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* Posts by alisonken1

26 posts • joined 29 Sep 2010

FORCE gov.uk suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs

alisonken1

Re: Gov. Controlling private companies

You missed the point.

Companies can use whatever they want - but if they want to interact with the government then they must use open data formats.

Just like you telling someone else if they want to talk to you they have to use english rather than their native tongue - but you're not telling them they have to use english in their home.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

alisonken1
WTF?

Re: The devil's in the detail

$ ssh -G 2>&1 | grep -e illegal -e unknown > /dev/null && echo "System clean" || echo "System infected"

doh ! N/M

Just got home from work and was relaxing. Good one.

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

alisonken1
Stop

Actually, OSX is not Linux

It's derived from BSD.

And if you _really_ want an earful, log onto any of the *SD channels and mention that *SD is like linux

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Flame

Re: TIFKAM?

In my neck of the woods, "Metro" is the bus you ride around town on, not your computer desktop.

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alisonken1
FAIL

Re: The message isn't clear enough yet?

" ... a consistent and - yeah - stable API ... "

Hmm - last I checked, unless you're writing a kernel module, the userspace API's and ABI's are pretty stable in linux. You must have missed that last rant that Linus did when someone broke userspace API in a kernel module that was being updated.

http://developers.slashdot.org/story/12/12/29/018234/linus-chews-up-kernel-maintainer-for-introducing-userspace-bug

Follow the link to the mailing list thread for the full effect.

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Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer

alisonken1
Holmes

Re: MySQL GUI tools?

Oracle and DB2 customers are the ones that have a complete floor of computers dedicated just for the database - not to be confused with cloud services where each computer is a separate database for someone's photo collection.

I would mention NSA and their new datacenter - but let's leave them out of this since we don't know what they're using.

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

alisonken1
WTF?

Private email for a public screwup?

Hmm. Must be nice to live in that kind of world.

The maintainer screwed up by marking something as "stable", the subsystem maintainer allowed the screwed up code to be passed up as "stable". Very public, last time I checked. And now, they want the guy that has to stitch up _all_ of the submits from how many different areas to be nice to them for something they publicly did?

Might work in a corporate environment where everything is done in private, but when every little detail (good and bad) is listed publicly for the world to see, and you want private communications. Nice.

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

alisonken1

NetBIOS

Early windows used NebBIOS protocol - ipx/spx was for netware.

TCP/IP was an add-on using the winsock.dll if you needed to do internet stuff.

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Apple's screw-up leaves tethered iPhones easily crackable

alisonken1
FAIL

@gordon10

as noted, this article specifies the _default_ password generation that most people will use. Smart people don't keep the default password for their hotspots.

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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Tom 13 Re: Mine's the one with the 3.5" floppies in the pocket.

Speaking of noobs - I think I can still find my 8" floppies for an old Xerox dedicated word processor around the storage bin somewhere. Unless I left them on the ship :)

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WTF?

@John Savard Re: natural monopoly

Natural monopolies only occur when there is a _physical_ reason for the monopoly - not market reasaons. An example of a natural monopoly would be power distribution, or even better would be a mining facility. Extremely high capital costs or there's only one (or only several) place(s) to get the material.

However, being a perceived monopoly (a la Microsoft) could be a determining factor for government intervention to to monopolistic practices. In MS case, it's really a shame that politics got involved and they didn't get more intervention because of their proven monopolistic practices (as proven by the courts in MS v. Word Perfect)

As far as name recognition, you have a point. In the case of Linux, it's taken off despite the lack of name recognition for Linux itself, but Red Hat seems to have taken off in several sectors (like server space) despite not having the name recognition.

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Bill & Jobs' excellent adventure: Steve's tech looked better than mine

alisonken1
WTF?

Re: One thing "Boy Wonder" did NOT learn for Gates...

Hmm. Last I checked, it was Melinda that setup the charity - not His Billness.

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Nokia shareholder tells CEO Elop he's going to hell

alisonken1
FAIL

Re: Oh Dear

I'm still waiting for the _actual_ list of infringements that Android is said to have copied. When you can come up with a list of _actual_ infringement, then I will listen. Until then, it's just FUD.

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Microsoft off the hook for billions in Motorola Mobility payout

alisonken1
FAIL

Actually, no they haven't. The litigants settled because MS had deeper pockets and could not afford the litigation. Besides, WHAT patents are MS asserting against Android? I've been looking and I have yet to see ANY patents listed from MS - only smoke and mirrors against players that can't afford 10+ years to litigate.

Not to mention - since when does the court system decide rates? and BTW - 2.25% is the opening offer - MS decided to sue rather than negotiate. Think about that next time you want to talk to MS.

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

alisonken1

Re: .. and then there were 2

Hmm. Last I checked, SuSE was derived from Slackware.

http://futurist.se/gldt/wp-content/uploads/12.10/gldt1210.svg

(Warning - VERY big graphic of linux distro's)

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Re: @AndyS - Lets see if this self-fulfills

Hmm. Fond memories. I actually learned to drive on a '31 Ford Model A pickup. Fond memories indeed.

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Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction

alisonken1
Happy

Re: Well argued, but..

disclaimer: I don't really golf.

However, they do have walking as a sport (look at the regulations for walking the mile v. running the mile), and golf certainly has a lot of walking involved - unless you decide to use one of those new-fangled things called a "golf cart" to ride in.

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I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

alisonken1
FAIL

Hmm - MS dirty tricks forgotten?

Seems like too many people forget that MS actually screwed the 3rd party people by telling them "Use the API's we document" - then pulling the plug and using undocumented calls in their own products causing the 3rd party software makers with dung on their face because they were not given the proper documentation.

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

alisonken1

Re: Seems like this would be a teaching opportunity

Have to check, but I heard that fuck derived from very old english courts stamping records of persons charged with adultery with "For Un-Carnal Knowledge", then the rubber stamp was shortened to F.U.C.K. if they were found guilty.

But again, would have to go dig through very old court cases to see if that's correct.

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US Army demos first robot Black Hawk helicopter

alisonken1

Re: New Reg unit?

Initially, all test flights with new systems are under controlled conditions - which means not as fast as the thing is capable of, but fast enough to check the specs on what's being tested. Once the (hopefully) minor bugs are worked out under initial test conditions, then the bar is raised and things get tested closer to technical specs.

And yes, experienced heli pilots have done a Luke Skywalker flight through canyons as well, so the relatively slow speeds during initial testing are to ensure that the bugs in the system are found before the pilots are needed.

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Office 365: This cloud isn't going to put any admins out of a job

alisonken1

Well, Matt,

Last I checked, I have several linux boxes at a SOHO business that I worked at 5-7 years ago. Last time I checked, he's called me twice with issues - both of which were actually network switch issues and not linux server issues. So, what's the TCO in that case compared to windows admins?

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Nanodot memory smashes RAM, sets new speed record

alisonken1

7v for _burning_ metal oxide is very low

when you consider how much power it takes to make a laser burn a spot that melts metal rather than just lighting it up. look at it in that context, then 7v is very low voltage for the power needed to melt the metal spot in the nanodot area.

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alisonken1

And don't forget

that the burning part that takes a longer time (up to 1ms) is the writing part, not the reading part of the cycle, so the relationship to cmos is much closer than that of regular ram.

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Oracle: 'Eight Android files are decompiled Oracle code'

alisonken1
FAIL

Actually - Sun (and Oracle) refused to license

So if Sun/Oracle refuse to license java for android because of their stance on mobile phones, how is it Googles fault that they had to rewrite a compiler to use a different vm than java?

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Google shocks world with unthreaded Gmail

alisonken1

Down arrow next to "Reply"

You can delete individual messages (even middle messages in a conversation) by clicking on the down arrow next to the "Reply" option on the right. Look for the option that says "Delete this message"

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