* Posts by wayward4now

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

wayward4now

Re: No-one at all? But I thought...

I don't loathe Google at all. I enjoy free email, free Youtube, free Google Group and Calendar. Love it! It sure beats the hell out of the old AOL days when you got a surprise $500 bill for a month of over usage. So, sure I get tracked, but I'm not Elvis, so I doubt they get that much out of me, while I get all of those services. :)

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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"I mean, I get that people hate Apple (although I don't understand why, anymore than I understand hatred of the other above named companies)"

It's dead simple, Apple screws over their customer base with very expensive kit that is obsoleted a year or two later. Then you have to fork over for the next new shiny or be kicked to the curb. I knew one guy who talked his father into buying a Lisa for their business. His father insisted that, after it proved to be as useful as a brick, it be displayed on top of a filing cabinet to remind Junior to not squander a LOT of the office cash on the next shiny thing. And, there it sat. Just the hard drive in it was almost 10 grand. They kicked us original Apple][ owners to the curb after we put the money into their fledgling company at the start. The Woz didn't do this. Jobs did. My 1978 $2,000 investment in my Apple][ was a total waste. So, if you don't know the history, you are condemned to repeat it.

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Apple: Fine, we admit it – MacBook Pros suffer wonky GPU crapness

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Re: Sad

Nothing has changed since the Apple][ days. It's just that no one remembers history. I was still making payments to the bank for my original Apple][ when they told us all to get stuffed. The Woz wouldn't have done that. I blame Jobs for the idiot mindset they acquired regarding customer support. Namely buy the next shiny or fuck you if you don't. Well, FUCK YOU Apple!

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

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Something is dodgy here

Kim hires the then 17 year old bloke to play video games with the kids. And he managed to keep his hands off of Mona until he was 18? I wonder what the age of consent is there in merry NZ?

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Hey, go easy on Gilbert Fiorentino, he’s a changed man – defence lawyer

wayward4now

Re: Rule 1 - Don't get caught.

The Justice system USUALLY doesn't give a crap about how sorry your are, until it comes to the well-heeled thieves who merely steal lots of money. However ...if you're poor, forgetaboutit. You will go to the slammer, even if you are 80 years old, at death's door and found in possession of a joint.

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Linux kernel dev has gone well and truly corporate – report

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Re: systemd

"I know about the dependencies arguments raging on the debian news groups."

..and the users have finally had enough, and these people are being shouted down and/or moderated out. In case you don't know, unlike the major commercial players, Debian has the legal status of a club. As a user you have exactly one right, to join or not join. So, whatever direction it takes, you have nothing to say about it that is binding. A user is no more than a voluntary member of the Debian community. If you want to have input, then via the meritocracy rule, you have to contribute meaningful code/effort in order to actually join Debian. If you don't,, then whatever your opinion is is just that. Opinion. Irregardless, you have as much say in what the Debian install plants on your computer as you did when Slackware came out. Zip. Nada, Volkerding put on your machine what he thought best. He sure as hell didn't offer up a choice of init systems. He was on the top of his heap, and did as he damned well pleased. Nothing has changed. You have the right to do as you please and roll your own, just as he did. nothing stops you. So, to stand on the side of the road and throw rocks, is just plain soreheaded.

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Re: Snowballing

It's still easy to roll your own. There's just one heckuva lot more choices to wade through. Back when I needed a serial driver, video driver, parallel driver and sound-card/scsi driver for my cd player.sound combo. (pas16). That was it. So, I rolled them into the kernel, monolithic style. Then modules came along. Now you had a choice. I still rolled them in. To get any decent speed out of my 486 I had to roll my own. Later on, came USB, hot plugging, and more specific drivers for video and printing and networking. I switched to modular then. All along, I had MY choices to make and I alone lived with the results of my decisions. I still have the choices. Nothing not needed is not loaded at boot time. Ergo, you do not have some HUGE kernel with everything loaded, while you have everything you could possibly need ready to be loaded, on demand. Big difference.

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Sony's super-frumpy SmartEyeglass goggles are $840 Google Glasses

wayward4now

Nah....

Not for $800. Nope. Next.

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

wayward4now

Re: This stuff makes me glad I'm old

We are the goon squad and we're comin' to town

beep beep.

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

wayward4now

Re: I miss the old days

"That's okay, Linux isn't a general purpose operating system. It's a kernel."

Depends on who you listen to. Here's a quote from "The design of the unix operating system", Maurice J. Bach, Prentice/Hall, 1986, page 4:

"The operating system interacts directly with the hardware, providing common services to programs and insulating them from hardware idiosyncrasies. Viewing the system as a set of layers, the operating system is commonly called the system kernel, or just the kernel, emphasizing its isolation from user programs. Because programs are independent of the underlying hardware, it is easy to move them between UNIX systems running on different hardware if the programs do not make assumptions about the underlying hardware."

Ergo, Linux is an OS.

Stolen shamelessly from "http://linux.topology.org/lingl.html"

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

wayward4now

Re: Ubuntu is using flash sales, announced via Twitter, as a marketing tool to create buzz

Ubuntu is using flash sales, announced via Twitter, as a marketing tool to create buzz

Look at this new thing! Too late, no you can't buy it! Yes that might create a buzz, but maybe not one they were intending...

They pissed me off just by using twitter. Screw twitter and facebook.

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France enacts law to block terror and child sexual abuse sites

wayward4now

Don't worry

It'll still be okay to depict Mohammed being gang raped. I guess that isn't considered terrorism ...unless you happen to be a devout Muslim, who also happen to make up 23% of the world's population.

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CHAINSAW HORROR advert earns GiffGaff a slap from regulator

wayward4now

Re: Errr

That's the part I don't get. How does the account holder become not responsible for their lack of intelligent use? The Brain Police should be hauling their ashes into court, for being STUPID enough to admit they allowed their account to be used by minors. I guess the beer company will be sued next when the kids get into the fridge?? It's getting just so stupid out there. While ignorance can be overcome, there is no hope for stupidity.

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

wayward4now

Re: OK, it's a personal issue, but...

"I'm afraid most companies tend to behave like this in similar circumstances. Given Bill came from a legal family, I can imagine that winning was everything in his background ethos."

Bill Gates is what you get when two lawyers mate. :)

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wayward4now

Re: you have to make your mind about it.

I have to wonder what would happen if MicroSoft just bowed down, adopted Linux as the OS, and focused on Office for it's profit margin?? Would they gain??

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

wayward4now

Ohhhh! Nooooo!

And I thought we could keep Microsoft off of Mars.

Damnit.

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

wayward4now

Re: meh

"We do?"

You bet. I remember praying for the chance. :)

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Re: meh

"So we have the subjective idea of an age of consent but in some cases if you are a teacher you are assumed to be more criminal than the rest of the population."

In most states sex between "parent, step-parent, or others in a role of "parental authority" get a low grade felony, with a few years or probation. That includes prison guards and teachers. North Carolina's statute 14.27.7 is an example. I don't see how this teacher got 2nd degree though. That would mean she used overwhelming force. But, that is Texas for you.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

wayward4now
Linux

Re: Free now. Pay (and pay again) later

"However, once punters catch on to the plot to bleed them annually, even more will desert to Mac than were driven away by Win8 catastrophe."

Right, Apple will just stop supporting your pricey Apple hardware, when it suits them. The OS becomes a moot point then. The Mac-Mini users are already crying the blues, just as the original Apple][ owners did in the 80's. Anyone thinking Apple will reward their loyalty has more money than brains.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

wayward4now

Re: The San Francisco peninsular needs this

Wouldn't a monorail be better for that region?? The pylons could take the stress of earthquakes if properly designed. Plus, they run above the traffic.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

wayward4now

Re: What's so great about Blade Runner? @Matthew

I'm still looking for the directors cut of Trancers. That could stand a re-make. :D

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Re: "Always leave them wanting more"

Decker will be found with his brains transplanted into a Jar Jar Binks form. He shits an assortment of spotted and striped multicolor Easter eggs when he gets excited, as he pulls out that blaster to pop a replicant. So, it's not a question anymore if he is human or replicant, it's will he become the True Messiah and learn to wear tennis shoes on those cartoon feet??

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

wayward4now

Re: I wonder...

Certainly he would be in minimum Federal prison where they have nice pool tables and weight piles. He could continue his education through the new "distance learning" facilities. If you get really bored, you can read the Bible cover to cover. I did, twice. :)

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wayward4now

Maybe that would have been better worded "both Democrats and Republicans".

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SEXY GOLD FireFOXY LADY hits Japan in transparent kimono today

wayward4now

a picture would have been nice

...jus sayin'

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DEAD STEVE JOBS accuses Real Networks of 'hacking' iPods

wayward4now

Re: Huh?

Well, you could just see a monopoly issue if you completely hate on Jobs as much as I do. Good thing I am not on a jury deciding Apple's fate, as I could take naps and briefly waken to push the GUILTY button every ten minutes. :) Did I mention I really DESPISE Apple??

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

wayward4now

Re: So fork, then

Thank you. Systemd has been on my machines since it was announced for Debian Jessie. I'm liking it. I sure don't see sweating bullets over it as wheezy sysv has a long shelf life ahead of it.

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

wayward4now
Linux

Re: Defeats the whole purpose....

Wait until they put little Santa Claus figurines on those balls. They'll sell like hotcakes to every Grandma as presents for her grand-kids in no time. If they could be directed by WiFi, then include some software for them to do that and edit little dance schemes on your PC. The crowd goes wild flinging cash to have one. I can see it now! Then little Barbee's, or soldier of war/ G.I. Joe, with little light-up AK-47's, figurines. You all laugh now, monkey boys, someone will get stinking rich with this one.

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wayward4now
Linux

It's great! Very Japanese

I LOVE it! It's great out-of-the-box thinking. I think that these little robots are a proof-of-concept for bigger and better to come. Too bad we don't have those balls here in the US. :) Ric

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

wayward4now
Flame

I stopped watching Star Wars

...the moment I saw Jar Jar. I've been scarred for life, f' you very much Lucas.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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Alien

They said it was a weather balloon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAHSb5WwADU

When I read another FSF news announce I hear "Unmarked Helicopters", by Soul Coughing, in my head. Spare me from those who would save me. Especially the bearded ones.

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Teardowns confirm $1,500 Google Glass hardware is DIRT CHEAP

wayward4now

Re: Born in Mississippi? Inventor of the Opti-grab?

Ha! Great minds! I can still see the scenes of all those people who went cross eyed by the "Opti-Grab"!

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

wayward4now
Mushroom

Re: Let's see if I understand this correctly . . .

"We should build a complex machine to run the market and our economy."

Don't you mean "a gigantic bank of computerzzz"? ala Doctor Strangelove? Then, use abandoned mine shafts for the remainder of humanity to dwell in, once the surface of the planet is reduced to rubble from the riots, looting and burning?

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Re: Why do we have stock markets?

"1) The transaction tax - 0.5% should be invisible to a long-term investor"

I would subject transactions to real sales taxes. Then it would be cheaper to invest in human beings.

2) Returning to the use of paper share certificates and share registers - no-one is the legal owner of stock until they hold the paper certificate and it is registered with the company; no-one can sell stock unless they are in physical possession of the certificates.

Exactly... you would buy in to a company for long term investment for expansion, which would lead to more hiring of human beings.

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Holmes

Re: But why ?

The ANSWER IS! ...tax trades/stocks. You pay sales tax to buy a bicycle, so why not?? That would sure as hell slow down trading. And, cure the deficit.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

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Holmes

Re: AT&T's internet service sucks anyway

"Singapore has been providing their citizens wired Gigabit ethernet connectivity for years now. Why can't the rest of the world's nations follow suit?"

Because Singapore is a teeny tiny dot on a map compared to the North American land mass.

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wayward4now

Re: "Someone must pay a cost".

I don't use netflix, so why subsidize some lardo who inhales the bandwidth I'd be using for my browsing? From what I've read one stinking PRIVATE company snarfs 1/3 of the total available bandwidth of the Internet. Damn straight, make them pay.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

wayward4now

Re: Star Wars: Episode VII

You have to seriously like the Muppets. I'm going to have to get dentures from gritting my teeth every time I hear a @$&^$# Muppet voice.

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Mushroom

Re: 'PLEASE... NOT Jar Jar Binks'

Toss in any sort of Muppet and shoot them into the sun. PLEASE!!!

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

wayward4now

Re: Shame about the Edge

Put me down for 20, as I want the first go at the shiny red button.

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Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

wayward4now
Mushroom

Don't use licenced software.

I agree 100%. I haven't used Windows since 3.1.1 and haven't looked back. What pile of suckers tolerates this Orwellian nightmare of permissions to use what you already possess, that you have to PAY for? It boggles the mind.

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Apple seeks patent for mood-sensing technology

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Flame

Tech Support Call Centers Need This

...while you're cursing a blue streak at the stupid canned

"Before I connect you to technical support, may I suggest you try..."

F-YOU! Get me a #$%& HUMAN! Aiiiiieeeeee!!! Someone just SHOOT ME!! I've been on hold for a f'ing HOUR! Stupid machine! Yahhh! Yahhh!

"Thank you for waiting, your patience is appreciated ... and we'll be right with you"

They need a mood sensor for damn sure...

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Big Brother

Re: The inevitable

Shhhhh!! next they will try to claim the Wankometer, which is my work in progress. It measures eye-pupil dilation when scantily clad members of the opposite (and/or same) sex are presented. Since everyone knows that pr0n is $profits$, I'll get stinkin' rich and buy that Bentley!

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Verizon's transparency report shows more than 320,000 US data slurping orders

wayward4now
Windows

Re: I'm so popular....

Since "I am a BAD MAN!" - (echo Muhammad Ali)

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Relax, Obama! Former Microsoft exec tapped to save sick healthcare.gov

wayward4now

Huh??

I thought they had called in RedHat?

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Run a server on your Gb/s Google Fiber? OK, fine, fine ... maybe a small one

wayward4now
Linux

The Internet is not a truck

Nuff said!

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The LSD trick cyclist, the 1980s pop-star and video games to REPROGRAM YOUR BRAIN

wayward4now

Facebook?? Scruum.

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Australia's anti-smut internet filter blueprint lasts LESS THAN A DAY

wayward4now

Re: Hell, not again!

I would agree with the Moral Campaigners, if they would agree that the Internet is NOT a safe haven for minors. If they cannot give "genuine consent" then one would think that sites who pander to kids, while making a buck profiling them being groomed with targeted ads, in the exact same fashion of "objectifaction" that all abusers share in common then, for "The Safety of the Kids", keep them off of what is most decididly an Adult Social Media (the entire Internet), where "genuine consent" may be safely assumed among adults. Then, if they MUST access the web, then it would be by using a parent's or responsible adult's account , to gain access and THEY would assume all responsibility for the welfare of the minor, not the General Public who couldn't give a rat's about 'em. Ric

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Oz government-in-waiting releases new online child protection policy

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Holmes

Why have "kids" on the net at all?

If they cannot give "genuine consent" then one would think that sites who pander to kids, while making a buck profiling them in the exact same fashion of "objectifaction" that all abusers share in common then, for "The Safety of the Kids", keep them off of what is most decidedly an Adult Social Media, where "genuine consent" may be safely assumed. I'm amazed that it isn't already illegal, when there are so many consent issues present wuth regards to minors. Ric

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