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Apple appeals Samsung patent getaway in Tokyo

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Coat

Re: Not yet a win

It should more precisely be referred to as a loss for consumers and common sense.

//Svein

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Apple wins EU-wide Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban

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Mushroom

Re: This has to stop.

How many companies are Apple suing again?

And, quite frankly, given Apple's behaviour, I'm open for ANY SOLUTION that puts that company out of business. Permanently.

//Svein

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Mushroom

This has to stop.

It's time to start protesting this by picketing the Apple-stores with leaflets explaining why handing money to Apple is financing abuses towards the customers.

People willingly handing money to this monster, should be hospitalized, same as any other Stockholm-syndrome sufferer.

Apple as a company must be stopped, preferably by sending any Apple-employees to North Korean KZ-camps manning quarries.

//Svein

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'Amazon can't do what we do': Twitter-miner's BYO data centre heresy

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Meh

Infrastructure. Rent vs Own

That's what the cloud is about. Do you want to rent the infrastructure you use, or do you want to own it.

For short term use, renting makes more sense, since you don't have the added cost of buying the stuff, and training the staff.

For long term, and permanent, use, you want stuff inhouse.

//Svein

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EU lurches behind copyright free-for-all landgrab

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Mushroom

This means we need more legislation

Corporations doing attribution-stripping (i.e. orphan-creation) should hereby automatically be put down. Organizations doing industrial attribution-stripping should be treated like the criminal cartels they are, and the leaders put behind bars (with fortunes confiscated.)

Just my personal €0.02 on this issue.

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iPads seized from shelves by Chinese officials

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Hopefully they will go further

Hopefully they will start confiscating at the foxconn plant, products and parts-for-products for infringing fruit-ware. ;)

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Ten... inkjet photo printers

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FAIL

Products Missing?

Your article seems to be sadly missing the Pixma Pro 9x00 printers, while containing some Hopeless Products. This is an oversight, isn't it?

//Svein

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It's the ALL NEW FUTURISTIC WEAPONS Black Friday Roundup!

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Devil

Not VAL.

It's almost the same gun, but what you're looking for is the Vintorez ("Bolt Cutter"). Slightly smaller clip, longer barrel, a tad more accurate (and comfy). But mostly the same parts.

//Svein

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UN set to dump GMT for tech-friendly Atomic Time

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Trollface

British Summer Time

"One positive outcome for Brits distressed by the loss of our Victorian superpower status is that the end of GMT as an international standard could accelerate the move to keep British Summer Time into the winter, letting us have lighter evenings."

So ... you want to be UTC+1 at winters....

How about going CET/CEST and ditching GMT once and for all?

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Sony asks for 1.6m LCD TVs to be returned

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Flame

IBM Should sue.

Sony has successfully implemented the rumored system/360 HCF instruction.

//Svein

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Wales says no to outing Wikipedia users on Facebook

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WTF?

Facebook (and their ilk) and blocking

seriously. Are there ANY sane people out there who HASN'T added facebook (and all their other junk domains) to their adblock setup?

//Svien

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MS denies secure boot will exclude Linux

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Mushroom

It's WORSE than just locking out Linux

All of us know that most of the not-so-serious pc manufacturers, preload a lot of crapware (and track-the-user-for-advertisement-ware!) software onto their products. Even a lot of blackmail-ware (such as symantec's CoinOpped virii).

With this "enforce signature" setup, the MFG can protect against users removing all this crapware with a "real windows" installation-disc. They can FORCE you to remain the recipient of targeted spamvertizement.

Now, what would be their motivation for allowing users to reinstall a non-infected OS again?

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After hack nightmare, Sony bars lawsuits with new TOS

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Mushroom

Hmmmm....

Maybe it's time we start by attaching EULAs to our money? Something akin to this:

BY ACCEPTING THIS MONETARY UNIT AS PAYMENT FOR SERVICES OR PRODUCTS RENDERED, YOU REVOKE YOUR PROTECTION FROM VIOLENCE OR DEATH UNDER THE LAW, SHOULD YOUR SERVICE OR PRODUCT BE OF UNSATISFACTORY QUALITY

should do it, methinks.

Note that I'm in general skeptical of all corporations headquartered in the USA, since they usually have the moral backbone of damp gingerbread.

//Svein

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HTC hurls more patent spew on Apple

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Mushroom

Not so strange

That's not so strange. MS was smart enough to leave the cost of licensing the patents, at a point lower than the cost of spending years in court. I suspect something like $0.02 cheaper, but that's just the cynical me.

Apple doesn't want to license. They want all competitors to die a horrible death, so they can have a total monopoly, in which they can _ENFORCE_ their walled-garden-approach (earning them a nice 30%) on all users to ensure their "experience". They want this bad enough to show up in courtrooms with doctored "evidence". That company needs to go away, along with all of their cultists. Period.

//Svein

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LightSquared blasts GPS naysayers in FCC letter

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Mushroom

Let them build their GROUND BASED kit

Let them build the ground-based kit. And stop there. This ground-based kit will only affect stupid rednecks and hillbillies, and leave us civilized Europeans alone. A satellite deployment by these oafs would affect civilized areas as well. ;)

Bring it on, I'm wearing my asbestos long-johns anyways. ;)

//Svein

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Spamford Wallace charged for hacking 500,000 Facebookers

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Mushroom

Something is missing here

He redirected each "clickee" onto a phishing-site. Something in the 10K numbers of them. Why isn't each of these listed as one instance of computing trespass (10 000 * 6 months still is sufficient to make sure he's never freed)?

//Svein

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Game graphics could be 100,000 times better

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Happy

Possible solution

Couldn't you, say, accelerate the voxels using (for instance) OpenCL running on the GPGPU, and then use the output of that, and still have the benefit of a massive number of very simple processing cores on the GPU?

//Svein

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Hackers dump secret info for thousands of cops

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Megaphone

Their Reasoning

Disclaimer: I do not make statements to either acknowledge or deny agreement with the hackers in this case. If you think I agree, or think I disagree, please read this disclaimer again until it makes sense.

I believe the logical reasoning behind the hackers releasing all they could find on law-enforcement, is that they've seen the law-enforcement becoming profit-enforcement for those with deep pockets, and not law-enforcement for all citizens. I suspect that as long as they continue to see law-enforcement being abused as the private enforcement arm of Corporate States of America, the hackers WILL consider all law-enforcement officers, and affiliates, legal targets for their vendetta.

I can understand their logic on this one, even if I neither agree nor disagree.

//Svein

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New Sony hack exposes more consumer passwords

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Flame

That'll teach 'em

I haven't willingly touched a sony product since their rootkit fiasco (I had the fortune of cleaning up someones pc after that one). And I've seen the stuff they've done since. The only reaction you get from me over people being hurt over this barrage against sony is "That'll teach 'em the cost of doing business with the mafia".

//Svein

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Japanese gov makes Fukushima evac zone compulsory

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Coat

For comparison

Modern X-Ray equipment yields 1mGy/S (milligray/second). I'll leave looking up Gray -> Sievert calculations for ionizing radiation to those skilled in googlefoo.

//Svein

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Brussels threatens to name ISPs with 'doubtful' market practices

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You're forgetting something.

Skype has already paid for their connection to the internet. So has the user. If the service providers inbetween can't provide the bandwidth they are selling., they're not pricing it correctly, or they're selling stuff they have no intention of delivering (isn't that a con job?)

//Svein

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Virtual Server backup software ranked

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Uhm ... Right

So, they forgot that modern virtual servers are usually stored on iSCSI or FC backend, and people have the luxury of connecting their autoloaders directly to the storage pool, for scheduled diskimage snapshots, in addition to file-by-file backups from the guest OS?

//Svein

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Tape backup could be binned soon

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FAIL

I suggest a head-to-head test..

I suggest the following head-to-head test:

-Backup the same data to one RDX and one LTO cartridge.

-Bring both cartridges to a second floor window over a concrete pavement.

-Drop both cartridges.

-Verify that both are readable.

//Svein

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Novell punts cloud control tool

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Joke

Literally Vaporware

Since clouds by their very definition is vapor, this MUST be vaporware...

//Svein

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OpenSolaris board commits ritual suicide

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Grenade

Darth Ellison again

What other option did they have?

They had Oracle employees banning all dissenting people from the mailinglist (asking questions about the future of OpenSolaris was "abusive behavior"), fanbois filling up the rest so that the signal-to-noise ratio of those list were ... problematic.

Then they had leaks proving that the radio-silence from official Oracle standpoint was proven to be accurate. Exactly zero output from Oracle to OpenSolaris was the actual statement.

In the end, the OGB were basically hostages of Oracle Corporation Greediness and nothing more.

Let this be a warning to any business stupid enough to let Oracle people inside their premises.

//Svein

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RIM, Juniper, and VMware on Oracle's Borg 14 list

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Grenade

Attention: Darth Ellison

Stay away from VMWare. Leave them alone. They do not need your destruction, even if they DO compete with "Virtual Iron" and "VirtualBox".

//Svein

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New code-execution bug found in Windows and 40 apps

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FAIL

Enabled by default?

Uhm ... The default setting for the Web Client service is "manual" not "autostart" or "autostart(delayed)".

This means that until you actually NEED the service, it's not started.

Of course, this doesn't block real-stupid-users from shooting their own foot and webdav-mount the "pictures of <celebrity> naked" they received a link to in their mail, from someone in russia with bad memory for recipient addresses. The best malware-protection still needs to be installed in wetware.

//Svein

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Intel's SSD roadmap leaked

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Happy

SATA/SAS

Then use a suitable backplane for the disks. Use smarter backplanes in your rack, don't depend on the disk itself being smart (the failure might just as well be the disk logic board, not the software or silicon on your server)

//Svein

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Airline ejects passenger for being hungry

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FAIL

Well, that makes two...

Given that Ryanair recently had a guy fetched by three police officers for complaining that the food they served was inedible, I'm not THAT surprised.

http://www.vg.no/reise/artikkel.php?artid=10079995

Article in Norwegian, sorry.

//Svein

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Leica Pinmaster rangefinder

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Happy

Didn't you mean

You've rated it a bogey, or a double-bogey?

//Svein

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UK small firms better get used to Dell's 65-day payment terms

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Happy

Well, it's Dell

Given Dell's track record of honesty, and quality-controlled equipment, I suggest that companies simply avoid dealing with Dell at all costs. Both having Dell as a supplier, and supplying anything to Dell.

Total isolation is the best practice here.

//Svein

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Google risks OEM wrath for unified Android UI plan

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FAIL

I'll maybe consider android

I'll maybe consider android. When it doesn't upload everything in my messages, call-history, contacts, calendar, whatnot, kitchen and sink, to google.

If an android device comes along that understand that I don't want google to have copies of all my information, I'll consider the device. Until then, it's just as irrelevant as the cupertino trash.

//Svein

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Apple reels as Steve Jobs Flashturbates

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Grenade

The correct solution would be...

The correct solution would be for all ISVs to leave Apple. All of them. Let Apple alone develop for OSX and iWhatnot. This time he's after Adobe. Not because it's Adobe, but because they have a product that's in the way of apple-domination. Who's next?

Get out of their products while you can. Simply tell the Apple customers that "If you want our applications, or drivers for that gadget of yours? Ditch the fruitcase."

Apple has, again, and again, shown that they will stop at nothing to break compatibility, sabotage vendors who are "in their way", etc. It's time the independent software vendors simply cut their losses, and left all things Apple behind and never looked back.

//Svein

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Google backs open codec against patent trolls

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Happy

And that's exactly why.

And that's exactly why it should be BSD licensed, and _NOT_ GPL.

Do you thing it, for instance, could be statically linked inside the bootflash of a mobile device if it was GPL? Seriously? You fanatic penguinistas (or other herds of GNUs) wouldn't be chasing that manufacturer down with pitchforks requiring them to abide by the GPL and open source all the rest of their software?

BSD unlike GPL is _NOT_ a viral license. And in this case (if you want the commercial backers), GPL would be a _STUPID family of licenses to use. Sorry. Thanks for playing.

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Shock! Facebook cycle-slut smutvid is adware front

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FAIL

Facebook. Malware. News?

So, a site that makes a living by exposing peoples private information to more and more spamvertizers, now has a malware link? And this is news how, again?

//Svein

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'Beauty with antimatter bottom' created out of pure energy

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Coat

Mix up things properly!

If you're going to mix up top/bottom and truth/beauty in the antimatter setting, wouldn't this be an anti-top (topless) beauty?

//Svein

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Adobe clutches chance to bury Steve Jobs 'hog' insult

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Thumb Up

Better solution than to stop CS5 from Apple

A better solution than to stop CS5 for OSX would be to reduce the price of CS5 for windows. It would mean more sales (enthusiasts that would be able to use a legal copy), and at the same time it would give management suits in companies the choice of spending less for placing their graphic creators on windows, or spend more, AND GAIN NOTHING by keeping them on fruit-cases.

An even cuter solution would include making CS6 for OpenSolaris. ;)

//Svein

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Mystic Met closed Europe with computer model

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Go

Maybe ...

Maybe it's time someone made a BOINC-application (preferrably one that utilize CAL, OpenCL or DirectCompute) so we "end users" can help?

//Svein

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Adobe to sue Apple 'within weeks,' says report

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Grenade

A cute solution would be

If Adobe cut the price for the Windows version of CS5 in half, and increased the Apple version by a third. That would make a few beancounters calculate, and come back with the result "apple users are too expensive to employ" and give those who now are on the creative suite the option of tossing out their fruit-cases or getting tossed out ALONG with the fruit-cases. ;)

Making apple-customers lose their income would solve a lot of the problems. ;)

//Svein

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'Switch to Century Gothic to save the planet'

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Happy

re: "Windows-only"?

Well, it's (as far as I can recall) in opentype format on the Font Folio CD (I'm not sitting near it now, so I can't verify).

I prefer the Schoolbook variant (I prefer antiqua-fonts over grotesque), and both have the ability to be readable at a full two points smaller size than their "windowsified" variants (arial and times), even of you use a very tight pair-kerning.

//Svein

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Desktop Colour Laser Printers: Best Buys

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WTF?

Missing Printer in test

The Xerox tested here is the 612x ... winprinter. Wouldn't it have been fairer to use the 618x postscript printer int this comparison?

//Svein

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Photographers rue Mandy's copyright landgrab

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Flame

The problem with this

Is that such a common repository would only be done by someone interested in the commercial aspect. Perhaps someone wanting to aggregate all pictures for sale to media et all. I can see such a service being used by the likes of Murdoch to send invoices to all sites containing an image he has (unlawfully) grabbed hold of.

//Svein

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Megaphone

Correct response to this

For photographers is to plaster a huge watermark "Not Licensed for UK Use until XXX is revoked" on all their work.

Being a photographer myself, I'm very wary of all the new legislation that without exception shifts rights AWAY from individual photographers and into the hands of corporations. But then again, we have no reason to trust politicians NOT being ... owned by those corporations.

//Svein

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OpenSolaris devs 'ignored' by Oracle

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Megaphone

Let's hope my gut feeling about this is wrong

Let's hope my gut feeling about this (created by years of being exposed to corporations) is wrong. The gut feeling is that "Oracle's main customer base is big corporations and government contracts, and they have no interest in any product making it easy for small operations to compete with their big customers", and as such they want products like OpenSolaris to die a horrible death.

Which is sad, really. Opensolaris properly polished could really give Linux, OSX, *BSD some proper competititon, both at server and workstation ends, and with a little extra spitshine even compete on end-user desktops.

However, doing so would give Oracles main customers competition. Given Oracles track record, I have a bad feeling.

//Svein

p.s. I'm a FreeBSD enthusiast myself, but admit OpenSolaris is better at a lot of things.

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Chinese tablet maven threatens iPad suit

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Flame

Yet another marketing disaster

Why on earth would he claim those to be identical? That's the most stupid thing to say, when HIS PRODUCT is CLEARLY the superior one.

The iPad (how long will that name last, since it's a registered trademark of another corp?) should be named the "iSucker" with the tagline "now everyone can see what you are".

Sheesh!

--anon (to avoid the rabid iCultists)

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Apple 'games' NAND flash market

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Flame

It's worse than that

By first ordering, and creating a shortage, they're increasing costs for their competitors. Then, by only buying a small amount, they add a loss to their suppliers as well (by creating a huge surplus of chips).

Maybe it's time those suppliers told Apple exactly what to do with their order? I imagine Apple won't be doing this "forever" before their suppliers decide never again to do business with the Cupertino Rotten Fruit Distributor.

//Svein

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FreeBSD version 8.0 lands

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Happy

@Cazzo Enorme

Look up "USL vs BSDi". The BSDs are Unix. ;)

//Svein

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VTOL gyro-copter flying car mates with killer robot

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Problem is

This version of an autogyro needs the most expensive parts of a helicopter.

The blades themselves

The mixing mechanics (including the washout)

The swashplate.

and it lacks a lot of the capabilities the full-blown heli would have, such as self-balancing rotor (that can be folded over the tailboom), independent tail control, etc..

//Svein

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Anti-filesharing laws are go

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WTF?

How about another three-strike

How about we get a rule that the third time a lobby-organization makes claims based on dodgy evidence, the organization is forcefully disbanded, and the board of directors placed in custody until we can find the time to prosecute them for their lies on legal matters?

//Svein

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HP, Dell punters furious over Windows 7 upgrade delays

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Grenade

And ... this time it's NOT MS'es fault

I built a new computer right before the launch, bought an OEM-license for Vista with upgrade offer, registered the offer, and had Win7 a few days after the launch. Surgically free from shipping and handling costs...

So it's not MS'es fault.

//Svein

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