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OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won

Tam Lin

Microsoft won the way they know - dishonesty and fraud.

I was at the initial "OS/2 Developer's Conference" 1987, but it was no such thing.

In reality it was a Ballmer and MZ-led evangelical Windows pyramid-scheme marketing Conference. Gates, who had promised to appear, was always going to be there "soon". He never deigned, of course.

Ballmer's biggest lie was that Microsoft had written a program - always nearly finished - that would convert source code written for Windows to run on OS/2. He actually had most of the attendees believing "Write for Windows today, and you're writing for the OS/2 of tomorrow." Completely unfinished API notwithstanding.

At the conference end when they announced "free copies of Windows 1.03 for everyone!" 95% of crowd was cheering. Only the IBMers and a few of us who had dealt with Microsoft in the past knew that we'd been suckered into paying a multi-$1000 conference fee for a $100 toy program and the opportunity to help Gates become the world's richest psychopath.

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Microsoft embraces ARM with Windows 8

Tam Lin

In defense of the author .....

Microsoft never really lifted a finger in support of Alpha, MIPS or Power (I can't speak for IA). What it did was sell those chip manufacturers the right to provide the equipment, engineers, programmers and support staff to do the work themselves.

When the manufacturers' porting was complete, the work that Microsoft had given vague assurances to complete (e.g., Office) wasn't done.

Obviously Intel gave Microsoft a big wad of "marketing cash" to pull another OS/2 on their paying clients.

This turned out to be a great investment for Intel; it helped to quickly bankrupt DEC, after which Intel ended up with Alpha's much-smarter chip designers - the designers who are responsible for everything from the Pentium Pro through i7 (except the failed Netburst (P4) architecture).

Intel would later give Dell and other screwdriver shops similarly huge quantities of "marketing cash" in an attempt to bankrupt AMD.

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Mastercard downed by Anon-Assange-fans

Tam Lin

Another please don't

You can also donate - 100% tax free within the US, of course - to fund Suzerain Lieberman's primary home in the Israeli settlements.

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F*ck you, thunders disgruntled fanboi Apple user

Tam Lin

What? No entiendo. Это не имеет смысла. Jag talar bara en fanboi dialekt av C.

Fanbois can't 'Jump' - it's assembly language (a verboten fanboi tongue).

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Windows 7's dirty secrets revealed

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Well, Yes and No

1) "FTH will over-allocate memory, and keep a copy of freed memory so that attempts to re-read it will succeed." [I'm guessing this was done primarily for Microsoft and HP programs.]

2) So what is the point of UAC? "UAC is not an anti-malware solution. It is about one thing, which is about getting you guys to write your code so that it runs well as standard user."

Is there any way the above two "features" are not opposites? The first says "We encourage crap programming", while the second says "We demand quality programming from you, but, no, sorry, it's not actually going to help things because ... [I don't know why, I guess because programming is too hard compared to holding press conferences]"?

Free ProTip: When your employees go out of their way to "fix" security and stability issues by intentionally doing the exact opposite of what OpenBSD does, you should probably encourage them to recareer themselves.

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MS exec gets shot down after 'inaccurate' Windows 7 spiel

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Is this a Monty Python skit?

"This came from a Microsoft employee who was not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7"

Calling Windows 7 "designed" is even more off-the-wall than calling Vista "stable" ... so am I to assume the next bit is where Inspector Fox of the Light Entertainment Squad walks in and hits them both with a hammer?

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Murdoch threatens to yank News Corp. from Google News

Tam Lin

Brilliant

The easiest way for Murdoch to monetize his serial fiction sites is to have his six-bit-witted minions MLM subscriptions to each other at their Chamber of Commerce rituals. I can picture them now, pensively choosing cable TV-like intertube packages, basing them on their personal favorites such as Soldier of Fortune.com, Tractor Pull Interactive, and Fox News.

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Don't panic over the secret copyright treaty

Tam Lin

Democracry: DNF

Paraphrasing Khrushchev, "We will bury you, and your lawyers will explain away the shovels."

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Naked Win 7 still vulnerable to most viruses

Tam Lin

UAC Security Theatre 3000

Just like the US's tragicomic TSA, UAC is brought to you by incompetent sadists enjoying your pain.

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Google finds voice to respond to FCC

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Dial no evil

If you heard that NN means paying money to directly to hacks rather than to at&t, I can see why at&t are upset and you're happy. However, I regret to inform you that these dodgy rural kickbacks benefit political hacks only - no other species of hack gets a dime.

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China accuses Google of 'malicious' censorship

Tam Lin

I hate to be a language cop, but

hypocrisy is not irony. The irony (verbal division) is in the title (People's Daily), while the hypocrisy is in the content. To further illustrate, here are two others using the same formulae: New York Times, The Economist.

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Ares I: What's the point?

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Skunkworks to doesn'tworks: 50 years of NASA

I've known NASA engineers from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Using a spreadsheet to extrapolate - something we learned from Columbia that current engineers are incapable of - their skills forward, NASA engineers of the 2010's won't be able to accelerate themselves out of bed in the morning.

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Windows 95 to Windows 7: How Microsoft lost its vision

Tam Lin

Is the author 14 or senile?

The Windows 95 that amazed him so was actually a shell running atop Windows 3.11 (and a poor copy of then-existing 3rd party shells, to be precise), as any developer in those days will remember - I still have the disks. The identical process, in fact, to the jump from NT 4 to 2000.

The bulk of non-eye candy developments took place within a version: 3.1 and 2000, with lesser amounts in 98 and XP after 2000's SP4. The slow, measured, semi-reliable, constant improvement cycle of XP was actually a good thing.

Microsoft programmers aren't really as slow and incompetent they seem, they're mostly just off on projects trying to capture new markets with monopoly rents (and failing) - but that would be illegal, so Microsoft says they were all working on Vista SE.

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Internet Archive uncloaks open ebook dream machine

Tam Lin

Rent to eLose

Buy the timeless. Borrow the useful. Renting is for crappy American style 'entertainment' - movies and diet/NYT best-seller books - where automatically losing it is beneficial.

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Hitachi Data Systems fingered in Sidekick disaster

Tam Lin

So I take it "El Reg" is not backed up either?

It is absolutely trivial to wipe out data in any RAID or SAN/NAS. Simply tell it to consider an empty or foreign drive as part of a set/volume, and it does the destroying for you. Force load a corrupt or empty configuration. Plug in a drive that spits out "impossible" responses that were never programmed against. Seen it done manually, automatically, even done it myself.

It is also customary to store data in effectively non-recoverable scattered and compressed format (e.g., Microsoft Outlook PST, although that was done for vendor lock-in).

Company-saving backups are NOT the responsibility of a T&M vendor. Data copied to a different area of the same <whatever>, while useful, is absolutely in no way a backup. The only valid reason I can think of not to have several tested backups is that Ballmer had them destroyed as favor for one of his T-Mobile-competitor friends.

Seriously, whatever data you have at Google, Amazon's cloud, Microsoft, etc, is probably NOT backed up, merely replicated. This can protect against certain hardware and network failures, but your data is always just one programming error or one tired technician away from complete destruction.

None of the above companies would fail to backup their own company-critical data, but neither T-Mobile nor their business nor their customers nor their lawsuits are any more critical to Microsoft than your Hotmail spam folder.

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Did the FCC bribe US carriers on net neutrality?

Tam Lin

Crap, I thought this was a poll

You neglected to add the part about where the FCC turns off the neutrality fogger after giving their friends our spectrum in exchange for seven figure jobs (eight if talking dollars) when they leave the FCC.

[x] E. Yes to All of the above

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US commission urges broadband socialism

Tam Lin

Al Gore school & library pact redux

But it is nice to see companies other than Blackwater, Goldman, Mobil, Northrup and General Dynamics feeding at the trough - it's like springtime in the government corruption industry again.

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Amazon coughs $150k to student over lost notes

Tam Lin

Napoleon Gawronski

I guess this means he's moving into the farmhouse with his lawyers.

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Ammo rationing at Wal-Mart as panic buying sweeps US

Tam Lin

For everything else, there's Mastercard

Colt 45: $560.00. Box of Wal-Mart ammo: $89.00. 3000kg fake-armor SUV: $65,000.00. Petrol from Alabama to Gettysburg at 5km/l: $727.00 ($1615.00 from Idaho). Civil war that wipes out a large percentage of dimwitted, mouth breathing, bible thumping americans at the 150th anniversary of their first one: Priceless.

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Microsoft howls as Google turns IE into Chrome

Tam Lin

IE8 is the new IE6

You might not know this yet if you are 8 years old, or if you are senile, or if you live in the US, or if you come from another planet, or if your IQ can be expressed in two decimal digits, or if you suffer from Downs, Aspergers or Williams Syndrome and are therefore too trusting.

This Has Been A Public Service Announcement

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Microsoft protests $290m Word judgment

Tam Lin

No proof?

Since there's no proof that Microsoft employs anyone that understands programming, they may win that argument.

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Texas Instruments aims lawyers at calculator hackers

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The Blackwater of high school math

The calculator division of TI has one function: government contracting. Day after day, they are forced to take school board members on golf outings, NFL games, $200 lunches, symposiums in Hawaii, &c. All of this grueling labor is necessary if they want to be able to continue forcing kids to pay $150 for $15 worth of badly programmed Chinese parts.

Now that's the American way, and that's why the DCMA was written.

Amen (required by Texas law)

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EC probe costing Sun $100m a month

Tam Lin

Typical lazy bureaucrats

With just a little more effort I'm sure they should be able to cost Larry "God" Ellison a more appropriate $200 million per month. 100 million isn't even a fortnight's supply of deck cleaner for his yachts.

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Apple sends iPhones into 'Coma Mode'

Tam Lin

Apple was very fair about it

Even us lowly iPod users were invited to the party. iTunes 9.0 effectively erased my 90% hard drive iPod classic - nothing to do with the iPod code (which wasn't updated). After synchronizing properly, it turned on the iPod, zapped it senseless, and refused to recover it (unexplained error). It was only recoverable by installing the copy of iTunes 8.x installer I'd saved.

Since my 8GB of music was now useless in iTunes 8, I simply cemented the earphone jack shut, copied my 60GB of data back on, noted the additional 10% to write off on taxes, and vowed once again never to buy another apple product. That's really the only fix.

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Alabama judges take hard line on dildos

Tam Lin

The bible says girls should have sex with their fathers

And so, presumably, does Alabama's judiciary. And really, what Alabama father wants his daughter ruined by these ungodly, oversized dildos?

So sayeth Genesis 19:30-36 (and therefore applies to all licensees, co-marketers and affiliates of the Hebrew bible, including the USA).

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Japan gets to grips with train-grope websites

Tam Lin

Ingrained

Armed this time with the type of 'knowledge' that the internet seems to convey best, 'ingrained' is my overriding observation as I reread the thousand-year-old, noblewoman-penned Japanese classic novel "The Tale of Genji" (Royall Tyler's 2001 translation).

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Arms biz: Your taxes mainly go on our fat salaries! Ha ha!

Tam Lin

Bloody socialists

In the US, the lobbyists and retired generals get most of the defense money, not the meaningless factory workers or enlisted grunts. That's the way we do it with our limited-access health care system, too.

And we like it.

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Internet Archive stares down Google book mine

Tam Lin

Good idea, Bad company

Rather than tend to their now-near-useless linkfarmphile search algorithm, Google buy 767s and design unpopular phones and featureless browsers to annoy faux friends and foe alike.

Have you seen their scans of out-of-copyright books? Your first thought is "Wow this is neat". Your final thought, while driving to the library for a readable, less rare and not quite appropriate edition is "Too bad it wasn't done by someone who gave a flying f*".

There's no tech at all to enhance fonts or flatten pages, let alone check for 30-degree "whoops" skew, folded corners, etc. Dictionaries, because they rely on typography for brevity, look like out of focus Rorschach tests -- and the OCR (I think the R stands for Random) often reads like the meaningless dialog of a Neil Simon play.

This is the technology that orphaned books will be scanned with.

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GSM connectivity now enjoyed by 4 billion

Tam Lin

Clarification, please

Are you claiming that Chinese regulators are less corrupt than their American and Korean counterparts? Or slightly more so? I guess we'll know soon enough.

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Rogue admin charges cut to size

Tam Lin

What kit did they have?

Any idiot knows that Cisco, Juniper, &c equipment is designed for pizza truck scenarios (in the US it's bible church buses) - passwords can be reset without harming the configuration. It's just about as difficult as resetting a dead administrator's password on a Windows or Unix server.

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US women protest for the right to bare

Tam Lin

Religion

Already the root of all evil, now the root of hungry bairns as well.

Y'all must be so prude, er, proud.

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HP strikes back on charges for 'free' Windows 7 upgrade

Tam Lin

2,500% markup on DVDs

At HP, everything needs to pay as well as their self-clogging, predeformed plastic-byproduct containers of low-performance, auto-smearing, unstable mock-ink liquids (or dried up solids) in batch-dependent random colors.

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Morrissey tells netdepressives to boycott his re-releases

Tam Lin

Piracy helps artists

Piracy is free advertising for an artist's new stuff and live shows. Besides, fans still have enough money to actually purchase self-published music and tickets.

Buying RIAA members' back catalogue reissues means the RIAA have enough money to hire the false friends, managers and solicitors to advise future talent to sign their rights over, repeating the cycle for another generation

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US appeals court cans CAN-SPAM suit

Tam Lin

Business as usual

During their deliberations, I'd guess that the three 9th circuit stooges observed - with tears of pride - how well "Spam invokes the true spirit of the legal profession".

Why tears of pride? A pair of immigration lawyers invented it.

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Sony's Windows 7 virtualization switch-off (partly) reversed

Tam Lin

Sony laptops are recommended by 4 out of 5 lawyers

who recommend class action suits for their clients who use laptops.

- ex Sony customer (3 Sony laptops, 0 working Sony laptops, three free class action memberships)

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Microsoft bitchslaps Oracle over 11g pricing

Tam Lin

Comparing Store apples to Tree apples

Oracle is a direct billing, collections and sales firm with a couple of dodgy products on offer to make it legal. Microsoft differs primarily in that they use confidential contracts with OEMs and distribution, so you don't know when they raise (or lower) prices.

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Bezos begs forgiveness for Amazon's Big Brother moment

Tam Lin

I'm on my third paper copy of 1984

... and neither conspiracies nor refunds were involved in the loss of the previous copies. There are risks, rewards and penalties with each type of purchase, so choose the format that fits you best at the time and stop your annoying childish whinging already.

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Anti-Sec spoof threatens s'kiddie mayhem

Tam Lin

@Jez; The web is the internet?

Damn, the eighties and early nineties with Archie and Veronica, spam-free email and newsgroups, ftp &c seemed so vivid ... and I don't even take drugs.

PS - next time just write ME TOO!! to identify yourself, and we can fill in the rest.

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Amazon affiliates nixed in two more states

Tam Lin

Hardly tax evasion

Retailers are paid a handsome percentage to collect taxes. Whether it's profitable or not depends on their size, efficiency and ability to invest tax receipts short-term. For many states, byzantine rules of residence (county, parish, school, side of tracks, etc) and suffocating reporting requirements guarantee that smaller mail/internet sellers lose money on every in-state sale - which is why many refuse. Amazon is big enough to profit from collecting taxes, and is only worried that they will lose business to other out-of-state retailers crouched below the parapet.

The states enacting these laws hope that in-state buyers won't care that they are now charged sales tax, will consider it too much of a hassle to shop around, or, best case, will buy from the brick-and-mortar store owned by the Governor's son-in-law.

Some affiliates suck, and I'd be glad to see them go. However, in many cases, buying from Amazon affiliates is a free, painless way to donate to a site. In any case, the state legislatures are padding their purses at the expense of their own citizens.

The other "solution" - often presented, but never passed by the reliably selfish members of the federal senate and congress - is a federal sales tax.

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FTC settles with scareware scammers on reduced terms

Tam Lin

Useless, overpriced software. Trivial fines.

Are you quite sure you didn't mix them up with Microsoft?

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Microsoft forbids changes to Windows 7 netbook wallpaper

Tam Lin

Free Advertising

Ballmer has painstakingly cultivated Microsoft's image with customers, OEMs, governments and partners for nearly a third of a century. To capitalize on this investment, it follows that Microsoft should use this opportunity to greet its customers with an unalterable background picture of The Finger. After all, what image[1] could possibly represent "The Microsoft Attitude" more succinctly?

[1] Actual image may vary in Italy and Sri Lanka.

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DataSlide reinvents hard drive

Tam Lin

So they reinvented the drum

So sad. They just missed (by two years) the 75th anniversary celebration of the first time it was invented.

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Lightning strikes Amazon cloud (honest)

Tam Lin

One search

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Lightning+protection&x=0&y=0

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Website liable for Google-generated page summary

Tam Lin

Poetry corner [sorry]

Lawyers are maggots / Judges are flies

The same only older / So why the surprise?

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Revealed: Full specs on SEAL Team Six multimedia setup

Tam Lin

Movies?

I suspect they ARE actually paid to watch gems with american hero icons like Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Chuck Norris and John Wayne. Anti-american brainfood from directors like Ingmar or Akira would be prohibited.

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Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology

Tam Lin

Religion is a gene

Either you've got the delusion gene retrovirus or you haven't. Same criteria as being gay, either you have the 'DNA error - don't procreate' gene or you haven't. But you have to admire these "my delusion is better than your delusion" outbreaks as an example of why so many species go extinct.

Delusional is delusional. Ghosts, gods, thetas and anal probes on flying saucers are just different Village People outfits (technically, different A, C, G, and T sequences). They all look the same, and their annoying barks all sound alike to me.

The fatal-for-survival-of-the-species bit is that the delusion aka religion gene doesn't trip the 'massive DNA error - don't procreate' like it should have.

Personally, I'd encourage scientologists to nuke up (they have the money) and drop them on other similarly-armed delusionals. It wouldn't make any difference, of course, but it would be fun to watch.

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Google brands ebook monopoly critics 'shortsighted'

Tam Lin

Another RIAA/MPAA/ASCAP/BMI

Guaranteeing an unearned profit for eternity by adding negative value, restricting access and leaching off the creators. Bribing politicians and the press seems to be Google's primary function lately.

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Google accused of selling free clicks

Tam Lin

The more things change...

From a 16 July 1998 Netscape PR

"...allowing them to go to Web sites using real words or simple phrases instead of complicated Internet addresses (URLs)..."

I do recall a bit more resistance, but then Netscape wasn't making the necessary billions required to dull the press[1] with free trips, food, &c.

[1] Does not include El Reg. As if.

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OpenSSH chink bares encrypted data packets

Tam Lin

Devastating misleading article

Late 90's? OpenSSH was released December 1, 1999, but the first real release featuring substantial OpenSSH-project written code, including support for protocol version 2 was released June 15, 2000. Also, the theoretical vulnerability you mentioned was protocol-based, not limited to OpenSSH. And what is the non sequitur about OpenSSL doing there? You missed some other completely unrelated look-alikes, such as OpenSS and OpenSSO.

Axe to grind or lazy?

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Google trademark grab defies mounting lawsuits

Tam Lin

@FB Hoover

It's a territorial thing. Mention Hoover in the states and most people will think you mean the president during WWD I, a damn big dam, or Monica Lewinsky. They won't think vacuum cleaners.

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