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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Sinofsky

I can one up you on incompetent Microsoft executives who get promoted for god knows why. Roz Ho.

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Re: Sinofsky

No good deed goes unpunished. He pretty much uses his blog unsuccessfully even two years later to argue he is not the biggest asshat in tech (meanwhile even Ballmer at least has a basketball team to distract him).

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

Sadly I use Windows part of the day too but it takes a decent salary to bribe me into doing so. What I love is this AC probably argues in another article forum about how people shouldn't be cattle and should give the low single digit market share Windows Phone a chance.

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Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

>... though I wonder whether it will survive systemd...

It will but it will be pretty much be like every other distro and eventually such a neutered tight hairball it will be hard to tell from Windows. *BSD looking better by the day. Still sadly before long a lot of FOSS won't run without systemd.

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Re: Meh!

>We all know how RedHat gets its $1B+ a year.

Yeah too bad they weren't happy with that and foisted the freedesktop.borg, wayland, systemd hairball that has now ruined pretty much all the distros. All for mo money.

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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Re: large POWER8 servers are out:

>Libs tend to make up facts

"The announcement that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is not seeking reelection will leave the Capitol a much less interesting place to fact check. As one of our colleagues put it, “The entire fact checking industry may have to hold a national day of mourning.”

Bachmann is not just fast and loose with the facts; she is consistently and unapologetically so. No other lawmaker earned as high a percentage of Four-Pinocchio ratings as Bachmann"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/michele-bachmann-a-fact-checkers-dream/2013/05/29/1481a6b8-c85e-11e2-9245-773c0123c027_blog.html

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Re:Funny they said the same thing about uranium at one time as well.

>Who said that?

The whole world in the early to mid 1930s and Germany all the way through the war.

"Although it is true that Heisenberg failed to calculate how to build a nuclear bomb with only a few kilograms of pure uranium-235 (he thought it would take tons), the correct calculation was far from obvious. No German scientist gave the matter much attention--after all, getting even a few kilograms would have required a titanic long-range project. They could scarcely imagine asking their government to undertake that in the midst of a dire war."

http://www.aip.org/history/heisenberg/p11.htm

P.S. For the record I tend to agree with you about antimatter (Dan Brown you fail) but the future can be very murky.

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Re: Bah!

>it cannot be economically weaponized

Funny they said the same thing about uranium at one time as well.

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wait a sec

Mars hell NASA can't even get people into LEO these days without a little help from their frenemies.

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City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

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Re: Ugh

>Actually it's named after the Kansa Native American tribe.

That was nice of us to name the land we stole from them after them even if we did butcher their name like we did their children.

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Re: Ugh

If you are from that area you have probably heard people in Kansas pronounce the Arkansas river (in Kansas) as the OurKansas river. Still when I think Kansas I think of native son cousin Eddy.

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Ugh

Wow why you shouldn't post first thing in the morning on El Reg. My post would have been fine if I hadn't gone jingoistic asshole nuclear. As I am sure can rightfully be pointed out the UK does kick the US's butt in most things if you go per capita. Having shit tons of people for a developed country is our main claim to fame.

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The weird part is how the master was completely dwarfed by its former colony (California alone has more about 3/4 of the GDP of the entire UK). Also if the English names bother you can go further west to the Mississippi and get your fill of French names or go southwest for lots of San and Santa.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Re: Development

>Getting intelligent people (those who can see the greater good or the long view) on board is easy.

Only if the leader is not a total sociopath self promoting get my bonus/golden parachute and go type of person. Unfortunately a good number of CEOs people are working under today are that way.

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>in some industrial mincing machine.

Like the one that took Tony Ionmi's finger?

Seriously though the joke we made in my old shop was anytime someone got off in the git weeds (common occurrence) we would say Git is great! Because that is what some young punk web developer who talked management into using about 3 months before he left would always say.

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Re: If the tone is wrong the content is lost

I will just leave this nugget here:

“I still really despise the absolute incredible sh*t that is non-discoverable buses, and I hope that ARM SoC hardware designers all die in some incredibly painful accident.”

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“So if you see any, send them my love, and possibly puncture the brake-lines on their car and put a little surprise in their coffee, ok?”

-- Linus Torvalds

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Re: Eric Raymond's (in)famous quote

>However, in the free software world; where contributors are not getting any tangible rewards,

You do know the if not the majority, a very large portion of the FOSS written today is written by paid developers (at work, explicitly tasked by the employer) many of which work for large corporations right? A lot of the developers Linus is usually ranting on actually work for Red Hat who seem to think Linux is here just for them.

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I didn't invent Bitcoin! Send Bitcoin to help me fight this slur – Dorian Nakamoto

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Re: Does anyone care?

He could hit up that idiot Mt. Gox CEO for the bitcoin cash register he hacked up while his company was running itself into the ground.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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from the Land of McDonald's

As a token American pretty sure there is no doubt in my homeland. Once it becomes acceptable in your culture to eat in the car its over.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: Um, no...

>remove a few smartphone operating systems that are not subject to the patriot act?

You do know Intel was fairly involved with Meego right? Based on my experience on how they manage complex software projects that is some of the reason it and its derivatives haven't exactly set the world on fire.

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You can ring my #bellogate. EMAIL STORM hits 29,000 hapless UCL students

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Re: bello

Reply all: As Megamind would say, "Ollo?"

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Re: I work for a large company...

>Using reply-all on an email that was sent to a large list should be a fire-able offense anyway

A lot of companies actually disable the reply all button in Outlook on corporate computers using policies.

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Apple and GT: Sapphire glass is cracked, but still not broken

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Re: Nothing wrong with his share sales

>Hating Apple (a bizarre concept at best)

Does laughing at a bunch of hipsters standing in lines in the weather count as hate?

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Re: Nothing wrong with his share sales

@Doug S - Perhaps the stock options might be above board but the SEC is going to nail their top brass for some public statements they have made. This supplier reeks to high heaven even if I agree Apple in this case doesn't. This company (GT) was in trouble long before Apple threw them a bone.

>Samsung. You have everything there, family members suing each other for billions

Like the Waltons or Shoens (U-Haul) then.

>investigations by their own government into Mafia style corruption,

Oh please there are few places in the world where the lines between government and corporations blur as much as they do in South Korea. If the government is actually investigating its only because they want to nail a former government regime/party who was in power. Corruption and nepotism is pretty much a given in any large Korean company (and to be fair to many in the west as well).

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: Eyes on the code? Not.

Going to get downvoted hard and being a former big fan of Mint Linux its Achille's heel especially with LMDE is security updates. Clem may argue otherwise but its true. Still for a bug this big you are probably best opening a terminal and typing sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade which should pull down the bash fix. Generally you want to use Mint's update manager because those commands have the possibility to break software on the system but in my experience its very very rare it does. In the update manager I recommend setting it so that security updates ignore the 1 through 5 break system and get installed right away. Forgot the setting for doing this but google is your friend.

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Re: Eyes on the code? Not.

>Well will somebody please tell me what the hell is secure?

I am sure somebody can give a formal Turing like definition but personally I define it with three letters, VMS. Its too bad DEC and all the ass clowns that followed let it wither on the vine.

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Re: OpenBSD for the win

Yes yes I am well aware you can go and put bash anywhere pretending to be POSIX including Windows (Cygwin, etc) but it generally only the Linux world where you have no choice but to use GNU tools which admittedly tend to be more user friendly but often at the cost of bloat, and hairball code that is poorly audited (often because the code is so nasty to look at). As I type this on my Debian testing Mac Pro with my beloved Cinnamon DE I am far from some neckbeard Tru64 type but that camp does have to be laughing this up some. Ksh and fvwm do have their advantages.

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bash on a printer, huh?

What moron would use the bloatiest Unix shell in existence for an embedded system? Never mind answered my own question. The same kind of morons by committee who though a cell size of 48 for ATM was a great idea.

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OpenBSD for the win

One edge to OpenBSD to staying true to its real UNIX roots is it doesn't include bash in the base system. If it did they would have probably caught this during a code audit. As an added bonus OpenBSD also doesn't include the tightly coupled cancerous hairball that is systemd and freedesktop like most Linux distros. I love my cinnamon DE but it may be time to go back to basics. Red Hat is turning Linux into Windows and a pig that walks like a human (ala Animal Farm) but I digress.

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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wow

Cool common sense prevailed over money for once. Rich people own everything else but owning access to waterways and waterways is too much even for the land of corporatism we call murika.

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Re: huh?

Any pizza delivery driver will tell you rich people tend to be shitty tippers and people with manual labor jobs though generally poorer tend to be more appreciative of someone else's labor and tip better.

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Re: on the bright side

>For now, but these will become massively coveted when Minecraft only works on Windows RT and XBOX.

Not a bad plan except its a few years too late. All those Minecraft installs out in the wild today hardly need some new feature that would be worth burdening the user with a dead man walking platform. Minecraft.apk anyone?

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on the bright side

I am sure the players won't have to pay for the Surfaces and WPs to replace the Apple products. Microsoft has warehouses full of the albatrosses to give away to VIPs.

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Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

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>The USA is hardly shy in using force either.

Funny that is not what the right wingers are saying about Obama. Still yeah the US is sure a lot better at breaking countries than fixing them including our own lately.

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Want a Tizen phone to build apps for? Now's your chance – provided you don't need it to work

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>kind of standard and perhaps making a story from nothing.

I agree normally this information wouldn't be much by itself the fact that the Meego/Tizen vaporware (for phones anyway) saga is now approaching Duke Nukem territory is why this is noteworthy. Again Tizen is simply a bargaining chip Samsung has in its arsenal and will probably never see the light of day in more than a trivial way.

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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

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Re: Education benefits?

I know when I was back in primary school I told the teacher someday I want to have skills in "cloud, analytics, mobile, security, and social," You know the important stuff for a society that no longer manufactures anything but bullshit and financial derivatives.

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for IBM party like its 1989

Wow after the big comeback story it sounds like IBM is heading for the late 1980s again. Guess the people that learned their lesson back then have retired.

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HP: We will eradicate the colour grey from our market

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Re: They want it both ways on globalization

Zombie post but I'll take the bait.

>Once it comes down to disallowing people to talk to each other and agree on pricing

Exactly corporatism at its finest. Get the culture to shame anyone talking about how much they make to others including making it a requirement for any non trivial paying job. Yet more collusion.

>Only people who somehow think that there is a god-giving right to get high salaries from Google/Apple

No but you can't call it free market capitalism if there is no competition for employees by illegal agreement (this only made the news because it was explicit, there sure is a whole lot of country club buddy implicit collusion going down). Competition has to work both ways.

>or that people are actually being forced to work there (they are monopsonists on the job market, right?)

Funny how when a few companies start doing something pretty soon all major companies are doing it. Does go some way to explaining how wages have been stagnant (adjusted for inflation) for 30 years even though productivity has increased like few other times in history and companies (especially the big boys in Silicon Valley) are sitting on enormous amounts of wealth.

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Re: They want it both ways on globalization

I am always amazed by how many people claiming to be free-market libertarians are ok with things like Google and Apple colluding on employee salaries (shareholders first after all). Nice to see someone who does seem to get it at least.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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Re: And I say there screwed by Symbian

Wow well said. You might get downvoted some from the butt hurt former/current Nokia fanbois but excellent points.

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Re: wow

Sadly so these days. Adam Sandler's career arc has followed Eddie Murphy's except Eddie was actually funny at one time.

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wow

How can anyone forget the biggest role of his career as an extra in Happy Gilmore? I keed but I did enjoy that movie more than I did the biggest POS Bond film in history which as Moonraker.

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Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP

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surprise surprise

Quick everyone Big Data, Hadoop, the Cloud, etc. Please talk about these topics and not how low margin low power products are now powerful enough and are cutting into our margins and making us less and less relevant.

Sincerely,

Intel Marketing

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