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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

vincent himpe

no wonder racing pigeons are sold for lots of money

They always find their way home ...

esethay arentay otntay hetnay igeonpays ouyay reajay ookinglay orfay ...

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'Ultimate nerd chick’ prompts C64 clone cancellation

vincent himpe

These emulators are very small, those emulators are far away ... small ... far away ...

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Traffic app Waze 'turned down Apple's $400m, wants $750m' - report

vincent himpe

Paolo Alto ?

Must be the Spanish counterpart to Palo Alto ...

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Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

vincent himpe
Stop

let's look at it from a different perspective

Nividia ( and broadcomm of you are ont he Pi bandwagon ) probably have invested bajillions of dollars in the technology underpinning the chipset. Most likely the driver contains part of the work. There is only so much the hardware does. It is a symbiotic relationship between the hardware and the driver. the driver dynamically decides whihc approach vector is better to to xyz and dynamically swaps things around. This is part of their success.

So , by opening the sourcecode of the driver you are throwing away the keys to the castle !

Now your competitors have it waay much easier to see how you go about doing certain things ( as opposed to having to reverse engineer them from assembly and a trace on the logic analyzer.. )

As a company you do not want that ! ther's others out there witing to eat your lunch ...

Then there is the other nasty thing. Linus DELIBERATLY breaks the API compatibility in an attempt to force nvidia to release the source. Guess what... nvidia puts up the finger as well...

As for the Pi, there is yet another thing at play. The processor has HDMI with encryption on board.... they do NOT want people to find out how to disable that and hack away at this. So they deliver a closed driver that seals the cryptoblock. It would open an attack vector to disable all hdmi encryption and then a whole other can of worms opens up...

And there's no doubt licencing problems as well. Some blocks in the broadcomm chip can only be used if someone coughs up some serious dough to some licencing companies like Mpgeg , ITU , Silicon Chip and others. By sealing these capabilities broadcomm protects their butt against lawsuits.

Yes, the chip is technically capable , but it is the implementer that needs to cough up the licence fee.... failing due-diligence on broadcoms part to make it not to easy to get around this opens them to lawsuits.

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Headbanger plays Star Trek theme on floppy drives

vincent himpe

cant beat the pdp1

using 4 ouput pins out would play 4 voice music. computer history museum has it.

and that's an all transistor ( no chips here ) machine ...

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iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit

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Joke

Oh no, they are going to block Talking Tom too

After all that is also a display of pictures that, when pressed in a particular way, speaks sentences... And then there's the giraffe, and the ladybug , and Ben the dog and all those others...

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Ten... FireWire 800 hard drives

vincent himpe

Iomega Mac companion is rubbish

Have you actually tested that thing ?

Hook it up through firewire and the high power port is just that : a high power charger. you lose ALL USB capability.

Hook it up using USB and you lose the high power charger port. it becomes a dumb usb hub. Firewire disables as well.

You cannot hook it up using both cables. It is or USb, or Firewire ... not BOTH. and you need to sacrifice the usb ports or the high power charger ...

on USB the drive als o has the annoyance that it keeps waking up the MAc from sleep mode.

THe LEd's in the front require installation of a special piece of software form iomega that is also buggy. ...

In other words : FAIL. And, yes , i do have one. Sandpaper exterior. Works fine as a drive .. but that's it. the additional stuff doesn't work right.

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Apple files patent for 'polished meteorite' keyboard

vincent himpe

so they invented the typewriter mechanism....

my old gmechanical typewriter already uses a pad for every key supported by its own single long lever.

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Cameras roll on 'blockbuster' new Who series

vincent himpe

I hope there's an episode where they run into Red Dwarf

Kryten can call the cybermen a bunch of Smeeeeee Heeeeeeee. 's. and Cat can have a go at the chewy bits inside the daleks while mocking their poor dressing skills. As for lister and rimmer... business as usual...

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Small pile of cash, dying platform: 2011 is bad news for Nokia

vincent himpe

sales point ..

'it has angry birds pre-installed'...

beam me up scotty , there is no intelligent life on this planet

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Feds cuff coder accused of US bank source code swipe

vincent himpe

Government-Wide Accounting and Reporting

or GWAR for short.... heh-heh - huh-huh -hehehehe -huhuhuh . those guys are cool.

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Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'

vincent himpe

OK. i see your point of view.

It just strikes me as 'strange' that someone states : i will only use tools that have a red handle. I don't want any tools with blue or green handles , even if they get the job done better , faster and or cheaper. Only red tools for me... it's just ... i don't know... hard to grasp (from a pure functional perspective).

I don't really care what my computer runs as OS. Most of the time i use a windows based machine because most of the software i use is only available for windows. Sometimes i use Linux hosted programs ( mostly on a redhat server through a VNC ) simply because those only run there ( Mentor , Cadence ). In the past i did the same with Sun / solaris or HPUX hosted software. An operating system is something that lets you manage your files and launch programs. Webbrowsers ? Opera , Chrome , Firefox all exist for any platform. Clock , notepad exist on any OS. GUI's are all very alike.

I have an Android Tablet , an iPhone , a HPUX based logic analyser , a couple of windows computers , an ubuntu webserver , a windows Homeserver , multiple NAS boxes running a flavor of linux and even some esoteric machines running VxWorks. The Os doesn't bother me at all. All these devices do exactly what i expect them to do. If tomorrow there is a specific program that is IoS only that does a particular job that i just have a need for i may buy a mac. ( i will first check if that particular software exists for a machine / os i already have. just for economical reasons )

I have written some books. My publisher requires images to be supplied in illustrator format. I tried inkscape.. works well 80% of the time. So why go through the hassle for the remining 20%. Illustrator options are iOS or Windos. I have a win box. Ok decision made -> Buy Illustrator on existing hardware -> move forward.

I need to run Modelsim . That is originally a native unix app . Current licences are upgrades. Crossing to windows ports would be more expensive : solution : maintain unix based installations. Red Hat is the offical supported distro. It can run on others but you are on your own. Solution : get a redhat based machine from Hp or Dell ( pre-installed build ) , plunk modelsim on it , vnc into it. Done. Problems ? call maker of modelsim. ( if you are not on Red Hat : you are on your own... )

I don't have time to mess around trying to hammer in a screw or make my own screwdriver. Find the best tool for the job , see what is the economical way to get it ( in terms of already available machines / os-es ) -> go on. If no match , get hardware / os -> move on.

Anyway. that's my point of view. Nothing wrong with having a different one.

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vincent himpe

agree

want win8 logo on box : lock bios down.

But NOTHING prevents you from also selling an unlocked version WITHOUT win8 logo on the box . you could even pre-load android. Same identical hardware. Just a matter of a different flash image ( one flash image has uefi bios + win8 , other image has non uefi bios and android.

Electronically NOTHING changes. same board , same chips. just a matter of what is stored in the flash .

The problem is going to be the law of diminshing returns. Do we really wan to go through the effort of creating a different flash image , print an alternat box / manual and push it on the shelves.. where it most likely will be collecting dust. There are already so many tablets out there...

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vincent himpe

can you enlighten me how you 'use' an operating system ?

This is something i frequently read, here, and in other forums as well.

I 'use' windows. I 'use' linux'. i 'use' this..

No you don't. The APPLICATIONS you run use the operating system for device and file i/o, memory management and all the other 'twiddly bits' that are required to run a program.

The reason for installing operating system xyz is because application abc requires it to run...

Some applications exist for multiple operating systems because the makers went through the effort of cross compiling them. In the end nobody uses an operating system directly. So do you really care what is running ?

Most people are prefectly happy if they can run programs to get some things done.

Just like most people need a car to drive from a to b. I don't care whether the timing belt is user replacable... or if i can change the cylinder heads.

I care if it has a decent stereo and navigation and if it behaves in a similar way to other cars i have previously driven. ( and It's got to have the steering wheel on the same side as all the other cars in the country of intended use, simply becaue of practicality)

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vincent himpe

i interpret this as :

Microsoft says : We have windows 8 for ARM. If you as a device maker want to install it : here is our criteria : this amount of ram , this graphics , this type of boot ( locked down secure boot )

Sounds like a fair demand to me.

The hardware maker can sell the tablet with win8 preinstalled. You as a user may not be able to modify it.

At the same time nothing provents the same hardware maker of releasing the same hardware with the bios lock disabled and android or linux installed. Or even a blank device. Nothing prevents them doing that.

Microsoft could push it furthere and simply not publicly sell Windows8 installation medium. Just like apple is not selling install disks. You can only get OsX by buying approved hardware that comes with it preinstalled. Microsoft is demanding exactly the same thing with win8 on ARM. Approved hardware. in this case : lock in place.

That lock does NOT prevent you from installing some other system. Simply apply the signed key for your distro and off you go.

Part of the issue is that tablets are seen as 'appliances'. Just like a tv is an appliance. ( this, by the way, is how apple categorises their products too. They are appliances ) . You'd be amazed on how many TV's, laser printers, settopboxes these days actually run a linux kernel. Any TV that can play netflix or blockbuster streams actually has a linux kernel on board. You have ZERO chance of modifying that one. You can't even demand that they disclose the system. The documentation of the TV includes the usual GPL and LGPL statements and they tell you what linux build they use ( most of the time this is MontaVista ). And that is where it stops. The custom code that was built on top is NOT available). Besides the core used there is typically a MIPS in combination with a custom graphics engine. You want to code for those chips ? Here's a few NDA's to sign first... and some fees to pay to various groups like HDMI and MPEG and others. Even before we let you use the precompiled libraries or disclose the API to those.

So what is next ? you are going to demand that you can install android on your TV-set ? or Laserprinter ? Sorry, ain't gonna happen.

Just my 2 cents...

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vincent himpe

Linux must make do with the old Intel stuff...

anyone for designing an open source cpu ? intel compatible ?

with the effort being put into linux , this should be piece of cake right ?

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Foreign sabotage suspected in Phobos-Grunt meltdown

vincent himpe

i blame ...

too much wodka.. the damn thing is flying backwards ! ( with its solar panels pointed away from the sun )

either that ore some coder didn't know what the sign bit was for ...

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Duff Russian Mars probe spotted flying in reverse

vincent himpe

hey anatoly , you knowink if integer is signed or unsigned ?

i thinking is unsigned ... ok youri , i will kode iit as unsigned.

Not that the americans do any better. Remember the mars lander that became the mars burier... Speed was specced in kilometer and hour and the propulsion guys thought it was miles per hour .... oops. we're traveling 50% too fast. brake .... brake ..brake .. BRAKE ! BRAAAAAAAA - splat -

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Jobs' 'nuclear war' is not doing Apple any good - analyst

vincent himpe

publicity

Cheaper to file a lawsuit and pay some lawyers than to run world-wide media campaigns.

Media will gobble it up .

Workarounds cost extra money and meanwhile other businesses that might want to enter the playing field will delay their product launch to see the outcome of the lawsuit..

so its a win-win-win situation : free pub , force competiton to extra cost and delay ...

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BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

vincent himpe

simple

really paranoid people delve their own ore, smelt it , make resistors, capacitors and ic's out of it solder all of that together and then write the phone's firmware using two buttons that allow them to type 1's and 0's.

then, and only then can you be sure...

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Microsoft releases temporary fix for critical Windows bug

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i agree

We should all go back to 40 column 25 line amber monitors that use 5x8 pixel fonts that sit in rom. Try and hack those ....

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Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

vincent himpe

some of us..

so because a very few need to edit text over a 4800 baud link the whole worlds needs to locked to stoneage technology ? not good....

If, in todays age, you still use a 4800 baud link over satphone : find a new employer that can afford better links. Modern satphones are way faster than that !

I daily use a hex editor to poke around in rommable code or disk sectors... should we resolve that all keyboards only have 0..9 and a to F and mandate people to access their harddisk file system on track/sector/head level ?

Point is : apple makes stuff for the masses. And apparently the masses like it. That is, until something easier to use / more attractive/ more features/ comes along.

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vincent himpe

waa waa whaaaa

crybabies ! Look, i don't like OS-X or ios either , and for the same reasons: it's closed and a guilded cage. You can't fidget with it. But face it : in terms of friendlyness and easy to use ... nothing comes close. So yeah i have an iphone too. My PC's are all self built and i dabble in linux a bit too. Crying that iphone and mac kill 'free stuff' is just bullshit. If people wanna buy that, let them.

Besides there is nothing that prevents the open source community or Stallman himself to come up with a more attractive and even easier to use platform, do some killer marketing , build some really slick hardware, put it in a nice box and sell bajillions of it. But that means getting up and DOING something. Trying to sell a polished version of emacs isn't going to work... that's not what the big mass of people want. Same for loopey looney or whatever latest ubuntu is called these days or 'ice cream sandwich' or whatver droid is called.

Yeah i have a droid tablet ( actually i got two : one with 2.whatever and one with 3.1) and they are mediocre user experiences at best... ( no i don't have an ipad.. can't comment on that )

The droids lock up , scrolling isn't smooth and battery life is total and utter crap. The damn thing doesn't even have something simple like a spell checker. come on people... it's 2011... where is all this killer 'make-your-life-easy' stuff that we have been promised since the 80's.

The main problem with linux / android is that it is waaaay to fragmented. There are so main builds and strains , almost none that are comaptible with each other, you have to fidget with it to get it working right.

If someone were to make 1 system with 1 hardware spec and really tune the hell out of it, preinstall it , polish the user interface and make some programs for it that are actually feature complete and work right, you could do the same as Apple. But right now : it is a hobbyist / tinkerer platform that is no where near ripe to unleash to the unwashed masses.

Don;t get me wrong , it is great to play and tinker with the system , but that is NOT what the big masses want. They want to snap a few pictures, effortless correct them and send them too fabesook or flitter or grandma. They don't need to grep -r ls -l tar or all that other stuff...

As for emacs .... meh .. it's 2011. wysiwyg with spell checker is what i want... preferrably with imbedding of images, tables and more. And if it's to write code : give me a full blown ide with built in debugging , autocomplete and realtime code checking a-la visual studio.

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Official: Kindles get heavier as you add e-books

vincent himpe

physics ...

'Empty' flash memory is sert to all '1'.

Erasing a flash cell sets it to logic high...

So writing means only zeroes get written....

Thus : storing more books creates additional zeroes : tablet becomes lighter ...

a factory fresh device will be heavier than a used one.

Food for thought : deleting something only erases the index pointer... the data is still there until overwritten.

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

vincent himpe

stuxnet for insulin pumps ?

you have got to be kidding me...

even 10 years ago leaving a life critical system unencrypted is blatant stupidity...

It can be easily solved : only accept incoming transmissions provided a button is physically held down on the device. like enter a special menu. then select option 'enable receive' and keep holding the 'ok button. if you let go of the button the link is terminated.

problem solved.

hardware mechanisms require physical access to the device.

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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

vincent himpe

Xerox alto and 'Mother of all Demo's' ( NLS system)

'nough said...

coat please ...

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Jobs: 'I'll spend my dying breath destroying Android'

vincent himpe

Luckily

Xerox PARc is no longer around... Niether is Douglas Engelbart.

They may have spent all the pennies they had to destroy appel. After all, that windowing system and mouse point-n-click business was their idea with the NLS and xerox alto ...

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News of Steve Jobs' death causes market jitters

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Black Helicopters

even more astounding..

is that in times of global economy struggles an OIL company is the most successfull ....

The economy is in shambles and big oil has us all by our private parts at 4$ a gallon...

Wanna boost the economy ? Force big oil to sell fuel back at 1$ a gallon... you'll see an instant economy boost ! . people will have more money in their pocket which they will spend...

They are raking in monstrous profits and pay less taxes than they give money to their CEO...

black helicopters because , well you know... big oil protects their interests...

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MS denies secure boot will exclude Linux

vincent himpe

eh

The uefi simply want a signed loader.

if MS changes the loader they have to sign it and provide the key.

So, if you mod your loader you need to sign it. Why should linux user be treated differently than MS. The rules are clear : You want to boot ? give me the key .... The UEFI is neutral in this respect.

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vincent himpe

i don't see what all the fuss is about

the bios adds a check before boot : give me your signature , and checks this against a stored list of 'known good' signatures. if the key does not match it refuses to boot.

Good ! this prevents malware.

Linux ? should'nt be a problem. just get a signed version and hand the key to the bios. done.

oh wait... ehm yes is think is see the problem... with so main strains, forks and custom builds of linux there is going to be a massive amount of keys .... and someone will have to fork over some dough to get all these trusted key ... wow. and ubuntu crancks out a new version almost every day... thats gonna be a problem.

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Neil Armstrong: US space program 'embarrassing'

vincent himpe
Holmes

yet...

you never hear the envionmentalist complain about all the smoke and poisonous gases ( gunsmoke , burnt powder , propellant , fuel) a typical war produces.....

Maybe we should start using envionmentally friendly and renewable weapons.

I'd love to see the day where two enemies would yell at each other , come here so i can smack you with this bunch of daisies.

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vincent himpe

something to ponder about

in the 50's we saw the first computers. humongous beasts , vacuum tubes, few ten thousand calculations a second. engineers and scientists can create things faster.

in the 60's we transistorized them. clock goes up tenfold , we land people on the moon

in the 70 we integrate them. we get desktop calculators. now we are really cracking.

in the 80 we get personal computers. now everyone will be able to design complex things with the assitance of these wonderful machines.

que forward. 2011. The average cellphone has 1000 the computing power of the first vacuum tube machines, features haptoc feedback , 3d high resolution displays, all kinds of instant information access. And what does the human race do with them? THEY PLAY ANGRY BIRDS !

in other words, the technology has evolved to the point where the human race has devolved... we have fallen behind.

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Netflix: How to completely screw up

vincent himpe

why so complicated.

just offer a number of plans

- streaming only

- dvd only

- blueray only.

and then have the permutated bundles

stream + dvd

stream + dvd + bluray

dvd + bluray

stream + bluray

depending on what 'bits' are on you can browse a selection form the catalog.

no renaming needed, no splitting of the company , no splitting of the database.

it;s just option bits in the filter and the billing.

Brilliant no ?

So why didn't they do it ? i smell a rat.... like a shareholder rat.... netflix is the usps's largest customer. This shipping cost weighs on their net profit margin. By splitting off they can now claim 'netflix i xyz profitable' ,, quickster ' less'.. instant shareholder bonus .... and quickster will die in a few years as the entire media landscape is changing with the advent of web connected TV's and tablets with streaming capabilities..... the shine silver diks are going the way of vinyl... remeber the scen in BTTF2 where they had all the laserdiks wrapped up ready to throw in the mrFusion.... ( right about when marty gets his Nike shoes from the doc ... ) It ain't that far off you know.. 2015 ...

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Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites

vincent himpe

interesting

why can't we have a server side push to update a single element on a page.

it should be possible to create an updatable section of a page. Browser could respond to a change in a textbox or a pulldown list by sending a request to the source of the webpage. ( there would be no override )

let's say you have a page with a pulldownlist a textbox and a submit button served from www.myserver.com. The definition of this textbox,list and button sits between special html tags <section='reply'>

change the pulldownlist 'country'

browser sends : www.myserver.com/session=kdfjskdfhj:country='new zealand'

This tiggers that the temporary user 'kdfjskdfhj' just changed his pulldown list to something new.

The browser now pulls in www.myserver.com/session=kdfjskdfhj:section=reply?

where the server has posted the updated html code for that portion.

you would not need scripting. html would be extended with 'area's that can be updated by the server. this would avoid full page reloads. only the html code for that portion is updated. since the layout does not change the browser is speedy too : it only needs to repaint that section.

the mechanism woudl be made in such a way that there is no 'go-to' address avaialble. the browser can only send it back to the machine that served the page in the first place. so no spoofing there either.

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vincent himpe

Javascript is a PEST that needs eradication

There should be no client side scripting or code running. Anytime you hear about a website infecting a computer in drive-by it is because of javascript. ( unless of course it is plain user stupidity by clicking and executing whatever link he/she is shown )

No javascript would mean no popups , no fake antivir nagscreens and more of this nonsense.

Anyone know a browser that does not support javascript ? ( no firefox doesn't count... being able to turn it off is not security, someone or something may find a way to turn it back on. I am talking about a browser that doesn't have javascript support. )

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Malware burrows deep into computer BIOS to escape AV

vincent himpe

where's me box of soldering irons ?

that nWP pin is going to get a wire strap to ground...

(notWriteProtect : a pin on the bios chips that, if pulled low physically blocks the flash chip to be rewritten) Most motherboards these days use SPI flash chips like 25M90's and alike. These all have such a pin. Some motherboards already have a jumper to tie this pin down.

Also parallel flash has this.

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Google plan to kill Javascript with Dart, fight off Apple

vincent himpe

wake me

when they get rid f the semicolons at the end of a line... any compiler that cannot use the standard ascii <CR> or <CR><LF> pair to find out where a line ends is a stinking dinosaur.

And don't start about splitting long instructions across mulitple lines. Just use a continuation character in that case. ( or make your code more simple. )

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Is using your own kit at work a good thing?

vincent himpe

simple

You buy the machine in parts as 'lab equipment'.

Our 'lab' workstations run circles around the corporate machines.

The lab sits in a sandbox anyway , but there is a bridge to corporate things like email and filers.

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Disk sales up 4%: No sign of Flash or Cloud impact yet

vincent himpe

It's simple...

Magnetic storage is here to stay for a long time.

4 years ago there was the push for flash disks in 'business laptops' we say 16 32 and 64 Gbyte flash storage (you can't call those 'drives') in 2.5 inch formfactor. After that it petered out until MLC came along to push SLC out of the way. But price is still high.

Then came the Tablet boom. 16 or 32 Gbyte and no longer in 2.5 inch format. Meanwhile the demand for flash for ipod / iphone and other smartphones has eroded the price further to 2$/gbyte ( 2 years ago ). Still a steep ticket compaerd to classic magnetic storage.

And now comes another gamechanger : the cloud. Your local machine ( whether tablet or notebook ) no longer needs oodles of storage. Just enough for the OS , some apps and some local data so you can work 'offline'. The rest is stored 'in the cloud'.

Now, let's take a look at this cloud shall we. You used to have your colection of thousands of family pictures/ video / whatever on one drive in one computer. We shift to the cloud : these pictures are replicated on multiple datacenters , multiple drives.. ( possibly a raid system ) So your data now resides in multiple copies on multiple disks. Previously 1 drive , now many more ...

And a lot of people start using 'mini' clouds like a home server or net disk.

So the demand for drives is going up, while the demand for increasing flash is going down ...

The demand for notebook disks and, to a lesser extent desktop disks, may go down ; but server storage is going up drastically. Furhtermore there is no further price erosion in flash since nobody asks for large capacity. All you need is bootvolume and temporary storage. This has an impact on the price of harddisk replacements: those prices don:t drop.. so they remain unattractive from that point of view. Also the size increase is not there. you don;t need 64 or 128 for the bootvolume and temp storage. you can perfectly live with 16 or 32... the rest will be sucked in from the cloud or even worse : streaming. There is no need to storae anything locally. click and it comes... but it comes from magnetic storage.

And there is more. Datacenters manage the physically wear out drives. Simply because the headstack is almost nonstop in motion. These drives will need replacement ...

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New Apple move against Galaxy Tab on Euro front

vincent himpe

it would be simple

Samsung to Apple: Oopsie, we seem to have a bit of manufacturing problems with that A4 and A5 chip right now. Next shipment of thoses chips will be somewhere late 2110 ... probably on a thursday ... in the late afternoon. around 4.30 ... -ish.

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Apple sells world's most expensive flash drive

vincent himpe

how did they

get that through the USB acceptance test ...

There is only one allowed and approved USB connector. You can not deviate from that or you can;t use the usb logo.

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People don't want tablets, they want iPads

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okay

Pretty hard to download a wifi patch if the wifi don't work innit ?

Kinda like : No keyboard detected, press F2 to continue ...

I am looking for spell-check. I wan tto be able to write simple text documents ( i don't even need a full word processor ). Save to a text file so later i can copy and paste this into a real document when i get back home. But i do want spell check, thesaurus and all the works !

At least for the ipad you can install the iWork suite. Android ? hello ? It is linux based. Why no OpenOffice ? This is absurd !

My problem with drivers ? I don't want em ! The tablet should expose itself as a standard storage class USB device. Plug it in to a computer (irrespective of what operating system is used, they all support the USB storage class) and it mounts as a drive. I have a camera (videocamera) that can copy data to external drives. Plug in a 'drive' and the camera can copy data. So my idea was :plug in the tablet , camera will detect 'drive' , and i will be able to copy files.

Not... because you need a driver !

These USb classes like mass storage, CDC , HId have been created so that there would not be a need for drivers , and devices would be compatible with each other. Android ? not so ...

Like i said, my ide was : get a tabelt , you can do email , you can write some text documents on the plane, and you can copy files from to external devices like the photo and video camera and on to extenral storage. That is all i need on vacation.

All pretty basic stuff. All i have now is a 400$ thing that can run 'angry birds'. Way to go android. I'll stick to my little netbook with windows XP, since that can do all these things without problems.

Android is simply not ready. The ecosystem is not there. Not that an iPad would do any better in my case. That is unusable since they don't have any usb ports at all. But there at least the apps are way better.

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not impressed with android

i bought an android tablet 3 days ago. The Acer 500.

I chose this one specifically for its usage of a standard power adapter as opposed to special docking plugs, the presence of an sd card reader and a usb host and slave port.

Its tegra2 based and works fine. Scrolling is smooth. Graphics are crisp on the led backlit display.

But, now it begins..

Update to 3.1 bricked the wifi capabilties. Try connecting to WPA/WPA2 routers and it fails 99% of the time... you need to fidget around with static ip addresses.

3.2 update ... not yet ...

Ah lets try the usb ports then will we?

Plug it in to a PC... you need a driver to talk to it ... a driver ? seriously ? what happened with mounting as a storage device ? that is bummer.

Now let's try the usb host mode.... ah only keyboards and memory sticks , provided they are in fat or fat32. Drat ! can we have NTFS please so i can use regular laptop drives ?

My idea was to use the usb ports so i could read memory cards and the drive from the camera and back them up to an external harddisk. That way i could do away with lugging a laptop around on vacation. So far for the usability of the USB ports...

On to the software then.

I was kinda sorta hoping there would be the most commonly used apps available. How about an openoffice ? that would be no. Ok, i only need a text editor with spell checker. no. ok can i at least have a spell checker in the email ? No. Seriously ? even an iPhone has a spell checker.

How about some movie editing software like on the iPad ? or a Photo organizer / editor ? No.

So i have a tablet , running an Os full of awkward hidden features buttons ( it took me quite a while to find out how to set the static ip addres sfor a wifi connection. Who'd figure out you need to press down on a connection for a while , then go bottom left to find a little arrow that pops up extra features , and then jump through some more hoops to do something basic like setting an IP address. and then have to reboot the darn thing for it to take actually effect.

The common apps that come with an iPad (text editing, photo/video) are nonexisting on this platform, or are half baked.

the email doesn't even have a spell checker. multiple email addresses are not integrated like on the iphone/ipad. and the wifi sort a kinda works depending the mood it is in...

on the other hand i can run Angry birds for free...

I feel like using it to bang myself on the head with it.. stupid stupid stupid.

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Atlantis blasts off on last shuttle mission

vincent himpe

amazing

todays average cell phone has a thousand times the computing power of the first machines used to design and run the shuttle.... and what do we do with it ? play angry birds or tweet about how the cat farted ...

it's 2011. we should have had interstellar travel by now. Or at least teleporters, or tricorders ..

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Hackers pierce network with jerry-rigged mouse

vincent himpe

another idea

pop open a mouse and install a small usb hub device.

install second tiny mirocontroller (pic18f2550 for example) that runs HID code and enumerates as a keyboard ...

When you plug in this modified mouse the operating system sees both a mouse and a keyboard.

It should now be possible to record all keystrokes....

equip the mouse with a zigbee or bluetooth transceiver and you have instant remote capturing...

give it a wifi link and some smart code that seeks out open wifi ports and all hell breaks loose !

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Microsoft warns on support scams

vincent himpe

I get calls through Skype !

i have had 3 calls in the last 2 months through Skype.. Fortunately i use a real hardware Skype phone (cisco) and do not have the skype software installed on any of my computers.

So its fun if they ask if i am on a computer i answer no i am on a phone...

Pretty interesting how they can call me if they are not on my list. And they;re probably violating skype's rules as well.

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Peeping Tom Mac spyware suspect cuffed

vincent himpe

uhhuh

their level of dumbness is only surpoassed by the dumbness of the users that actually did take the machine into the bathroom...

People should be required to have a computer license, just like you need a drivers license.

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A peek inside Apple's iCloud data center

vincent himpe
Joke

my guess

dos with novell netware on top >:)

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Apple iCloud: Steve Jobs' own private internet

vincent himpe

the problem with clouds

is that they tend to bring rain ....

What if someone hacks this cloud and gets a hold of my personal files ? i do not want leaky clouds ...

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Student suspended for posting random satire on YouTube

vincent himpe

que guitar solo....

no this post is not required and it must not contain letters as there is no verbally describing the awesomeness of that guitar solo in 'the wall'.

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