* Posts by Tom Maddox

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Ubuntu demotes Gnome for Unity netbook look

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Good

Canonical has finally made Linux usable on the desktop, largely by giving it an attractive, intuitive interface and simplifying many common user tasks such as installation. If the developers push the envelope on the UI, so much the better. Still, I look forward to the onslaught of butthurt penguinistas demanding that Canonical allow the development of the Ubuntu interface to stagnate and instead be subject to the inadequacies of GNOME.

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Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

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For once, I agree with Apple

Please start with killing Java post-haste. I wince whenever I see the JVM fire up on any system because I know I'm about to be presented with some fugly, godawful half-assed POS that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Java has never lived up to its promises, and it remains an albatross around the neck of end-user experience. Kill it, so that something good and worthwhile can rise up and take its place!

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US college girls: Fatter roomie helps control 1st-year plumpening

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Interesting

The title bar of my browser tab says "Sci/Tech News for the World." This is about biology, hence science. Go rock yourself to sleep, now.

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Oracle on Unix biz: We can rebuild it

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Sigh

Fortunately, the kernel is the only thing that ever requires patching, right? RIGHT?

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Die-hard bug bytes Linux kernel for second time

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Sort of

That's really more of a *headdesk*.

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Email worm wants to party like it's 1999 (almost)

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Hah

I run Notes 8.5.1, and it's a pile of poo. I don't care if it doesn't get hit by viruses, it doesn't do the job. Your immediate accusation of "fanboy" is way off the mark. I do like Outlook, FWIW, but I despise Notes for reasons that have nothing to do with a particular penchant for Microsoft software, rather to do with a craptacular UI, unreliability, slowness, and numerous "WTF?" moments in a given day. I have never used a piece of software that caused me such pure rage, and it's exacerbated by the fact that Notes fanboys such as yourself cannot fathom that anyone might not love their precious pile of flaming feces. In point of fact, I know that I cannot possibly reason with you or convince you that my perspective has any merit, because I have tried and tried to do so with Notes aficionados in the past, and two things are always clear: they are absolutely convinced their chosen product is the best in the world, and they have never really used any competing product, so they're not aware that the rest of the world has moved on in terms of usability, functionality, and aesthetics.

In short, there's one area where Outlook could use a minor improvement, which is security, and there are numerous areas where Notes could use major improvement. But go ahead and flame away . . . fanboy.

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Scrotes

Notes would protect you by crashing or refusing to run at all.

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Fennec squeezes into Android users' pockets

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In before the Opera fanboys

Blah blah blah Opera did it first etc.

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RIM proposes crypto forum to dodge India BlackBerry ban

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Misses the point

The thing about using a Blackberry is that encryption is *easy*, which is not the case with most encryption solutions. As someone who runs your own IMAP server, you've already identified yourself as outside the run of normal users; that option is either not available or not appealing to most people. Maybe they *should* care enough to do so, but they won't.

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Citrix takes bare-metal hypervisor to PCs

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You don't get it

I'll assume you haven't really used virtualization, since you entirely miss the point of it.

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View

View has supported offline desktops since version 3, so I'm not sure why the article claims that this is a "new" feature in 4.5. In any case, where VMware needs to focus their efforts with View is in making the damn thing stable and reliable. It has enough features; they just need to work reliably!

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Firefox 4 beta gets Sync and Tab Candy Tab Panorama

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B-b-but . . . Opera!

Opera is perfect in every way! It's better than perfect! It's amazing! It does everything you could possibly want it to do, even if you haven't thought of it yet! If it "arbitrarily" deletes your bookmarks, that's just because the Opera developers have implemented the "delete useless bookmarks" feature which automagically purges your preferences of all the stuff you don't need. Your problem is that you didn't realize you didn't need it. And aren't you happier now that you've been released from the excess baggage of your past?

Opera is the best!

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Whoa

This just in, some people use technology in a different fashion than you. I realize that means they're inferior human beings probably deserving of being made into Soylent Green, but it is true, nonetheless.

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Google knits 11 patches into Chrome browser

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Blah blah blah Opera

Something something "no bugs or security holes ever" something something "totally awesome browser" yadda yadda "Opera" etc.

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Opera: Firefox tab sets? We've had 'em for years

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I don't hate Opera . . .

. . . it just doesn't have the features that I want/need.

My issue with the Opera fanbois is that, when I explain the features that I enjoy in Firefox, they smugly say "Opera has those!" and fail to understand that Opera either *doesn't* have them or doesn't implement them as well. As a result, my apathy towards Opera turns into a hatred for Opera by association with its "advocates."

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Mozilla man: Firefox 4 will leapfrog JavaScript rivals

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Ahem

Yes, the Web has lots of Javascript, and *some* of it is actually useful, although useful to whom is a question worth pausing to consider. When it seems like I'm not getting functionality out of a site, I enable Javascript. Let's consider The Register for a moment, however. Here, I have scripting enabled for "theregister.co.uk" and disabled for googleadservices.com, google-analytics.com and quantserve.com. As a result, The Register loads much more quickly than it would normally, I see fewer ads, and less of my personal information gets piped to advertisers, while still being able to take advantage of the "useful" Javascript functionality like that which enables posting to this forum.

In any case, Captain Butthurt, my primary point was that Javascript slows down Web browsing, a point you didn't even bother to address. If you would care to come anywhere near relevance, let me know.

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Still no

Nope, it doesn't have NoScript or ABP. I'm getting tired of posting this reply to ignorant Opera users, but, even though I'm 90% certain you're trolling (the giveaway was the "looks better"), but I feel like it needs to be driven home that the functionality you think is NoScript is not NoScript.

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WTF?

Okay, I must know: why the downvotes? Opera or Chrome fanatics with their panties in a bunch, or Javascript coders getting all cranky?

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Works fine

I'm running Firefox 4 beta 3, and it works fine with NoScript.

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Javascript

Want your browser to run faster? Disable Javascript (or run NoScript). With NoScript enabled by default, most sites load noticeably more quickly in Firefox than in Chrome or Opera (IE is actually pretty quick, too, but I don't generally use it). Without NoScript, it depends which sites I visit; sometimes Chrome wins, sometimes Firefox does.

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Shopping mall mulls Supreme Court bid to back no-speaking ban

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FYI

Westfield is not the government, it's a corporation. When you figure out the difference, your perspective will be considered. If you read the article (a challenging task, I know, since your Marmite-stained fingers could hardly restrain themselves from assaulting the keyboard), you'll note that the local *government* did not press charges and let the would-be proselytizer go.

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Google spins out happy-clappy autofill Chrome 6 beta

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Ooh, I know

It supports AdBlock, for one. Also, it doesn't come with a small but voluble cadre of annoying fanboys.

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Plane crash kills 'series of tubes' Senator Ted Stevens

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No . . .

. . . but I am related to him.

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In before the cretins

I may not approve of ex-Senator Stevens' politics, but neither will I celebrate his possible demise. In a world with millions of power-grabbing, self-serving politicians, he was just one more, and I'm sure even he had people who cared about him and who will mourn his passing. On their behalf and on that of the relatives of the others killed in the crash, I extend my condolences.

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Google, Verizon offer net neutrality proposal

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Ahem

"As is true with everything these days in the good ol' US of A, it all comes down to politics"

You could just take out all the words between "everything" and the subordinate clause and be just as accurate or possibly substitute it with "with humans." Seriously, find me anything in the world that matters at all that does *not* come down to politics. Even in supposedly pure practices such as math and science, politics still rears its ugly head; why should this be a surprise when dealing with the Internet, which affects billions of people?

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Apple iPhone app patent claim 'doesn't feel right'

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Aaaand . . .

. . . this sort of douchebaggery is why I quit reading /. so many years ago. You know it's bad when Reg commentards set a higher standard for civility.

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Private browsing modes in four biggest browsers often fail

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Not even tested

But only because no one cares about Opera.

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iPad alert: Are you a selfish elite or an independent geek?

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Sure

Made entirely of synthetics and appealing to the mass market?

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I'm not a fan of iProducts

. . . but the original poster in this thread came off as a colossally arrogant douchebag and deserved to be put down.

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Judas Phone: more Photoshop tomfoolery

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Wrong

It's "their stupid." Get your flaming right, n00b.

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Apple, Google, NASA, and the Rainbow connection

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Soooooo . . .

You object to smart people getting together and sharing ideas? No one reading your blog, I take it?

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Dell sandboxes Firefox to boost corporate security

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That's nothing

I actually encase my entire computer in lead and manipulate the keyboard with mechanical waldoes. When I'm done, the container is ejected from the case into a thermite-driven furnace and incinerated down the last toxic molecule. That's what I call safe!

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Firefox engine outraces self after Jäger shot

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Um, no

Unless this is a very new feature set, Opera doesn't incorporate AdBlock+ or NoScript. You can add AdBlock+-like functionality (albeit inferior to ABP), but NoScript pseudo-functionality required an add-on, last I checked, which was also inferior to NoScript on Firefox.

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Gay teen mag closure sparks privacy fears

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Non-issue

This is a non-issue. If the gay teens in question didn't want their personal information exposed, they should never have made it available to a third party, especially one on the Internet. At least, that's the argument I always hear in the the discussions about Facebook violating users' privacy, so I don't see why it shouldn't hold up here.

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eBay whacked with giant patent suit

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And furthermore . . .

Having reread the article, it sounds like XPRT is claiming that eBay got a look at XPRT's technology and then went ahead and both used and patented it themselves without licensing it, which sounds pretty damn close to theft in the vernacular sense.

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Commentards need to learn to read

The Reg is reporting that XPRT claims that eBay stole its technologies. If XPRT is *not* claiming that, then you might have a point, but it sounds like they are, so you don't.

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Welcome to The Register!

You must be new here, so I'll just let you know that if you get your panties in a twist over such a little thing, you'll surely be offended much more by, for example, their coverage of all things Apple. I look forward to your future expressions of offense.

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SCO rises from the dead (again)

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Best. Job. Ever.

I want to be a SCO lawyer. Those guys must be raking in the cash, and all they have to do is file motions and send bills to whoever is still running SCO.

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'World's No. 1 hacker' tome rocks security world

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Well, that's good

"Evans – who often refers to himself as the "world's No. 1 hacker" and is regularly interviewed by various Fox News anchors and affiliates"

He's a shoo-in for CTO in the next Republican Presidential administration!

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Windows 7 Backup gets users' backs up

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Argh

After reading this article, I popped into the Backup application to check out its behavior. Turns out the network share to which I was backing up my data was no longer accessible since I changed my network password. No big deal, except that I'm on a domain, and Windows Backup should use my AD credentials, AND it never notified me that my backups were failing. Add my vote for this software being a POS.

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Apple iOS4 upgrade adds multitasking, folders... and pain

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Fanboi alert!

"With any OS update push, there will be problems. They are however occurring to a vanishingly small proportion of the user base."

And you know the proportion is "vanishingly small" how? Let's see your data, Sparky.

"This is usual and expected and in no way is it unique to Apple."

But . . . "Apple, it just works." The schadenfreude non-Apple users is the result of the smug fanboi gits who tout how seamless the Apple experience is, when, as you rightly point out, it's not, and that's just the nature of complex technology.

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

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So, what you're saying . . .

. . . is that you have a different opinion about current Linux distros than the author of the article and would advise people to do something else.

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Copyright wally of the week

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"Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."

From now on, Andrew Orlowski will be known to me as "The Dude." Andrew, I will drink a White Russian in your honor. The Dude abides.

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Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg

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Ubuntu 'more secure' than Windows, says Dell

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Finally

As a long-time desktop Linux skeptic, I finally think Ubuntu is ready for prime time. It's almost as usable as XP, quick to boot, more secure than Windows, and, of course, free. There are reasons I wouldn't recommend it for widespread corporate use, but it's good for many end-user workloads and home use. Hopefully Dell will actually promote it.

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China net addicts' great escape foiled by taxi drivers

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Seems like it's working

Being in this camp has already taught these youths valuable lessons about resourcefulness and perseverance. Next time, they'll know better than to trust the taxi drivers. Also, I anticipate a wacky sitcom based on these real-life events!

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Drinking coffee offers no real benefit, say eggheads

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Not quite

I gave up caffeine cold turkey some years ago, and, two weeks later, when the sharp stabbing pains in my head finally stopped recurring, I counted myself completely weaned. Some time later, I became addicted again because I found that my body clock wanted a nap in the mid-afternoon, a habit which is typically frowned upon by the humorless, suit-wearing Powers That Be, so I started drinking caffeine again to get through those dips in my circadian rhythms. A one-off test like that cited in the study fails to address how coffee gets people through the work day by allowing them to overcome the compulsion to slip into blessed unconsciousness and leave behind the hideous tedium of their quotidien lives.

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AT&T to ax unlimited data plans on iPhone Monday

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Quite right

The British spelling is "auxh," right? I know you guys love throwing extra "u"s and "h"s into every word willy-nilly, a throwback to the days when the official language of Britain was, ahem, French.

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HP unseats Big Blue as server king

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A good start

And when IBM's power has been eroded enough, perhaps someone will be able to strike a finishing blow into the black and undead heart of Lotus Notes, consigning it finally into the hell where it belongs and bringing peace to its victi--er, users.

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Computing smart-scope gunsight for US snipers

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This just in . . .

. . . not all lasers are in the visible spectrum. So, no, not so much.

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