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2034 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Meeeh

I remember a number of those attempts to bolt on added features to Windows. They tend to be a disaster. Windows isn't exactly designed with that in mind.

Trying to compare those things to a proper window manager is a sad joke.

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Re: Meeeh

The earliest Window managers had virtual workspaces and a pager to make switching between them pretty seamless. A 1994 style pager seems to be the big thing missing in a lot of these MS/Apple attempts at recreating 20+ year old Unix ideas.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Try searching on an ATV

> And cutting out all of those useless buttons that make remotes look more complicated than the starship enterprise was well overdue.

Except then you have to "chord" those few remaining buttons just to emulate the basic stuff you left off of a real one.

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Re: Try searching on an ATV

> If it can then you type using the keyboard in the app.

Not exactly an improvement.

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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Not enough paranoids...

> I wonder why most cameras don't support dual mirrored card slots.

It's simply not a big problem. There aren't enough people being burned by this and an insufficient number of paranoids to bridge the difference. Plus these devices are generally not archival storage anyways. They're very temporary. This stuff gets quickly dumped somewhere else.

Multiple card slots might make sense for increasing total storage.

Don't see a lot of people calling for RAID on consumer appliances though.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Apple Watch ... a solution looking for a problem

> Couldn't the same be said for the iPad? Many of us thought so.

What? That it would turn out to be just a media consumption terminal? Like the Archos 5 or Archos 9 but with a better advertising and marketing budget?

Although I am still waiting for a tablet that can displace my Archos 5.

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Re: Nailed it

If you aren't already a member of the cult, you may find MacOS quirky. It may seem to you that it's going out of it's way to be different just enough to be annoying to anyone used to something else.

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Re: Surprisingly disappointing (because of a lack of awareness)

> The Apple Watch’s uniqueness and strength, like other Apple products, is its “usability" and "user experience”. Sadly, these terms are meaningless to people who use products that don’t excel in these areas

No. They're just meaningless marketspeak. While those terms might have some meaning if you back them up with something, the way that you are employing them makes them meaningless. You just take it as an article of faith that whatever Apple is doing is "better".

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Behold our SPINNING DATA GRAVE: WD carts out 6.3TB cold storage drive

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Re: Short warranty for Archive drive?

The creeping storage capacity also seems peculiar. There should be some predictability and consistency with regards to parts, especially if you are going to be swapping out parts as they fail or become obsolete.

The .1 TB capacity improvement is nowhere near as valuable as having consistent replaceable components.

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

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Re: Meh. Call me when the 10Tb SSD ships in consumer bulk.

This reminds me of that recent SSD review where I got downvoted for pointing out that bad sequential write performance undermines the point of buying an SSD.

It doesn't matter if the SSD is big and cheap if it can't keep up with my spinning rust.

That SSD from the review wasn't any faster than my current spinning rust.

The rest of us will be taking advantage of what is available while you're over there getting blue trying to holdout.

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Re: Fighter Aircraft Simulator

> with all the real Avionics 56Kb of Ram, 200KHz CPU and 2.4Mb of HDD in 1975.

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> Have we really made that much progress?

Ask a fighter pilot. I am sure he would be very enthusiastic about the progress that's been made since 1975.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Easily done by mistake

I once thought a London cabbie was asking me if I had "faulty pee".

Two nations separated by a common language...

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: Assailant?

A colleague is someone that I may or may not currently work with that practices in the same field I do.

A co-worker may or may not work in the same field I do but they work at the same company I do.

They aren't the same thing.

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Re: Yes.

Rape most certainly a matter of consent. That is the key element that determines rather a mundane and perfectly legal activity is actually a crime.

However, this distracts from the fact that this particular situation includes a 3rd party that was tasked with being responsible. It doesn't matter if the starlet was drunk. She had a body guard and that body guard failed to do his job. Regardless of the existence of the criminal, the security professional is equally responsible for his malpractice.

Except holding Apple responsible would violate the media narrative that so called journalists have decreed will be propagated about Apple.

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Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

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Re: Windows 9

> I went over to Apple devices (iPad Air, iPhone 5s and mac Mini) when I couldn't find any compelling Windows devices

If you couldn't find something more compelling than a Mac Mini they you clearly were not looking.

Even an honest Apple fanboy could find something in the Windows "ecosystem" more compelling than a Mini.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Semantics

The time should fit the crime.

This kind of thing should not get someone more than what a first time shoplifter would end up with.

You want to equate it with theft? There's a good benchmark for you.

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Re: 30 mins of ads

Nah. The ads are probably the theater trying to take some money because the studios take all of it. The cut that a theater gets for a prime first run movie in the early weeks of release is peanuts. They have always had to survive on stuff other than the movie or the experience inside the theater.

Take away all of the extra annoying crap and all of those places would go out of business.

The studios are only indirectly responsible here. They squeeze the theaters and push them out on the thin ice.

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Re: Shame it was so short...

> Why not enter just before the film starts?

You will probably not be able to find more than one empty seat and what's left will likely all be at odd angles and in the back or all the way in the front. You might as well just stay home.

That's what I do. My first negative experience after I got my projector caused me to swear off the cinema entirely.

...don't need to put up with that crap no more.

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Nyuk. Nyuk.

>> civil crime

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> What, like belching loudly?

Does that fall under the heading of "anti-social activity" in Britain now?

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Re: Sir

> Or do you imply that industrial espionage in not "stealing"?

You have a pathalogical need to distort language and the law in order to make a point.

To an objective observer, that makes your point seem much less valid. If you feel compelled to lie and commit fraud to make your argument then your position must not be very sound.

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Re: Sir

> Posting someone's private photos online is not stealing, but has potential to break number of other laws depending on the exact case.

This tangent highlights an entirely different problem. We have a public discourse on this subject that is dominated by the crass interests of publishing corporations. The idea of a "personal paper" is completely overlooked. The law and most public perspective treats every worthless scrap of paper as some masterpiece that needs to be protected from harm lest someone publish it without permission.

The issue of "personal papers being stolen" really does not fit into the current framework at all.

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Re: Cyclist

Stealing is not something that can be done with a camera.

Words have particular meanings. When you LIE about them you abdicate any moral authority you might have. Just as in programming, the law requires precision and even a misplaced single character can gravely alter the meaning or even functionality of something.

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Re: Cyclist

> But not one of them killed the 1754 people who died on UK roads in 2012, killed entirely by motorists.

Not directly at least. You can still cause plenty of havoc on the road by simply being a menace to navigation. Someone can easily cause an accident and fatalities by pulling some stupid stunt that everyone else has to react to.

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Re: Sir

> This is a thief. He had stolen and resold stolen goods. How much would you ask if someone robbed you?

Been there. Did that.

I asked for monetary damages. I had to. "The law" had no interest in prosecuting the offender.

Now these were real damages, not something just imagined or a matter of wishful thinking. This was a repeat offender that had a trail of victims going in both directions. As I already said: "The law" just wanted to ignore him.

Eventually got the money back. A good lawyer helps. Now that's sorted, I am not sure I want to spend the cost of Harvard tuition to keep him locked away from the world. The public record of the court case will do enough to slow him down in future.

Again. These were REAL damages and not just some made up sh*t.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Standard Windows timings

...and they say that Linux is arcane.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

Of course the email gripe is total nonsense. It doesn't matter what kind of mail server you have. It probably doesn't even matter what smartphone OS you're running either. Just pick the appropriate client from the store. Something that is PROPRIETARY is MORE likely to be a problem because of corporate secrecy.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Re: slippery slope or lawsuit magnet?

Google is not legally required to rifle through your stuff.

People aren't complaining about the snitching but the fact that they were going through people's stuff to begin with. Google should not be poking through our stuff any more than UPS or the postal service should.

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You have too much faith.

I would be worried that ANY case of failing to keep a low profile with regards to the police would be a mistake. Once you try to engage them, you've put yourself in their sights even if it is only to snitch on someone elses wrong doing.

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

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Re: Timing, timing

So what would lack of support from the NSA stop exactly? Is anyone stupid enough to suggest that the Israelis would not defend themselves without NSA satellite photos or whatever else they're supposed to be talking about here. If anything, this might allow the entire process to be less haphazard.

Although Hamas rocket sites seem to be pretty much anywhere and they like to surround UN sanctuaries with mortar positions. So I am not sure what help extra intel would be anyways.

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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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