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1955 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

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Re: Still too expensive

...and you know what the kicker is?

It will be much easier for the Windows user to augment his system video player with plugins then attempting to do the same thing on a Mac.

You can run VLC on both platforms but that's kind of a cheat.

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Re: Still too expensive

> aesthetics AND performance

PC users simply have different values. They aren't interested in an overpriced overpowered fashion statement. They buy stuff for what it does for them, not how it makes the next guy jealous.

So the Apple-centric sensibilities are much less likely to come into play.

A PC user is much more likely to find that the pretty little thing under performs. They're more likely to do "real work" either either because they are power users (Linux) or have access to more interesting an potentially rather obscure (Windows) apps.

Then there's games. At which point the Intel GPU is just sad.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Don't antagonize the window repairman Marty.

> would rather have occupied by that rather-more-traditional viewing technology known as "windows" - through which I can watch the outdoor-wildlife in real-time without any cheesy soundtack or narration.

Unfortunately the view out my window doesn't include spectacular helicopter shots of the Australian outback, the Fjords of Norway, or even the more interesting Bronze age archeological sites from rural Britain.

They look dandy at 1080i on the 10 foot projection screen though.

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Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU

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Re: Almost a genuine reason for customers wanting DRM.

> When software licences are this expensive, it's almost a valid expectation that the feature should require some form of enabling licence key to switch it on when necessary.

...or the people managing multimillion dollar systems and software have half a clue and keep on top of this stuff. This isn't amateur hour.

Mandatory license managers just cause trouble. That's another layer of complexity that important high value mission critical systems don't need.

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Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives

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Re: Whenever you hear Oracle whine about Android

No.

Source only has to be produced when requested by the user. If you aren't a user, then Redhat doesn't have any obligations to you and never did.

This is how a company that creates GPL based derivative works for internal use doesn't have to give YOU a copy of what they have done. Rights to the source are only conferred upon the user of the program. If you aren't a user, then you're irrelevant.

The "loophole" here is that there's nothing preventing a user from sharing.

ANY Redhat user gets the same rights to the programs in question that Redhat does.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Learn the First Rule of Computer Science

There is an implicit problem here of course. You are expecting rube Apple users to behave like seasoned IT professionals. The whole point of them buying an Apple product was specifically to avoid needing to know what they were doing. They're even worse than Windows users in this respect.

Apple needs to manage this stuff while being mindful of their audience. If they cater to idiots then they need to make things even more idiot proof. That's the burden they take on for their approach to system design.

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Re: top tip

> I sold an 8 year old dual G5 for $450 last year. Try that with ANY pc.

You just took advantage of someone and now you are publicly bragging about it.

That makes you a total scumbag. That's not anything to brag about.

Apple users have really anti-social values.

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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Re: @I ain't Spartacus

You wouldn't want the "re-release" for Android anyways. They would find some way to muck it up and ruin it by trying to "update" it.

Emulation is really the best way to go here. You get the unadulterated original. Warts and all you end up with the thing that inspires all of our fond memories rather than a cheap imitation.

...and Han shot first.

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

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Re: "extended stay in shelters.”

It really doesn't take much to improve upon the mess that Hamas has managed to create. The simple fact that the Israelis aren't retaliating against the West Bank is a massive improvement and validation for the Abbas approach.

The Gaza leadership might as well cut out the middle man and execute their own citizens directly. At least that would be more honest.

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: The US hates illegal aliens

The Roswell Greys probably had valuable job skills that could not be found in the domestic labor pool.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: Ah.. a scandel in the finest traditions.

This isn't OJ Simpson. All of this went down in front of a security camera.

If anything, the DA might argue that someone of her profession should be able to dose a client without killing him. Elevate the charge a bit.

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

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Re: Profits?

> if you are a shareholder.

Who cares about the 1%?

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Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science

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Re: Aereo is NOT broadcasting

> The definition of re-broadcasting or public performance does not stipulate the size of the audience.

Yes it does. There are old DVD rental cases that bear this out.

From a purely factual point of view, there must be a distinction made here.

Calling it an illegal copy would have been fine. Calling it a "public performance" is just Orwellian nonsense.

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Orlowski loves corporate welfare.

This is commercial supported content. No one should have to pay to re-transmit it under any circumstances. The fact that this practice was ever tolerated or encouraged is corporate welfare. It's one thing for elected officials pandering to lobbyists to pull this crap and quite another for unelected judges to perpetuate the same nonsense.

The "quacks like a duck" legal standard is highly dangerous. So is the notion that a single file transfer to a single individual is a "public performance".

This decision just isn't "the wrong thing" but it was also done "the wrong way".

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

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Re: You're right for the wrong reasons...

Contrary to popular opinion within the reality distortion bubble, the fact that a bit of kit does not have the Apple logo on it does not automatically make it a piece of sh*t. Quite the contrary. Stuff from any other PC vendor is the same collection of spare parts as whatever Apple throws together.

An i5 is an i5 regardless of who you buy it from. It will still be welded to a lame GPU.

All the fruity logo buys you are weird form factors with no maintainability and bad head dissipation issues.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Re: Unless you one of those lard arses

...it's even worse than that.

Not only do we have a fridge the size of a small European apartment but some of us even have separate freezers for dealing with seasonal items.

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Re: Devil's advocate says...

Most of the stuff I buy would not have an RFID tag for the same reason it doesn't have a barcode now.

I also have the Tetris problem as well as the leftovers problem. Most of what's in my fridge are combinations of items that were not sold with bar codes.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Another tax on the stupid...

It would not surprise me at all if this stuff gets expensive quick. It's probably designed with the stupid and impatient in mind. A little here and a little there can add up quick. There are plenty of stories of kids getting in trouble fast this way.

People that have any foresight or numeracy avoid this nickel and dime stuff.

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Re: As a niche device owner....

The idea that use "freeloading" types are the niche is just absurd. It's like saying that people that don't fall for telemarketing scams are in the minority. It's just that there are enough stupid people out there to subsidize everyone else. I don't know anyone that does in-app purchases for games. They just play the free versions and put up with the limitations.

Suckers be very lucrative but there just aren't that many of them.

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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Re: It's not all about top end speed really.

Except 150MB/s is no faster than spinning rust. You want to back this up, right? Perhaps you want to install something or copy things too and fro every once and awhile.

It sounds like you have no advantage here when it comes to bulk storage.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: Next...

> We teach all grade schoolers the finer points of medicine?

Just find yourself a Cub Scout. Perhaps one will save your sorry skin some day.

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Re: Everyone should learn how to write code because ...

> By the same logic everyone should learn how to perform neuro-surgery because everyone has a drill and a knife at home, and one can always buy a magnifying glass at the store.

Self-reliant types have been teaching themselves First-Aid for this very reason for over 100 years now.

Of course self-reliance is very much out of style these days.

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Just try to have something resembling a clue.

Lay tile just once.

You won't look at a floor the same way ever again. You will be able to appreciate fine craftsmanship and recognize the work of a worthless schmuck. As a consumer of the product of genuine experts, your small bit of dabbling will be of immense value. You will actually have some clue of what you are buying and be able to judge people's work.

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Re: @AC101 @stu4

Instruction in ANY foreign language changes how you perceive your own as the approach is generally different. That alone is useful. Doesn't matter if it's a dead language or something new and trendy.

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Re: Everyone should learn how to design internal combustion engines

> Before a person turns 16 and can get a driver's licence, the person must be able to display a good knowledge of thermodynamics, mechanics and the chemistry of hydrocarbon combustion. Then they should also learn how to weld and spraypaint.

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> Sounds a bit stupid doesn't it?

It only sounds stupid because you're building a false strawman. None of what you are blithering on about is on topic when it comes to cars. On the other hand, studying the basics of the technology or putting together a plastic model of an engine or just becoming familiar with basic maintenance tasks all are on point.

Knowing enough to grok the difference between Petrol and Diesel engines does not require a PhD in physics. Although a Cub Scout might be able to assist you.

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Re: arehole

> There is no point teaching everybody to do the same thing. Its pointless because its self destructive.

"Mommy. The teacher is being mean to me. She's making me do something that's hard."

In a sufficiently diverse curriculum, EVERY ONE will say that at least once.

Not everyone is going to be Newton or Dickens or Picasso. That doesn't mean that you don't expose them to stuff and at least try to teach them things.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: Apparel Solution

"Sorry. I don't do Windows."

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: Before the knee-jerk "PC gone mad" comments start in earnest...

> IT has a problem with fair treatment of women, we know this

No. IT has an image problem because the frat boys in the news media want to verbally beat up on nerds. They especially want to tear down the more talented types in Silicon Valley. These are the ones that really make your average journalist look like an uneducated idiot.

That said. A wise geek might want to avoid an easily predictable situation.

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Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

Then get ready to really start foaming at the mouth.

Not only is my wife hot, she's also smarter than you and makes more money than you do.

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

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Re: What a load of left wing crap

> But it took a whole lot of energy and hydrocarbons to make and transport....

7 years ago. Today it just sits until I want to use it.

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Re: All well and fine, but...

> Every streaming service I've tried do NOT provide subtitling for the featur

Check your decoder. Quite often this comes down to whatever streaming appliance you happen to be using. The feature may be there but your hardware doesn't support it.

Welcome to the dark side of streamers.

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Re: This isn't a like for like comparison?

> until the streaming services let me download the full 4.7GB DVD, you can't compare them.

Never mind a 4G DVD. Try a 9G one or a 35G BluRay.

Same argument applies though. Streaming services can't compare to physical media for quality and clarity. Half the time the picture is pants because your network pipe got suddenly constricted.

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Re: If there wasn't DRM...

> And Blu Rays are protected by even more DRM + all recent Blu Ray players are infected with a DRM virus called Cinavia that stop copies playing correctly. LOL @ "DRM Free".

That's why you acquire better ripping software and a PC bluray reader. The initial overhead is bothersome but the end result is much more satisfying.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: There is NO tablet ... that can come close to competing with my high-end laptop

> Hardly anybody, even in enterprise, needs a high-end laptop.

Even for "secretary terminal" work, there is a noticeable difference between using cheap underpowered hardware and decent kit. The fact that many people have meager requirements still doesn't negate the overhead of the OS or the problem of parts that are just crappy (like Intel GPUs).

If you are the least bit creative, you will find something to do with extra capacity.

Voice recognition is an obvious one. This common use case is one for which ARM devices need to "outsource" computation.

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Re: Personally I think

> Using this logic, my house alarm that was fitted 10 years ago would need to be replaced for free due to the progress made in electronic hacking systems

Nope. This isn't about "progress". This is about suitability and fitness for purpose.

This isn't about "new features". This is about security patches.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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Re: Dare I say differentiation

> Exactly - all I want to do is go into the wilderness

In many places, that's called suburbia.

I am sure that even England isn't one long stretch of high rises from one coast to the other like Tokyo or something out of Judge Dredd.

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Re: What purpose does a tablet serve?

> Today tablets like the Surface are very close to your laptop specs

Not my laptop. Then again, I use my machine for more than playing Candy Crush.

Contrary to popular opinion, work machines still need to have some computational muscle. You can't just throw some anemic junk in a thin-and-pretty form factor and declare things done. Many people need more power than that.

Doesn't matter if it's an Ultrabook or a tablet.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Nonsense and crap

My son is the age that Lucas was supposed to be pandering too with the prequel movies but that seems to have ended in total failure.

My son loves the Clone Wars cartoon series and he likes the original movies but he simply has no interest in the prequel movies.

Pandering doesn't always work. If the basis of your success is not pandering, then perhaps you should avoid that approach.

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Re: Amen to That

> The Federation as a totalitarian government was very hip and modern but again - did we need this change of direction?

Trek taking on current events and embedding them in the middle of the plot.

That's pure TOS. Just go watch the original episodes.

If you don't like that kind of direction then that has some deep and significant meaning that you might want to contemplate further.

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Re: @Youngdog If not JJ Abrams, then who else?

Yes. There was a very distinct divide in the old west between the townies who tended to be northerners and the cowboys who tended to be ex-Confederates. This is not something acknowledged in most conventional westerns.

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Re: A little pedantic imo

Forbidden Planet is like Star Trek version 0.1. It's much better as a movie despite of it's obviously cerebral underpinnings. It doesn't seem to be trying to make itself painful like opera. 2001 comes off like it was trying to be opera. It's something you watch because you are culturally superior not because you actually like the thing.

Still. The design of pretty much all sci-fi before Star Wars favored the "shiny and new" approach and outfits that looked like they were trying too hard to be futuristic. The rustic design approach of Star Wars was a different direction.

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Re: Kahhhnnnttt Cut It

Montalban's Khan was a cartoon villain. He had no intellect what so ever. He was the 60's expectation of a leading man. That's not something terribly intelligent. That sort of thing boils down to machismo mostly (which Montalban had plenty of).

Any incarnation of The Master is a better interpretation of what Khan should have been and Cumberbatch was closer to that than Montalban ever was.

People defending Montalban are just doing it based on nostalgia.

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Re: "You could at least be sure that Han shot first with Quentin at the helm."

Quentin is also not squeamish about violence and flawed characters.

I wouldn't be surprised if Quentin has actually fired a real gun and can relate to having one pointed at him. There is nothing remotely sinister about defending yourself in that situation.

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Speaking in Tech: About that rumour of Cisco BUYING Red Hat...

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>> 'Open source USED to be about replacing big, bad, commercial vendors'

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> No it didn't.

Red Hat has always been about devaluing the market. That means taking the thunder out of the likes of Sun and Oracle.

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

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Re: 64Gb drive is my friend

> Oh, YOUR digital belongings, is it?! Methink you didn't read the LICENCE when your purchased the right to play back OUR digital belongings.

What license? If it was a physical copy of something, there was no license. Just standard copyright law applies.

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Re: I wonder if the real problem

> is people looking at their 'data' collection and realising they can never afford enough tissues with balm or even just the time to watch the videos they've collected.

That equates to terabytes of data and we aren't quite there yet either in terms of thumb drives or micro SD cards. Video (or even photos) is big and it doesn't take that much stuff to fill up the smaller devices.

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Why faff with a piddly microSD when there's a 2TB vault tempting your selfie-stuffed mobe?

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Re: roadtrips?

> USA is a big place, this might be nice to have in the car....

My 500G Archos is still king of the hill in this respect.

A wireless hard drive is a nice idea... for geeks. For anyone else it's probably raising complexity a bit much.

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: I've missed something here

> Why not? What's so special about an ATM, or a voting machine?

It's something we actually care about. It doesn't really fit well into the typical corporate mentality of cutting corners until you are left with a circle.

Software development for those devices should look nothing like the usual nonsense that goes on with consumer products and business systems.

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French software developers are all beautiful women

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Re: Incorrect Icon used

>> "Pick up a women's magazine and look at the adverts inside, they are full of good looking women, often scantily clad. Pick up a men's magazine, they are full of good looking women, often scantily clad."

> Why use the Anonymous icon when it's an obvious but very poor and juvenile troll?

The posting of an invonvenient fact is hardly a troll.

People have forgotten what that word really means and just throw it around mindlessly when they don't agree with someone. It's little wonder that meaningful discussion no longer occurs in public venues in meatspace. Probably deadly for democracy that.

People love to whine about tech but they've got nothing on Cosmo or Vogue. Even the ads in Family Circle would probably offend the Womyns Studies types assuming they even acknowledge this stuff.

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Re: Hard hats required!

Some work sites are hard hat required, not exceptions. If you get caught, you get thrown off the site. It may make no sense at all. Although it's likely driven by government safety regulations which themselves likely make no sense at all.

You can either ignore this stuff or be a statistic... much like cycling without a helmet.

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