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* Posts by Seth Galitzer

28 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Internet pops champagne on (second) 40th birthday

Seth Galitzer

anybody know when

...the first spam was sent? We need to go back in time and shoot this person. I think I left my time machine parked next to my flying car.

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Republican men hormonally emasculated by US election

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Seems like...

...just about anything will get published in a scientific journal these days.

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Windows 7, Bing and mobile will determine Ballmer's future

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What if Ballmer actually left...

Let me peer into my crystal ball... new CEO with the shareholders clamoring for real change... a *real* reorg that trims away the hundreds of redundant middle managers... developer staff that really get to "innovate"... Windows core source is finally chucked and replaced with sleek, elegant code... pricing comes back into the realm of reality... MS finds a way to live peacefully with Linux and MacOS without all the silly name-calling... open-source and real standards are embraced and practiced so that the whole world can work together... we enter a new dawn of techno-utopia... world peace is finally achieved...

...it could happen...

Somebody pass me a pint, will ya...

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BOFH: Weapon of choice

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Now that...

...is what I'm talking about! Classic BOFH. Thanks Simon.

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Ford creates battery-powered Focus

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It is just me...

Or is everybody trying to imitate the Toyota Prius? This and the Honda Insight both look extraordinarily this the Prius to me.

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Dell to punt Moblin for Mini 10v netbooks

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Even if you're in the USA

Good luck finding a link to a page where you can actually purchase one. finding the Mini 10v is pretty easy, but not one with Moblin preinstalled. Of course, it'd be just as easy to buy it and install Moblin yourself, as I'm sure most Linux-savvy users would do anyway.

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Abigail's Windows 7 Party

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who knew...

...that snobbish Londoners were as bad as snobbish New Yorkers?

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NASA unleashes Moon-attack probe

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"engineering solution"

Crashing is waaaaaay easier than landing. Cheaper, too.

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Xandros - the Linux company that isn't

Seth Galitzer
Linux

Xandros Schmandros

I got it on my EEE and gave it a serious try for about six months. Finally gave up on the pitiful package collection and put UNR on it. I'm never going back. Tim Bates got it absolutely right. Those of us who know and care about using Linux don't give a crap about Xandros.

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Acer to launch Gateway-branded netbook this year

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Who knew

Gateway is even still alive? I used to be a big fan, but their quality and management had been on a long downward spiral for some time until they finally got swallowed by Acer. Can't say I'd ever buy one again at this point.

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Novell's OpenSuSE commitment is tested

Seth Galitzer

No surprise here

If there's one thing Novell has shown that it's good at, it's creating (or buying) fantastic technologies and then burying them due to a complete inability to market or sell pretty much anything. I was a big Novell fan for a long time, but pretty much everything they touch turns to crap or gets buried under a pile of it.

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Memo to Microsoft: Enough with the SKUed Windows

Seth Galitzer

I'd settle for one new feature...

Suck less. Is that too much to ask for? I don't really care about the multiple SKUs. I think it's astoundingly idiotic, but I'll be able to get whatever I want from my Uni. So should I ever feel the overwhelming desire to get a crap OS, I'll have my pick.

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Novell dishes up OpenSUSE 11.1 details

Seth Galitzer
Unhappy

I'm sorry, but I can't...

I know it's petty and makes me look like one of *those* Linux guys, but I just can't bring myself to use SuSE anymore since their Faustian deal with MS. I used to really like SuSE, used it for several years. Heck, I used to run Netware back in the day, and was really excited when Novell acquired the most popular distro in Europe. I thought it was a sign that Linux had finally arrived. Unfortunately, Novell seems to be run by incompetent nitwits who can't do marketing for crap in spite of having fantastic mature products and sell out to their arch enemy of pretty much forever just to staunch their hemorrhaging cash flow. So sorry, Novell/SuSE, until you shake off this "arrangement" with MS, it's over between us. I might come back if you give up your unlikely bedfellow, but I'll have to be convinced you really mean it. It's not you, it's me. No wait, it is you.

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Next Windows name unveiled: Windows 7

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I still don't get it...

The way I see it, this is either the 8th or 9th version of Windows, depending on where you count from. If you start from Windows 3.x, then 95=4, 98=5, 2000/ME=6, XP=7, and Vista=8, so this one should be 9. If you start from NT (the mother of this kernel), then the last NT was 4, 2000=5, XP=6, and Vista=7, so it should be 8. So how do they figure this is the 7th version of Windows?

However you count it, if the goal is to be better than (or at least suck less than) Vista, then the bar is pretty low. Makes no never mind to me, though. No Vista for me so far. No Win007 for me either.

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Data centers embrace The Great Outdoors

Seth Galitzer

bug in the system, perhaps?

So what about the gigawatts required to operate the industrial bug-zapper shield? No screen is fine enough to keep them all out.

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Royal Society says goodbye to creationism row vicar

Seth Galitzer

Thank Buddah...

I thought it was only wackos here in Kansas that wanted to push creationism in the schools. I'm so glad it's not just us...

PS - Don't let anyone on our state Board of Ed know about this, they may want to hire the guy.

(Feeling Blue in the Red State)

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ISS expands parking capacity

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@Charges

Don't forget to double that for USD.

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Bill Gates battles Kermit the Frog in the name of open source

Seth Galitzer

my vote...

My first reaction was to vote for Ms. Lacy. What geek doesn't like hearing a smart nerd chick talk? But after looking at the links for the other two potential guests, I have to say Bob Bickel looks like he might be the more interesting person to interview. He seems like someone who is passionate about his interests, and would provide some truly interesting insight into the industry. But if he says no, nerd chicks are OK, too.

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Third ISS space walk done and dusted

Seth Galitzer

Re: Metal Shavings

The engineers are on the ground. The *nauts are only trained to do the physical labor and make very few judgment calls "in the field". If anything happens out of spec, they wait for instructions from the ground. There was a lengthy discussion about "3 droplets of brown liquid" (or something like that) when they replaced the pump on the toilet last week.

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Ubuntu man says Microsoft's about to 'swallow a hand-grenade'

Seth Galitzer

thoughts on Shuttleworth

Say what you will about the guy, he is what Linux/F/OSS has needed for the last decade or two. The camera loves him, he speaks eloquently, he doesn't bog you down with technical details (though he gives the impression that he's good with that, too), and doesn't look down on you like he's an elitist techno-nerd. Torvalds is close, he's very likable and eloquent, but he's still highly technical, and (forgive me, but I speak for pudgy, nerdy guys everywhere) doesn't exactly look like the spokesmodel type. Shuttleworth is the complete package. And that is why the media loves him so much. Personally, if I was filthy stinking rich, I'd put my resources to all of my favorite causes, too.

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El Reg obtains snap of OGC logo reveal

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Only El Reg

...can make a NSFW post using Playskool figures. Absolutely brilliant.

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Will Microsoft parachute Windows 7 in early?

Seth Galitzer

How do I count thee?

I have never understood this numbering scheme. By my count, shouldn't this be Windows 9: 3.x, 95 (4), 98 (5), 2000 (6, and ME doesn't count), XP (7), Vista (8), "Vienna" (9).

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Ubuntu chief bids for prima-donna status

Seth Galitzer

AdBlock and El Reg

I hate to break it to you guys, but I've been using AdBlock on The Reg ever since I first found it using FireFox 1.0.0.0. Articles come up much faster and I get all that window realestate back.

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Lenovo to ship Linux laptops

Seth Galitzer

Doesn't surprise me

Way back when Dell started leaking that they were going to pre-install Linux, I predicted they would go with RedHat or SuSE, since those were safe enterprise bets. When they chose Ubuntu, I was pleasantly surprised. From the enterprise perspective, SuSE makes a lot of sense. It's only too bad SuSE decided to pay MS extortion money.

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Second Life turns on screams of horror tool

Seth Galitzer

Even sadder...

Having attended the con and seen this keynote, I think I found it more sad that he ran his slides from within SL. That is, he was running in the virtual world on the conference projector, and playing his slides on a display in there. And to top it off, he said they hold meetings every 12 days within the SL world, as well. I dunno, there's something kindof odd about holding business transactions in a "game". Then again, maybe I just don't appreciate all that SL has to offer.

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So what's in a URL? The Reg URL?

Seth Galitzer

leave it be

As a faithful US reader, I tried the .com version when you first fired it up a few years ago. Frankly, I thought the US-specific articles were, well, boring. I switched back to the .co.uk version and never looked back. I join the majority of the comment=posters and say leave it well enough alone. Heck, it even makes me feel more l33t when I bring it up in front of other people. Guess that's kindof sad, really...

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Big Brother housemate canned for racist slur

Seth Galitzer

that's a start

If only the network would can the entire program for being offensive to everyone. And here I thought the US cornered the market on crappy TV shows. Score one for globalization.

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Creationists open biblical history museum

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Thank <insert deity here>

... that this was in Kentucky and not Kansas. Us poor rational thinkers here (in KS) get a bad rap from all the wackos.

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