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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Christopher E. Stith

Unfortunately there's some bad advice here.

I often find there are things two men who consider one another friends or pals will say to one another that would be vastly inappropriate to say to anyone else. So the standard of "would you say it to another man?" may be the wrong standard to recommend.

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

Christopher E. Stith
FAIL

St. Louis County police are not Ferguson city police. These are two different agencies. If their problem is with the city why are they messing with the outside agency helping the investigation?

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

Christopher E. Stith

Re: Countries Crossed

Mr. Putin counts 16:

England, France, Italy, Albania, Macedonia, Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia, Mongolia, China, North Korea, Japan, USA, Canada, Greenland, Holland, Denmark, and Sweden.

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Forgot About Dre? Not us. Euro bods give nod to Apple and Beats deal

Christopher E. Stith
Trollface

But Dre has the right to be forgotten in the EU.

Dre has the right to be forgotten in the EU, whatever that means. I doubt he'd want to be, though.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

Christopher E. Stith

Re: Terminology?

They aren't necessarily encouraging grandma to take up coding. They're encouraging high school and early college females to go into lifelong careers in the future. You know, those adolescent females who, being adolescent, are particularly not entirely adult and might sometimes be referred to by the word suggesting youth.

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ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

Christopher E. Stith

Re: I really think that the USA should think about what they are saying here.

I should think your naivete and that of the article's author would need to be pardoned. The ITC is an executive function with limited scope. This patent falls outside their scope for the reasons stated. The patent courts, a judiciary function, are not limited by the same scope.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Christopher E. Stith
Terminator

Re: Danger

For one thing, Google gets employees who can work during their commute without getting shouted down by San Francisco renters for putting them all on a shuttle bus. For another, they'll probably license the technology to any and all car manufacturers on a per-unit basis.

Third, and most important to this article, if you're not driving then it is safe to use the phone. You can talk on it, read from it, edit things on it, and otherwise use Google's software on it.

Fourth, you can spend more time that you're not using the phone or laptop to read targeted Google ads on video billboards.

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Christopher E. Stith
Joke

Re: Do tell...

Yes, because holding a phone or other camera steady long enough to get a clear picture of one moving car from another moving while driving is much safer than holding the phone to one's ear.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

Christopher E. Stith

Re: H2G2 style

Garbage chute to trading vessel, trading vessel to Tattooine, most of the junk to Watto's junk shop. The hand and light saber conveniently drop off the cart into the sand, or Watto finally dies or moves locations (how long do his type live?) and that gets left behind.

It's only fitting that the hand Anakin cut off of his son revisits the land of his slave home, right?

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

Christopher E. Stith

Re: My hopes are dashed

But what if Banana is on sale?

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'Disruptive innovation' is nonsense? Not ALWAYS, actually

Christopher E. Stith

Sorry, Bell Labs...

Sorry, Bell Labs...

It seems the laser, transistor, Unix, C, C++, Hamming codes, CCDs, wireless LANs, fiber optics, and 32-bit microprocessors were completely non-disruptive technologies. So much for your seven Nobel prizes and two Turing Awards.

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'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap

Christopher E. Stith

Re: Still, forking the code is good

GnuTLS an the Mozilla NSS are roughly similar, competing libraries to OpenSSL.

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

Christopher E. Stith

Re: we have always been rats in a cage

If you have a Facebook account you are the product. Their business model is to keep eyeballs on the site as much as possible so their advertisers can serve content to you. They advertise you to the consumer goods companies.

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App maker defends selling S.F. parking spots as a FREE SPEECH issue

Christopher E. Stith

If it was about information, it shouldn't be one to one.

Charge a monthly, weekly, or daily subscription to the service. Maybe have it ad-supported. Have all the open spaces shown to all the parking space seekers. That's how you sell the information without encouraging people to linger in a spot waiting for money.

Some small cut or a discount on the subscription could go to people who inform the system about opening spots. This would encourage sharing the information, but each space seeker has multiple options and the person leaving the space doesn't need to wait for a particular person. This would mean there's as much incentive to list the space as open no matter what, although less than the current situation. However, the cost to the seeker would also be lower, so overall participation should remain high.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

Christopher E. Stith

Expectations

With 40% of new firms started by women and 17% of technical degrees going to women, one might expect 7% or so of tech startups to be from women. Even with that low number, 2% is a significant departure from the raw numbers. Some sociology about what women and men value , statistically, in a career option might help make sense of this.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

Christopher E. Stith

Re: My network...

No, no, no. Blocking devices by MAC address is not the same as deep content inspection, classification, and filtering. A MAC address is presented to your network and easy to check. Lots of bog standard kit will allow and disallow specific MAC addresses, or assign them specific IP pools, or what have you. It's easy to automated. Knowing that the file someone is seeding to a torrent (maybe over SSL or TLS) is an underage porn pic or that the credit card information they just ordered from Amazon with (definitely over SSL or TLS) is from a purloined card are not even in the same conversation.

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HP reveals Apple-powered Android 'SlateBook'

Christopher E. Stith

Just bundle some circumaural USB Creative or Turtle Beach phones already.

Laptop speakers suck. You don't need to have a fancy soundcard and a preamp to your line out, either. Just put a cheap set of chirpy little things in it and bundle a decent $70 to $120 set of USB or Bluetooth headphones from someone who knows audio. Sennheiser, Polk Audio, JVC, Sony, Creative, Turtle Beach, and others are in these markets. There's no reason to go with cheaply designed up-priced Beats or for bright, brassy sounding Bose.

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DevOps is actually a thing – and people are willing to pay for it

Christopher E. Stith

The words in the title

The words abbreviated in the "DevOps" are "development" and "operations". In our organization it's a group of people with experience in development and experience in operations who bridge an all-important gap between the application developers and the systems administrators.

We standardize and automate system, application, backup, and monitoring deployment a lot to leverage the work of our systems admins. We also explain the hardware impacts of application code to the developers who sometimes forget, and explain to the systems staff why sometimes they do need to provision hefty hardware for a project that just can't be handled by less. We don't need to hire developers and make them administer systems or hire administrators and have them also write code, because we have a team specifically to bridge that gap.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

Christopher E. Stith

Re: Middle Button

Or paste for those of us willing to try the Linux drivers for that video card. Having paste on the middle button is wonderful.

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

Christopher E. Stith

Watch it twice.

Seriously, I don't rent often. I'll buy a DVD or Blu-Ray once in a while at the store when I'm already there for food, beer, and toiletries. I rarely buy a movie I won't watch more than once (still just $12 rather than $15.8 for streaming it twice). If I rent a DVD, it's from the RedBox across the street at the convenience store or at the same store as the food/beer/other. I can get some of my daily exercise and rent two or three discs at once.

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128-bit crypto scheme allegedly cracked in two hours

Christopher E. Stith

Re: New Uncrackable Crypto

Managing the pads is left as an exercise, but I have code for OTP encryption on my arm.

Archival Storage -- Perlmonks

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Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola

Christopher E. Stith

royalties on zero?

Microsoft can't really sue Google for royalties on a free OS. Google makes their money on ads and Play. Google could, if it wanted, sue Microsoft for systematic interference with its business if it wanted and thought it could prevail. I'm not sure who would prevail, but it seems Google hasn't decided it wants to do that.

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CSC: Brits, say hi to your new UK boss – say bye to 750 coworkers

Christopher E. Stith

They didn't say yet which staff they are cutting. As a US company I think someone else in the organization may have a basic grasp of the language. With a shortage of IT staff in the UK and a lot of CSC's work being in security and mercenary services I'd think letting other companies have a shot at a hot commodity might be welcome.

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

Christopher E. Stith

Re: David, you missed the point

Apparently do you not only not know how to using a milling machine. You also don't know that it's possible to mill plastic or that milling machines have been CNC-ready for years before at-home 3D printers. You can get a ready-made CNC tabletop mill for around the same price as a 3D printer. It's just subtractive shaping rather than additive. Here's one model: http://www.robotshop.com/sherline-5400a-cnc-tabletop-vertical-mill-package-1.html

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Anonymous/LulzSec chick-lit MP kid threat pooh-poohed

Christopher E. Stith
Facepalm

Who do they think "Anonymous" really is?

Anonymous as a group came up from the chan scene. It started as an in-joke as most posts are attributed anonymously. There's no membership card, no roster, and no party platform. That one or two "members" of what's barely an association of individuals might threaten violence is not a mystery.

These people have done everything from breaking into the computer networks of major nations to organizing groups of people to reportedly call a particular GameStop video games store and ask for a copy of the game Battletoads.

If one has a strong stomach and no fear of what is in one's browsing history and cache, one could take a look at http://boards.4chan.org/b/ and see the humble beginnings of the movement.

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Hobbyist killed by home-made hovercraft

Christopher E. Stith
Big Brother

allow no helmet, but require eye protection

In the US state of Illinois it is legal for those 18 years and older to decide not to wear a helmet on a motorcycle. It is still required by law to wear eye protection consisting of goggles, safety glasses, or sunglasses capable of deflecting insects, dust, etc. from the eyes without breaking and coming apart into the eyes. This is in the same state that recently expanded front-seat seatbelt laws to include all seats in the car, and that is the last US state not to have some sort of concealed handgun permit. So maybe there's something to this particular personal freedom.

There are actually arguments against helmets. One is that in lower-speed accidents unlikely to cause serious head injuries the extra weight can compound neck injuries. Another is that most helmets obstruct part of your vision or hearing so that you're more likely to be in an accident in the first place.

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Gamer claims complete console collection

Christopher E. Stith
Facepalm

almost complete list of his many missing systems

The red 3x3 was Merlin. It's already in the list of missing ones in an earlier comment.

Here' s a not qutie complete list of things missing from his complete list.

Besides the Atari 5200 that someone else mentioned, I noticed an even more egregious Atari omission. He has the 2600 but what about the original VCS from before it was sold by model number? There were six-switch and four-switch VCS models before the model number was ever prominent on the box.

Atari 2800 (Japanese only IIRC)?

I have an Intellivision. He doesn't. I don't have an Intellivision II, but neither does he.

I guess the Atari XL series, Atari Falcon, C64, C64c, C128, and Coleco Adam were too much general purpose computers to be on a list of consoles. Still, though, no Amiga CD32/Amiga CDTV? No C64gs? But he includes an MSX... Atari 400 was more console than computer, surely.

No Famicom or Super Famicom? No FC SuperTwin -- he has other clones, after all.

The standalone game consoles don't appear to include Pong, Atari StuntCycle, Coleco Telstar Combat... Atari Video Pinball?

Magnavox Odyssey s100 yes... Odyssey original? Odyssey 200? Odyssey 300? Odyssey 400? Odyssey 500? Odyssey 2000, 3000, 4000? Odyssey2?

Coleco Telstar? Coleco Telstar Classic? Telstar Alpha, Telster Colortron, Telstar Arcade, Telstar Gemini...?

Bally Professional Arcade?

Fairchild Channel F?

Zircon Channel F System II?

Vectrex has been widely mentioned...

Emerson Arcadia?

Coleco Gemini?

NEC Turbo Duo?

NES Model 2? Really? It's complete without that?

Sega Genesis 2? Sega CD? Genesis 32x? Sega CDX? Did I miss the $30 Genesis 3?

XavixPort?

Pong? Super Pong?

Wonder Wizard 7702?

RCA Studio 2?

I see the Flashback, but no Atari Flashback 2?

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Feds indict poker sites, seize domains

Christopher E. Stith
Thumb Up

it is well within US jurisdiction

When a US citizen in the US uses a US bank to do business in the US with a company doing business with US citizens within the US using a US bank to transfer funds, how the hell could any of you think that's outside US jurisdiction?

The FBI isn't saying they'll come shut down overseas poker sites for what they do overseas. They also are find with non-gambling sites in the US that really are only play money (even Yahoo has this).

What they don't want is online sites to pop up, go away, cheat people, and launder money with none of the regulations and inspections of the state-licensed casinos. I think they should reconsider licensing, regulating, and inspecting online casinos myself, but these sites that are trying to run outside the law are illegal for a reason.

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Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever

Christopher E. Stith
WTF?

Cangratulations on duplicating PM.

It's nice to see Ubuntu almost has OS/2's presentation manager only 20 years later. I must wonder, though, with all those billions if it would've just been faster and cheaper to buy eComStation and actually have all of OS/2 to open source. Oh, or maybe if the dock's the big feature someone should give the folks making WindowMaker and GNUStep a ring.

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Gosling blows lid off Jobs Java nonsense

Christopher E. Stith
Alert

Oracle just sued Google over having a competing Java tool set that isn't from Oracle.

Jobs and Co. spent their own time and money making Java programs on Mac look like Mac programs. Oracle has started suing people for doing things with Java that differentiate them from Oracle's bog-standard Java tools. Many of the cross-platform challenges Java was supposed to fix are now handled by GUI compatibility layers like wxWidgets anyway, with native GUI look and feel (wxWidgets itself does this on at least OS X, iPhone, Windows, Windows Mobile, Linux, OS/2, and embedded GTK+ from at least C++, Perl, Ruby, Python, .NET).

Apple is probably concerned not only that they are behind Oracle's release curve but that they are wasting effort. They may even be concerned that Oracle will eventually sue them for their effort at keeping Sun's baby alive on OS X in a way that Oracle wouldn't exactly approve.

I don't think much of Apple, but I think less of Oracle. This is a move I'd seriously consider at this point in time if I was distributing a Java system. Oracle is making a mess of the software landscape both commercial and open source, and against their calls for Sun to be more open and engaging before the buyout.

You can blame Apple for pulling support for Java all you want, but I blame Oracle.

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Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

Christopher E. Stith
FAIL

Blame Oracle

Everyone seems to link Apple deprecating their own Java version to not liking non-native apps and trying to kill Android for the benefit of the iPhone. Well, consider that Oracle just reversed years of Java policy of their own and of Sun's and decided to sue Google for developing Java that didn't exactly please Oracle. Perhaps Apple would rather have Oracle provide you with Java for the Mac than be sued by Oracle for providing it themselves.

Oracle's policies on Java, Solaris, MySQL, and pretty much everything else from Sun Microsystems is so far full of Fail.

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OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

Christopher E. Stith
Gates Horns

Tune in at 11!

We'll be tackling a new revelation: people used to one interface take some time adjusting to a new one!

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Google open sources JPEG assassin

Christopher E. Stith

GIF is lossy for photos

Unless your camera is only taking pictures in 256 colors, you're losing a great deal of data in a GIF. It is primarily useful for commercial graphics and illustrations. Just because it encodes every pixel does not mean it's maintaining all the data. PNG can be either lossy or lossless, even though it keeps every pixel, because you can downcode to small numbers of color bits per pixel optionally in that format.

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Devil manifests in Hungarian bathroom

Christopher E. Stith
Gates Horns

Am I the only one...

Am I the only one who thought it looked more like Keith Richards than like the devil?

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Indiana judges dismiss girl's nipple exposure appeal

Christopher E. Stith

Actually in 44 states it is illegal to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave an establishment.

It is also protected by law on Federal property. Indiana happens to be one state where it is specifically legal to breastfeed in public.

Seriously, people, look this shit up before posting blindly in the dark. http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=14389 has US breastfeeding laws by state and territory.

This case was about exposing the nipples completely as a means of expression, which has little to do with breastfeeding.

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Oracle on Unix biz: We can rebuild it

Christopher E. Stith

35,000?

I believe that number in the linked memo was speaking of Oracle-on-Solaris, not Solaris as a whole.

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OpenSolaris spork ready for download

Christopher E. Stith
Grenade

How about native ZFS and containers on Linux?

How much would that have cost? If those are the major concerns, then it might've been smart to see just how much it would've cost to get those features into an OS that already has lots of contributors and has been shipping production releases for years. It might have been prohibitively expensive, but there's no mention of that option at all so how can we be sure it was even considered?

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Intel to pay $1.4bn for Infineon WLS

Christopher E. Stith

Intel itself was already an ARM licensee

Intel only sold XScale PXA processors to Marvell. They still make IOP and IXP series chips with ARM cores for their own products (I/O parts for boards based on their Core chips and also for embedded stuff). They also buy LSI Logic chips based on ARM cores for the Intel RAID controllers.

These are smaller, slower ARM cores and they're used as cores rather than to implement the ARM instruction set for outside applications to access. Yet they certainly are ARM.

Don't be surprised terribly if Intel sells Infineon Wireless products with ARM chips in them, possibly side-by-side with Atom.

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Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a 'security nightmare'

Christopher E. Stith

I'm scared of the amount of ignorance in this discussion.

I hope only a few of you have anything to do with the industry.

The very idea that more addresses and the option not to use DHCP means there will be no DNS just displays a total lack of understanding. Guess what -- there are options to use other than DHCP now. DNS is needed because people don't remember 32-bit addresses well, even as octets translated to decimal. There's no way it's going to be irrelevant with 2^128 addresses. DNS or some successor will be much more relevant.

The idea that name-based virtual hosting is so much harder than IP-based virtual hosting is laughable.

There certainly won't be a dramatic sudden IPv4 to IPv6 shift in large companies like many of you think. New blocks allocated will be IPv6. Eventually, the IPv4 blocks will be routed through a v4-v6 gateway router. After that, there will be v4 NATed networks behind a v4-v6 gateway that is behind v6 NAT even after v4 isn't publicly routable. The companies will still have v4 equipment internally. It will take years to phase out all the v4 in some organizations, even with v6 being the only newly allocated addresses on the public Internet.

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Christopher E. Stith

not just NAT.

One of the big culprits of IP exhaustion is SSL. There's no real reason for SSL to require a unique IP address for every host name. You've been able to run thousands of small sites on a single server for years, whether they have the same IP address or multiple ones. Having the RIGHT address and the private key should be plenty, and requiring the IP to be unique adds nothing to security ever since virtual hosting became possible.

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Sarah Palin 'boob job' debate dominates US right - and left

Christopher E. Stith

Nah.

Take a look elsewhere around the pics. Her waist and hips gained several sizes as well. Larger breasts are part of a thin woman gaining a few pounds. They are mostly fat, after all. She might have had a little work done on them, like a lift. She may even have had some minor augmentation, but I don't think it's necessary when you compare her overall change in weight. We might be looking at just a better bra and a few extra glasses of wine per week.

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Flash embraces Google's open video codec

Christopher E. Stith
Thumb Up

The Flash Blog has info on the new Flash Pro CS5 save format

http://theflashblog.com/?p=1986

It's essentially a folder with all your project's materials in it. Adobe calls it the XFL format. There's an XML serialization of the Flash DOM including timelines and motion paths along with a couple of settings files also in XML. Then there are the resource files for everything like graphics, video, sound, and such in a library sub-folder. ActionScript source files go at the same directory level as the project folder rather than in it, though. That may turn out to be a hassle.

Adobe's really excited about letting people use standard text tools to edit the files, like your favorite editor or an automated search and replace. In fact, the FLA format for Flash Pro CS5 is still available, but it's now just a zipped version of the XFL project folder.

Let's see Apple make QuickTime or GarageBand so easy to use with external tools, huh?

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Christopher E. Stith
Flame

17 years? That's funny for someone with a worldview of a 6-year-old.

Spot the idea below that is not like the others:

"I've never been to India. I don't believe it exists. I think it's just someplace made up so people can get away with funny accents."

"I've used the net for seventeen years and I've never seen Flash used for anything other than linear video playback. It must not be capable of anything else. Those of you with jobs in the field and portfolios of work that use your real names should all FOAD because I know everything that exists in MY world."

"Recorded music started with the CD, and now we use iPods. What do you mean cassette? What's a record? Is that like a recording? I think you're pulling my leg. Vinyl? You mean like mommy's favorite bra?"

"The problem with the gold standard is I can't see the gold. If I can't see the gold, money tied to it is worthless paper. Floating currency has real, intrinsic value, because that's what mommy gives me to buy my Lady Gaga tracks on iTunes."

"Gee, you mean there's a powerful virtual machine that's often used just for video playback? I hadn't really considered that. Thanks. I'll look into that so I can make an informed statement next time."

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Christopher E. Stith
Flame

Adobe is more open than Apple ever was.

Remember that Flash was originally Macromedia Flash. Adobe has made it progressively more open and standards-based with every post-Macromedia version. The SWF file is well documented. ActionScript 2 and 3 are well-documented and standardized. AS3 is even ECMAScript compliant. Now the save format for Flash CS5 is an XML file rather than a memory dump.

Adobe is the same company that took pretty standard PostScript and embedded fonts and images into the file to make PDF, for which they have always published the file specs. OS X's main graphics output is based on PDF. How's that for open?

Adobe maintains that their authoring applications are where the money is. After all, their Flash Player is free and has clones (which are made that much better by them opening the file format). You can make Flash with the HaXe programming language. You can make Flash with Namo FreeMotion. You can make Flash with any number of open-source tools and any number of specialized single-purpose $10 commercial titles (just for banners, just for photo galleries, just for animation, etc.).

You can use other tools even more easily for what their other products do. PhotoShop is an image editor. After Effects is a film postproduction package. InDesign is for desktop publishing. Illustrator is for graphic design and layout. Hell, how many HTML editors are there to compete with DreamWeaver? Almost any office suite can output to PDF. Yet their applications sell for hundreds of dollars and the suites of them for a couple thousand.

Yeah, they really need a closed format, like JPEG for PhotoShop or XHTML for DreamWeaver. Give me a break.

Oh, and the next time I read that Flash is nothing but video, please let it be a joke and not some misinformed "We only just now Evolved to use the internet 2.0 years ago" Web2.0 drivel. Try getting a plain vanilla video container to present Bow Man, Portal: The Flash Version, anything from the Protector series (or anything from Kongregate at all), any of the interactive Flash software tutorials, interactive Flash sales brochures, the media players on sites like MySpace, or flashcard systems for kids in school. Make Matroska or H.264 by themselves do anything else that requires user interaction, conditional branches, handling of multiple input files, and real-time animation.

Flash Player (or Gnash, or SWFDec) is a VM with libraries and a graphics system built in. It is not just a codec, and in fact it already supported multiple video codecs, containers, and compression schemes before all of this publicity -- including VP6 from On2! Support for VP8 probably would have happened even if Google hadn't bought On2.

I really wish you people who know nothing of how programming, web design, media production, and graphic design are done would just go back to playing with your cool toys and leave the bitching and moaning about formats, containers, codecs, languages, authoring tools, and playback VMs

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'Completely useless' Windows 3.1 hits Google's Android

Christopher E. Stith
FAIL

How about checking some other facts (or proofreading)?

DOSBox is usually used to run DOS programs on PCs that _are_ running more modern OSes like Windows 7 or Linux. It's not used because those PCs can't run newer OSes. It's because the old DOS games can't run on the newer PCs with more modern OSes.

Perhaps the line:

"DOSBox is usually used to run old MS-DOS games for Intel x86 PCs that can't run modern operating systems such as Window XP, Vista, Linux, or FreeBSD."

Was meant to be written as:

"DOSBox is usually used to run old MS-DOS games that can't run on modern Intel x86 PC operating systems such as Window XP, Vista, Windows 7, Linux, or FreeBSD."

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WiGig gets spec and Alliance endorsement

Christopher E. Stith
Pint

Forgot about 802.11n?

802.11n at both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz please, preferably simultaneously. 802.11 g is nice, but dual-band simultaneous n is the way to go for a busy area.

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Apple demands public apology for iPhone parody

Christopher E. Stith
Flame

Xerox PARC

Go piss up yourself. Apple stole the original Mac's UI from Xerox. They stole the dock from OS/2 and WindowMaker. They make a shitty phone with a shitty screen that happens to have a great app store. Their music player, desktops, and laptops are mostly far overpriced based on style and branding while lacking serious features. Only their very high-level desktops match or beat other vendors on price vs. features, and that's if you're okay with having very few video cards as options. They screwed all the people who invested in PowerPC Macs by discontinuing OS support way too soon after switching to their iBMclones.

I fail to see where Google has ripped off Apple. Do you really think Android is anything like iPhone OS? Touchscreens, OSes, application repositories, cell phones, and WiFi were all around a long time before the iPhone. At least the Android phones mostly have decent black level and contrast ratio. Touch-screen only phones really do suck for heavy typing, BTW, no matter who makes them.

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ATI Stream upgrade embraces OpenCL

Christopher E. Stith
Thumb Up

Do OpenCL + OpenGL as standards = standards-based games?

Only time will tell, of course, but what a boon that could be to OS X and Linux. I know the whole ball of hype around OpenCL has been for scientific clusters and business-critical apps. However, if there's a standard way to get vector math for game logic and physics that meshes well with OpenGL for graphics, and assuming SDL or something is up to the input tasks and audio, then that sounds like a good cross-platform substitute for DirectX.

With Apple, IBM, ATI, Arm, NVidia, and more behind it, it might actually catch on well enough to gain some traction among developers. If the cross-platform (OS and hardware) wrinkles can be ironed out and the end-user libs work acceptably well everywhere, not only things like render farms and investment banking could use it. Everything that needs lots of processing help from a vector engine could use it. That includes games -- and for more than graphics -- as NVidia's few PhysX titles have shown us.

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New road made from pigsh*t in Missouri

Christopher E. Stith

only about 20 miles from Quincy, IL, that made Slashdot headlines today

<a href="http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=10/04/16/1751248">Databases in Caves? A Unique Google Fiber Bid</a>

It's unusual for either place to make much news until spring flooding gets drastic. It's quite a coincidence.

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Commodore 64 may come back as Warren Beatty

Christopher E. Stith
Grenade

Trademark schademark

What ever happened to a trademark only protecting a product or service that was actually recently at trade? Is this new venture actually going to confuse people selling an AMD64 processor machine and calling it a "Commodore 64"? I mean, really, who would look at the specs and say they bought one in the 1980s?

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