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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Trying to hard...

This is just fanboys trying too hard to kid themselves. Apple lost the platform wars of the 80s. That's over and done with. They even formally abdicated to all of that by focusing on consumer electronics. Apple isn't even holding onto this delusion. Sure, Apple gained a little over the Jobs years but not much really. Not enough to really change things. The Mac remains an great demonstration of the idea that you can do everything right and have the better product and still fail in the marketplace.

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'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

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Re: Mixed feelings

+1 for having this serious data destroying but right after they discounted their cloud storage prices.

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

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Re: Minor correction

It's a department store. It has departments. It's just not as prissy as Herods of London.

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Re: someone (or several someones) at Target's HQ should be fired

It's not even "pro russian" versus "not pro russian". It's ETHNIC russian. It's about what country are your grandparents from. That's an issue entirely orthogonal from what particular political option you are for or against.

Even if you conflate the two, you still have the problem of a very large ethnic minority (or a group of them). It is likely not as simple as some people like to make it out.

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Re: someone (or several someones) at Target's HQ should be fired

> Crimea want to secede to Russia. It is what the majority of people living there want

Yeah. Like you're such an authority on what a bunch of people in a different country across the continent want.

The whole situation is fishy. Hooligans are running amok. The Russian army is running amok. Enough nonsense is going on that you can't trust a thing that's going on right now. It doesn't help that their parliment was overrun by hooligans.

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Meh. Meh I say.

This was a retailer during the holiday rush. This typically involves a change freeze that starts a number of months earlier. You're not going to see much of anything new going on in IT at a retailer once summer ends.

Mucking around with anything will likely require more authority than your typical boffin has.

Just imagine going to your PHB and announcing to him that you've got to go all Andromeda Strain with your point of sale systems right before Xmas.

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: Nelson

Arapaho might not even be a completely dead language. So new words might get added to it even now. It happens with less obscure languages so why not Arapaho too?

There may even be an Arapaho term for "plasma conduit".

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FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

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Re: Android

> Yay! A fandroid trots out the 'choice' canard!

It's not "choice". It's ownership. I can put my stuff on any device I like. That could be an iPhone. That could be an Android. That could even by the 500G Archos I take on long trips.

Oddly enough, this is supposed to be the same kind of stuff that the the whole iTunes model should be able to accommodate. So beyond the whole "mine's bigger than yours" thing, it's not something that should be particular to Android at all.

You're trying far too hard to avoid taking advantage of everything that the tech has to offer.

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Re: Android

Yes. Because if it's not Apple then it's pirated.

YAWN.

You fools need to troll harder.

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Re: Android

50 movies sounds about like what I could fit on my phone right now.

Except that's going to be 50 movies of my choosing.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: I don't get it

The default version of Ubuntu is SPYbuntu.

That by itself is enough of a turnoff to keep some people away. Far better to start out with the Debian net installer and work your way up from there rather than worry about what things you didn't remove from a distribution that's run off the rails.

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Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks

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Re: Oddly content free

> That's the thing though isn't it? Your network infrastructure should be built to provide the services you need to use. If your commodity network doesn't perform suitably, it needs upgrading to something that does.

...which is an entirely new level of pain and cost and complexity for a gain that is dubious at best.

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

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It's just just about playing nice with PCs.

It's a hybrid device. It's not just a Thunderbolt device.

The article said that this allows you to connect it to both Macs and PCs but that's somewhat misleading. This allows you to connect it to both NEW Macs and OLD Macs. It's not just a Mac vs PC thing. If you are taking advantage of that whole "Macs are more reliable and last longer" thing, then you probably have Macs with no TB ports.

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Traditional RAID is outdated and dying on its feet

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Re: Eh?

> Internet commenting is always entertaining,

Yes they are. You see plenty of handwaving and eager attempts to make things as complicated as possible but no real feasible explanation of how 4TB of missing data is going to get itself rebuilt in a few minutes.

It sounds like the best you can do is just ignore the situation and pretend that it's not really a problem.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?

> 2007? a 7 year old machine? So you'd expect a machine bought in 2000 to run the Vista in 2007 or a machine bought in 1993 to run Windows 2000 in 2000 or a machine bought in 1986 to run Windows 3.11 in 1993 or a...

These orphaned Macs will run newer versions of Linux and Windows just fine.

Why are you trying to apply "PC standards" to this? Aren't Apple products supposed to be better than that?

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The obvious double standard.

Of course. As soon as the "better quality" and "enhanced longevity" is brought into question by actual real world problems experienced by actual end users, suddenly the fanboys will make excuses about how kit is old or how other vendors do things.

This right here is where the rubber really hits the road. A genuine luxury brand would have the extended support. These Intel Macs would not be orphans. Even PPC Macs would not be orphans.

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NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

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Re: I do not think that Lenovo are fools.

Lenovo is slowly just becoming IBM.

I always saw the first sale to Lenovo as problematic because it eliminated an entry point for IBM customers. Previously you had an IBM that was a "one stop shop" for everything. Getting rid of the first part of their PC biz subverted that.

Now Lenovo is slowly coming that, minus the fancy trademark.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Re: Brilliant

> More bits also mean more registers. More registers means doing things in less cycles.

The two are entirely independent of each other.

That's just the path that Intel chose. The same is not necessarily true of ARM.

ARM doesn't necessarily have the same cruft that x86 did. Probably doesn't in fact. The x86 was ugly and primitive compared to a lot of it's contemporaries.

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Re: Brilliant

> Just because they don't understand the benefits that it brings doesn't mean they should switch back to a 32 bit processor from 2003.

The benefits you are blithering about have actually little to do with the "bit-ness" of the CPU. A lot of that advantage comes from the original crapulence of the x86 CPUs when compared to their competitors 30 years ago. Those aren't exactly qualities you can expect to be relevant in an entirely different architecture from a different manufacturer.

Chances are that an ARM from 2003 doesn't suffer from those problems.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: "Apple has to be the first smartphone manufacturer anyone considers."

> You must love poor service, tacky plastic cheapness and spending hours of forums looking for help with some intermittent error code.

Can't say that I've ever had that problem.

Apple products are nothing special.

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Re: The Big Question

One thing to get me to upgrade would be increased storage capacity. The first 128G mSD card was just announced. That's something that can get my attention. It might even get me to upgrade to the latest Galaxy.

...beyond that you do have to seriously figure out what you expect to get out of the upgrade.

"Its a this season's model" is just not a good enough answer.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Wii failed

Sour grapes. That's all you people trying to hate on the Wii have, Sour Grapes. It didn't pander to your personal tastes so you want to try and pretend that it was a failure when it really wasn't.

The problem isn't that the Wii failed. The Wii succeeded and completely reshaped console gaming.

The problem is that the followup console was not nearly as interesting by comparison.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Really?

I watched them back to back and I found neo-Khan to be not such a bad thing really. It's a more modern interpretation of the character. Montalban looks like a cheesey scenery chewer by comparison.

Some elements of Abrams Trek seem more sophisticated and thought out. Much of that stems from the benefit of 40 years to examine and contemplate the material.

Kirk "trying" to fist fight with Khan is a good example of this.

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Re: Oooo, the shiny!

> It's cheaper than anything in the PC world; it's not even possible to build an equivalent machine.

The problem with the bleeding edge is that you end up with diminishing returns. Once you get past a certain sweet spot with hardware, marginal improvements become drastically more expensive. The advantage of all other PCs is that you aren't playing an all or nothing game of trying to clone Apple's bad decisions.

The value of the marginal improvements is disputable despite fanboy attempts to mischaracterize corporate culture when it comes to spending money.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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Re: Space

"Building gcc very often" is a batch job, not something to drive the spec of a box. Even so, there are plenty of single cores that will be quite respectable for that kind of workload. Even some older hardware (like my Hex core) would be respectable for that sort of thing.

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Re: Lateral approach

> There is no loft and there is no space in the cupboard.

Virtualization is no silver bullet. It doesn't matter what tech you are using. This applies even to high end Unix server systems. If you have high performance and responsiveness requirements, decoupling two competiing operating systems is a better way to go. There are plenty of viable options here. The Intel NUC has been all over the "blogosphere" lately. There's also the Brix. That has plenty of power.

It's pretty easy to have a "CPU-in-can" setup similar to the new Mac Pro. Just put a suitable CPU on a mITX board and put it in as small of an enclosure as you want. If you don't care about the GPU in a Linux box you can make a LOT of compromises.

I would tend to avoid virtualization for anything compute heavy or IO heavy that's bound to come in contention with other VMs or the host OS.

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Re: For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

My thought was a small headless box for the Linux work. It's only purpose would be computation and could be a smallish box with a decent (but not terribly expensive) CPU. It would be a compute node that sits in a corner or closet somewhere out of the way. Since you're only interested in connecting to it with terminal sessions it would just be a headless "server".

Linux will play nice with Windows network protocols going either direction.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Re: MS took that to heart and people still complain.

>> MS took that to heart and people still complain.

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> No one is complaining about the security of Win8. What people complain about is the utterly broken interface.

I think that's only because people are distracted.

It remains to be seen whether or not Win8 is a security disaster like the versions before it.

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Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

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Re: Avoid the commodity

> The fact of the matter is that 'single X86' is no longer an appropriate technological solutin except on the desktop or small office server,

You couldn't have come up with a statement that is less true if you tried.

Furthermore, that statement is even less true now than is used to be.

If anything, it's IBMs more "high end" server business that's in danger of being obsolete.

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Re: buy out

> That kind of death previsions already have been done in mid-80's, remember?

...and IBM was basically bailed out due to direct intervention from the President of the United States. It wasn't quite as flashy as the fed throwing billions of dollars at them but it was an intervention at the highest levels all the same.

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

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Re: One very important thing...

> In my time I've seen countless people completely screw up their system by attempting to partition hard drives and install linux. Many a kid has accidentally wiped their windows installation and erased their father's work files.

...which has squat to do with whether or not it's installing Linux, Windows, or MacOS. Each of them will happily destroy your files for you if you decide to use them on the wrong machine, or in an inappropriate manner, or without backing your files up first.

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Re: probably be a low take up

> Linux's backward compatibility is strictly at the Source Code level -- you generally have to recompile anything to make it run on a newer kernel or libc.

...which is not that different from DirectX really.

On the other hand, Unix-in-general has a number of ways of helping you get around this kind of problem.

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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Re: Locked into enforced throw-away

> Mac Mini?

Overpriced and underpowered crap that will cook itself.

> Mac Pro?

Ridiculously overpriced.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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> Basically they are two separate things on the same site, pay for one or the other or both, its your call *

It's useful to have a heads up either way. It would be a shame to fly across the pond and then schlep all the way up there and miss out because of a misunderstanding fueled by petty politics and the egos of tiny men.

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Re: "heroic codebreakers of Bletchley Park"

They were heroes. So they were heroic by definition.

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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Re: Considering...

China also has the benefit of 50 years worth of experience of other nations and the intervening improvements in technology. The US and Soviets were making this stuff up as they went along and doing it with tech older than you are.

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Re: In the words of Arnold J. Rimmer

Nah. You know everything made in China is crap...

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

> Seriously, what's with all this intolerance?

The myth of Apple superiority and improved usability is pushed hard and often.

That trash can nonsense is a good example of how bogus the mythology is and always has been.

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Re: Floppy dicks

> Then laptop development reached a stage where you could go light and breezy, guess what happened next?

What really happened? PC manufacturers delivered.

Apple waited another 5+ years and then all of the blithering fanboys assumed that Apple invented the idea.

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Re: Floppy Eject

> Software ejecting is something USB drives do today, or do you just pull your USB memory stick out and enjoy losing your data?

If your OS is doing that to you then it's inferior trash that belongs back in the 80s. Every little hiccup should not be a total disaster. Sometimes those hiccups aren't even caused by the end user. Ensuring that they get kicked in the balls is just bad engineering.

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Re: Floppy Eject

> You drag the disc to the trashcan to eject. Simples.

Yes. Because THAT is oh so intuitive.

That sounds like something you would do to WIPE a disk, not eject it.

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Re: Wired ethernet is not a rarity for laptops

Network EASIER with wireless? You're all on crack.

Ethernet is a stable well established standard and a mature technology. It's cheap, reliable and secure. Meanwhile, anything wireless has to deal with multiple protocol variants and even more protection schemes. NONE of that extra complexity is present with wired networking.

Then there's the whole speed thing.

Wireless is only OK if you have very low expectations.

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Google, Netflix ready next weapon in net neutrality battle: The fury of millions

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Re: The Internet is so so last decade

> The internet is being depreciated in every way. Apple and Microsoft are concentrating on apps so don't expect your web support to work well there.

Was this meant as some sort of satire or sarcasm? It's hard to tell sometimes. Some people are just stupid. You can't always be sure when someone is joking.

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Re: when their interests coincide with ours.

> And me streaming an old episode of Chuck on Netflix shouldn't gum up your phone calls. Prioritizing services can guarantee that. Net Neutrality destroys it.

No. Allowing the common carrier to run amok ensures that you will have no choice in VOIP carriers and you will be forced to use your local ISP which also happens to be the local physical monopoly.

This is about Verizon packets and Netflix packets being equal. If they want to prioritize one type of traffic, then they need to do it for EVERYONE.

If you're a sheepish rube, then it shouldn't only be your VOIP packets that get through. Mine also should benefit from the same QoS policy even if I choose to treat my local physical monopoly strictly as a common carrier.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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Re: Precedent-setting by the overseers...

...as if I already didn't have plenty of reasons to stay out of the local movie theater.

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Swatting flies with a shotgun.

It was a real "Judge Dredd" style of over reaction. The guy should have just been asked to leave.

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Re: Actually old boy,

>>"Thomas Jefferson was an American."

>>>He was British and a traitor.

>>>>No, he was fully American: born and raised in Virginia.

.> .. and that made him British.

No. That made him a Virginian and he would have told you so.

That's something else that people tend to overlook about the States, the fact that we are distinct states. You would think the name would be a clue. Apparently not.

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Re: But... it is the USA...

> You know... the same place where property rights as so sacred that it is considered acceptable in many states to kill a person with a gun i

No. You can be shot for committing the violent act of burglary. The notion of "home invasion" being a crime of violence is an idea that we inherited from that country that founded our original colonies.

It's not about "stuff". It's about being enough of a man that there's a place you don't have to retreat from.

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TiVo: Yes we've axed staff, but we're NOT packing in hardware biz

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Re: They might be able to refocus on cord-cutters

> I am well aware that I could build my own HTPC that would also have DVR capabilities, but I have other hobbies that are more rewarding for me.

The idea of an HTPC is not for it to be a pet. The idea of an HTPC is for it to be a custom appliance. You set it up and pretty much forget about it.

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Judge shoots down Oracle's Solaris support 'trafficking' claim

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Re: Oh the irony

It's perfectly comparable. Being the original manufacturer doesn't mean that you can claim exclusive rights to service end user devices. In classic form, this software robber baron is trying to claim rights it doesn't really have. It's trying to lay claim things to things it would be laughed at for suggesting with actual property (as opposed to imaginary property).

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