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8 posts • joined 28 Feb 2009

Marc Andreessen: Edward Snowden is a 'textbook traitor'

CJ Hinke

<Andreessen said: "The Germans knew full well what was happening, the Brits knew full well what was happening. The Russians knew full well what was happening.>

Umm, what he really meant is that a handful of spooks in each country "knew" what was going on, probably compartmentalised so nobody had a complete picture. Perhaps surveillance took on a life of its own as components were imagined and added. This being government, its likely there was never a direct plan or even a big picture.

But it's sure "the Germans", "the Brits", "the Russians", meaning citizens in whose name the surveillance was accomplished, the taxpayers who paid the spooks, were never informed.

Frankly, Andreesen is the kind of right-wing dinosaur I want out of the tech industry. He ain't MY daddy!

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

CJ Hinke

Why settle for so little?!?

You guys missed the boat on this one. Bragging rights go to LaCie's 20TB 5big Thunderbolt drive or 15TB 5big USB 3.0 NAS using RAID-5.

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Hong Kong plans cavernous underground data centres

CJ Hinke

Safe from EMP?

A lot of people have been talking about an enormous EMP knocking out ALL infrastructure. This could be politically motivated but is far more likely to occur from a giant solar flare. Mankind's tech is simply not protected from an EMP event--it would send us back to the caves. (The last time this happened, in 1859, our highest tech was telegraph and that was knocked out!) I wonder if the HK boffins have considered that such underground storage could be EMP protected. Everything on the surface would still get fried, of course, but at least rebuilding might seem feasible if the underground infrastructure were intact. For the rest of us, there's going to be sopme amazing Auroras!

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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro range

CJ Hinke

Where are the 17-inchers?

Apple is making some crucial mistakes alienating high-end users. While it's true all the yupsters want small, light showoffs, power users want BIGGER and faster.

We need real estate! The only reason I'd ever buy an iPad Mini is if it can make voice calls. In fact, I'd adjust my wardrobe to Capt. Kangaroo pockets if iPad could make calls instead of only Skype.

Am I alone here???

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

CJ Hinke

In a word, LaCie

While I realise this article only reviewed four-bay NAS boxes, it missed the clear winner, by any standard. LaCie's 5big Network 2 NAS box comes with five 3TB disks. Flawless operation, plenty of ports, and only $1200 for 15TB.

Mine's full already! http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10485

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Japanese gov makes Fukushima evac zone compulsory

CJ Hinke

Glow in the dark

Although I really do like therapeutic radium hotsprings, I'm not sure what the Reg's agenda is over this issue.

Here at Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT), we rely on the Reg for some news about free expression. They do a great job.

However, they are out to lunch on the nuclear issue. Fukushima is an unprecedented global disaster. It doesn't need apologists. The folks at the Reg may wish to glow in the dark but they have no right to force the rest of us into fallout shelters.

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Google (Voice) solves universal translation soonish

CJ Hinke

All Thai-ed up!

Unfortunately, Google Translate is complete crap when dealing with Thai language, both in and out of English. It even tries to translate proper names rather than transliterating!

We don't know if this problem is universal to non-Roman text languages.

Thai is notorious difficult but we don't think it's more troublesome than, say, Devanagiri, Chinese or Farsi. Anyone?

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Apple squeezes JavaScript juice from Safari 4 beta release

CJ Hinke

Safari 4? DON'T!

Being a reckless early adopter type, I installed Apple's beta Safari 4 on my PPC PowerBook G4.

INSTALLING SAFARI 4 WILL DELETE ALL YOUR SAFARI 3 BOOKMARKS! (Luckily, I'd made a backup. ~/Library/Safari)

I did not notice much of a speed improvement, if any, but, then again, I'm not a big streaming guy.

What I did notice what a HUGE design flaw. Tabs now open at the TOP of the Safari 4 window.

Any 4 year old can tell you that a computer user moves and adjusts windows at the top. Having your tabs up there means you're always clicking them opening or, worse, hitting the X and losing the page.

Apple, new does not mean better! I switched back to Safari 3.

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