* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2278 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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Re: Blue Ray?

> Joking aside, I just don't have the space or desire to store a crate of discs for someone.

You don't have an extra cubic foot of space? Who are you? Jed Clampett? How can you even be posting? I don't think they have Internet service that far back in the woods.

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

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An amazing grasp of the obvious.

> the difference between "Ubuntu MATE" and "Xubuntu" ought to be one (meta) package, does that really require a separate distribution?

That pretty much is the only real difference.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: We should pay for TV we dont want

> So how does "The Discovery Channel" and "The Disney Channel" survive?

Discovery went to crap and Disney was always crap. Disney is not a good example of quality children's programming even if you focus on them as "strictly entertainment".

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Re: Re:But in a decent software company there would be peer reviews and QA testing.

...except on Unix a hole is just a bug. On Windows, a hole is some Internet crippling worm or virus.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Too late!

Hell. The electronic components of bleeding edge weapons systems are woefully out of date when those weapons go online.

Good catch there...

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Re: Too late!

> Your bank's central IT system?

Which part exactly?

Please be precise.

Also please keep in mind that some of us have actually worked in banks.

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Tim Cook slurped our brains, snarl fat battery bods A123

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Re: Serfdom?

Well, trade secrets are still a thing.

This is the secret sauce that makes your product more competitive than anyone elses. If it is valuable enough, you keep it entirely to yourself rather than making it public and sharing it with the world (like what a patent is supposed to be).

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Re: RAID6

> The really worrying part is that nobody warns amateur users of large drive data loss issues.

Are you kidding? The FUD in this regard is constant and pervasive.

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: I mostly agree, but, but BUT.....

It also does not help that what is generally in the Heinz can looks nothing like real soup.

It might take me awhile to make a gallon of soup (mostly the time spent dicing things) but at least I end up with a gallon of actual soup for my trouble.

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Re: Yeah well...

Yup. That's the problem with paying the market for anything. It has to be paid in after tax wages. So at the very least you need to account for the tax consquences of how you make money. If you are going to split these kinds of hairs you can't just ingore some in favor of others.

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Re: Yes, but,

The real problem is that the "market" is simply failing to provide adequate product.

It doesn't matter that you can find something (possibly) cheap for sale offered by someone else. It doesn't matter because it's crap and it's no substitute for the real thing. The real thing simply isn't being sold because of industrial practices and corporate corner cutting. If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself because there's NO WHERE you can buy it.

Even a good cleaning can fall in this category (sadly).

The problem with doing something for yourself even just one time is that you see just how sad the industrialized version is and how inadequate it is.

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Re: Yep, agreed. The relationship is very uncertain

This is like the hysterical wife trope from John Q..

OMG we're all going to DIE. You must do something. You must do something..

No. No. No. You can't do anything. If you do something it will be too dangerous.

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

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Re: And yet the best part is...

> ...that almost everyone so far has merely scoffed at the very idea of a threat to Linux

That's because there has been no real indication of what to check.

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Legalese and coding? Yup, it's the open-source FOSDEM shindig

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Re: Here's a question for your lawyers

I think that if you posted this on a law forum they would think you were telling a bad joke.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Re: It's a long way to the chemist, etc...

Plus you have the signal strength to consider. Will aliens 1000 light years away be able to become addicted to our crap network TV shows? I rather doubt it. I would be surprised if our emissions are recognizable as such even 100 light years out.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Video playback

> It took me months just to get my Dad to mount images,

Don't be an idiot. Besides the fact that it's no longer 1994 and Linux automounts things, ANY HTPC should be set up as an appliance. It will be just like any other appliance (that doesn't run Windows).

If someone can't use a Tivo, clinging to Windows won't help.

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Re: Video playback

Computarded family members don't touch the Linux on an HTPC.

That is how they can use a Sony BluRay player if you have one.

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

> When was the last time you could get such significant upgrade of a PC for $35

The last time I saved an old PC from the dumpster by putting a cheap Nvidia card into it.

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

> I see that @"Voland's right hand" is another person who completely and utterly misses the *entire point* of a RasPi.

True. But he has plenty of company though. And those people like to sing the praises of the PI for applications that it's not really suited for.

Some of the shameless fanboy gushing needs to be mitigated by a little bit of justified skepticism.

Been there. Done that.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Re: Well its nice that the iPhone 6...

It's funny how people who clearly have never touched a real luxury brand in their lives (never mind actually owning one) like to fawn all over some generic bit of crap as if it were something other than what it really is.

The right Ford centric comparison to draw here is Lincoln.

...essentially the same thing but with some superficial bits of trim added.

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Re: Errrr guys...

Of course. Abuse the nerds. All of the drooling mouth breathers in Communications or Journalism or the Business School just love that idea.

Take the group that are kind of trying to hide out from constant abuse and heap some more abuse on them because quite frankly they are one of the few groups left that you can get away with subjecting to blatant bigotry.

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Re: Just wait until YOU are classed as TOO SKILLED (read: too old)

> "Too qualified" is a euphemism for "we'll have to pay you more than we want".

With an MS in graphics, it sounds like your best bet is trying to break into the game industry. That said, you have to compete with H1B PhD talent with more education than you and more experience than you who will (likely) accept a lower salary than you.

I remember when I could demand more money than those types because of my citizenship status and my role in the company.

Outside of the game industry you would probably be thought of as only qualified for a junior role in some other specialty and a junior position isn't going to pay squat.

The "age" thing is another possibility. Older "senior" developers seem to be less flexible, less trainable, and less able to adapt to a new corporate culture. Sometimes, they also aren't really that senior either.

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Re: Its true here,

America and England are two nations separated by a common language.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Don't take it seriously.

Battlefield Earth was ridiculous propaganda for Hubbards litle cult. They toned this down for the movie. Although I think it would have made it even more of a hoot.

It's like accidental satire.

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Re: What?

Oh god. They managed to take a better executed cast of characters (from the TV show) and managed to trash the thing beyond all recognition. It (The Source) was like some horrible fan fiction brought to life.

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Still not worse than Plan 9...

Battlefield is much more tolerable if you've actually read the book. Then the whole thing is a big joke on L Ron Hubbard and Scientology.

It's almost like a Verhoeven film but they're taking themselves seriously...

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Still got my s3

> Runs fine dont see the need to update to a newer model as the big corps seems to have run out of ideas.

Quite. Any of the reasons I would upgrade come down to "bigger and better" rather than "new and innovative". I'm mostly still waiting for an Android device to come along and displace my fat Archos.

It's ever so slowly getting there...

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Re: innovation and demand

There are entire states and countries that reside in the dessert. Some of these are pretty affluent places too. If a smart phone has a problem with dust and sand then that's a serious problem.

Again... it's like these people in Silicon Valley don't actually live in California.

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Re: Why should Apple be worried?

They're not doing too bad of a job so far. According to all of the cult members, Android should have failed by now. Yet it continues to eat more and more of Apple's lunch.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Stop and think a bit, please...

> It's just not legally possible to do that,

Sure it is. This was standard practice for large server operating systems at one time.

I've been witness to the OS license on a server expiring.

It's something that may cause a massive consumer backlash if applied to a Microsoft product, but it's perfectly legal and has been done before.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Nevermind speed, locking is the problem.

> Windows 8.1 outperforms the latest Ubunto in copying large files if that's what you mean.

I guess I will have to grab some of my BD images and find a Win8 box then.

Although the problem with Windows in this regard really isn't speed. Something like this is really more of a batch job. The problem with Windows is it's stupid locking and how it handles that locking during a large copy operation. What should be a partial fail becomes a total fail.

Then you need obscure and arcane tools to work around what should be a simple single drag and drop operation that your great grandma could handle.

This approach also makes it harder to deal with malware/adware that piggybacks on freeware and shareware packages for Windows. I should be able to toast any DLL if I want to.

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Re: Bye Bye MS

An outdated Mac is much less of a threat it itself and others than a Windows box that's not being maintained.

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Re: Meh

> and for a version of Office that actually works.

I have never been impressed with msoffice. Not now. Not ever. Back when companies were originally turning it into Microsoft's 2nd big monopoly I was less than impressed and wanted to use SOMETHING ELSE.

msoffice is just Lemming-ware.

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Re: A definative date

General purpose computers should adapt to the hardware depending on what input devices are connected. Interfaces that are appropriate for one kind of terminal, are entirely inappropriate for others. The user shell should be able to know what is connected and act accordingly.

Different inputs require different approaches because they don't all have the same capabilities.

Terminal sans mouse. Graphics terminal with mouse. Touchscreen. IR Remote. These are all capable of different things and apps need to reflect that. So does the shell.

if there is a mouse attached, or no touchscreen attached then this tablet nonsense should hide itself by default.

Feed the output of lsusb into some if statements. It's really not rocket science.

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Re: 711

The dreaded "fragmentation" of Linux involve a small number of UIs that each are less unlike each other than Metro is to anything else. The kicker with Linux is that if your OS vendor pulls a Metro or a Unity, you aren't just hung out to dry. You can just use what you're used to.

What allows that "fragmentation" is a double edged sword and it's not all bad.

It means I can retain my UI when Canonical runs amok.

If you want to really annoy and confuse "normal" users, give them a Mac.

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Dell muscles into all-flash for small biz with $35k 4TB array

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Re: Without Compression and DeDuplication....

I had trouble just getting past the price tag...

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OS X search tool Spotlight runs roughshod over Mail privacy settings

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Re: Busted

> Which search replacement do you use?

What happened to "It's Unix"?

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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Re: I'll add a third category

> Nature documentaries.

The most striking parts of Prometheus were those helicopter shots of Iceland in the beginning of the film.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: Skin in the game

Duncan presented as a flu patient. NO ONE gets a blood test for the flu over here. People like to talk about US doctors going crazy with the testing but I've never heard of anyone ever getting a blood test for the flu. X-ray perhaps. Strep culture perhaps. But no bloody blood test.

Not that they would have been looking for the Ebola to begin with. (That was kind of the problem)

It's easy to second guess with the perfect knowledge of hindsight. Not quite so easy in real time.

...and fluid replacement is a key part of Ebola treatment.

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Re: Options in the US

The HMO option typically has a significantly smaller network due to lower reimbursement rates.

The better doctors are likely not available on the HMO option.

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Re: A broken system

There are "cash-only" medical clinics popping up in the US too. Their cash prices are more in line with the "insurance discount" prices or sometimes even lower. Taking insurance and "medical billing" out of the equation greatly simplifies things.

THIS is why Americans are skeptical of Big Government run healthcare. We have Medicare and Medicaid which are both kind of disasters already.

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Re: Let me explain ...

I will happily take a treatment that keeps me alive. Perhaps someone else that is more altruistic will develop a permanent treatment while I am waiting.

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Re: I don't get the mentality of the US healthcare consumers.

Without an actual number your kinds of claims are meaningless. You (and everyone else) are taxed at some rate that's not disclosed. That has to compare against what we pay out of pocket. With no data whatsoever, it's pretty hard to actually make that comparison.

Americans probably have more to spend either way. They just choose to ignore the possibility of a future calamity (of any sort).

Someone mentioned the idea of non-free health services needing to compete with fine dining (and other luxuries). People would rather pay for a pedicure than a doctor. If you think this would be a problem in the UK. Magnify it by 10x across the pond.

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Re: If you

I don't like saying nice things about Obamacare but it did eliminate that "pre-existing condition" problem.

Based on what some people have said regarding referrals to specialists, I am not sure we have it so bad on this side of the pond. (even with the warts)

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Re: The US system - my experience

A place called "emergency room" is just as the name implies. It's for emergencies. If you weren't really having an emergency, you really didn't belong there. Hospitals are a big part of the problem in American healthcare .They are robber barons posing as non-profits. ER visits are a cash cow and you and your insurance are going to get milked.

There are drop in clinics in the US that are much more appropriate for non-emergencies.

Still, a lot of people go to the ER when it's really not at all appropriate.

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Re: Competition and choice

Sometimes a patient already has a relationship with a particular hospital. That hospital might also be closer to your GP or one of your specialists. Although EMTs should have good feel for "what's best for the patient" in the absence of any stated preference.

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Re: Billing

What you are complaining about is numeracy fail. Unless you are planning on milking the system, get a plan with a higher deductible. Then take the premium savings and put it into a savings a count. Put it into Health Savings Account if you can. Then not worry about how high your deductible is.

If you don't have some sort of expensive chronic condition, there's no reason for a low deductible.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Call it a basic math problem.

> So how is this any different to PC makers selling you a machine with a drive that is partitioned down from its stated size to accommodate the cab files to reinstall the OS?

One of those does not take up a double digit portion of the available storage. The other one does.

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Re: Who cares?

Californians. That's who. They have some pretty demanding consumer protection laws.

it's odd that those people sitting in northern California never considered this problem. Perhaps the droning of the fanboys drowned out anyone who could have suggested that Apple was making a mistake.

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Lame excuses are for cult members.

Apple products alread aren't exactly speed demons. So your excuses about lack of external storage really don't hold any water at all.

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