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1560 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

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Re: Drvierless cars...

"They already exist. Have done for may, many years.

Just because there's a meatbag hanging onto the steering wheel doesn't mean s/he is a driver. At least not based on what I see on our roads every day."

BA DUMP BA!

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Drvierless cars...

...cannot come soon enough.

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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Re: A shooting gallery

Thumb down? Why?

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A shooting gallery

Someone once said a long time ago (and I tried to google this but only got recent results) that ..."we live in a galactic shooting gallery."

There is more and more evidence that there have been past fairly advanced civilizations and societies that have fallen due to extreme changes in environment.

Too bad we still haven't learned THAT lesson.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: My love for Ubuntu just got fuxrd

Fixed. Now able to boot back into Win. Ubuntu can stand in the cold for a while. A LONG while.

When I first installed Ubuntu (9 I think) it was easy as pie to install a dual boot. Now? WTF? Yeah, maybe it was bad image or bad media. (no wait, I tried both DVD and USB and only the USB worked. Downloaded the ISO 3 times)

Yet another step backwards by the IT world.

Here's the fix:

You can use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) to troubleshoot and repair the following items in Windows Vista or Windows 7:

To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps:

Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.

Press a key when you are prompted.

Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.

Click Repair your computer.

Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.

In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

Type "Bootrec /fixmbr" and then press ENTER

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My love for Ubuntu just got fuxrd

14 did not install properly. Had to restart several times just to get the ISO to boot to demo. Install failed multiple times.

Then it fuxrd grub. Now won't boot at all to either 14 or Win. In the middle of an all day repair marathon. So far, all instruction have not worked. Still trying.

WARNING: Grub corruption seems to be a major problem with this version. Multiple questions for the same issue across many help boards.

I am NOT a happy camper.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Re: My theory

*snerk*

Upvoted.

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Re: Questionable questions

...says the poster using electricity to post the comment.

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Re: Americans == totally thick

"Americans == totally thick

...and they've got the Nobel prizes to prove it."

If a dog has four legs and a cat has four legs....

You know you just gave yourself away, right?

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Re: What I personally think is strange is how...

This might help you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhofN1xX6u0

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Re: Human nature being what it is, a Dark Age is never far away.

The title alone says it all and is a fact.

Upvoted.

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Re: It's Not Stupidity, It's Insanity

It's Idiocracy.

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Re: Breaking News!!

"It's not that Americans are any more stupid than any other race - it's that they are poorly informed."

No, they really are stupid and not just stupid, but proud of it!

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Were you trying to say something?

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Re: Possible problem with the questions, rather than Americans.

HIggs boson.

Maybe you've heard of it?

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Re: Fake Corporation science

That list is endless.

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Re: The big bang?

You mean he didn't?!

I'm crushed!!

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Breaking News!!

Most Americans are stupid. Scientists unsure why. Congress vows to study the matter. Business leaders say educated workforce "too expensive and waste of time" and "would cost consumers in the long run due to associated costs having to be passed along." Supreme Court rules corporations more human than humans and deserve more rights.

This story when we come from the break.

"BRAWNDO!! IT'S GOT ELECTROLYTES!"

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'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson

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Proof of concept meets mass media

All he did was present a proof of concept and demonstrate how to be a successful media whore.

The rest is just monkeys beating their chests at the dog and pony show.

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

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Motorola. A once signficant company...

...now reduced to living off the heritage and the remaining estate.

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Samsung, GlobalFoundries ink exclusive, multi-year 14nm FinFET deal

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Wow.

14nm. Wow. Just... wow.

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

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Re: Am I missing something here?

TA DA!!!

Exactly.

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Re: Ah good old New York

The states have been the worst abusers by far. The 10th was never meant to imply the states were sovereign in any way, yet the states have and continue to assert it does. The last time they pushed too far resulted in a civil war. The US is a UNITED states, not a confederation. The Federal government will ALWAYS be the ultimate power over the states. And always was.

As for the 10th, it in no way limits Congress' power to regulate ALL commerce of the USA as it sees fit. Again, the states are NOT separate, sovereign entities. This is a fiction created by those who wish create their own little fiefdom.

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Ah good old New York

The state that constantly refuses to recognize the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution. Or any other parts of the Constitution.

"The Commerce Clause authorizes Congress to regulate commerce in order to ensure that the flow of interstate commerce is free from local restraints imposed by various states."

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Commerce+Clause

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El Reg drills into IBM: The storage biz's got that sinking feeling

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IBM is leaving the hardware biz

I have to agree with MadMike. The long range goal of IBM is getting out of the hardware manufacturing game.

"Business Services" pays better. Round robin email, endless meetings and arcane contracts and employee rules are far cheaper than actually having real engineers and knowledgeable techs.

This of course means they will have to change their name to IBS, or iBS. This will more accurately reflect their new offering, BS. (bullshit for those not familiar with the abbreviation)

Because after all, if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit. It's cheaper. And it certainly plays to their current strength.

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Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

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Re: Biggest Mistake?

Compete? They could have been getting royalties AND still selling OS's.

And thanks to the lesser cost of the Power PCs, more companies were adopting them as the basic desktop tool.

Were. Once Apple killed them, the x86 platform became, by default, the cheaper platform.

Apple also had a nifty little server at one time, the Xserve. Again, for price and performance, it beat the pants off anything in its spec range. Killed off by Apple.

Kidding? I was there. I saw first hand how they sabotaged themselves over and over in the enterprise market and then the business market in general.

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Biggest Mistake?

Maybe, maybe not.

I think their biggest mistake was killing off the Power PC clones.

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

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It's no coincidence, but good observation, nonetheless.

Have a thumb up.

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Re: The current Pacman...

The gold/sliver stickers that no one ever seems to get? You mean like trying to win ANY corporate marketing contest?

You'd have better luck at Pachinko.

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Re: Play on emulator (@Ugotta)

Robotron!!!!

Oh hell yes!!! Most insane game I've ever played!

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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

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Pint

Cheers!

Looks great!

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AMD posts $1.4bn in sales, beats Wall Street moneymen's predictions

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Re: Good.

Exactly.

Sorry, but I don't trust nVidias gear, so it's AMD by personal choice or Intel if I have no choice at work.

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KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright!

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Re: Most of the things people regard as threats are what hope there exist for the future.

"Yes. There is no way around that the rise of machine labor will inevitably mean mass unemployment, and under the current rules of economy the result would indeed be that the vast majority of the population living in slums, surviving on handouts, while those who own the robotic factories lead lives of unimaginable wealth. "

"Beggars in Spain" by Nancy Kress

As scary and most likely prediction of the future as was William Gibson's.

Recommended reading.

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Re: How about?

Dead on, Mark 85.

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Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing

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Re: Marrissa has worked pretty hard

Wow Don. Your inside knowledge is often astounding. (compliment)

Having been near to a few power players myself and seen how they act, your posts have the ring of truth that no amount of PR bullcrap will ever change for me.

I would sincerely like to meet you one day.

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The reason is simple enough

The reason is actually quite simple: there is NO consistency in their design.

Yahoo has to be the largest badly designed website ever. Poor interface, no continuity and ever wackier code.

Yes, it really is that simple.

That will be $3 million, please. Oh, you actually want it fixed? Fire the lead developers/managers. That bit of advice is for free.

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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

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Congratulations

Congratulations

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Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS

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Excellent

Excellent.

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

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Red Dwarf?

It's cold outside

There's no kind of atmosphere

I'm all alone, more or less

Let me fly far away from here

Fun, Fun, Fun, in the Sun, Sun, Sun

I want to lie shipwrecked and comatose

Drinking fresh mango juice

Goldfish shoals, nibbling on my toes

Fun, Fun, Fun in the Sun, Sun, Sun

Fun, Fun, Fun in the Sun, Sun, Sun

written by Howard Goodall and sang by Jenna Russell.

(I LOVE this song)

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Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach

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How odd

How odd that it has become safer to shop on-line than at the brick and motor.

Well, somewhat, anyway.

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Re: Fiddling while Chrome burns!

One of his best and a very appropriate reference.

Upvoted.

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Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

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Slimmer?

Slimmer?! It's so damn slim now it's actually hard to hold.

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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Re: Son of Voyager

We hope they will be able to.

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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We're Doomed

When an idea like this comes from MIT, you know the end is not far.

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IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

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Somebody dropped the ball

Blame anyone you want, but ultimately the blame always lies with upper manglement for piss poor planning.

So in this case it's either the IRS CIO or Congress. I'm going with Congress and specifically the House because they've had a bone to pick over the right wing non-profit "committees" initial status filings that were heavily scrutinized which they thought was onerous.

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US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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Re: New Feature on Cars

With Onstar and its imitators, cars can already be shut down by remote and have been for years.

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What am I missing?

If they have an easy way for the customer to do this, wouldn't it mean they sell more phones?

That said:

- This should have a been available from day one.

- There are several apps that already do this.

- Just report your phone stolen to your phone company and they will brick it. I have bricked MANY phones at my previous jobs. Serial+IMEI+SIM# = BRICKED.

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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Re: Sad

"...they've got no sense of propriety, manners or honor."

You just described about half the IT people I've ever worked with.

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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

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Re: Cisco servers?

Where am I getting that info?

I built and shipped the damn things. By the thousands at the factory.

Admittedly, that was a few, though not many, years ago. (WAY past the NDA, BTW) The only difference between them and the HPs was the faceplate and loaded software.

I know more about HP servers and who buys them than I ever wanted to.

Thanks for the update Graeme. I missed the contract change over. As for 10 years ago, they were still being made by HP just 4 years ago. I was there.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Re: Could not have timed it better

Marketing Hack, the last men on the moon landed in 1972. Apollo 17. Eugene Cernan being the last man.

You're correct. It was not 47 years. Typo on my part. It was 42 years ago.

And while the US "spends less of its GDP on defense than it did during the Apollo program era, and produces more college grads and scientists now than then," it still produces less scientists and engineers as a percentage of its population and outspends on defense the next top 10 countries combined.

My point being is that the US lost the momentum and most likely the long term gain.

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