left, IIRC John Carmack was probably the only one left. Sadly, I'm guessing this means I won't be getting my Doom 4. At. All.

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Guess which major US telco ISN'T cracking down on premium SMS spam?

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Re: PSMS scamming only exists in the US and Canada @AC Brazil

If Brazil is operating under the scheme I think it is, no it isn't the same as PSMS. Here in Mexico, the popular scam is related to "get jokes for "free", send an SMS to 77666" or something like that. What you're actually doing is setting up a recurring subscription which is automatically deducted against your phone number. Of course, this auto charge will persist even if you stop using said phone number, and it gets reassigned to someone else. So the lesson is not to fall for those stupid SMS offers at all!

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It's the games, STUPID: Sony makes 'about $18' on each PlayStation 4

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The "dickpunch" whatever is a CAD joke that indeed is growing stale. But then so is the MS powered FUD going on. I'd like to see what happens when the X Bone starts failing as well...

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Re: Faking accounting,evading taxes..more marketing bull.

Nice to see the house is cracking down on shills! :) Now can you shoot down TheVogon's auto-libel posts? It's getting really obvious these days he's mostly FUDding for money...

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Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

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Re: Ah, but why did they sell the dumb phones?

Nokia went from 40+% *worldwide* to a measly 12% … and you call that affordable? I don't think that's affordable at all.

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

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Re: Shows how stupid it is having one indicator that covers all possible failures

I'm reminded of cars. I still remember when they had lights to give a hint on what could be wrong, while these days they have a single "CHECK ENGINE" light. Damned if you know what happened!

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Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight

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Re: DRAMA!!!!

Not all software engineers are quack. And while EE's do a good job, we are using the world's shittiest arch anyway, x86. Hopefully this tech switch will poen up real opportunities for the tech world to get rid of that junk...

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Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

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Re: Hardware non-issues

Yadda yadda yadda. The MS shill machine fires up again. Remember that the dudes that pay you to spread FUD also downplayed the infamous RROD. And given failure rates with modern electronics, I wouldn't be surprised if the X-Bone ends up having similar and/or worse failure rates anyway! The real test will be if the failure rates stay as they currently are after a couple of months, which would mean there is a real problem with the devices.

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Re: "how laughably partisan gamers still are"

Or the eternal fight over calling it Linux or "GNOO slash Leenuks"

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SECRET draft copyright treaty LEAKED: Meet the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Mexico agreeing to Copyright Extension

Not really surprised that my own country is asking for Copyright limits to be applied globally. It is the only country that has a longer limit on copyright duration, being 10 years more than in the US post-Mickey Mouse Protection Act.

Hopefully the leaking of TPP to the public will bring up a SOPA-style shitstorm; that was what killed the infamous ACTA as well.

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Netflix, YouTube video killed the BitTorrent star? Duo gobble web traffic

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Re: Confused by Netflix

Here in Mexico, the Netflix site started showing the low monthly fee the day the service was launched for my country. Funnily, the Netflix client had been sent to my PS3 in some previous firmware update so I knew they were going to open up here "someday".

But the way I learned about Netflix actually opening up here? The day they started offering Netflix here, someone turned on the TV and I heard a Netflix ad!

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Not in my country

My ISP is owned by that famouns billionaire Carlos Slim. The one thing he doesn't own is a TV station or TV cable co. So at least he isn't trying to throttle my content! :)

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

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Re: Plane phone usage

I was thinking along these lines as well. I remember the AirPhone era ... And I distinctly remember the LACK of usage of said phones given they were extremely expensive. I used 'em once, to tell my dad the flight was running late (thus being one of those 57s calls) and I once saw a Mexican "diputado" use it like a public payphone. Ah, Mexican taxes at work!

I'm guessing the voice pricing on this feature will be high enough to make it as used a feature as the good ole AirPhone. Also, why bother with calls? You can already send BBM/Whatsapp/email/FB/whatever with the (failry expensive) wifi, why pay extra?

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But...

It doesn't work like that. The "calls" go through WiFi. Which makes me think that T-Mobile users probably could do this anyway with their "calls over wifi" feature?

The cellphone jammer wouldn't do anything except maybe interfering with the plane itself. You crashed the plane! Good job!

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'Last EVER REAL Nokia' phone heads for Verizon, leaky pic-spurt reveals

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I do wonder what will happen with the Nokia dumbphone lines; those are the grunt force that's still widely used. The MS-infested abortions aren't that liked though; it's probably good for Nokia to disassociate its good brand with those turds.

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Meh.

The 'last ever real Nokia' phone released was the last one that carried Symbian. The MS-powered abortions were the beginning of MS borging and thus don't count as true Nokias.

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How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 YEARS AGO

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Re: I expect to get a zillion downvotes but...

Wow, I have to agree with Orlowski on this, really. Indeed the Google argument is the exact same reasoning the NSA is using to justify the data slurp; PRISM and such isn't "reading" because no human eyes are reading the emails according to the spooks. The same arguments Google has used.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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Re: @rcorrect

As a very recent motorcycle rider (as you drive cars, but you ride bikes ;), I have to say: there are awful drivers on all categories. Bad cyclists, bad bikers and bad drivers. I agree a lot that bicycles should have their own confined lanes. Speed differential is too high in main roads, a Darwin Award candidate is more likely to earn his/her Darwin Award without the confined bikeways. There's also the thing that I'm wearing a full enclosed helmet + body armor when riding a motorcycle; most cyclists will be wearing a styrofoam half-helmet at most. Good for bicycle speed accidents, not so good when you suffer a close encounter of the lorry kind!

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Crypto protocols mostly crocked says euro infosec think-tank ENISA

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FIPS mode

I've found out that those products that allow your SSL to run in "FIPS mode" will automatically discard the crappy legacy ciphers immediately. That's a good thing, even if the protocol hasn't been updated that much.

I hope all the Snowden NSA brouhaha will finally get most organizations off 3DES; DES has been cracked for 14 years and I doubt 3DES is that much secure.

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FIERY DEATH awaits all who stroke mobes mid-flight? Nope, says FAA

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What's the new relaxed rules then?

Turning off devices during takeoff and landing has been in place since 1996.

Keeping your devices with the cellphone reception OFF has also been in place since said year.

So what's new? Just the Bluetooth relaxation? Not really that much of a relaxation. Maybe this means you can watch DVDs on your lappy though; "laser devices" are banned during flight. I'd like to know if GPS is allowed … I've always wanted to get a screenshot of a GPS recording 1000 km/h speeds!

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New leak claim: NSA saw hole in Mexican prez's email box - and hacked it

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Re: Mexico's chances at going to the WC: slim

As a Mexican, we all know there needs not to be an international conspiracy for Mx to lose its chances to make it to the World Cup. A certain media mogul (think the Mexican Rupert Murdoch) has its grubby hands all over the Mexican 'Selección' and has screwed over the team for profits. Said screw-ups now cost him the surefire entry into the WC, and a lot of us hope MX will lose the WC ticket as that would probably mean that said media mogul will get kicked out from the team's management.

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Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

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Re: Ollila says there were several reasons for Nokia's spectacular decline

To be honest, Android would've been a bad choice as well. Had they pushed Meego a bit further, they might have done it well. Even Symbian Belle was looking pretty good, and that platform had a lot of developers before the Elopocalypse.

Hell, they had more options, going for a third-party OS was a last resort. MS should have always been a NO choice, especially if you've read how Symbian came into existence. Nokia had risen an alliance to counter MS in the mobile space, years before MS even digged the smartphone market!

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'Patent trolling' InterDigital CAN ask ITC to ban Nokia mobes: Supreme Court

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If it still were Nokia

I'd be saddened by this. But it is now Microsoft who will bear the load on this, so screw 'em. They themselves are patent trolls on other issues, like the ransom they charge against Linux distros and Android.

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Re: Odd.

But sex-mad? Absolutely not ... he was tech-mad. I never even saw him look at porn.

Watching porn is usually done when you have a lack of sex, or at least that was the case in college. Those who aren't watching porn aren't uninterested in sex, they're porking daily! Thus Steve's behavior would match someone having lots of rumpy pumpy...

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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Re: Use a mail client

Sound advice but not having to use a client is the main reason web mail exists.

Um.... nope. The main reason webmail exists is because it allows people to keep their email addy if they ever switch ISPs or their jobs. Of course, it later started turning into a given to have email access everywhere via a web interface, but the main reason for using free webmails is still the ISP/work independence.

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Re: And....

"1990 is still a bit early. Text-only Internets were all the rage back then.."

Think you might find it's pre-WWW too.

Errr, that's kind of the point. WWW is the webby stuff. He's referring to telnetting into BBS at best, dialing in at worst. Xmodem! Zmodem! The fun!

Or maybe Fidonet, which doesn't predate the actual internet but was all the rage back then.

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T-Mobile FREES AMERICANS to roam world sans terrifying charges

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Prepaid

Based on my last US experience, I'd recommend the TracFone PAYG handsets. Those cost $30 for the handset, but the cheapest minutes package will last you quite a lot, especially if you're doing mostly local calls. The SIMs aren't compatible with other handsets, but at least it is cheap enough for me to not care about it.

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

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Re: Time to investigate the alternatives

Meh. At least two minimart chains have switched to Linux; I noticed it because the cash register GUI has a GNOME/GTK+ look & feel. It can be done, it just depends on how much time the company has to do the switch, and how much will they save by doing something like that.

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PC sales continue meteoric death plunge through 3rd quarter, drop another 8.6 per cent

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Re: The elephant in the room @DougS

Actually, even with smartphones and tablets, I still have demand for PCs at home. Mostly because homework and work stuff can't be done on a tablet, and that's a 17 y/o kid talking, the same demographic where tablets are "da thing of da yoof".

PCs (or Macs, which these days are just fancy PCs with a nice OS) are still needed for real work and I'm not the only one thinking that. Otherwise our clients would have switched to tablets. Yes, the PC lifecycle is now much larger than it used to be, but that was already true by 2007, thus my main PC having hardware dating from that age. Tablets have been eating away at the PC market for years, but the slump took a nosedive (even by analyst predictions) with the release of Windows 8, which is what I was pointing out. Everyone except Microsoft sees it; their attempt to halt the tablet takeover is actually accelerating it!

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The elephant in the room

Most kids might want am iThingy or an Android tablet... But the main reason PCs ain't selling is still Windows 8. Otherwise the fall would have happened last year!

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The LUN must DIE. Are you with me, storage bods?

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Re: Ye gods...

Dude. This is the 2010s. Disks don't break anymore.

Au contraire, mon ami! Haven't you seen the awful failure rates of the newest HDDs? It is now more likely than not that you will have at least one disk failure when buying a batch of WDs or Seagates!

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Maybe it's the filesystem?

I might see that part of the problem is also related to filesystems and how they manage large spaces. Could be an issue with some of 'em? ZFS might fix that; just get a large enough LUN and put ZFS on that. Want to "partition" for your DBA? Just make the virtual partitions on zfs and tell them it's done. Everyone's happy, and you only get one LUN assigned by storage!

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

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Re: Apple (someone had to raise this)

This would far less likely get through on the iTunes Store

They already had a boo-boo years ago. Can't remember the name of the apps or the vendor, but it was something like iMob or something like that; the app would slurp your contact list and other stuff and send all that data to the company selling the games. And they had all those apps get through the iBone Store! Which shows that the whole iTunes Store approval process is more of a security theater thing.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Re: Oh not this again

"Or read in a library. "

You clearly don't know how libraries work. I suggest you learn. The creator does get paid for this.

Um... another troll discussion occurred at a BBS about a year or so ago, with one person arguing that libraries were awful for book writers ... up until an actual author jumped in and basically told us that libraries may not pay per use, but they do pay for the book and it is still desireable to have many people read the book, because it either gives them more coverage, or actually translates into a sale by the reader if he likes the book.

So yes, I know how libraries work. I also know they can't actually pay for exact readership numbers. How do I know how many people grabbed the Harry Potter series, book 7? Or Moby Dick? At most, you might check the records on those books that people with library cards took home, but it isn't necessarily the same quantity of actual readers they have.

And how about bookstores? Some of them like Barnes & Noble in the US actually let you read the books inside the bookstore.

Anyway, it's treading off topic. The point is that copyright infringement is bad, but it isn't theft. There's a reason it is stated as something totally different by copyright law.

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Re: What a bunch of charmers they are to be sure.

So little johnny borrows a film from his mate and plays it and the next thing Dad knows is that "the boys" are kicking his door in.

The fun thing is that some of the things described in this article means that little johnny will stick the film into his player and will get a big fat "MOVIE NOT AUTHORIZED TO PLAY ON THIS DEVICE" error. Which makes it even more braindead, as that's what almost killed the XboxOne. Though the Xbox180 is probably doomed anyway, not everyone is going to buy the "we turned it off" gesture MS gave them. Especially if it can be turned on again...

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Oh not this again

"So, you mean copyright infringers?"

No, I mean thieves.

Your retardedness is showing.

If you copy it - it's the same thing. (And I'll type this slowly so that you can keep up). THE. CREATOR. DOES. NOT. GET. PAID.

Neither does he get paid if it's bought at a second-hand bookstore. Or read in a library. Yet those who write books actually encourage the latter, as being put in a library means more people read their stuff, and can actually translate into more sales.

If you don't like the price, terms of sale or anything else; don't buy. It's that simple. There is NO EXCUSE FOR THEFT.

Agreed on the don't buy and I do NOT condone piracy. But equating copyright infringement with theft is retarded and only the MAFIAA believes that. And I say this as someone who makes a living from software, one of the very things that gets hurt by piracy.

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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But does it come without DRC?

The main reason our current music sounds crap isn't because of the frequency, or the resolution... it's because the mastering is using shit Dynamic Range Compression in the name of the Loudness Wars. So unless this BD audio format is using some kind of mastering that doesn't crank up the compression, it just won't sell.

Though most audiophiles are adamant on using only LPs these days and are actually going backwards in tech. They're building bulb amplifiers! Those guys are probably going to distrust any digital format these days.

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Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on

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Y'all GNU kids remember...

GNU was never turned into an actual OS due to delays on the GNU Hurd kernel. enter a young student called Linus who just built a Minix-inspired kernel and glued all up using the GNU tools stack. Ta-da! Of course, this meant Linux took the limelight originally intended for GNU, thus the dick-wavering eternal fights over how the OS should be called. GNU/Linux, as "GNU Linux" implies Linux is part of GNU which it isn't. RMS insists that you should even actually say "gnoo slash leenuks" when referring to the full name.

That said, I agree with other commenters; RMS is needed as the radical element he is, to keep balance on the force and avoid awful stuff like the DRM'd HTML5 we've just been announced. Yeech!

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Re: The historical accident of little-endian

"In all the (human, natural) languages that I know of, we start with the biggest quantity and work down (even in expressions like "four score and 7", "vingt et un" and "eleventy one")"

German uses little-endian for numbers < 100, though. "Zwei und vierzig". Quick, what number is that?

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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

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Re: Tor

TOR project has been off-Navy for years, plenty of time to catch or fix any planted backdoors. However, people from the TOR project themselves have stated that TOR isn't built to withstand a multi-national snooping operation (precisely what the NSA does).

However, this particular dude was caught for being stupid. TOR wasn't even involved in tracing him to the source!

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Identity FAIL

So the one thing that is still a mystery is how they got hold of the server itself. Because tracking down this guy seems to have been pretty easy; having your nickname or "internet handle" be easily linked to your real life name is a surefire way to get the feds on you. Especially if you're running an overtly illegal scheme.

So it seems to be less of an NSA-assisted manhunt and more of the Dreaded Pirate Roberts ... err... Ulbricht being too dumb to do illegal stuff.

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Bang away – just not 'with friends', Zynga tells naughty hookups app

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Nah

It's just yet another version of the "CrushLink" thingy, except this one is sex-oriented. I'm pretty sure the blind date-match thingy predates the internet at least.

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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Sad loss

Though I'll admit that the only book I've actually read has been The Hunt for Red October. Most of his other stuff, I only watched the movie adaptations. Hunt for Red October was mighty good.

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