* Posts by Mikel

1766 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Google-gate: 'Toothless' watchdog FTC nibbles furiously on journalists

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Google bashing

no substance

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Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

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Re: But why would they kill us?

We can - and would - turn it off. To a self-aware AI this is an existential threat problem with exactly one solution.

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Re: No wonder Apple won't talk to El Reg

He didn't make that $150M from Apple either. His Apple money is mostly gone. He did really well on FusionIO, and that was a Caching! long overdue.

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Utah faints: Google Fiber to lay cable in thrilling Salt Lake City

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Re: Just worked it out.

Personalized adverts for stuff I might actually be interested in sponsoring services I actually want is WAY preferable to the old way. The old way was mounting a shredder to the mailbox, droning through undirected advertising of such low interest they had to make it up in volume - to the ruination of anything it sponsored. Five nines of waste, burning my time with so much uninteresting crud that if there had been a gem amongst the dross I'd have never seen it.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Well that was clear as mud

Communications must not be Microsoft's strong point.

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Google and Obama: You’re too close for comfort

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What horror

Google let people find cheap medicine, opposed SOPA, supported network neutrality, told sites if they didn't want to show up in Google's search results they didn't have to. What jerks.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Once upon a time...

>Not too bad an outcome

Doesn't undo that the genesis of IE was hosing the inventors of the browser out of their just reward. Karma, baby.

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Once upon a time...

The code boffins from NCSA monetized their inventions by founding a company called Spyglass and licensing the Mosaic code to it. After Bill Gates realized The Road Ahead required he take ownership of the web, Microsoft licensed this code from Spyglass to make IE, spinning a tale of global domination and untold wealth at a cut of the gross.

The deal done, Microsoft turned on their heel and gave it away, resulting in a gross of $0, and a Spyglass Inc share of that gross of $0.

Said boffins were quite upset about this Unexpected Financial Injustice Administered and, after suing, jumped ship to Netscape where they spent the remainder of their careers doing battle with IE.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyglass,_Inc.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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Makes a dreamy monitor

Not as interesting in my mind for watching the babble box but the spreadsheets, database forms and code windows are amazing.

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Re: Is LG a good brand?

LG made my Nexus 5. As far as I am concerned this closes the question. It is undeniably awesome.

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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What this means

We can look forward to hearing from Rob Enderle again.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Still Gigabytes

This is not slim.

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AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

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Memory maps for all the things

This is long overdue. Or seriously retro. Depending on your point of view.

But promoting the GPU and other elements to memory coherent with the CPU will usher in a new era of heterogeneous computing. Hopefully the security issues were dealt with.

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Re: So the FCC set up a fight between ...

/Brandon 2

On Google's private network they design the hardware all the way down to the switch ASIC and laser PHY. It isn't even Ethernet, properly speaking. So... No FCC stickers in there. On the consumer devices, particularly radios, yes.

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Cyanogen said to be hoovering up cash, but NOT from Microsoft

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Obviously

Microsoft direct ownership would prevent the effectiveness of the disruption. Naturally this means Cyanogen must be made a puppet with longer strings - Microsoft's interest laundered through multiple opaque investment groups. They're evil, not stupid.

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Gamers! Ransomware will scramble your save files unless you cough up $1,000

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A careful analysis

>It attempts to infect Windows PCs by exploiting a vulnerability ...

Ah. More exciting opportunities for adventure in Windows land. It seems every day brings several more.

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IDC downgrades sales outlook for PCs AND tablets

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HP and Dell can cancel Christmas due to poor Windows PC sales

What is that, five years running? Six? They may soon forget what holiday sales booms were.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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Windows is such an adventure

Why have something boring when you can get exciting monthly updates?

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Ah, the joys of Windows

They never end.

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Microsoft chucks patent sueball at Kyocera over Android phones

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Re: 1997

Patents prevent progress. This is well proven

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Proof Microsoft is not reformed

They should be ashamed of themselves. But at least he's we have proof that the bad old days are not over.

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Will NASA's Dawn spot ALIEN LIFE on asteroid belt dwarf world Ceres?

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Re: And a 66 megapixel camera

I didn't know this.

The final survey images should be wonderful then. I liked the pics from 40,000 km above. 400 km should be amazing.

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Ceres is a jewel of the sky

Planetary Resources talks about mining asteroids. This one is the mother lode. 2.8 million square kilometers of surface area covered in high grade platinum group metals ore, endless water, 0.03 G surface gravity, immense caves for habitation, premade steam volcano to drive a turbine. As Dawn gets closer we will see much more.

It is a far better habitat for a colony than Mars. A bit far - twice as far as Mars - but Musk is sorting out the quick and inexpensive trip.

Whoever winds up owning this thing will have more wealth than anybody ever before.

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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Probably enterprise gear pricing

But the cost of SSD continues to go down and the density up. At some point spinning rust will die.

Which reminds me - I have a use for some of those mechanical parts. Off to the tech salvage store!

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HP: Windows Server + OpenStack will lure biz bods from the Amazon

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It has finally happened

Microsoft Windows is a Linux app.

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Microsoft working on 'Nano' version of Windows Server for web-scale ops

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Wow

Some have been PXE booting diskless servers for decades now.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: Opelika spent $7 million over 5 years for 30,000

@Craigness

Still sounds cheap. Especially compared to Comcast or TWC which not only costs more during the build out, but then the cost never goes down and the service level never needs to go up.

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Opelika spent $7 million over 5 years for 30,000

That is $4 per month per person to build out an essential service that will last 50 years or more.

Sounds like a heck of a good deal. Where can I get gigabit fiber for that?

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He's baaack: Microsoft's axeman Nadella to give Chinese staff the chop

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Made in Vietnam

Maybe somebody ought to check the working conditions in that one. For humanitarian reasons.

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

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What I posted in May here

Over before it began

The only thing better for the cable giants than a weak FCC rule is a completely muddled, unintelligible and unenforceable rule. That way they can do whatever they want for years and the courts will protect them.

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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

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Apple has a cash hoard

It's big enough to buy control of Intel, AMD and HP, and colonize Mars. All at once, without borrowing any money.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: If there is to be any hope ...

Apple now has enough cash on hand to buy both Intel and AMD.

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HP cloud reorg shock: Ex-Eucalyptus boss Mårten Mickos backs off

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It can't be comfortable for a real nerd to be working in the corporate world of HP.

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Hellooo, NSA? The US State Department can't kick hackers out of its networks – report

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They use Windows

They are reinfected several times a second. They can't find the source because every device, server and user is the source. Even if they shut down the whole thing, wiped every device, every bit of data in the system, and reloaded their software from known good copies, it would still be hacked before the first useful work was done. There's probably backup hacks lodged in every printer, network switch and server firmware by now - just in case they decide to air gap the entire network. And if they wipe every piece, the replacements new from the factory will come with exploits preinstalled and the first one will propagate through the network contaminating everything again within seconds of being switched on. It is hopeless.

Sony has the same problem. Actually, everybody who uses Windows does.

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AT&T suddenly finds demand for 1Gbps fiber in Kansas City – just after Google arrived

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Hey AT&T, this is Comcast and Time Warner

You throw your hat in on our Google Fiber cities and we'll throw ours in on yours and maybe united we can make it unprofitable for them. We'll blanket the cities in advertising and lock everyone up in long contracts. Maybe they'll give up.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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4.5 billion

Of course if Musk makes his reusable rockets work and reduces launch costs by a factor of 100 as hoped, that would be only $45 million. Easily within reach. May it's time James Cameron considered shooting on location on Mars. For his movies that's just the catering budget.

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Google founders to offload $4 BEEELLION in shares

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Billionaires do financial management

Shocker!

Gates has been selling off Microsoft stock since the 80's, and will be fully divested this year. This is normal.

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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>meaning cyber-crooks have access to working exploits the minute Google's disclosure goes live.

Cyber crooks had access to the bug the day the offending error was published. Let us not forget that disclosure or not, the bug is there for anyone to exploit.

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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

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Re: Soft land test

Where did you get the idea NASA is their only customer? On the 27th of this month they are scheduled to launch for Asia Broadcast Satellite. In Q2 one for SES World Skies. Orbcomm by midyear. Launches this year for Argentina and Turkmenistan.

Cite: http://spacexstats.com/upcoming.php

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Re: A Double Dose of Disruptive Technology

Reusable rockets are a big deal, but let's not go too far over the top. SpaceX has not even been in business 13 years, not 30-40, and this reusable rocket notion is a fairly recent development*. Once Musk proves it can be done others will have no choice but to start a crash program to reproduce his successes. The work is probably already begun.

* Pulp science fiction notwithstanding. It had been roundly dismissed as infeasible for so long that everyone had a good laugh when Musk said he would do it. Sheepish looks and cold lager all 'round.

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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

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At a loss

To a six year old with a hammer, everything is a nail.

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Microsoft and Linux

Goes together like mustard and chocolate.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Re: Been nice knowing the RasPi

@James Hughes 1

Whatever they used to corrupt the president of the RPF was weapons grade stuff. He eagerly admits drinking the koolaid, and the announcement is a veritable catalog of Microsoft products and talking points. It is an ad. There is no way he could have personal knowledge of all that stuff already, yet he preaches it like it is the gospel. It's already over. RPi is already dead.

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Re: Good work MS

Re: ANDRIOD

Astroturfers are not allowed to use the actual name of the product they are bashing, as in increases the notoriety of the product. In the case of Android it is a little absurd, but that is what this is about. And no, it is not going to stop. Rules are rules.

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Carmakers DEFLATED by AIRBAG FLAW as US watchdog recalls TWO MEELLION vehicles

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Ow

It turns out that making devices that are designed to blow up in your face without killing you is really hard.

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Re: It just doesn't matter

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>You can't remote desktop without a desktop, and the software selection in Windows is still much superior to any other platform in certain markets such as games.

I don't think this is going to matter to the billions of people who have never seen a desktop or video game. Or at least not seen one as advanced as you can get on the cheapest Android tablet. In much of the world they are dealing with late 90's hardware and XP at best. Apps and performance, display and responsiveness are not as good as you can get on a $25 Android tablet. India alone is going to give away one billion of these tablets to students in the next ten years. Probably sooner.

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Re: It just doesn't matter

iOS and Android devices already do all those things. They have for years. My Android devices support wireless remote displays through Chromecast or Miricast, Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (I prefer the Model M which is USB only). Also wired HDMI, USB inspection cameras, GPIO devices and more. It can be the brain of a drone or satellite, a FullHD video recorder or editor, and remote desktop to any sort of desktop or server device I like.

What do you mean by "come back"? Most of these people will have never been to Windows-land in the first place.

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It just doesn't matter

Three years from now Microsoft may have gotten 300 million people to try Windows 10 and will doubtless be deprecating it for whatever they call Windows 11. It will have its challenges and triumphs, its controversies and surprises. Microsoft will declare victory after a week and again periodically thereafter. It will generate Microsoft a lot of money.

In that three years one billion iOS devices and 7 billion Android devices will have been sold. Together more than one for every living human. All people everywhere will be abundantly aware they don't need Windows, and will be delighted and amazed, enabled and empowered by the myriad devices that just work together without fiddling, without antivirus, without ActiveX, DirectX and Active Directory, without BHOs, GPOs, registry tweaks, activation servers, Microsoft online accounts, IE and Bing, without waiting breathlessly for Microsoft to decide whether they get the next version free or not. Together, but not the same. And the 2.5 billion devices that have already been sold that don't use their ware will mostly still be working too, like the 2013 Nexus 7 I am writing this on.

The era when Microsoft owned the technology industry is long over.

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Re: Sounds like a winner to me

>Thus businesses get to hire people who can use computers,

There is quite a whole world of computer using that ain't got any Microsoft in it. And for 30 years I've enjoyed watching folks like you try to pretend it doesn't exist. Now your difficulty is much higher: even Microsoft is making their software for non-Windows platforms like iOS and Android, building their cloud for Linux, and so on.

Android moved a billion phones last year. It runs computers. IOS, OS X, Linux, Android... They run the world now. Windows is a dim and tiny corner of the computer using realm. And getting less every year. What little of it there is is fragmented across four mutually incompatible major versions, so it doesn't even have the power of numbers it might have.

After Windows 10 increases the number of mutually incompatible versions by one we will all have a good laugh. By the time they can try again, we may have forgotten how much influence Microsoft used to have in technology.

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Microsoft Outlook comes to Android, iOS: MS email now a bit less painful on mobile

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Re: Convenient timing

You expected O365 to improve your Android experience? Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the owner of the service.

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