* Posts by VoodooTrucker

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Laser

Fortunately, now you can get a $400 laser printer that kicks the shit out of the $100 Inkjet, and saves you that money back in a couple years.

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Firefox 'death sentence' threat to TeliaSonera over gov spy claims

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FAIL

To the posters who don't seem to "get" this...

It isn't the particular country or what they did that is of issue. It is that Telia violated the trust of the certificate system, and as such they should not be allowed to be part of it.

Mozilla maintains a list of companies they trust to secure your network traffic. If Mozilla finds that one of these companies has a practice of issuing fraudulent (not for the actual party listed on the cert) certificates, then how on earth could Mozilla keep that company in their list of "trusted" certificate authorities?

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CAs

If you are a certificate authority, you have *one job*, which is to ensure that certificates accurately match who owns them. If this company falsified a certificate, for anyone, then they have violated the trust which is their product, and have no right to be in business, or to be trusted by anyone.

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

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Full HD is bullshit. Down-vote.

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Nvidia heralds Steam for Linux debut with 'double-speed' drivers

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Re: Framerate

Thanks AC, makes sense.

Can triple buffering achieve the best result then? e.g: the back buffer is always "dirty" (being painted), when the paint is complete it swaps to the middle buffer, then when vsync hits, it gets swapped to front?

This way frames could be rendered as often as possible, but tearing could still be eliminated. Is it only with double buffering that the whole process has to slow down to 60fps? It seems like if you draw to the monitor more than 60fps, the result would be a not-very-useful situation where different vertical slices of several different frames are displayed to the user. Does it help play-ability to have your head being 15ms old, your torso being 10ms old, and your feet being 5ms old?

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WTF?

Framerate

If properly designed, the physics world clock rate should be independent of framerate, and framerate should be tied to vsync.

i.e. Take input all the time, process the physics as best your time slot allows, then when you get an event from the monitor saying it is about to draw another frame, flip the buffers and render another frame to the back buffer, then go back to computing the physics. You could slightly improve this technique by keeping track of how long it takes to render a frame (interval X), then wait until vsync-X to start your render.

The point being, you could use all that time you spent rendering dropped frames to work on physics, and you'd have a better overall user experience.

I have no idea whether existing games are optimized along these lines, so maybe FPS does matter, because they aren't programmed right.

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Win a monster laptop

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FAIL

A 17" laptop with a 900 pixel display is a paper weight.

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Dell uncloaks trio of muscular mobile workstations

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FAIL

Display sucks

I've had to get a MacBook Pro to run Linux, since Dell doesn't offer any high res displays any more. I'll go back when they do...

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Laptop computers are crap

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WTF?

Dell Precision M6500

answers most of these complaints:

* 1600x1200 wuxga

* Keyboard + num pad

* Two drive bays

The only problem? You can't get it with the WUXGA display anymore. In fact the only laptop above 1024 lines of resolution now is the MacBook Pro 17"

WTF is with this trend of selling business laptops designed for watching "HD" movies?

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Florida man 'fesses to naked Scarlett Johansson outrage

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WTF?

They should prosecute the email service for undermining a secure password with insecure reset questions...

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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God I hate you Andy...

But the articles you allow us to comment on... well, they almost redeem you!

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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

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Cheers MS...

It was a pleasure knowing you. Xubuntu is free and does what I want...

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Hackers spunk 'pcAnywhere source' after negotiation breakdown

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FAIL

So the US Gov...

was offering to buy off "terrorists" so that they could tell users that the Symantec compromise didn't happen, giving them a false sense of security and keeping them *more* vulnerable?

Government, free-market, LEO, comp sec, transparency, all FAIL.

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webOS daddy Jon Rubinstein exits HP

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FAIL

Reading the news nowadays

is like reading a bad Ayn Rand novel:

"incompetent heads of large corporations bribe government to favor them while they promote their bumbling idiot friends and drive the true talent underground."

Also seems like we're approaching a similar fate. Now where is that town in Colorado where we can all go to be free? Can't seem to find it on my map...

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Intel issues dividend, Apple sits on $97.6bn

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Not paying dividends is one of the factors

that causes the boom / bust cycle in the stock market.

srsly, what is the point of owning "shares" in a company if you don't get to share the profit? Speculation, that is the only reason, which means either Apple share price has to go up forever... or its shareholders are suckers and the stock market is a roulette wheel.

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Boffins quarrel over ridding world of leap seconds

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Unix time

Seems pretty clear you should never adjust unix time, but rather adjust the time zone data used to turn it into yyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.

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Five things that knocked CES 2012 for six

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Where are the ARM Laptops

I lookup ARM Laptop or "Ubuntu Laptop" on Google news, I get stories going back for at least two years talking about how they will ship "next quarter", yet I still can't seem to buy an ARM laptop at newegg. wtf is taking so long?

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Micro-mech chips to free phones from 'grip of death'

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Competition

The plethora of frequencies emerging looked like it would mean that every phone would likely be tied to just one carrier - perhaps this is the saving grace that will continue to allow phone portability, and therefor wireless competition.

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Official: The smartphones that suck much more than others

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Charge by the MB... and let the market sort it out

Of course, for that to be effective, we are going to need to enforce that cell phones are unlocked and truly portable to any carrier. We also need to have enough cell phone companies to make sure they can't collude. And we also need tight consumer controls for data - people should be notified if they (or their kids) will go over a preset limit.

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Apple said to threaten legal action over Steve Jobs doll

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Does apple own the rights to Job's estate?

Did they trademark his name? I don't see any Apple logo's on the doll. I'm confused. Are there any grounds here? Is it a special case for persons of high status or recognition within a company?

Hopefully my employer can't steal my posthumous likeness, just because I worked for them before death.

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US spy drone hijacked with GPS spoof hack, report says

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Replay attack

I doubt encryption matters here. You just fly an awacs-like plane above the drone. Your plane receives the GPS signals, gradually adds a slight delay, then retransmits them down to the drone, except amplified. Once you have a sufficient buffer build up, you can either speed up or slow down the streams from each satellite by mere picoseconds, and trick the drone into believing it is where its not. All you need is a buffered repeater radio, a lot of planning, and some tricky math.

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SCADA vuln imperils critical infrastructure, feds warn

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Exploration

“I really don't know if the [device] is a release valve, an input valve, or a lightbulb.”

Unless, once in, you access the SharePoint server with PDF diagrams of the system.

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Winamp mends trio of old-school security holes

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Songbird

Winamp refugees, try Songbird.

http://getsongbird.com/

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US Senator demands answers from Carrier IQ

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FAIL

Carriers too

I hope this expands to the carriers - the real culprits here. Yes, they have the legal authority to monitor their network, but they can do that already without putting a rootkit on *your* phone.

From the video:

1) CarrierIQ logs form data submitted over HTTPS pages (i.e. bank passwords)

2) It logs traffic sent over *your* WIFI network

3) It continues logging and possibly reporting back to the carrier even after you cancel your service

These have nothing to do with legal monitoring that the carriers are allowed to do. This has everything to do with wiretapping - which means someone needs to go to jail, if found to be true.

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Fahrenheit 451 published as Bradbury finally succumbs to ebooks

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FAIL

"Try burning bytes, fireman Montag"

You don't even have to. You just revoke people's DRM keys.

Or better yet, why burn at all? Just silently replace the words in the book with more politically correct ones.

You could gradually rewrite all the classics to support your particular government.

"We have always been at war with Eurasia, see it says so right here on my nook!"

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The End of Free: Web 2.0 will squeeze punters rotten

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Agree with most...

Everyone seems to have forgotten about business, but charging for services will make a comeback, and when it does, it will straiten a lot of this out.

That said, "how much punters are willing to pay" won't have much to do with the price of the service. Punters would give their lives for a supply of water or food, but those things are still relatively cheap.

Just because people say they are willing to pay ten billion quid or whatever doesn't mean that services can just start charging that much. Competition would spring up and prices would come down to approach how much service delivery costs, not what people say they will pay.

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Open-source skills best hope for landing a good job

VoodooTrucker
Linux

As a recovering Microsoftie

I have to say FOSS is a breath of fresh air.

Example: SQL Server comes on a DVD, can take almost an hour to install, requires service packs & updates, and costs thousands of dollars for the privilege. MySQL does 99% of what MS SQL does, in a 30MB download and a 5 minute install - for free.

It isn't really about the cost (a few grand in license fees can work out to only a small fraction of labor costs), it is more a question of when simple & cheap beats powerful but bloated.

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Ubuntu republic riven by damaging civil wars

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Xubuntu for the win

Very logical, hierachical menus, fast, simple. Its like Ubuntu for grown ups.

The new batch of UI designers forgot all the lessons of old:

http://www.jnd.org/dn.mss/gestural_interfaces_a_step_backwards_in_usability_6.html

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Hey, Music Industry. You're suing the wrong people

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WTF?

@david wilson

I don't understand what you are suggesting? People should not be allowed to buy jeans and resell them? We abolish the right of resale? If so, why keep the right of "first sale"? If you don't believe in property rights, then why are you offended by people downloading songs in the first place?

Yes, the labels are free to sell their music at any price in any market. And importers are free to resell at any price they want - which is why the ideas that the Economist is suggesting will fail - unless they also add some extra enforcement mechanism to prevent the Indian middleman from asserting his property rights.

I'm dumbfounded as to how you call them "grey" importers anyway! As if asserting your right-of-resale is somehow a crime.

Also - advertising campaigns don't *create value*, so you can't be "parasitic" by profiting from them. You can only return the market to the real value of the product, i.e. production cost + X%.

Liberals want everything for free, and conservatives want the government to force people to buy their stuff - am I the last free-market guy left?

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FAIL

Utter bullshit

If you have one product, you must sell it for one price - period. Otherwise entrepreneurs in India will buy 1000 of the album for 10 rupees and ship it to the US and sell it for $10 - and here's the kicker: THATS HOW IT SHOULD BE!

If you want to prevent that, then you have to control the supply chain, and kneecap (or sue) the poor Indian man taking advantage of the market. That is called racketeering, and that is what gave us region codes!

Utter f*sking b*llocks!

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ASA bitchslaps Motorola on 'most powerful' Atrix boast

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Re: Not sure

You shouldn't be able to say things in ads you can't back up. So this is a nonsense claim that doesn't mean anything, right? Well then you can't prove it and you should get fined for saying it.

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NAB digs in to fight Congressional land grab

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F*CK NAB

And illegal leases of public spectrum in perpetuity. TV is a wasteland, there is nothing good on there and everyone gets their TV from Cable & Satellite. Most of the channels are empty white-space.

That said, also f*ck cell phone companies and their eternal leases. Lets expropriate that spectrum and start looking at unlicensed options. When cellular phones first came out, they needed blocks of frequencies, but now they could negotiate packet delivery without a central authority.

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Atlantis computer goes down: Fixed by 'nauts

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Meh

"Times change, but acheivements do not."

I think that pretty much sums up the good and bad in the article.

Good: 40 years ago a dream team of the worlds best engineers did something really amazing.

Bad: 40 years later they are all retired or dead, and the nation is now so lame that it may never do anything that great again.

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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You will be missed

Good luck at your next gig!

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Miracle Aliens-style indoor comms built for firefighters

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Boffin

in building GPS

Telecom, telemetry, and mesh go surprisingly well together. In GPS the receiver measures the relative distance to each satellite. Mesh networks can do the same, except with other mesh nodes. Although I'm not sure if a bunch of firemen running through narrow corridors of a building would provide good geometry, and presumably the number of nodes would need to quadruple to provide location + coms.

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Web authentication authority suffers security breach

VoodooTrucker
Linux

Easy fix

IE, FF, Chrome: drop trust for this authority... permanently! Seriously, that is their only job, if they can't protect themselves, what are they good for? Also, why does everything trust 50-100 different authorities?

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Programmers urged to code with their tootsies

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Devil

Eye tracking

If you want to increase tactile productivity, the best things you can do are get a one-handed keyboard, or better but far more expensive eye tracking kit. Most data entry time in programming is spent moving your hand from the mouse to the keyboard, and having to reacquire the keys.

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Motorola Atrix dual-core Android smartphone

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FAIL

Screwed it up...

1) Its Motorola

2) Locked down boot loader

3) Cripled Ubuntu

4) Proprietary dock

Try again, and do it right:

1) Full Ubuntu, on HDMI out, without special connector

2) Bluetooth keyboard and mouse

3) Unlocked bootloader, modder friendly

4) Updates

5) No proprietary connector, dock

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US bill would make concealing data breaches a crime

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FAIL

Tired of password reuse and non-hashing

Solution: mobile phone based public key security.

1. Android app to generate public/private key pair on your phone

2. Store the private key in a secure area on the SIM

3. NFC enable phones to sign transactions

4. Add NFC readers to PCs and POS terminals

5. Add a thumbprint reader to phones like the Atrix already has

6. Pay for things at the super marker, and log into gmail via the same secure method

RSA never has access to your private key, no one can forget to hash your password, replay attacks are over, public keys can be blacklisted over the web when a phone is lost. C'mon guys, it isn't that difficult!!!

Why did RSA have a central database of seed values anyway? The only purpose I can think of is to spy on their clients (possibly on behalf of the USG)

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Google pits C++ against Java, Scala, and Go

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FAIL

Lost the plot

I stopped programming in C++ when I switched to Windows programming. A simple "hello world" was at least 500 lines of code, and frameworks like MFC only complicated things further. To get anything done you had to code in VB6, which took away all the power. Then C# came out and it was a reasonable compromise. I'm now writing Java, Javascript, Flex, and a myriad of other languages, wishing they all just had the speed (and pointers) of C++ but with the libraries of C#.

I really think that is where they lost it (Microsoft anyway), in the complete mess of libraries. C#'s biggest advantage was not pointer abstraction or garbage collection, but a huge Java-like framework that let you do anything with a supporting class, from image codecs to network access.

I've seen LLVM, provably secure compilers, that company that has a hardware "VM" for Java, protected mode processors, etc. I am looking at it now going, "what the hell is so great about a VM you can't do in a real processor?"

C++ had its faults, but it wasn't the language, it was the libraries. Lets just circle back round to 20 years ago and catch up.

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Russian computer programmer buries himself alive

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IT Angle

Victim?

Also presumably the perpetrator?

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Data, not software, paves the road to riches

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FAIL

Data

Also... its not Data... as Mr. Core dump said... its *marketing data*, so, no difference there. You can make money two ways: sell a product (front-end) or sell ads (back-end).

Microsoft made a shitload of money selling products to consumers, but people got sick of paying high fees for the same stuff over and over, and piracy was too easy, so that model died. Salesforce.com makes a shitload of money *renting* software to people. Being a web-app, it is not so easy to pirate, so that model works.

Dell, IBM, HP, Apple sell hardware - also not easy to steal, and people *feel* like it is worth paying for, so they make the most money out of anyone!

Selling marketing data works too. But not nearly as well. Total revenue from PC + servers + phones: hudrends of billions! Dell, HP, IBM, HTC, Samsung, and so on. Total revenue from marketing data? Google + Facebook = $10 billion... maybe? Granted, at a higher profit margin, but not nearly enough to compensate.

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FAIL

You can't make money in SaaS?

You have to be kidding!

Okay, RedHat isn't worth much, not because they sell software, but because they fail to sell software - they sell support, which if they do a good job writing the software, no one will need! Its a crap business plan.

Google and Facebook do sell data, but have no sticking power. As Zuckerburg becomes more keep to sell, FB will get more ads, and go the way of MySpace.

Apple? What data to they have? (other than everyone's location =). They make money selling hardware - expensive hardware, which unlike software, people will pay for because you can't just copy it. That is why they have similiar market cap to Dell and IBM - because OF PHYSICAL HARDWARE, not ghostly web 2.0 data mumbo jumbo.

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Google Wallet phone-pay is coming - but how will it work?

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Terminator

How will it work?

That is the important question that I've never seen real detail on. Potentially:

* Generate a public / private key pair on your phone

* Your phone registers your public key with Google

* You log into a web-site and hook it up to your credit card, bank, etc

* The private key is stored in a secure section on your SIM card that Market apps can't access

* The POS system sends a request to your phone containing the entire receipt, a list of all the items, their values, tax, and all merchant info including their public key

* Your phone displays the receipt to you

* You confirm by swiping your thumb across the Atrix thumb scanner

* Your phone signs the transaction and responds

* The merchant validates your public key against Google's DB to see if you have sufficiant funds, so they know you can pay

* Your phone uploads your transactions into quickbooks each night over WIFI

* You have total security and an effortless record for accounting and taxes

My bet on how it will actually look:

* You type your credit card number into your phone

* It gets stored in the file system unencrypted and accessible by any downloaded malware

* It will act just like an existing RFID credit card - i.e. it sends the number to any scanner within range, no encryption, no authentication, no verification.

* Merchants use the new system to transfer liability to you

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Steve Ballmer window-dresses Windows 8

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@nyelvmark

That was the funniest thing I have ever read. I appoint you king of the world.

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Researchers find irreparable flaw in popular CAPTCHAs

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Terminator

Turing test

I love it! After years of Turing contests, no one could make a computer act like a human, but in a few years, with financial incentive, spammers can write programs to read text and hear words that I can't even figure out!

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Comcast 'Tweetgate' apology thrown back in face

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FAIL

Good for them rejecting the offer

With all this publicity, they'll probably take in twice the donations from sympathetic readers. Plus they sent a clear message to Comcast that their "ain't their be-ach".

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Gates defends Ballmer's Skype gamble

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FAIL

Not-great

When non-techies buy tech companies, the result is always "not great"... especially when it comes to the evil genius owners of Skype, brilliant scam artists who not only managed to write a great program, but sell it for maximum profit... twice!

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Google won't open source fondleslab Android before 'year end'

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WTF?

Whats the deal with open source?

Can't GPL or whoever sue Google for this? And how does Mac use OSX which is based on Linux without opening the code?

I profess ignorance, would someone enlighten me how certain projects seem to thwart open source rules and not get sued?

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Dear Google and Facebook: You don't want Skype

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AT&T would never buy Skype...

it is there competition. If they did, it would be to shut it down. Dare I say it, with Skype quality since the eBay sale, perhaps it would be best for all. Also, both the Skype owners and the institution of AT&T seem to be control freaks, so it would be an interesting deal ;-)

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