* Posts by FIA

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: Thought Experiment

If I were to write an app and licence it under the Apache licence, Google could take it, add a small proprietary extension of their own that made it incompatible with mine, and release it binary-only, refusing any request for Source Code. They would still be complying with the letter of the licence, even if not the spirit.

Why would they not be complying with the spirit? Surely the reasons for using things like BSD or Apache licences is because the requirement to open source derivitives isn't a factor? If the continued open sourcing of derivitives is important then use the GPL; otherwise use one of the others.

I will accept though there have been some projects over the years that have missed this distinction; Intending to licence their project in a way that future contributions should always be fed back but picking a licence that actually allows this not to happen. WINE would be the obvious example.

But then I never quite understand why people will spend a large amount of time writing software, but seeminly little time considering how they licence it and the future implications of this decision.

There's a definate difference between open source and Open Source. One's where you get the words that make your software, the other's a movement. (Three part harmony entirely optional).

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US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

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Re: -1 for the disparaging comment...

Was going to upvote, then read the last paragraph

Genuine question, what did you find disparaging?

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Linux-fight! Dev's plan to bundle kernel patches sparks debate

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Re: Good on him

WRT the fuss on the Linux mailing list, it is bizarre why anyone would even dream of slagging the effort. All he's doing is exercising the rights granted by the GPL in a way that some (or indeed, quite a lot) people will find useful.

You've got to be very careful when messing around with religion, even branches of the same religions can often not see eye to eye. ;)

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: This isn't Nan friendly

If you want to be really old school: FORMAT c: /autotest

(add a /s if you're feeling nice. ;) )

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Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet

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Re: Question

Thank you both. :) That's much clearer now.

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Re: No magic bullet

I dunno, I think that root is enough, ...

It depends on the use case though. There are situations where the fairly course grained unix permission system just isn't suitable. For example, you may have a system where root needs to administer the actual computer, but you wouldn't want the root user to have full control over the system; for example you may have sensative information on there, which the systems administrator may not be authorised to read. In these situations you do need a permission system that can allow full control of the computer but not unrestricted access to everything.

The other problem arises that the other major OS that provides a decent hierachical fine grained permission system is NT, which unfortunatly got Windows grafted onto it (and all the historical baggage that came with it), and whilst, in theory, it has a much better more fine grained system for permissions, in reality it's complex and troublesom and very very easy to misconfigure; so many people simply don't bother. (Plus I suspect it's slightly broken as I've more than once had the 'effective permissions' dialog show me I should be able to access a file....)

The question "Why did Apple feel that root, administrator of the system, needed to be locked out"? Has not been answered.

Apple don't make 'computers' in the traditional IT sense, they make computers for consumers; and sometimes, in Apple's opinion (and I must confess having done many years of 'IT support' for friends it's an opinion I can sympathise with*), sometimes consumers need protecting from themselfs; whilst still being able to install software that requires system wide accesss.

If the person responsible for the system borks their computer or company server then that is something that they must deal with.

If the person responsible is a trained IT professional then absolutly, yes. But just as we let non trained mechanics drive cars, sometimes non IT professionals need or want to use computers. Apple is trying to minimise the amount of time these people spend calling Applecare, or negative fallout from the 'I didn't click on ANYTHING, it just BROKE' crowd. Had OSX been designed from the ground up it probably wouldn't have the concept of 'root' in the traditional sense, but it's an evolution of a 26 year old OS. (with it's roots much further back than that).

*Seriously; once had a friend who on finding an issue just started randomly deleting files in C:\WINDOWS that they 'didn't like the sound of'. It didn't fix the issue. :(

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Question

What does the &- do with the redirect?

...which creates a symbolic link to AppleKextExcludeList.kext's Info.plist from /dev/diskX, and then gets fsck_cs to work on /dev/diskX and pipe stdout to that linked Info.plist file, thus trashing it with garbage

I'm not sure this is correct, surely the ln symlinks the /dev/diskXX file to the file to destroy, which fsck then treats as a block device and writes to, trashing the file. But I don't understand the redirect, and my google fu has let me down. :(

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

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Re: @tony72 - Finally!

Small correction here: The Year of Linux Kernel on the Desktop. The rest is OK.

<pedant>

Erm, that /is/ Linux. The rest of the stuff is GNU, but everyone forgets that most of the time.

</pedant>

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

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Re: Yeah been there.

We could never look them in the eye again so I learnt my lesson to never go looking.

Which one?

<Gets coat>

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Stop whining, America: Your LTE makes Europe look slow

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Might be worth asking for a replacement SIM, I had similar problems; a new sim fixed it.

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Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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Re: This kind of crap is why I won't buy Apple products....

I can accept that perhaps the Lightning charger does a better job than a mini-USB charger.

It doesn't. It's just a regular USB charger, albeit better built than some of the really cheap stuff. It's the cable that's proprietry (and more expensive).

However, I feel like a chump that is being taken for granted when I shell out extra $$ for something that just seems more intentionally designed to drain my wallet rather than charge my phone.

Meh, I wouldn't worry about it too much. 'Apple stuff is more expensive' is just one of the decisions you've got to factor in when buying stuff. Some people are fine with it, some aren't. Horses for courses really.

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Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

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how did the drone's owner justify having it hover over someone's property?

He claims it never flew below 200ft.

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Google's YouTube Red deal: Sign, or we'll make you disappear

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Re: Subs service...for YouTube?

Though I read in TechCrunch that Disney has refused the new terms, so there's that. Disney might still leave their videos on YouTube without monetizing them (no ads shown), otherwise they will disappear.

As I understand it if you don't accept the new terms then your videos are automatically set to private. However Disney are probably big enough to object and not be ignored.

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Microsoft promises Clang for Windows in November Visual C++ update

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Re: Standards? From Micros~1?!?

By the way despite the waffly language of the article, Apple didn't create Clang/LLVM any more than they created Webkit. In both cases (and many others) they started using an already existing open source project.

LLVM was an existing open source project but I believe Apple did create clang.

Is it just me that finds this new Microsoft a bit scary and disturbing?? I'm not quite sure what they're gonna do next. It feels a bit like being given a cake by a serial killer.

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World finally ready for USB-bootable OS/2

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I don't think it's a problem any more, newer ones are built on NT technology.

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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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Re: Is there really anyone out there still browsing without an ad-blocker?

If there weren't, do you really think these ads would still exist?

…or even the sites themselves.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

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Re: Youtube?

I really don't understand why anyone would pay for a streaming service? Did I miss something?

If no one pays for the things they like then those things will go away.

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While AMD, Apple et al thrash around, chippery fat-cat TSMC is grinning all the way to the bank

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Re: Thrashing Around?

I believe it's called clickbait.

It used to be the Reg had to use wit, insightful reporting and a healthy dose of sarcasm to lure people in. Now it's just easier to mention Apple a lot.

It's a shame really. :(

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it's s till playing catch-up in the process game to such fabbing rivals as GlobalFoundries, Intel, and Samsung

Shouldn't that be: 'it's s till playing catch-up in the process game to such fabbing rivals as GlobalFoundries and Samsung, who are still playing catchup to Intel."?

As far as I'm aware Intel still have a pretty big process lead on all their rivals.

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Saudis go ape, detain Swedish monkeys at border

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Re: Pulling a Wikipedia?

No, this is a different picture - the one the US Copyright Office declared explicitly uncopyrightable on December 22, 2014. Sorry you missed that one old chap, do try to keep up!

...and of course the US copyright office has full and final juristiction over a British photographer working in Indonesia.

God bless America.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Apples values.

What does Apple have to do with device drivers for it?

Well, I assume you'd want your nice new vibrating touchpad to work? ;)

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Re: Apples values.

Not letting your device boot into a certain OS. This stinks,

They're not preventing you booting a certain OS, they've just decided not to write drivers for an operating system that was EOLd before the hardware was released. According to the linked apple support article they've not removed windows support from older machines, just not added it to newer machines. Which, considering it's probably a not insignificant cost to develop/test and support such drivers really isn't a huge deal.

and is just another reason, in the list of many, Apple is controlling, and only interested in spinning money.

That's how companies work; they make money. It's okay though, you can buy a laptop from another manufacturer and install what you like.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: Nice

How long before Apple invent this and sue Samsung for copying it?

Probably not that long at all....

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

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I heard it's going to be called the iPhone 6++good.

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: No need to be a dick.

"Year of the linux desktop? Not while ..." Microsoft maintain a monopoly on IT in the workplace and consumer focused computing increasingly moves to tablets and mobiles. (and Macs).

;)

Jobs was a dick and people still seem to like his shiny shiny.

Most non techie* desktop users don't even know who Linus is.

(*Aside: I really wanted to write 'techy' here, but I couldn't stop thinking of Mr Flibble).

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Google App Engine has THIRTY flaws, says researcher

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Re: Surprise!

There's a related MS story in the sidebar and the postbot got confused?

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

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Got that? When you select AT&T for your cellular data account, AT&T disables the Apple SIM's carrier-switching feature and grabs your iPad for good, and you'll need to pay Apple money to wriggle out of its clutches.

From the linked Ars article:

"An Apple customer service representative told Ars that Apple SIMs are available for free at Apple retail stores."

Or you could just use the free SIM from your new provider.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Handbags and gladrags

and the days of Apple releasing industry-leading tech are well and truly over.

Were they ever here?* Okay, they were the first phone manufacturer to do the high DPI screen thing, but IIRC the original iPhone had many things that were well behind the competition upon release. (No MMS, crap camera, no 3G).

Apple's strength have always been in design (industrial and UI). All that's happened is the pundits have gotten bored and stopped over hyping the shiny shiny.

(* although to be fair a second generation in house custom designed 64bit ARM CPU may possibly come close. ;) )

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Warmed over apple pie

It isn't just Apple that looks a little less miraculous today – the entire consumer electronics industry looks a bit tragic and battered

Isn't it more an issue of tech journalism, or at least the expectations of tech enthusiasts? We've been involved in an industry that has traditionally seen a frenetic pace of development. (especially if you're old enough to remember the early days of computing). And the fact is that this simply isn't the case any more, the tech industry is for the most part mature. I watched the iPhone presentation and was generally happy, but then again I expected incremental improvements to what came before, and that's largely what I got. (Although I do think the UI for apple pay seems quite well thought out, will be interesting to see it in action, and I thought the watch UI again was fairly well considered, although I'm not that interested in this segment, so can't really compare it to the competition with any authority).

The fact is desktop and laptop computers have been pretty much stagnant for about 10 years now feature wise (sure they're a bit faster and a bit thinner, but nothing really amazing), however this has been somewhat masked by the rise of the mobile platforms, but that too has now reached a point where improvements are incremental rather than revolutionary. This isn't anything to worry about, it's just a side effect of the transition from a developing industry to a largely developed one. (You don't see the motoring industry disappointed that each new car comes with the same old steering wheel and pedal arrangement for example).

Maybe as geeks we've been spoilt for too long, and just have to accept that the era of startling new tech innovation is largely over?

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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How would you do it?

Not like that.

But how would you do it? The donations model has proved time and again to be insufficient for funding large scale projects such as this. Also, Opera's move from their own renderer to a fork of another open source backend would suggest the pay model isn't really sustainable either.

Firefox is Free Software. It can be forked.

But any fork would still have to tackle the ongoing development of an up to date web browser, which is probably not feasible on a purely voluntary spare time basis, so would still require some kind of funding for the developer time?

This Sponsored Tiles idea is *so* bad that we will see large-scale adoption of IceWeasel. And then Mozilla will get *nothing*.

But then IceWeasel would have to change from being a modification of an existing codebase to a full on continuation of it.

Also, what is so bad about it? They're not forcing adverts down your throat, it's a tile on a rarely seen page? I've personally been using FF since the 0.6 days, and have never paid them a penny. If the continual development of a browser is conditional on me seeing a link for youtube in a page I barely ever look at then that's a price I'm happy to pay. Is it just some idealisitc objection that I genuinely don't understand? (While I accept I'm technically 'freeloading' I suspect my funding approach mirrors a large amount of FF users).

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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From the specs? It's just PC hardware, and a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Core i5 is a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Core i5 whether it comes in a box with a fruit themed sticker on, or not.

It's a laptop part in a desktop chassis though, so unlikely to be thermally constrained that much, and will probably spend a good portion of it's time at the 2.7GHz turbo frequency.

Plus 8gig is more than enough for the casual browsing and occasional light photo editing these things will mostly be bought for. I suspect they'll sell quite well.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Restraining order maybe?

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China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

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Re: Backwards

…unfortunately it's spell checker sucks.

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Microsoft's 'CEO of no' on Xbox: NO SALE

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Re: Good luck

Win XP/7/8 are the same thing with only the GUI changing,

Other than support for newer hardware interfaces, what else is there really to add? OSs have been pretty mature for a good while now.

PC laptops and desktops are soon to be history.

That's very doubtful. They're not growing at the rate they were in the late 90s early 2000s, and there'll be a certain amount of displacement in the (primarily consumption based) consumer area, but other than that they'll still be around, also most of these devices will continue to run Windows. (Inertia is a bitch).

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Toshiba pushes out 5TB spinner for cloudy types

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Aren't the 3.5" HGST drives Toshiba these days?

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Inventors: Feast your eyes on fuel cell tech that'll power up Internet of Thingies

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Mushroom

Re: Renewable?

Care to point at anything that says a hydrogen economy will be much much worse than an oil based one?

See icon.

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Nvidia CEO: Android 'the most disruptive operating system in decades'

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Re: Disruptive is a fair description

In what way ? The kernel mods have been submitted to the mainline kernel.

The kernel is Linux, which being GPL means the mods to that will always be available. However much of the higher level functions are being moved to the google play services. Which are closed source, leaving the existing open source components to stagnate. For example the launcher and SMS functionality in kitkat.

What are you saying ? That CyanogenMod can't run Android apps ?

No, not at all, however as more and more functionality is moved into closed source APIs that can't (legally) be used on non google approved devices the breadth of apps that run on those devices will decrease. For example Apis using mapping or locational functionality may find it harder to support non google approved forks. (Think mor Amazon and possibly in the future samsung).

Ars has a pretty good take on the issue here: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/

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Re: Disruptive is a fair description

[...]

Android: Anyone can port it to any CPU architecture that will support Linux. Heck, it even runs on Xilinx MicroBlaze.

That has completely shifted the powerbase of who gets to make decisions and who gets to play the game. That is surely the definition of "disruptive".

It's only really shifted the decision making to Google though. ;) An increasingly large portion of the core is being moved to a closed source code base, entirely under Google's control. Plus if you want to use android on a commercial scale you pretty much have to play by Google's rules. (Good luck getting hardware made for your Google free android fork.)

True there's notionally a completely open version available, however as more and more APIs become part of the closed source Google play code base good luck finding apps that'll run on it.

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Apple: Now that you've updated to iOS 7... YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK

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Re: FFS

"Serves them f'ing right for choosing to use Apple or MS rather than a freedomware option where they can play to their hearts' content."

I don't think freedom and choice mean quite what you think they mean.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: Why Not.

"I however love chocolate and I love android products"

But which one's better?? There's only one way to find out...

FIGHT!!!!

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Config management: Enemy of agile approach or the reason it WORKS?

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isn't it 'turn and face the strange'?

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British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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Re: News?

"So you can have your car driven by the wisdom of crowds?"

Where do you want to go today?

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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

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Re: Storage Crystals

"It's a FAAAKKKEEEE!"

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Galaxy S4 phondleslab selling like lukewarm cakes, analysts reckon

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Are Apple fans really that much different? I've always assumed that Apple's practice of releasing a new phone then an 'upgrade' the following year was mainly due to most people being on a 24 month contract; people either get the base model or the 'S' variant, then move up after 2 years.

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Lightspeed variable say intellectuels français

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...which might be testable with the help of new ultra-fast lasers.

They've finally worked out how to apply the grease to the light then?

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Torvalds asks 'Why do PC manufacturers even bother any more?'

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Re: Chromebook is doing what Surface was supposed to do...

Google releases Chromebook Pixel with much less fanfare. And wham, the greatest active operating system guru endorses it.

Andy Tanenbaum uses a Chrombook?? Wow. Must've missed that one,

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Introducing the Open Source Rookie of the Year... Whoa, it's Microsoft

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Re: Obvious troll is obvious.

"Apple is a big-time [abuser] of open source"

Fixed that for you.

Just ask BSD.

How is it abuse? They're doing exactly what the licence says they can? Not all open source follows the GPL ethos.

"The Berkeley license is a rather liberal license. All it requires is that the author of the work be given due credit for their creation, and that their name not be used to promote products based on their work. It allows free distribution, as long as the terms are followed, and also allows people to modify the work and not distribute it, if they so choose.[…]"[1]

[1] http://www.netbsd.org/about/redistribution.html

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Re: Link your code with some GPL code?

Actually, the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) was specifically designed to allow linking your code to GPL code without having to release your own code ...

<pedant>

The LGPL was designed to allow people to write code that could be linked to non GPL code whilst maintaining the 'change the code; release your changes' ethos of the GPL, but the code still has to be licenced under the LGPL, you can't just take a GPL licenced bit of code and link against it without your code becoming GPL too. For example the Qt framework is licenced as either LGPL or GPL3 allowing you to pick the most apropriate.

</pedant>

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'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

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Couldn't they just distribute the JVM DLL with their app, providing the option for customers to use the system wide installed one if required?

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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Re: BBC lefites

Privatise the BBC - it's just a Labour party propaganda machine, so clueless that it makes a puppet of this tw*t on a kids tv show.

They used a puppet resembling a well respected entertainer with a strong track record for charitable works, the programme was made ten years ago.

Have you ever heard them say anything bad about the EU? Or anything bad about Labour and the Unions for that matter?

Yes; many times.

...I've not watched TV for ten years but I read the media so have a fairly good impression of their bias from reliable sources,...

So unlike most people you don't tend to favour media that tends towards your own political leanings?

If you've not watched it for ten years why get so upset about it? I hope you don't listen to any if their radio output too. (I'm assuming you don't pay the licence fee after all).

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