* Posts by Quxy

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Gartner: Ultrabooks aren't tickling anyone's fancy

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Depends upon your show

If you're an average consumer, sure, WiFi is usually fine. But if you're doing system administration or network troubleshooting (as I imagine a large portion of El Reg readers do), the size and portability of the MacBook Air is wonderful, but the lack of a true low-latency Ethernet interface makes it unusable.

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Still not up to MacBook Air build quality...

...but at least Toshiba and Lenovo include an Ethernet port. The MacBook Air runs Linux wonderfully, but Apple's stubborn refusal to include a wired network port has always been a complete show-stopper.

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OLPC shows off XO 3 tablet running Android or Linux

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Negroponte lost my respect four years ago

I was an active supporter of OLPC until it became clear that education wasn't Nicholas' primary objective for the project. I fear that Ivan Krstić's "Sic Transit Gloria Laptopi" blog entry is as relevant as ever.

http://radian.org/notebook/sic-transit-gloria-laptopi

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'Mainstream media' mute in SOPA piracy debate

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Sure, MMfA has an agenda...

..but this is clearly a case of reporting the facts -- the progressive media have been as silent on SOPA as have the right wing news and talk shows. I thought that the MMfA report was remarkably restrained in avoiding any partisan commentary.

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Microsoft's master stroke: Pay store staff per WinPhone sold

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Linux

"Ballmerian uber-incompetence"

And this is a problem... why? Doesn't everyone like to watch train wrecks?

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

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@Grease Monkey

Yeah, that was my point. Selling off ISS was the death knell for what remained of Kodak, since it was the only viable business they had.

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Did.

They sold off that division two months ago.

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Kodak already sold off the image sensor technology

The article failed to mention that Kodak sold off its last viable business -- Image Sensor Solutions -- two months ago. Since that was the one and only technology Kodak still had going for them, that was the point when the industry realised that Kodak was really and truly dead.

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Study finds piracy withering against legal alternatives

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Yep

I buy plenty of ebooks and audiobooks; but before doing so, I make sure that they're either DRM-free or use a DRM format that I can remove (I suspect that if Adobe finally updates ADEPT, ebook sales are going to plummet).

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Boycott forces Go Daddy U-turn on anti-piracy law backing

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FAIL

Indeed... no evidence of change

This is simply damage control; there is no evidence that GD has stopped supporting SOPA.

After all, they have three years of collaboration invested in it, and they stand to benefit from its passage. Even the latest weasel words from the CEO make that clear: "Getting [SOPA] right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the internet community supports it." Replace the last phrase with "when the internet community forgets about it" and you've got the truth.

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Go Daddy boycott threat for backing hated anti-piracy law

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FAIL

Not backpedalling, just waiting for things to quiet down

They've been working with Congresscritters for some three years to draft SOPA, so they're not really backpedalling. This is just a matter of waiting until the hue and cry dies down, to allow the bill to be introduced quietly: "Getting [SOPA] right is worth the wait... as a company that is all about innovation, with our own technology and in support of our customers, Go Daddy is rooted in the idea of First Amendment Rights and believes 100 percent that the Internet is a key engine for our new economy," weaseled [GoDaddy CEO].

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Devil

GoDaddy's shoddy service,...

...deceptive TOS, and scummy marketing tactics were already plenty of reasons for any knowledgeable sysadmin to avoid them. Who needs another to boycott them?

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Second US Navy robot stealth bomber takes flight

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FAIL

No nerds required

This generation of UAVs is more T3 than Revenge of the Nerds. Didn't you read the blurb?

"The X-47B is a computer-controlled unmanned aircraft system that takes off, flies a preprogrammed mission, and then returns to base ... The operator ... does not fly it via remote control."

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Poll: One in six interrupt bonking to answer mobile

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WTF?

"Use your phone instead of the TV"

WTF? Since when did watching TV stop being an anti-social activity?

At least when you use your phone there's a good chance that you're interacting with other humans instead of mindlessly absorbing whatever sludge is being pushed at you through the boob tube.

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Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

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WTF?

@resorting to shell

And 'resorting to the shell' is bad because...?

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WTF?

@Love of Apple?

Erm... As should have been clear from the icon, I'm a *NIX user, not a Mac fanboi. The two previous comments simply confirm my hunches about Windows UI design decisions.

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Linux

@Why are FOSSers inclined toward Apple?

Simple -- it's because OSX works.

I may feel guilty when I sit down in front of a Mac, but at least it's easy to make the machine do what I want -- unlike Windows, which inevitably sends me into a frustrated fit of rage after half an hour of unsuccessfully trying to get it to stably perform what should be the simplest tasks...

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Apple TV owners lost legal movie playback this weekend

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WTF?

Downvotes?

What, pray tell is your defence of DRM? Do enlighten us.

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Microsoft to skim Samsung Android takings

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"Authorities are primarily put in place to serve individuals"

Eh? Not in the Corporate States of America, they're not...

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GM OnStar cars will upload all data unless owners opt out

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@Remove the fuse

Sorry, they spotted that flaw. Newer GM vehicles wire it to circuits shared by other electronics systems. Best thing to do is to locate the telematics unit (you're not going to find that without the dealer service manual) and remove it.

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It's worse than you describe

OnStar has granted themselves the right to collect this information “for any purpose, at any time, provided that following collection of such location and speed information identifiable to your Vehicle, it is shared only on an anonymized basis.”

And as we've seen, there's no such thing as anonymised GPS data: if your car is consistently parked at your home, it's pretty obvious where you live; and pretty easy to figure out who who are from that. This combination of pin-point accuracy, and their prospective customers (law enforcement, marketers, etc.) makes this data collection and resale very disturbing.

http://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=1270

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Stallman: Android evil, Apple and Microsoft worse

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Headmaster

No contradiction here

Someone wants the source code for some feature of Android. When the code is not forthcoming, they allege a GPL violation. But because the code in question is actually covered by ASF, there is in fact no violation of anything.

I think that RMS explained it clearly enough (i.e. the allegations derive from a misunderstanding of the licences), and Gavin understood his explanation.

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Blue Screen of Death gets makeover for Windows 8

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However pretty the occasional error screen...

...W8 will continue to be as annoying as ever when it forces you to reboot the tablet after every new application you install.

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Anti-gay bus baron rages at being stuffed in Google closet

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Trollface

And sure enough...

... when I type "Anonymous Coward" into Google, there's absolutely no link to your personal website. *Censorship*, I say!

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Microsoft delivers 'copy Apple' Windows 8 message

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WTF?

"the most ergonomic, fast, and powerful ways"

Um, since when has Microsoft ever been concerned with *those* criteria?

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Nokia's cheapies strategy bombs

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Trollface

Microsoft wellies?

*Shudder*

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'Meltdown Monday' Anonymous hackers leak military mails

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FAIL

@ Not a Godwin issue

Only if you believe that you believe that juvenile mischief by script kiddies is in any way comparable to suicide bombers blowing up children. Personally, I find it to be an inappropriate hyperbolic comparison, an offensive disregard for the people actually being killed by real terrorists, and a dangerous boost to the ego of "hacktivists".

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FAIL

Godwin's law needs an update...

Perhaps something along the lines of "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving al-Qaeda approaches 1."

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Teenager tries to trade virginity for iPhone

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Boffin

Easy enough to find...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1CKB-bSalI

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Apple, Google, Microsoft seek gargantuan tax break

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Coat

As Abraham Lincoln said...

"...we here resolve that these taxes shall not have been paid in vain - that this nation, under greed, shall have a new birth of capitalism - and that government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations, shall not perish from the earth."

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Apple purges drunk-driving apps

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Childcatcher

DUI is apparently like child pornography...

...simply repeating the "for the sake of the children" mantra makes almost any political action publicly acceptable.

In fact, most States that operate DUI sobriety checkpoints legally require that these checkpoints "must be publicly advertised prior to the date of the roadblock and clearly visible to approaching drivers". Courts in California (one of the prime markets for these "drink-driving apps") have established that "with respect to advertising, law enforcement websites, local newspapers, or news stations shall report the upcoming checkpoint about a week prior to its operation".

The point of the political pressure on Apple is that because these checkpoints are widely used as fishing expeditions for non-DUI offences, the "publicly advertised" requirement is inconvenient for law enforcement organisations and political groups with particular enforcement agendas (e.g. illegal immigration). Painting this as "anti-drink-driving" is simply an effective way to avoid public criticism.

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Google acting as a 'political tool', says China

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"Political tool"?

Apparently Chinese politicians don't understand that in the USA, the big corporations control the government, not the other way round ...

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Steve Ballmer window-dresses Windows 8

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Boffin

It was just such an improvement

It's because XP was the first version of MS WIndows that was genuinely usable in a professional networked computing environment. (No, I refuse to give that honour to NT4, given its terrible hardware support and general unfriendliness.)

Sure, today XP seems awfully outdated next to modern Ubuntu or RedHat installations. But to be fair, it held up much better in comparison ten years ago. And it was just such a relief to those of us forced to use Windows...

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Norway's military computers targeted in serious attack

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FAIL

"Serious attack"?

About 100 military employees receive an email with a Windows trojan attached, and this qualifies as a serious computer attack?

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Intel rewrites 'inadequate' roadmap, 'reinvents' PC

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Joke

"Twice the rate of Moore's Law"?

Still won't keep up with the resource demand in new Windows releases...

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Otellini: ARM servers 'ain't gonna work'

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"Legacy"?

It's a friggin server, for heaven's sake. James' and Microsoft's argument that "but, but... it won't run legacy applications" is almost completely irrelevant in this context, unless you're talking about IIS or some other proprietary non-mainstream environment.

If the architecture performs well with a typical LAMP stack, that alone makes it suitable for quite a large percentage of server applications, and would by itself make ARM Holdings quite happy.

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Welshman attempts to board train with pony

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Joke

Ended up taking the X94 bus...

...they have pony racks on them.

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Microsoft waves CentOS club at Red Hat

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Joke

"Set of weals"?

Floggings will continue until market share improves...

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Hack attacks on US could spark military action

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Jack Sparrow?

No, he doesn't like Jack -- Jack doesn't pay as well as Barbossa!

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FAIL

"And don't even get me started about movie pirates"...

...the MPAA^H^H^H^H Obama Administration spokesman went on to say.

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Council of Europe wants to maintain net neutrality

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Joke

What is WITH these people?

Is NO ONE consulting with Andrew Orlowski before they make these pronouncements?

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Official: Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5bn

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No... we don't TRUST Microsoft

Those of us who have been in the industry as long as Microsoft know full well that there is not a single product or service that Microsoft has acquired which they haven't crippled, gutted, or turned to absolute crap within 18 months. Not one! And while those of us who have (more or less) happily used Skype for years don't know exactly _what_ Microsoft will do to it, we know that it won't be good for anyone but (possibly) Microsoft stockholders.

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@3rd party clients

Do you REALLY need to ask that question? How long have you been around the industry?

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Coat

Priceless Steinway?

“Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world.”

Not any more!

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New York attorney general escalates Sony attack probe

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The probe won't last long

Sony has enough friends ($$$) in Congress that they'll be able to call off Schneiderman and the other guard dogs quickly enough, and set the FBI and DHS on the trail of the Real Criminals.

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Nokia touted Meego to rivals, but nobody wanted to know

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Innovate?

Regardless of whether Elop is a MS stooge or not, innovation is explicitly NOT part of his roadmap for the company. His charter is increasing market share and revenue, and he'll gut R&D if that's what it takes. It's hard to guess where Nokia will be in four years, but we can be pretty sure that the technical innovation that was once the hallmark of the company is now gone forever.

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Assange: Facebook a ‘spying machine’

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Black Helicopters

St Julian may be batshit...

...but he's probably right about Facebook. Just remember, kids, friends don't let friends use Facebook!

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Memo gives full details of Nokia staff cull and closures

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Good time to be a Chinese engineer

Only a matter of a couple of years before Nokia moves smartphone design to the expanded Beijing site too. After all, Microsoft will be doing all of the difficult software development, right?

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Cops raid man whose Wi-Fi was used to download child porn

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FAIL

Re: Err...

You're missing the point.

This isn't about trying to hide your kiddy pr0n, it's about trying to avoid getting busted and having your life permanently ruined for something you didn't do. My point is that if you don't have the ability and inclination to secure your wifi extremely well, it might be safer to create plausible deniability.

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Ah, so you MUST be guilty!

No reason to look for anyone else who might have used your wifi, as you've assured us that it's absolutely impregnable. Lock him up!

Seriously, though, this is a situation where "pretty good" security might very well be more dangerous than none. If you're not using WPA2 and "a password that makes people cry if you ask them to read it to you", you're probably at less risk (from this threat) if you just leave your wifi open.

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