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Apple 'less innovative' at laptops than Lenovo

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Re: Right click

Using two fingers is nothing like using just one finger.

Talk about obscure.

At least the bit about "secret corners" on the trackpad has some possibility of being something the user has seen before and can relate too. It's less of a "secret handshake".

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35 US states petition for secession – on White House website

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Re: Say no to magic underwear

I thought this whole election was a riot. Romney was basically a closet case. It all reminded me of when I was forced to go to church when I was younger. It was an evangelical congregation and they did things like propagate anti-Mormon propaganda videos.

....really made me think about Beghazi. Wondered if Romney would ever have the balls for a "I know how you guys feel, really" kind of moment.

Magic underwear is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Re: @White v Hispanic and Black

> because they wouldn't be expecting the Mexican invasion

Are you kidding? It's Texas. The Drug Lords would be outgunned just by the Boffins.

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Industry in 'denial' as demand for pricey PCs plunges

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Re: HD video? Good enough for me

A Raspberry PI may or may not be able to handle whatever HD video I have on hand.

What it can handle, it will only be able to handle because it's got special purpose silicon for the task.

If I need to do anything else computational, I will be just plain out of luck.

It's just like cheap ION gear.

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Intel plans Core i7 bare bones mini-PCs

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Not just that....

...but you would have a mounting bracket ready to go in the box. Just bolt it onto an old monitor and you've got your dirt cheap iMac knockoff.

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

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Re: Hurding Cats

MacOS is going nowhere.

PhoneOS is being marginalized.

The academically objectionable approach is still doing very well both in terms of pure performance and it's ability to drive sales. Linux continues to thrive in the server room and on mobile devices and in embedded applications.

The main problem with a Mach kernel running on a Mac is not the kernel the hardware is running but the fact that you've got very narrow limitations when it comes to that hardware and what kind of system design tradeoffs you can make.

You are better off running MacOS in a VM on a cheaper and much more powerful Linux machine.

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Re: @Pete : Divide and conquer

> Some very intelligent people indeed, who just happen to not be IT people, don't even understand the concept of a repository,

They understand App Stores and GUIs.

That's all that's necessary for a suitably complete distribution.

The entire situation is an artificial legal issue that has squat to do with the underlying usability of Linux.

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Re: @Pete : Divide and conquer

> through the frustration of trying to install libdvdcss2

Are you kidding? That's a hack to get around the DMCA. It's an extreme legal grey area only made difficult by a highly corrupt American copyright law. It's relevance to just about anything else is nil.

If that's really the best you can do then you just proved the other guys point.

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Re: more buy in

Linux was the first x86 Unix that supported my hardware. That's really all there is to it.

You can make all of the excuses you like but I think the fact that Linux was a populist Unix early on contributed to it's popularity quite a bit. At the time, I would have been willing to shell out the coin necessary for Solaris x86 or OpenStep if only either of those actually supported MY hardware.

On a long trajectory, a very small angular deviation can account for a very big difference where you end up.

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Re: You've talked the point under.

This is just sour grapes nonsense. The BSD folks are just mad that it's Linux that became popular and successful. On the one hand, the license on the source just doesn't matter for most people and even most companies. Most people simply don't have a 4 year old notion of property. (what's mine is your and what's yours is mine) So the whole drama of BSDL vs GPL is entirely irrelevant for them.

On the other hand, contributors might object at being free labor for IBM or Oracle or Apple or Microsoft.

THIS is why the GPL was created. It wasn't some subversive political agenda on the part of RMS. His contributors were p*ssed over exactly the kind of corporate proprietary assimilation that the BSL allows for.

You gotta keep the talent happy.

Noisy BSD fans are like the Trench Coat Mafia fantasizing about revenge on the popular crowd.

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HP warns consumers: Don't downgrade Win8 PCs to Win7

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Re: Why downgrade from Win 8 ? Upgrade from Win 8!

> There are plenty of linux distributions out there that can't recognise wireless cards, etc.

You only need one that works.

Given that there's more than one, you have a far better chance of finding something suitable.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

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Re: I have to say I think this review came at the device from the wrong angle...

I would expect to be able to install Netflix and Angry Birds on any Android tablet.

These are the relevant analogs to kdenlive or GIMP.

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Re: Think the reviewer has missed the point a little

> some people just want colour and backlighting and ease of use, and don't want more technical stuff.

Pretending that a wider selection of apps and services is "more technical" won't magically make it so.

Taking a regular tablet and making it an Amazon walled garden just doesn't make much sense. There is no real advantage. There is no extra "ease of use". It's just a crippled Android.

It's not like buying an Amazon-centric device with an alternate display tech like the e-ink Kindles.

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Re: Buy cheap...

My local iFan defected after using a 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2.

Replaced her phone.

Stopped using her iPad.

Asked for a Kindle too.

> i do like driod but not having 1 stable ecosystem is killing it.

There is nothing wrong with the Android "ecosystem". This is just Lemming 2.0 fear mongering.

The great thing about Android is that you aren't stuck with the ONE AND ONLY ONE choice that ONE AND ONLY ONE company offers.

So it doesn't really matter if Amazon Brand sucks. There are plenty more to choose from.

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Re: It's much more useful...

...or you could just buy a less restricted Android to begin with.

That's the key advantage of "fragmentation". There's a fragment for everyone.

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Judge denies move to ban ad-skipping DVR

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Hopper versus a "normal" DVR

This tech is a pretty obvious extension of the DVR itself. That's why one of the first DVRs had it (ReplayTV) and why MythTV also has it. Once you have the video, you can do anything you want with it (including marking the commercial breaks).

It was only litigation that slowed down Replay during the dawn of the DVR.

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Re: Might be good for the viewing experience, but what does it do to the business model?

Programs are already funded. Dish PAYS to carry these channels.

That should give them the rights to do anything with the ads they like. Some terrestrial cable systems like to put their own ads on top of the ones in the original broadcast stream. What Dish is doing is really no difference.

Fox is just mad because it can't "double dip" any more. They sell ads and then they force companies to pay for the priveledge of giving those ads a wider audience.

It should be one or the other but not both.

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Re: Note to broadcasters - stop it NOW!

Embedded ads are annoying even if you have pre-recorded the show.

Popups are especially annoying because they quite often obscure part of the action.

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Meh...

If that adpocalypse comes then just buy a Roku.

If streaming services aren't available, then just buy some DVDs from Amazon and install yourself a copy of Plex.

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What made us human? Being ARMED with lethal ranged weapons

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Re: human-v-Neanderthal struggle

This whole thing reminded me of old educational movies from the 60 that were big on this "Man as hunter" sort of thing. I almost wonder if Ted Nugent didn't lead the research team here.

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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Re: desktop environment?

> if you can refrain from twisting my words for a moment - the average computer user has existing expectations of how their should work and what it should do

Two words: Ribbon and Metro.

Microsoft have always screwed around the "average computer user". Their tendency to play "Where's Waldo" with seldom used but important admin screens is a pain point even for skilled power users.

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Re: When will developers learn?

Windows is crap and Macs are overpriced and inflexible.

It's sad when "wanting something else" or wanting something better makes you some sort extremist or zealot.

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Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest

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Re: Pathetic..

> Too many people assume it's ok for others to come along and copy Apple stuff

That's the way the world works. If not for this being the case in the 80's, you would likely never see any sort of affordable mass market personal computer of any variety (Mac clone or DOS clone).

People like you should be forced to use the kind of computing tech that your corporoate shilling nonsense implies you should have access to.

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Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told

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Corrupted until it's unrecognizable

The whole point of patents is to improve the state of the arts. The body of patents should be the first thing that practicioners go to to find resuable solutions to hard problems. Instead, the current regime encourages patents to be ignored and to be written in such a way that they are worthless. Patents are supposed to be documentation for other engineers like peer reviewed journals or text books.

Of course they are nothing of the sort anymore. They have been corrupted to the point where they are completely unrecognizable.

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Nvidia heralds Steam for Linux debut with 'double-speed' drivers

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Re: Here's how to think of frame rates

> No one has a Yugo

Anyone that's stuck with an Intel GPU has the gaming equivalent of a Yugo.

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Re: The statement seems to imply the drivers were previously hobbled

Valve just became the QA department for Nvidia. They are pushing those drivers harder than anyone has ever pushed them and they probably can submit very useful bug reports.

Yeah, there were probable a few bugs to squash in the nvidia BLOB driver for Linux.

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So you want an office of Apple Macs - here's a survival guide

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Re: hmm not yet

Most of that I could easily sort out with something like Kickstart or a private Debian repository and some scripts. Once you have an environment that is script and CLI friendly, it becomes pretty easy to automate things and doing 50 of something is no harder than doing 1 of something.

"cannot be bolted down"?

If MacOS is half as Unixy as fanboys like to claim, then it not being boltable is rather absurd.

People have been managing large Unix networks since before Microsoft products had any sort of networking.

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Android: Google's baby ate 75% of smartphones in just 4 years

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Re: 15%

No. Your silly overpriced consumer gadget is not a surrogate for a car that everyone here knows you will NEVER be able to afford. It's simply not something you can lord over the rest of us.

Plus, we're just not ignorant enough here.

We realize that it's just a Ford with a different nameplate on the outside.

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Empty arguments from Fanboys

We should have a top 10 list and a drinking game for lame fanboy arguments.

Put the whole "build quality" argument at #3 perhaps.

BTW, "Android" doesn't produce anything. Hardware vendors produce things. It's kind of like PCs. You're showing your total lack of technical understanding or even familiarity with Android devices here.

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Where are all the open-source mobile projects?

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Re: Closed bootloaders - fragmented hardware

What you just describe would be a showstopper for ANY platform.

Since this is clearly not a problem for Android, it clearly isn't a problem for Linux either.

Something else must be the roadblock. Free Software projects can use the same APIs as commercial vendors do. This is not unlike how Free Software works on MacOS or Windows.

The OS is there to take care of the nitty gritty hardware details and leave a nice programming interface for the coders.

As far as PhoneOS goes, Free Software is simply BANNED. It's hard to get past that.

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Re: "Open source used to be about copycatting popular proprietary products"

> then certainly Open Office, MySQL and so forth are copying proprietary software

ANY office suite is "copying proprietary software", big brand names in included. It's pretty old and basic stuff that Microsoft has no monopoly in. It's this mindless sort of brand fixated mentality that make running the monopoly platform far less useful. Some of us might want to use an "alternative". Licenses aren't even the big issue there.

...and SQL? That's an open standard. Whining about MySQL is like trying to call ANY image editor a Photoshop knockoff.

Both are good examples of stuff that's OLD enough that it should be commodity and dirt cheap by now.

There's no good reason for either class of software to be the exclusive domain of some monopoly vendor that has mastered the art of forcing everyone to buy pointless upgrades.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

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Re: Seriously?

Historical revisionism is bound to upset those of us that actually lived through this stuff.

In my mind, the Apple 2 line will always be associated with Apple's tendencies to gouge it's fans. Apple was gouging people for 8-bit machines well into the 68K era to the point where you could get an Amiga or Atari ST for less than an Apple 2.

That sort of thing tends to put a damper on the spread of technology.

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Hurricane Sandy: Where are all the cynical online scams?

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Apples and Oranges

New York is richer and less devastated.

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TiVo: Cisco and pals could owe us BILLIONS over DVR patents

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Re: TiVo Patent

> t's about a method indexing the audio/video allowing it to be recorded and played back on a very low powered device.

Then it should be irrelevant by now. It should be so irrelevant that no one should ever have heard of it because it became obsolete before anyone ever heard of Tivo and before Tivo Corp ever started suing people.

It's like shaking down Tesla over a patent on stone knives and bear skins.

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Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

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Re: That sucks!

If you want to create your own RPM, you can probably just rip apart the DEB start from there.

Poke the binaries with ldd and off you go.

It would be not unlike what Ubuntu does with the Nvidia driver or Virtualbox.

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Re: This is going to be funny

> Oh? Here are the instructions for the "popular" Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormat /BluRayAndHDDVD

Is that really the best you can do? The HOWTO for a DRM format that is not supported on Macs either?

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Re: This is going to be funny

> Dear neckbeard,

The people that actually matter aren't listening to you.

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The new Mac mini eviscerated with ease

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Re: Have to say it...

> I can't find anything comparable with such a small and attractive form factor.

It will cease to be small or attractive the moment you need to hook it to something else in order to overcome it's "smallness and attractiveness". Plus it will become a doorstop when tech moves on and there are things you can't upgrade or repair on it.

"Pretty" and unmaintable with a disk replacement procedure straight from the Atari ST era.

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Re: Not sure the purpose is lockdown

> The Mac Pro shows that Apple can design stuff to be very easy too maintain when they want to.

Kind of sort of. My approach to the "storage" problem would be hot swap bays. Although those probably aren't pretty enough for Apple fashionistas. They are terribly convenient and very easy to use though.

The fact that Dell may be doing something stupid is no reason to excuse Apple for it.

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Re: You kid...

Yet wtih an M-16 can be maintained by it's user. A Mac cannot.

This is an important detail that you are trying to obscure with nosense and flimflam.

A Mac storage upgrade is NOT a "5 minute" thing. It is not a simple thing. It's not even a simple thing for specialists with special tools.

There is no "ease" here. A machine that can be "eviscerated with ease" would be something that you could do the 6 rubes test with.

Like I said before: Apple fanboys love to redefine terms. "ease" here is one of them.

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You kid...

You kid, but it's dramatically easier to get an M-16 apart and back together again. The comparison is like night and day with the rifle being much more like a PC than this Mini that everyone seems to be gushing over.

There are any of a number of PCs and PC form factors that run circles around this thing including low profile machines from Asrock.

Maintainable is a normal person being able to break down a machine rather than it being something relegated only to gunsmiths (like the Mk-19).

Like with many other things, Apple fans are redefining basic terms (like geek and maintainable).

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The Big Debate: OK gloomsters, how can the music biz be FIXED?

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Re: Content Creators V Content Owners

> Umm, did someone force them to sign that contract at gunpoint?

A perfectly pathological response to a simple rebuttal of a falsely claimed fact.

The fact that you want to stick up for some psychopaths does not alter the fact that those psychopaths are the ones that would benefit from "increased protection for artists" rather than the actual talent.

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Re: Art IS Work

Necessity is the mother of invention, not avarice.

Inventors and artists that are worth their skin won't stop producing just because they can't pretend to be Robber Barons. Real talent doesn't act like that. That's why art and invention did not start with the first Anglo-American attempts to regulate creativity.

Many industries thrive despite copycats. Games in particular are notorious for this. So are most other "entertainments".

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Re: I don't agree with Orlowski

Perpetual copyright won't change the fact that I've already got everything I want from Zeppelin or the Beatles or every Star Trek series I care to watch.

I can just queue stuff on a perpetual 10 year loop.

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Re: There's no nice way to say this .....

> I wonder what you do for a living,

I contribute to what you would call "creative works".

If the work is of general interest then I HOPE it gets pirated. Otherwise, it means that it is simply no good. If you aren't being pirated, your stuff really is poorly regarded. As far as that "stealing" goes, I have not seen it impact the bottom line. Good stuff still gets bought.

Don't make crap.

Acknowlege the fact that you have to compete with every form of distraction.

DRM does NOT stop pirates. It just bothers the paying customers.

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Re: So how do you explain....

> not an approach that works terribly well with anybody (eg) with young children

Get a babysitter.

Have the mother-in-law come for a visit.

It's not an insurmountable problem if you are actually a music consumer. Although if you are "too busy", then it is likely that you are also too busy to be a music consumer in general. If you don't have time for live music, you likely don't have time to seek out new recordings to buy.

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Re: Content Creators V Content Owners

> Content creators ARE the content owners.They are also the licensor.

Nope. Def Leppard are in the process of reverse engineering their old recordings because this is specifically NOT the case. They are doing this because they are getting shafted by their label (who actually owns the recordings). They are getting shafted on digital file sales (iTunes).

The talent is generally in a bad position to negotiate terms and usually ends up bent over.

This is all about the corporate bullies that take advantage of the talent in various ways.

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Re: Art IS Work

> Oddbin, who is to say that what YOU do is a "real job"?

The market does. That's the only valid metric really.

If you're devalued because everyone can get stuff for free and the back catalog is cheap and everyone already has a stockpile of stuff because bits don't rot, then tough.

You don't have a natural right to make money in a particular manner.

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Re: I don't agree with Orlowski

> Like most non-creators you're confusing quantity with quality.

Like most posers you conflate a brand name with quality. The Jurassic publishers allow plenty of dreck to be published while suppressing good work. What is commercially viable seldom coincides with "quality".

> Do you really want a world where no great new music, games or movies can ever be made because creators can only work part time?

A false choice.

The real problem is that the new has to compete with all of the classics from they entire history of recording technology. You don't have to settle for today's dreck. You can choose to watch any Doctor you like. With as much money as the average consumer is expected to spend, you can easily reach escape velocity and accumulate enough stuff that you never have to pay for anything else again.

The back catalog is the real threat, not piracy.

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Re: I don't agree with Orlowski

It is highly unlikely that "artistes" will agree to any regime that allows you do do what you want with what you've bought without being subject to Big Brother. Content cartels are simply unwilling to treat the customer with any respect. They are all megalomaniacs that think the rest of us are thieves (projecting most likely).

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