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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

James Loughner
Holmes

let add it up

13 years X 12 X 3meg average patch day = 468,000,000

hmm could have replaced the whole OS with the patches

to extend

468,000,000 x 400,000,000 average number of user (just a guess) = 1.872e+17 byte sent out

No wonder my internet is slow :)

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Microsoft alters Hotmail policy amid blogger inbox probe outcry

James Loughner
Holmes

Which will cause MS more damage?

The early release of some test code

or

The attention brought to the fact that their terms of service allow them to look at any thing they damn well please.

Hmmmm

And a bought and paid for judge will decide in the future if they get to peek. Really???

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

James Loughner

Re: Why tie these people into the MicroSoft symbiosis.

More like parasitic

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What did you see, Elder Galaxies? What made you age so quickly?

James Loughner
Happy

Red shift only says that an object is moving away from us. So these objects are just moving faster then the general expansion. Does not really tell use the real distance or age. Just an inferred age due to the red shift

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

James Loughner
Thumb Down

Hardware hardware hardware

It is all about the hardware. Many machines that run XP just fine won't run 7 and above. I have a nice IBM Celaron 512 meg machine, perfectly fine hardware. No way you can install 7 on less then 1 gig and expect it to work and totally forget 8 for the same and so many other reasons. So I'd have to buy new hardware just to run something I really don't want. Maybe put Puppy on it :)

I run openSUSE on my main machine with XP in a Virtual Box using 512meg. That is about the max I want to take from the host. I only have 2 gig on that machine so to go to 7 I'd have to drop at least a gig if not 2 into that machine. Since all the mem slots are taken that means totally new RAM.

It is all about the hardware

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

James Loughner

(Until the Singularity, I guess. Then they could start running some *really* cool games.)

At last a use for IBM's Watson. Ultimate DM

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MIT wants quasars to help put free will to rest

James Loughner

Not real

Since from the point of view of a photon there is zero distance between objects and the universe has stopped. It shows that relativity like quantum mechanics just is a limit to what us electromagnetic beings can measure. Yes think about it everything we know is from electromagnetic fields. Bang you hand on a table that is the result of electrons repelling one another.

Relativity is based on the fact that we must use electromagnetic things to measure the universe and are thus restricted to the speed of light which cause distortions in our measurements. Like quantum mechanics is limited because we can not measure things exactly because we change what we measure by measuring it. So both are more a statement of our ability to measure the world then the true nature of the world.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

James Loughner
Headmaster

Re: Doing the Warmist shuffle

Please write on the blackboard 100 times

WEATHER IS NOT CLIMATE

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

James Loughner

Old News

What ever happened happened already about the time we humans were crawling out of the caves.

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

James Loughner
Facepalm

Tulips any one

A Dutchman told me they are a great investment

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

James Loughner

NVIDIA as been slow getting drivers for the newer kernels out the door. Try getting the newest driver and I thing you want the 02 flavor for that card 03 is for newer cards. Install the hard way or wait a bit for the repos to catch up.

When riding the cutting edge expect to bleed

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James Loughner
Headmaster

Re: Win8 to Linux Alert

At least on openSUSE UEFI on most machines works fine even in most cases with secure boot. But unfortunately the Hardware people have not uniformly used standard UEFI specs. So It can be difficult on some hardware. But then again it can be hard to install Windows 7 on them also and Win 7 does not support secure boot.

BTW it is Linux not Linus

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James Loughner
Linux

Re: @Matt The big wrinkle is still there

Linux is COMMUNITY supported. If you are part of the community you need to report problems a way to payback the free software you got. Even if you are not a coder or power user. reporting things helps all and is little cost to you.

If you have done several version upgrades with the same configuration files often wiping the configs will fix thing. Yes config file structures do change over time and an upgrade may miss the odd setup you have.

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OpenSUSE 13.1: Oh look, a Linux with YOU in mind (and 64-bit ARMs)

James Loughner
Linux

A word about BTRFS

Looks like it is the making of a good file system. But there are some caveats . As shipped the snapshot feature is on so backup snaps are taken hourly. Thus you need to allow extra space. how much is still a question, and depends on you usage, but you should allow at least 2X the space you plan to use to be safe. Snapshots can be turned off and there are other adjustment that can be made but it is on by default. Also the space used does not yet show up in the standard Linux tools so you can be surprised to run out of space when the normal tools show plenty.

Just a word of warning

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James Loughner
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Re: I want to quit my addiction to Microsoft products...

Ir comes with Libra Office which should handle most legacy MS Office docs. You maybe able to run older versions of MSOffice in wine and there is always VirtualBox to run Windows if you really need it.

Pros are that you are free of lock in openSUSE the full OS stack is open source. It is not a huge deal to move to Ubuntu or any other Linux disto if you want to. It is much easier to maintain then Windows and you really don't need to worry much about malware unless you deliberately install it. KDE has so many bells and whistles you can activate you can get carried away with eye candy

Cons are that Linux is not Windows so you will have to learn some stuff. But the basic KDE desktop will be vary familiar. Also Linux file system are not Windows file systems. you have to lurn about partition and mounting not drives and drive letters. Some hardware may have a difficult time with the install and initial set up but the openSUSE forms are great to solve problems

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Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

James Loughner
Happy

Re: Well, two thoughts...

Radioactivity = energy. why throw away perfectly good energy sources. Convert Reactor waste to nuclear batteries. They run for decades and if done on a large scale they can be protected and supply supplemental energy.

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Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

James Loughner
Thumb Up

great for speeders

I want one for my car so I can drive as fast as I want. Just null out the radar guns

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Boffins build R2-WEE-2: The urine-powered robot with a human-like heart

James Loughner

Beer anyone?

So our robot overlords will force feed us beer.....hmmmm

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NSA: Yes, some of our spooks DID snoop on overseas lovers

James Loughner
Big Brother

Misuse

That is the problem when you build the wolds biggest spy machine.

For the most part I think the people who are building this monster have good intentions. The problem is what happens when these people are no longer in charge 10 or 20 years down the road. No matter how many rules you layer on the fact is people will misuse this toy and the people in power will see it as a way to stay in power. Hello Big Brother

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Austerity BITES: Greece ends extra hols for civil servants forced to use hated COMPUTERS

James Loughner
Headmaster

Re: Bankrupt - No wonder

Since when is Greece an island??? Did it finally break off of Europe??

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

James Loughner
Unhappy

Add Groklaw to the list of closings

PJ has stopped Groklaw because of all of this

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Groklaw goes dark

James Loughner
Unhappy

Groklaw goes dark

Because of NSA spying PJ has decided to stop Groklaw.

So very very sad

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NSA admits slurping thousands of domestic emails with no terror connection

James Loughner

How about 20 million quaries a month

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130819/02153624228/nsa-reveals-that-it-does-20-million-database-queries-per-month.shtml#comments

That is about 7 every sec

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

James Loughner
Linux

Re: But I thought 2014....

Yes you will wear the Desktop on your wrist.

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Publishers put a gun to our heads on ebook pricing, squeals Amazon

James Loughner
Facepalm

Re: ebooks in general

Balderdash.... Why have I spent thousands over the last 10 years to Baen which has never had DRM??

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James Loughner
WTF?

Re: Publishers brought it on themselves

Since Baen signed on with Amazon the ebook price on Baen's site went up about 30% ($6.99-$9.99). I guess to bring into line with the price charged by Amazon. Really the cost of an ebook to the publisher is next to zero. Just editing cost + author payment+ some small amount for IT and Network. No dead tree price involved.

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Microsoft loads botnet-crushing data into Azure

James Loughner
Linux

????

Wouldn't it be easier to just write a secure OS :)

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

James Loughner
Holmes

Re: I see a flaw

I recommend further education. You don't seem to grasp what radiation is.

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

James Loughner
Holmes

Re: I would imagine...

Would you like to eat your words???

The Dawson College computer science student who was expelled after discovering a security breach in a system used by students across Quebec has been offered a scholarship by the company behind the software.

"We will offer him a scholarship so he can finish his diploma in the private sector," said Edouard Taza, the president of Skytech.

ww.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/01/21/montreal-dawson-college-hack-hamed-al-khabaz.html

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

James Loughner
Headmaster

Re: Depends...

You do know that radio wave propagate at the speed of light don't you??? Da

So light and radio will be 1000 years old when it get here. the true present position id immaterial

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NASA: There are 17 BEEELLION Earth-sized worlds in Milky Way

James Loughner
Holmes

Re: Must be time to renew budgets...

Ever hear of asteroids???? Chunks thrown up by a big hit can easily reach escape velocity. And since Mars is only about 50 million miles at closest approach some of those chunks could easily get here.

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Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance

James Loughner
Devil

Re: A Positive Review?

Couldn’t have something to do with the 1.5 billion MS is spending on advertizing? Might not get a taste of that if you had a bad review.

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You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers

James Loughner
FAIL

Re: AGAIN:

Try it sometime. Some BIOS do not allow you to and all RT hardware don't allow it.

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Windows System Center 2012: The review

James Loughner
Windows

SCA

Society for Creative Anachronism

Is MS going medieval???

Inquiring minds want to know

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One more try: Metro apps are now 'Windows Store' apps

James Loughner
Big Brother

I for one

I for one welcome our Window Store App overlords

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

James Loughner
Unhappy

Re: 90+% dont't give a red rat's ass

Exactly how is one to recognize it is Windows when the boot up the OS formally known as Metro???

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Windows 8 release preview imminent

James Loughner
Mushroom

Secure boot also

All new machines will also ship with secure boot turned on making it much more difficult to replace the stupid metro-Windows beast.

Isn't that special......

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SpaceX Dragon chokes at the last second

James Loughner
FAIL

Re: To quote Top Gear... How Hard Can It Be™

You do know that his is a privately developed rocket not a NASA developed one ???

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CISPA passes House of Representatives vote

James Loughner
WTF?

Re: A bad bill

Excuse me but Obama is the one wanting to kill this thing the Republicans seem to love this sort of thing though they always shout about freedom. It also seems to me that the last president was the one that was shredding the Constitution every time you turned around.

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Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options

James Loughner
FAIL

Is not that feature the one that got Dotcom into trouble.

Lets see I'll store some nice movies then give everyone access to them LOL

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More evidence that neutrinos are NOT faster than light

James Loughner
Holmes

Re: still quite impressive

Still at or very close to light speed. But since it is said that the little fellows have mass why do they not have a huge energy/mass???

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Warp drives are PLANET KILLERS, Sydney Uni students find

James Loughner
Holmes

Use the energy to produce the bubble

Start small cycle the bubble on and off use the energy to create a larger bubble etc untill you enclose the ship. There problem solved.

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SUSE Linux moves to 3.0 kernel with SP2

James Loughner
Linux

BTRFS

Hmmm BTRFS is available in OprnSUSE 12.1 but it seems to be very shaky. Lots of problems reported and no fsck utilities for it. Default FS in OpenSUSE is ext4, which is rock stable. Go figure.

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Sony 'fesses to Whitney Houston price hike 'error'

James Loughner
FAIL

Re: Algorithmic pricing

Sure makes sense, after all more demand means the fewer things will be available thus worth more. EXCEPT that does not apply to DIGITAL things. Its all bits people

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RIM's cartoon superheroes inspire caustic Tweet-storm

James Loughner
Facepalm

Moronic YES

But no more then many many other moronic sales media.

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Newt Gingrich wants Moon to be 51st US state

James Loughner
Alien

You mean those Chinese illegal aliens. Deport them of course.

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Google's Schmidt strikes Carrier IQ off Xmas card list

James Loughner
Headmaster

If it is in the kernel then the source must e made available under the GPL.

I suspect that it is a true rootkit ie it simply change some tables to direct all input to the app ie not compiled into the kernel.

Under the GPL any changes to the code must be made available to all for at the most cost of reproducing and transmitting the code.

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Yahoo! may! never! see! a! penny! of! $610m! anti-spam! win!

James Loughner
WTF?

4 years

Since the defendants were and are not in country and I assume, since it was not said that they employed local counsel .If these guys could afford lawyers for 4 years where did those assists come from. If not why did it take 4 years????

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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

James Loughner
Stop

You do know the difference between weather and climate don't you???

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Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

James Loughner
Headmaster

Incorrect equation

Not

1/sqrt(c*c - v*v)

1/sqrt(1-v*v/c*c)

and yes it does go lopsided for v>c

The main logic Einstein used to start is if you go as fast as light you would see a static electric field without a charge.

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