* Posts by asdf

4382 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

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Re: Does it really count as suicide when someone else does it to you?

>Poor little fella.

Has to be said in the accent of Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton) in the movie Sling Blade.

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COME BACK – I never said we were quitting public cloud, says HP bigwig Bill Hilf

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Re: It's HP

Empires rise and fall yet man still finds himself needing ink and nobody sells it at a higher margin.

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While I am far a fan from the abomination that HP has become that memristor thing might someday save their bacon (haven't been following it lately though). With the cuts in their R&D and atrophy of culture I wouldn't count on any more golden eggs after that though.

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Internet kingmakers cry mercy over mad dash to fill global DNS throne

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Re: Hey; it's only the Internet

Sure thing. Hope you don't mind the back breaking labor that is farming. Once things start to unwind it will be back to the roots baby.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Re: Corporation puts profit ahead of principles???

>Corporation puts profit ahead of principles?

Yeah Jack Welch taught the Baby Boomers how to do that and they really ran with it. Now its standard SOP.

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Re: Who uses Google Shopping?

>The basic search engine is still good

Though I strongly dislike using Google for many reasons but especially due to them actively sabotaging anyone using their service with tor (captcha hell 4 joo) using their competitors to find out how to fix fairly obscure FreeBSD issues quickly showed me why they lead. DuckDuckGo is great as long your needs are rarely esoteric.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: This shit is patentable?

>This shit is patentable?

Yep because ultimately the point of the system for the insiders is creating billable hours all around. Its what happens when you let those who practice law also write them.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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What would Peter Griffin say

May I be the first (hopefully) to say, "Shut up Meg".

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Intel lol

Intel actually provides free software drivers for its HD Graphics chips, though their performance often matches that of a Lada full of elephants going uphill (its not the drivers fault).

FIFY.

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Cisco boss Chambers: It's our fault H-1B visa shakeup is struggling

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Re: Short term - Long term

Stay with me on this but sadly I am of the opinion that since at least the 19th century the US has very much relied on brain drain (and unskilled labor) from other places as opposed to cultivating natural talent. Our university system is the greatest in the world not because it teaches Americans political science but because it draws the best and brightest foreigners from around the world who tell themselves its temporary but then get hooked by our popular culture and fairly easy life and end up staying. The one thing the US does 10x better than continental Europe is give immigrants (especially high skilled ones) the feeling that they can someday belong. In central Europe very much if you are not born there its hard to feel like you will ever belong. That is how you get 3rd generation Turkish immigrants in the ghettos who don't speak the local language. The trade off being in the US if your 3rd generation speaks your native language its probably because they learned it in school.

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a slight correction

Tech land needs to do more to reduce worker salary increases since outright collusion ala Apple and Google was slapped down.

FIFY. Still I guess better the worker here than the job overseas.

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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To be fair in many parts of the US its to protect the upper middle class as well. Also to be fair if the attitude in your neighborhood is snitches get stitches you probably aren't counting on retiring with the equity in your real estate.

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to be fair to Arkansas

And though its very easy to rip on 3rd world Arkansas and their history of colorful governors I will at least add the Fort Smith area is prettier than anything in the ass pit that is Oklahoma.

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Just LOOK at this filthy Imation linen, screeches furious Clinton Group

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Re: hmmmm

>is that the "value destruction" was done on a previous Chairman and CEO watches,

Regardless of on whose watch it happened the one thing I guarantee is the people responsible for doing it won't be the ones punished for it just as usual in the lovely world of corporatism.

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Self preservation is AWS security's biggest worry, says gros fromage

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bill murray's biggest regret

Tallahassee: You think you might pull through?

Bill Murray: No.

Columbus: If it means anything now, I am so sorry. It was just instinctive.

Bill Murray: It was my bad. I was never a very good practical joker.

Little Rock: So do you have any regrets?

Bill Murray: "Garfield," maybe.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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> but giving criminals money isn’t a long-term solution.

Depends on the country and one's definition of criminal doesn't it?

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Monty Python?

>"Then they start squabbling about which distribution is best.

They all will have systemd (svchost.exe) in three years or less for the most part so they all suck. The BSD variants as you may know are not different distros. They are different OSs entirely that are actually based on Unix instead of a windows wannabe pretending to maybe kind be like Unix sometimes.

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It's Friday or as we call it, What Is Intel Buying Now Rumor Day: Not Altera, but Broadcom?

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hmm

Don't know about this strategy. Buying your way to win over Apple and Samsung (big party of Broadcom play I assume) in mobile seems like a losing proposition even if you are Intel. Intel is the rare position of having less money than Apple and 26 billion is lot of money for a market the company hasn't traditionally done well in. It probably is all to buy Altera.

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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devil's advocate

Nah they are more into Saints Row as it keeps it real lol.

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Oh, hi there, SKYNET: US military wants self-enhancing software that will outlive its creators

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Re: IBM OS/400 ?

>Maybe DARPA should speak to IBM.

DoD and IBM were drinking buddies long before you were born. Vendor lock in is of particular danger to a project like this I would assume.

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Re: So: Java (shudder)

>Java ... with a stable set of classes that will "never" be phased out

Java, backward compatibility, hahaha good one. Almost as funny as write once run everywhere. I do take your general point but find Java to be a miserable implementation for what they are trying to achieve.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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can't resist

I go first. "Well the Apple wrist watch works by sucking in all photons in the immediate vicinity of the watch and then simply recycles them back out. This is what is responsible for the incredible battery time of the watch (after all what other watch can last a whole day?)."

As a yank I guess I should do more Walt Mossberg oral on Apple phallus jokes but listening to the UK readers, Stephen sounds like a merrier chap to rib.

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Can't patch this: Mozilla pulls Firefox encryption feature after just a week

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>FFS Mozilla, you were bloody great once upon a time.

Hmm need a little bit of a time frame you are talking about because honestly FF 3.x was slow, bloaty (nearly IE so at the time), buggy memory leaking shit in comparison to FF today. Chrome actually really helped them focus on getting their shit together. Perhaps they are starting to slip again but they have had their ups and downs over time.

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THOUSANDS of alleged pirates' addresses to be handed to Dallas Buyers Club

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my 2 cents

I could understand at least a little pirating things a decade plus ago when the stupid media companies often didn't even give you a legal digital option but in the age of Netflix, Amazon, Pandora, etc pirating media these days really is almost the equivalent of taking a shit in the middle of a public restroom. I am no fan of corporate media and they do lots of things to screw over the public (ie. Comcast lobbying to buy everyone, 3 companies in the US allowed to own the news etc) but they really have no obligation to entertain people for free. Really the only pirating exception I can see is perhaps getting a rip of a DVD/BR you already own because someone else can do it better/smaller.

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>someone's WiFi router being hacked and used (unlikely but possible)

I imagine quite a few people run open wifi networks out of lack of tech ability to secure them, plus in commercial places like Starbucks or even some hippie types giving everyone nearby a guest network to share the resources man.

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US law enforcement rushes to assist bumbling Canuck pirates

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Re: I've been on her...

> I guess he didn't want to get his shoes wet.

Don't know about that. Showing reluctance jumping into super cold ass ocean when it isn't completely calm is mildly understandable. Of course I live in the middle of desert so what do I know.

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Re: So let me get this right ...

>the US Coasties had a good training run at Canada's expense

Out of Gloucester my guess would be they get quite a bit of the real thing rescuing fisherman as that from what I understand is basically the center of US east coast fishing.

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NetApp layoffs loom as biz 'operationalizes strategy', 'prioritizes investments'

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hmm

Glad I don't own their stock. Companies that take out a 1/3 of their workforce rarely ever come back from the dead. Especially if their competitors aren't laying off (US layoffs at least very low right now).

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Intel: We came here to bury our Mobile chip business, not praise it

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zebra stripes and all that

Intel doing poorly in a high volume low margin market? Who’d a thunk it?

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Re: Ah Fvwm2

Fvwm2 is perfect for as the default for base OpenBSD X install. Runs great on a memory stick and the code base is so lean, ancient and audited its perfect for banking. For that use case I don't need extra configuration or even any menu item other than xterm (xterm the only app launcher you need). But yeah I take your point for a daily driver. Still IMHO even today with all the fancy compositor eyecandy the simplicity and beauty of Motif stands out (style of OpenBSD fvwm2) even if it is now decades old.

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Re: openSUSE

Almost every DE under the sun but ultimately its all freedesktop.org (really should be dot borg or at least a subdomain under redhat.com).

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my 2 cents

Whisker menu makes all the difference with Xfce IMHO (Mint showed that). It really should be integrated as the default launcher.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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>There was no 'hacking' here

Nope just a couple of downvote trolls.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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obvious answer

Another way to make the legislature regret passing this law is to really push the boundaries of non Christian religions. I imagine Muslims especially could get them to repeal this law in no time if only Indiana wasn't so white bred. Freedom of religion in the modern political context almost always means right for rich whites to do what they want, like they really need that codified.

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Re: So what about the other nineteen states and the U.S. Government

>They do not get to have religions.

They do sadly when your country is partially founded by religious crazies the UK and the rest of Europe kicked out. (The other big early faction is also still found in the GOP (bipartisan actually) the questionable ethics get rich quick crowd).

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Re: Maybe not?

>It was intended to protect religious beliefs

Something tells me it wasn't passed like the Federal law for example to protect Native Americans who use peyote. I dare guess even with this law that forward thinking state (note sarcasm) would probably look for ways to put brown people having vision quests put in jail because only the white people's religions count.

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

>Nothing to do with "getting religeon".

I think he meant to say getting right wing fundamentalism disguised as religion.

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the ultimate closet

Like Bachmann's husband who always seems to have a male escort around?

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Re: Barry Goldwater

Evan Mecham on the other hand. Arizona is the land of bat shit crazy politicians. Every year they have at least one bill that makes national news and makes the whole state look like ass hats.

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

You mean like in the south in the 1960s?

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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Re: No$cript and AdB1ock

NoScript and privoxy you mean. Adblock's author is now being bought by the highest bidder and Adblock is a terrible memory and even cpu hog.

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hmm

It would seem that the media and the US government only pays attention if its some corporation getting hacked. If its a big open source site who cares (yes I know corps use github too).

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Did we just wake up in an alternate universe? BlackBerry turns a profit

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wow

>The Canadian firm reported net income of $28m for the three months ending on February 28

So about the same profit Apple made every five hours last quarter. How times have changed.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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Re: Remember?

All that talk was MFC was going to die and all windows apps would be written in .Net and WPF. Funny thing was Microsoft never did really do so completely with any of their products so few others did commercially as well. Sure a lot of places will use it in the backend like Java for years to come and even for internal GUI app development but .Net was supposed to be the technology Microsoft was betting the company on. Metro and WinRT just empathized managed code will never be very deep in the core of Windows unlike say COM even all these years later.

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I love how they think by pushing developers into making apps mostly written for the desktop have the possibility to run on their mobile platforms, WP market share will suddenly not be a rounding error. At least the CEO has a plan B by accepting he is going to have to get at least some of his apps and services on Android/iOS.

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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2008?

Are you kidding I worked for a "startup" that was 15 years old. The term is a state of mind especially if the company is inept and never really makes it out of that toddler stage.

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