* Posts by JEDIDIAH

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Re: To think Apple once marketed the Mini as a server machine (do they still do that)?

> They don't market it as a server now but why would that need upgradable RAM,

Even my last Atari didn't have it's RAM soldered onto the main board.

A machine doesn't need to be a server. Maintainability and repairability is useful for ANY kind of machine. This is especially true given the fact that OS upgrades tend to demand more out of existing hardware. Plus tech tends to get cheaper over time making various kinds of upgrades more feasible.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: Why proud, confident or assured maybe?

Proud to be X is still just the wrong way to put it.

Perhaps it's a failing of the English language.

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Re: Free speech...

> Just because all these people have a different opinion doesn't mean we have to sit back and let them spew all this bullsh*t all over the internet...

Yes. Actually it does. Otherwise it's not free speech.

It's not free speech if it's only the things you personally approve of.

This stupid sh*t is why we had to flee to another continent.

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Oh. Puleeeze.

News? I thought it was painfully obvious. No "announcement" was required.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

> Last time I tried Linux and attempted to install Firefox I first had to find an installer for the distribution I was using.

It sounds like you were going out of your way to make things harder than necessary.

Although Linux download file types are really no worse than comparable WinDOS equivalents. Something like Firefox works the same way. If you are whining about Linux being hard then you're whining about WinDOS being hard.

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

> And yet you're preaching a UNIX-like separation of OS and GUI? It hasn't worked to push Linux into the mainstream, why would it work here?

The total LACK of a GUI never stopped WinDOS from being ripped out of the mainstream.

Linux not being in the mainstream has nothing to do with it's particular characteristics. MS-DOS had the market completely tied up before a single line of Linux was ever written. Actually it was the dominance and crapulence of MS-DOS that inspired Linux to begin with.

No. People have always been too fixated on running things like Lotus-123. They tolerated MS-DOS in order to do it even when better and cheaper options were legion.

The Windows 8 debacle even demonstrates how this is the case. The majority tolerate Windows for it's ecosystem despite the fact that the OS itself is a festering pile.

Microsoft BARELY has to acknowledge the needs or desires of it's customers.

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

> However ... “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” as Henry Ford said.

Except this isn't some primitive physical item that is still inferior to what it's trying to replace.

This is software. It doesn't wear out and it's easy to change. Enabling your "Model-T" doesn't require shooting everybody's horse.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Re: releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

...pretty much.

The Netflix versions of these are great until you realize that they are low quality or they have been "widescreened". Then you want to go and use your own copy.

TV in general has this problem. It seems to apply equally to broadcast TV, cable TV, and streaming services.

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Funny you should mention that.

Netflix you say? The funny thing about that is that the US subscription streaming services have already had all of Trek available for streaming. Don't recall if it's Netflix or Amazon Prime or both.

CBS is late to the party.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: Cultism

Apples were the playthings of the wealthy.

Commodore is who actually got computers into the hands of people.

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Re: Now that's just going too far

...and to that point specifically Jobs and Woz were no Henry Ford.

Apple kit has always been overpriced since day one. If anything, Apple is more like the pre-Ford luxury automakers like Mercedes. That's certainly the comparison modern fanboys want to make now.

The Ford of computing is more along the likes of Commodore or Sinclair.

If it were only up to Apple computing would have gone nowhere. The masses would never be able to afford it.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Pottering just doesn't get it.

Yes. This is something that the "progress for the sake of progress" crowd just doesn't seem to get. In the domains where Unix has it's most powerful stronghold, the one overriding consideration is reliability. It doesn't have to be fast It doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't have to be usable by a trained monkey. It needs to be reliable.

It's simply insane that it's a server vendor that's pushing this crap.

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Re: Such hatred

> "Why do I get the feeling that a lot of the people that want to keep sysvinit have never tried to read a service script, let alone write one."

Not only have I read and written service scripts but I have done so quite successfully. They're just standard shell scripts.

On the other hand, my first attempt to alter Upstart scripts resulted in an unbootable system.

Individual init scripts can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. Init itself is very simple and difficult to sabotage without a lot of highly focused effort.

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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Lies, damned lies, and marketing masquerading as journalism...

It sounds like someone has an axe to grind. I looks like some fanboy wants to distract from the fact that the PC part of Apple's business is now only 15% while mobile devices in general account for more than 2 thirds of Apple revenue based on the fanboy's own numbers.

Apple is an ARM shop pushing consumer electronics. It ceased to be a PC company a long time ago.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Re: Eric Raymond's (in)famous quote

The painter may need to take it personally. The painter may need to fix his work. Telling him pleasant lies might spare his ego but it's probably not what's really best for him.

Does the white lie benefit you or the person you're telling it to?

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Different day, same song.

> I can't imagine HBO going to market for less than netflix,

HBO already has a price structure with cable that places them at a higher price point than Netflix. I can't see them lowering that significantly. I am not sure they need to. They are already the classic ala carte premium cable option and always have been.

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

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Way to stay classy reg

You wouldn't want us to mistake you for real journalists.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Re: As a parent I frankly disapprove

Once you hit 30, you have an increasingly greater risk of conceiving a genetically defective child. In some professions, you're barely going to be established by that age. In the US, you will likely be bogged down by student loans until that age (if not later).

Preserving the fresh eggs rather than trying to make do with the spoiled ones makes a lot of sense medically.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Those ugly data caps and whatnot.

I don't stream anything from my mobile device over an actual mobile network. The restrictions are just too draconian. If my phone could pick up something like conventional radio, that would not be such a bad thing. People like to call it a dinosaur but it (broadcast) is still a much better solution to the problem. Individual streams just don't scale.

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: I also watched this popular TV programme in the 1970's

The idea of minaturization in general was pretty common in the 50s. Pretty much anyone that read sci-fi in the 60s, 70s, or 80s could see stuff like the iDevices coming and probably imagined a number of their own that looked like "shameless Apple copies".

I thought up some "shameless Apple copies" of my own in the 80s. (Inspired by Asimov)

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Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

It doesn't matter if they "stole" it or "bought" it. The result is the same. They cribbed it from someone else. They did not invent it. They merely took someone else's stuff and reused it.

Apple like Microsoft are both great at watching the innovators flounder. Then they swoop down like vultures when everyone else has done the hard work trying to push the technology forward. They steal or buy stuff and then run the real risk takers out of business.

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Re: @SuccessCase Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

> "Now I know many techies don't have much in the way of creative capacity."

I would rather that form followed function and that "design" was kept out of it. I would prefer that the practical considerations come first and the visual nonsense is only applied later once the important details are dealt with.

"Designers" are so full of themselves claiming ownership on simple things that require no real creativity at all.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Is that all?

> Simplicity and convenience, maybe. Unless you can spin up a FreeNAS instance with iSCSI, NFS, SMB, and options for apache, MySQL, LDAP, BitTorrent client working fully, with a decent interface within, ooh, twenty minutes? ;-)

Sounds like installing a modern copy of Linux.

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Re: Or alternatively...

This very article articulated problems with various brands and models of drives for a particular NAS. If the entire unit goes out, how do you know that you will ever be able to get a completely compatible replacement chassis? That's never a problem with just running a regular OS.

You don't have to write your own NAS software. It's already baked into most modern operating systems.

Building your own puts you in complete control. Simple mods (like SMART alerts) are possible without adding much more bother. The problem with NAS kit is that it represents a market segment that already has to be in the top 1% of geekiness just to be aware of the product.

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I want to TRANSPLANT your storage BRAINS: WD desktop NAS refresh

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Re: Beyond RAID

> 4TB in RAID1/5 is already stretching it, 6TB even worse. rebuild times become so ridiculously long....

No not really.

This is not nearly as dire as everyone with zero actual experience wants to make it out to be.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Obvious answer to this is, get a mac

> If you have a problem with a mac, you will find people with the exact same problem, and among them you'll find those who have found a solution.

...unless you manage to use computers in a remotely interesting or creative fashion. Then the wagons start to circle and you get berated and accused of being a pirate.

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Re: As the saying goes...

You're confused.

You've got things backwards.

It's his "substitute" that we are rejecting. We are not seeking something different or "better". He's trying to force his sh*t on us without our consent.

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Re: Bias

It sounds like someone that can't handle being judged based on his merits.

He's been judged harshly by the community so he has to make up some nonsense and lash out. Ironically he's engaging in exactly the sort of juvenile nonsense he's trying to accuse the community at large of. He's making up baseless and wildly inflammatory accusations.

He's trying to exploit similar current media narratives.

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Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

Pulseaudio is only tolerable because it's trivial to get rid of. If you have some stripped down HTPC machine, you can easily and quickly ditch pulseaudio. SystemD doesn't seem to be like that. It seems to have it's hooks into a lot of things at a low level that makes ripping it out a fatal proposition.

The key feature of Unix is that you can ignore a component that you don't like.

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Re: The Linux community has always been this way.

> Apart from it's lack of market share for anything other than web servers and embedded devices/mobile phones.

You mean any market that didn't already have a deeply entrenched monopoly before Linux ever even existed?

Thriving everywhere except DOS legacy apps is not at all bad.

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Strange tale of an angry bean counter, Comcast and a shock 'firing'

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No real surprise here...

This was simply a case of a customer with half a clue. He knew what buttons to push. He knew what people to talk to and what to threaten them with. A lawyer is a pretty good example of someone with that kind of knowledge but apparently being an accountant works too.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: Post PC

> No I don't expect you to use the soft keyboard, any more than I expect you to click on the onscreen keyboard on a PC.

Then you simply distorted the tablet until it was something else entirely... a quasi-PC with parts from the last decade (or the one before that) and less choices about available software and less ability to directly control the system.

You're describing a very dedicated attempt to slam a square peg into a round hole regardless of whether it makes an sense or not.

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More of the ARM delusion.

ARM devices simply don't have the horsepower either CPU or GPU to displace a real PC. At best you will be looking at some very severe compromises. You will just have to give up on doing some simple basic things that would be trivial with a more powerful machine.

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Re: Tablets are neither phones nor PCs

No. The it's the Apple product that introduced the Wal-mart price tag. There is a natural price for these things and Apple found it. They also figured out what kind of cheap hardware they need to put into it in order to make the price point. Since they didn't have a decades long desktop monopoly, they weren't tied to the x86. As a failure at the desktop, they were free to ignore it.

There simply may be no "Herrods" niche when it comes to tables. The same goes for video streamers. Google tried selling a "premium" product and got slapped down in the same way Microsoft did.

It's possible that the price collapse in PCs got everyone used to the idea that hardware should be cheap making it an uphill battle for ANY "premium" option.

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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Re: alas

Most of us aren't made of money.

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Your headline has a critical characteristic missing.

You're forgetting reliability.

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Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

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Re: Oracle MySQL

MySQL isn't a product. It's a community project. A community requires trust. No amount of slick sales tactics can take the place of trust and respect. Oracle are simply the wrong people to steward something like this. They simply don't get it. They are wrongful on a fundemental level.

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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Re: Attacks don't matter much

It's 70K machines that have been attacked. Not 70K machines that have been compromised.

World of difference there.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Alistair - glad it's not just me!

You should also have mentioned to that confused youngster that you were basically using 100 year old technology and that your record player could play equally old recordings.

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Re: I still buy CDs

Digital is only inferior. At worst, it will come with annoying DRM that will prevent you from fully taking advantage of the product. At best, it will eliminate an easy and obvious way to demonstrate that you actually own rights to use the product.

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Re: Oh so true...

> Newsflash: no you don't. You own the media and have a license to listen to the music

Trying to repeat the big lie doesn't make it any more true.

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Re: Oh so true...

Still. Port forwarding is little more than "just another GUI option" on most home routers.

Implementing it is pretty trivial.

It just goes to show that shiny happy user interfaces didn't weren't the salvation of the tech-impaired as we often get told they are supposed to be.

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Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

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Re: Proprietary software vendors - what do they do?

In a large corporation, the likelihood of that is going to be very high actually.

I worked in one Fortune 500 company where they plain had the source for their key enterprise application. They had been maintaining it themselves because it was impossible to replace and would have been desupported by the vendor decades ago.

A megacorp being able to handle the source to bash is not such a strange idea.

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What a maroon...

Are you kidding? Anyone that's an Oracle customer has paid hefty coin for the priveledge. That means that Oracle will certainly be able to contact all of them. If this were an issue of sending some sales centric spam, the question of "technologically feasible" would never even come up.

For Oracle in particular, everyone in the trenches that can open a support ticket will have their own registered account with Oracle tied to their corporate email account.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: It sucks but..

Nope, just acknowleding that there is no "security" for celebrities. Wealth and fame are directly proportional to the amount of interest and effort people will put into doing you harm. That's just the nature of the world. It's foolish to try and ingore.

You can either whine that the world should change to suit you personally or you can deal with things.

The masses benefit greatly from the ability to be anonymous.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Re: Feminist math

I don't need citations. I have first hand experience. My world simply flatly contradicts your cult of victimhood mentality. Strong women that can take care of business have no problems getting ahead.

Women are actually WORSE when it comes to respecting a professional from their own ranks. Male culture, strangely enough, is more of a meritocracy. There's none of this middle school schadenfreude and tearing the other girl down. Guys will lift a champion on their shoulders rather than be envious of him (or her).

The reality is not quite like the propaganda.

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Re: If fat, get tough!

My thought was that there are 80 year old guys that have been doing this stuff all of their lives and they are in better shape than most people their age as well as being able to defend themselves from attackers 1/4 their age.

It's not the Karate.

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Re: Flaw in the argument@Dave 126

I can heartily attest to the "dammit I am sick of soup" threshold. Although that's easily fixed by mixing things up a bit.

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Re: Flaw in the argument

> By the time you have washed your bakers, peeled them and chipped them

???

Just wash them, poke some venting holes in them, and throw them in the microwave.

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Re: Flaw in the argument

> Even junk food is not that bad if you don't eat too much.

Long ago I realized that the portion sizes at fast food establishments were not sustainable. You either should eat the kids portions (which were the original adult sizes) or cut something out. Do something like just eat the sandwich and forget the fries.

As others have said, getting fat is orthogonal to eating junk.

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