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Has cash corrupted open source?

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Inherently sillly article.

It's an inherently silly article based on a flawed premise and confused terminology.

It's FREE SOFTWARE. The moment you start talking about this "open source" stuff you've already compromised your ideals and have started pandering to guys with money and expensive suits. That's kind of the whole point of the thing.

if you are just realizing this now then you haven't really been paying attention.

"open source" is watered down for corporate consumption by it's very nature.

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

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Re: Excellent

It's "support".

Sooner or later the likes of Apple will stop supporting you and you will be unable to run latest version of doo-dad. Trapping your OS in the past means that you have to trap your apps and drivers in the past too. Not everyone is cool with that.

There's also security fixes to consider.

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Silly narcissistic whiners...

Meanwhile, those with any sense realize that your average n00b sees NONE of this stuff and is thus very unlikely to be influenced by any of it.

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Re: "“Did you use open source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it?”"

When many "must have" apps will willingly execute any random script or executable they are given, you don't really need to put trojans in the code. While it is certainly possible, it is entirely uncessary.

If the code is open, all you need is one kid who wants to make a name for himself.

If the code is closed, you just have to depend on the good intentions of the likes of Apple or Microsoft.

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Re: I would care...

Does the machine have the Cajones to run Flash?

If so then you have access to enough games to keep the kids distracted indefinitely.

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Re: As freetard...

Quite. My use of Free Software is mainly an artifact of being ignored by those making decent software.

You had your chance Sun and you blew it quite spectacularly.

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Re: freetards?

No. "Freetard" has always been an aphorism to insult Free Software.

It's only occasionally used to refer to pirates who already have a term of derision custom crafted for them.

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

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Re: It isn't a zero sum game

THE CLOUD IS BAD.

The cloud can be useful in certain limited situations despite it's handicaps.

This gets overblown into a lot of hype and nonsense as pundits ignore the limitations in current technology and gloss over the requirements of end users. It is not the idyllic Federation network from the 24th century that some people like to pretend it is.

Even if it were, one might be more inclined to store stuff with friends and family with appliances built for the purpose and made easy peasy for even the biggest n00b among us.

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'$199' Surface tablets: So crazy it might work, or just crazy?

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Re: assumptions

Given the prices of ALL OTHER tablets on the market, it is pretty obvious that Microsoft will be engaging in some very egregious dumping here.

You're clearly ignoring some important details here.

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Re: obligatory question....

"Nobody wants to do it" yet there is such a vibrant modding scene even for Apple products.

You are preaching an obvious contradiction here. Reality does not agree with your rhetoric.

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Re: hungry

So newer versions of Android run like a dog on older kit? Big deal. So does pretty much anything. This even includes the magical PhoneOS. This is why my local iFan is eyeballing an upgrade to a Galaxy S3.

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Re: doubtful

> What the fuck do you think Office is?

Tired old legacy software. That's what it is.

People buy tablets to get away from legacy cruft like that and purveyors of it such as yourself.

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Lone config file in Mac OS X SIGNALS DEATH OF THE DVD

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Re: The hipster's of tech, never mind your data backups...

Regardless. You never trust just one piece of backup media.

That's why media that's cheap enough to be disposable has an advantage. You make 5 or 10 copies and mitigate the potential for a media failure. This is the problem of expecting n00bs to fend for themselves like "geeks". Not only are they not familiar with the "tech" they also aren't familiar with the policies, management, and best practices associated with the "tech".

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Re: The hipster's of tech, never mind your data backups...

> Surely the responsibility for the customer's personal data storage and backup rests with the customer?

These aren't "geeks".

Throwing n00bs in the deep end of the pool and making them fend for themselves? That's like Gentoo territory.

Once again: Apple is the computing equivalent of BMW until they do something that is obviously un-BMW like then suddenly they're a Hyundai again.

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Re: @Mr C Hill - What does author mean by 'upcoming' MBP not having optical drives...

Sounds a bit Pythonesque.

Of course the problem with USB DVD drives is that they take more power and require a second USB port and if your hardware doesn't put 2 USB ports together then you are kind of boned. You end up needing an extension cord just to power up your DVD drive.

The setup quickly becomes more bothersome and less portable.

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Nonsense.

People were pining for a replacement to floppy drives for a good long while while any number of non-standardized wannabe's try to displace them. They all turned out to be worse than "obsolete tech" in some way or another, sometimes horribly so.

Older tech will disappear when people no longer find them useful and they are replaced by something else. This happens on it's own and has nothing to do with Apple's attempts to force the issue.

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Re: Just use an external one.

eSATA? It's the same connection on the motherboard.

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Android spanks Apple iOS in sales as fanbois hold out for iPhone 5

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Re: Is it really though?

My local iFan is very close to ditching the iPhone for a Galaxy and is already quite impressed with the Galaxy Tab to the point of moving away from the iPad too.

It turns out that 7 inches isn't such a pointless form factor after all.

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Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy

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Just an anti-green pile on in here...

I am rather disappointed with you lot that you are so eager to gloss over the obvious likely risks of taking a chemical cocktail and pumping it into the ground under high pressure. Anyone with half a brain and the ability to think critically should be giving fracking a great deal of scrutiny.

You seem willing to over look the obvious just because you don't like the messenger.

If the Greens declared the sky was blue, would you deny that too?

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Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN

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Re: A horrible experience

Nonsense. Windows would fare well simply because people are used to it. Gnome would also fare well because it is close enough. MacOS would cause some frustration to people too used to Windows/Gnome.

In general most people aren't going to be doing much to stress any desktop. So most of the differences won't really matter.

Younger users won't even be aware that the three represent distinct products. They will view our platform partisanship as something quaint and old fashioned.

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Re: Durham Uni

Even on Solaris, Gnome replaced CDE a long time ago.

CDE is more like "partying like it's 1989".

By 1999, the two main efforts to replace and forget CDE were already under way.

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Luminex rips virtual tape from data centres, shoves it in the cloud

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Re: There is NO BACKUP in the CLOUD, ONLY VAPOR

Sure. That's why enterprise grade backup procedures call for multiple backups and multiple copies and rotation of backups to offsite locations. This has been standard practice since long before the current crop of buzzwords.

Low level replication of storage between multiple data centers is also pretty mundane.

Any company that has a good enough network pipe to make backing up directly to "the cloud" even feasable likely already has such accomodations in place already.

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US Army's cloud-friendly iPad-ready intel kit DOESN'T even work

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Re: hmm

In other words: IBM can make a great server.

Just don't ask them to create a user interface for you. What you end up with scare you more than the enemy.

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Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

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Re: Madness!

> So basically what you saying is that Apple should spend millions on R'n'D designing a phone and everyone else should just be allowed to wait, copy the **** out of it and as long as they put their own companies logo on the sides that's ok?

Yes.

That's the way a free market works if you don't actually invent something worth creating a 20 year long patent on.

Apple makes mad money. No one should feel special sympathy for them. Your argument is stupid because clearly Apple has made back their investment several times over. They still have a first mover advantage that will likely yield them more mad money regardless of whether or not they get to treat the phone market like they own it.

As a computing device they are likely taking good advantage of what the rest of the industry has done over the last 30 years. That includes the spiffy multi-touch stuff too.

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Re: I accidentially bought an S2 instead of an 4S as they looked so a like.

Then it should be fun getting my stuff onto and off of an iPhone then.

With an Android I can just plug it in and use it like a hard drive or run sshDroid and do the same thing but wirelessly.

Only ever treating your smartphone like a feature phone does not count here.

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Re: Fundroid commentards are funny

> That's the joke of all this, the Samsung fandroids would be typing away on their Android blackberry clones if Apple hadn't showed how to do smartphones properly.

Yet, the knackered SMS app on my iPhone 3GS had me pining for an old Nokia flip phone.

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It gets even better.

> Is it legal to pay witnesses in the USA?

In the US there's really no way to get around it. You want someone to speak on your behalf, you have to pay them for the opportunity cost involved. This can get quite painful sometimes and may make some types of litigation infeasible for all but the largest "mills".

$1000 an hour for an expert in a US trial is pretty standard.

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Re: This is where it gets ridiculous...

The only thing 'revolutionary" about Apple's current crop of devices is that they fit in your pocket.

They are all highly derivative based on the work of others in the industry and necessary improvements in technology. These things are impressive to laymen because they don't have any background in tech.

It's just like Tivo.

Things look a lot less "original" in both tech and art if you don't have any background in the subject.

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Re: This is where it gets ridiculous...

Nonsense. Apple has made big piles of cash from their product. To try to claim otherwise would be to put it mildly DISHONEST.

Apple doesn't need to own the industry in order to get a good return on it's investment.

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Re: You miss the point of this forum

I dumped Tivo for the same reason I criticize Apple today.

Some patents are just wrong. They are destructive and anti-social.

Despite all of the fanboy blathering, Apple likes to drop the ball. It's that someone is around to pick up the slack for them. The courts should not be a crutch for Apple to avoid rivals.

Apple should not get to force me to use their crap. It's just as evil when Apple does it (versus Microsoft).

I liked Apple much better when it was on perpetual deathwatch.

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NASA's $2.5bn Curiosity rover: An Apple PowerBook on wheels

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Re: Shameful Trolling

> I guess it depends on how you read whether you have "Must hate Apple" glasses

This kind of mindless pointless over-hyping by the media is where that "must hate Apple" attitude comes from.

This situation had exactly SQUAT to do with Apple but some fanboy had to associate them with a project they really had nothing to do with.

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Re: Cough...

...once you get past the blithering fanboy headline.

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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

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Quite.

I am certainly not going to encourage the next generation to get into IT. It's a thankless job that you're better off avoiding unless you've got a yen for it. With offshore outsourcing, people should be surprised that anyone is still going into IT. Never mind the gender balance.

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Re: I must of missed

In Pakistan, being an engineer is well respected and on par with being a Doctor.

It's nothing like that in the US.

The US has a quite anti-intellectual culture and we have the elevation of athletes and things like "Revenge of the Nerds". It's little wonder that only dedicated geeks enter ANY sort of engineering or tech field. It doesn't help that most Engineering programs don't try to retain people but try to actively discourage them.

A 6th generation female engineer from the eastern bloc might be successfully put off by the entry level CIS course.

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Utter nonsense

Certs are nonsense. They are time consuming and don't really mean much. They do allow you to get familiar with industry jargon but that's about it. If you are interested in a particular feature then you need to ask about a particular feature. Oracle version numbers are less than meaningless. Having been exposed to the latest version doesn't mean squat if your experience is shallow or if it is lacking whatever new shiny shiny that you happen to have a fixation on.

Even beyond tall of that, the quality of the professional in question is the most important thing of all.

This is something that corporations have lost sight of.

A professional doesn't need to be custom crafted like some unskilled laborer.

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Re: seen job adds lately ?

Every job has nonsense. Either you are willing to put up with the nonsense or not. The fact that there is supposed to be unusual nonsense in IT doesn't really matter. You either want to shatter the glass ceiling or you don't. If women self-select against IT in University, then the rest of us can hardly be blamed for lack of balance out in practice.

IT has it's own set of nonsense that has nothing to do with gender bias. It may be that for whatever reason (socially indoctrinated or not) that women just aren't interested in the field.

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Lords call for the end of TV transmissions

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Re: OK...

> "Re New Builds, why the hell do they not have Cat5 cable, or at least conduits, between rooms? "

> Because, by the time it becomes standard to install Cat5, we will want fibre between rooms or be wireless.

The cable bundle I put into my walls 6 years ago already has fiber. The marginal cost of doing this was trivial at the time. Alternatively, I could have just run conduit.

Specifying conduit in the building code would make a great deal of sense. It would be a bit more expensive but it would be very future proof.

Either way, I'm not seeing wired Gigabit becoming obsolete any time soon. I can to file transfers at 100MB/s from one corner of my house to the other and I don't see any consumer tech matching that any time soon.

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Disk demand after Thai floods drains away - unlike Seagate's coffers

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Re: in a few years time only fascists will use hard discs

> in a few years time only fascists will use hard discs

>flash is the future

When they have a 10TB or even a 4TB flash drives on the market let us know...

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Hobbyist builds working assault rifle using 3D printer

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Buy in bulk.

If you could get ammo at Sam's Club or Costco, having 6000 rounds doesn't sound all that extreme. It would not be the first sort of thing people bought by the case just to save a buck.

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Apple refutes 'Sony Jony' iPhone prototypes

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Re: They are all the same

No. The similar prototype from Sony if it doesn't show blatant copying by Apple does demonstrate how form follows function here. Given the same components and the same parts and the same expertise, you are likely to end up with a lot of "copies".

This is why the bar for granting patents should be more like a pole vault and less like a limbo.

Otherwise you prevent multiple entities in industry from applying the same level of expertise and getting a similar result. That is far more damaging than whatever benefit arises from giving Apple (or anyone else) ownership of the market.

Citizens should be less tolerant of these shenanigans. Some tar and some feathers should enter in here somewhere. Perhaps even some dumping in Boston harbor.

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OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD review

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Re: @It doesn't matter how long the warranty is...

It's like the bit from Fight Club.

If the math works out, they will do it.

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Re: price

Warranty? Really?

I go by the reviews. If something doesn't get a lot of eggs and I'm not already familiar with it, then I don't buy it.

OCZ has crap reviews for quality. I don't want to have to use the warranty. If I'm using the warranty (extended or otherwise) then the entire purchase has already been a failure.

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Surface slab WILL rub our PC-making pals the wrong way – Microsoft

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Where have you been?

> Misrepresenting a product is really the last thing you want to be doing for sustained business.

You are assuming (wrongfully) that anyone is thinking that far ahead.

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Re: The SEC Filing Game

No. The SEC is very serious. You don't lie to the SEC. It's far worse than lying to the FBI.

The FBI only cares about silly things like kidnapping. The SEC safeguards money for the wealthy.

It's more serious than you silly let-the-corporations-have-no-accountability tort reform rhetoric implies.

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'We asked firms if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed'

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Re: Windows 8 is brilliant

Having a tablet interface be the default for a desktop is just moronic. It doesn't matter if Microsoft is doing it, or if Canonical is doing it, or if Apple is doing it.

The "non-geek" crowd simply doesn't take perverse pleasure in finding where Microsoft hid stuff this time.

HID consistency has a 4th dimension to it.

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Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz

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Re: I believe the MS is getting a unusually bad rap here on this one.....

> It doesn't stop you installing Windows 8 on your existing PC!

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> It doesn't stop you building a custom PC!

It doesn't stop you from being marginalized in the marketplace.

Those are your solutions? Aging legacy hardware and building it yourself?

You might as well declare that I have the option to buy a farm in Lancaster, PA.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Re: British TV drama is NOT crap

It seems like all of the comparisons are being drawn between UK "broadcast" and US "cable". Some of these American shows are on channels that most people don't even get. They 'realso are on channels with a different business model than nearly all other channels on either side of the pond.

Kind of an unfair comparison really.

If you have to use something from HBO to eviscerate Brit TV then you can't be doing too poorly really.

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Fear not, Linux admins: There are TOOLS to help you

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Re: Err?

I don't think you fully comprehend the scope of the problem described.

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Re: Linux - Exceptionally Secure??!! LOL

> The average distribution has ten times as many vulnerabilites than a Microsoft OS and twice as many as OS-X.

You can kid yourself all you like. That won't alter the fact that 99.9% of the malware that exists is for WinDOS.

You are trying to confuse the issue by conflating every single little bug that never hurt anyone with Windows worms that have managed to effectively disable the entire Internet. Of course they're not the same thing.

So you're not kidding anyone.

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Re: Err?

> Tell me which of those files is a picture of a dog - Use the GUI

Out of a thousand files? Are you kidding? That's going to be a ton of work.

It would be far better to do that with an automated tool. The real problem is that no such beast seems to exist. You use the GUI because you don't have a better option, not because it is actually a better option.

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