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SCO rises from the dead (again)

Tom Maddox
Badgers

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

Tom Maddox
Troll

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

Tom Maddox
Flame

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

Tom Maddox
Jobs Horns

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

Tom Maddox
Stop

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

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

"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

Tom Maddox
Linux

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

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

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

Tom Maddox
Pint

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

Tom Maddox
Troll

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

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

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

Tom Maddox
Thumb Down

This just in . . .

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

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Windows 3.0 turns 20

Tom Maddox
Flame

No fanbois?

I'm going to guess that the moderators are stuck under such an avalanche of invective that they haven't gotten any responses posted yet. I await the "creative" misspellings of "Microsoft" and "Windows" which so enliven a dull day, to say nothing of the froth-covered, bile-filled, largely-incoherent and misspelled torrent of vitriol and hatred which is sure to ensue. For extra points, please be sure to include the following:

Micros~1

Mircosoft

Micro$oft

Micro$haft

Windoze

Winblows

Window$

FLAME ON!

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Facebook boss admits privacy 'errors' and promises revamp

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Just to be certain

My upvote means I approve of Sarah's post, not the previous commentard.

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Can you give to charity and cost Microsoft money?

Tom Maddox
Stop

Oh noes!

He sold software! That bastard! If he were an oil company exec or a mafia don or something like that, I could see your hate, but let's try to keep some perspective.

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Most browsers leave fingerprint that can ID users

Tom Maddox
Coat

Good luck!

I'm behind seven Boxxies!

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Obama to promote RIAA's favourite lawyer

Tom Maddox
Badgers

Basically

The issue that some people on the left have with Obama is that he's not everything he hoped and dreamed that he would be, and when people point out that he never promised to be, they have nothing to say. The issue that some people on the right have with Obama is that they're batshit insane. Meanwhile, most of the middle is pretty happy with him insofar as he's at least *trying* to fix the issues he's faced with and implement forward-thinking policies. Everyone thinks he could be doing a better job with their pet issue, but we won't see how truly effective he's been for some time yet.

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Was Microsoft's Office 2010 worth killing Clippy?

Tom Maddox
FAIL

On what basis?

Oh right, it's made by Microsoft. Do you have any other actual criticism? No? I thought not.

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Drifting zombiesat could disrupt TV programming

Tom Maddox
Coat

TV?

People still watch that, then?

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Scroogle scrapes back to life

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Wossat, then?

Care to list which alternatives "work perfectly well"?

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Apple promises fanbois iPad WiFi fix

Tom Maddox
Megaphone

CRY MOAR . . .

. . .fanboi.

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Mozilla spills plan for, yes, Firefox 4

Tom Maddox
WTF?

Glad you like Chrome

Too bad it doesn't do all the things I need it to. One question: if you don't care about Firefox, why even read an article about it, much less take the time to comment?

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Email 2.0: Trying to catch up with the web

Tom Maddox
Coat

Came for the Luddites . . .

. . . leaving satisfied. Go back to your typewriters, guys.

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Alleged Jobsian email promises iPad printing

Tom Maddox
Coat

No, no, no

Apple is trying to figure out how to build a printer that can only print from an iProduct while using only Apple-branded iInk/iToner and print media (iPaper).

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'Minimalist, whimsical' Google search given Bing-like overhaul

Tom Maddox
Coat

It's more Gnib than Bing

I.e., Google Now Is Bing.

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Applesoft, Ogg, and the future of web video

Tom Maddox
WTF?

And if wishes were horses . . .

. . . we'd all be eating steak. You can believe whatever you want, unless you want to believe the truth, and the truth seems to be that codecs are software, therefore patentable.

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx: A (free) Mactastic experience

Tom Maddox
FAIL

I like the downvotes

Indicates that the Linux groupthink is still in full effect. Someone requires something of Linux that it doesn't offer or support? They must be spreading FUD! It can't possibly be the case that Linux doesn't have or do what they want!

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Tom Maddox
Flame

It's a shame

that you can't read (or spell).

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Tom Maddox
Troll

Obvious FUD

<typical Linux fanboy>

This is obvious FUD. You must enjoy circling Ballmer's $haft with your lips. As everyone knows, Ubuntu has everything you could possibly need out of the box, therefore you must be lying! Go troll somewhere else, Trolly McTrollerton!

</fanboy>

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US boffin builds ultra-dense nanodot memory

Tom Maddox
Stop

It's true

If there's one thing we've learned from the last century, it's that things always stay the same size and never get smaller or more efficient.

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Palin email jury reaches verdicts on 3 of 4 counts

Tom Maddox
Troll

Shoo

Back under your bridge.

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx stalks PC and Mac converts

Tom Maddox
Gates Halo

I'll believe it when I see it

How about a UI that doesn't look like it was designed by a furry-toothed geek? Will they have that? Will I be able to install arbitrary (non-repo) software without having to go to a shell prompt as root? Obviously, I won't be able to run any of my existing software, but I'm sure useless 2.0rhea crapola and an iTunes ripoff will make it all better.

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Missing Soviet nuclear electrocar FOUND ON MOON

Tom Maddox
Stop

I know, right?

Next thing you know, we'll be destroying the Moon's ecology!

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Google Maps absorbs Earth view

Tom Maddox
Coat

Exactly!

I, for one, will pay them no more money for this product until it has an acceptable feature set!

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Mac fanbois finally get Carakan of love with Opera 10.52

Tom Maddox
Jobs Horns

Cry, fanboi, cry

Your tears, while not delicious, are amusing.

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Workers scared to befriend bosses on Facebook

Tom Maddox
Thumb Down

Soooooo . . .

. . . you sound both pompous and tedious, yet you imply that people on Facebook are dorks. Which RFC explains *that*?

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Watchdog calls for Google break-up

Tom Maddox
Flame

Shoo-in

For FOTW, that is. Some misspellings thrown in for good measure might have helped, but overall you've got the style *down*.

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Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses

Tom Maddox
Coat

"I don't even use . . ."

In keeping with the traditions of The Reg Luddite Brigade(TM), I don't even use Wi-Fi (presumably some sort of modern iteration of a sound system) or even Ethernet, as that is a far more modern and therefore inferior technology than what I'm used to. Rather, I prefer the "pigeon and a piece of string" network, wherein my pigeon receives a tiny electric shock when I press a key, causing it to tug a piece of string, which then pulls a wire on the far end of the house, closing a contact and illuminating a light, thus alerting my batsman that I would like him to perform a task such as write a letter or smoke me a kipper. There is clearly something wrong with anyone who would bother with a more modern, or indeed different, approach (see also: Facebook, smartphones, versions of Windows later than 2000). I'll stick with my "ancient" technology, thank you very much!

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'Goodness, evilness makes you powerful' - like the Force

Tom Maddox
Stop

Whereas . . .

. . .you are clearly from the land of NeedlessPedantryLandia. Many people refer to the USA as "America" and to its residents as (wait for it) "Americans." Thank you for playing, now back to your cave.

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Rogue admin waits for verdict

Tom Maddox
Coat

Ah ha!

You mean the ongoing undercover documentary.

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Apple bans Pulitzer Prize political cartoons from iPhone

Tom Maddox
Stop

Now, now

There's no need to Godwin the comments this early.

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Apple's iPad - 'Will It Blend?'

Tom Maddox
Unhappy

Speaking of rednecks . . .

Lighten up, Francis.

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Firefox plans fix for decade-old browsing history leak

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Once more, for the record ...

... an Opera user fails to understand what NoScript does. One can also globally disable JavaScript in Firefox and reenable it for individual sites without using an add-on.

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If internet had existed before we were born would we be here now?

Tom Maddox
FAIL

This comment

If this comment is the present of commentardism (yes, it's a real word--due to a series of ubiquitous misprints, you can find it in the dictionary right after "gullible"), then *I* feel very sad.

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Tom Maddox
Flame

Allow me to mock you roundly

That's it, really.

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Microsoft tickles Bing with feather duster

Tom Maddox
Coat

Relevance

I was going to do a comparison of such relevant search terms as "shitmantec," "lotus notes sucks," and "opera fanboy scat porn," but it turns out that Bing is not currently returning search results at all.

Advantage: Google!

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Nashville cops trade fire with leprechaun

Tom Maddox
Coat

Sounds like they got . . .

. . . way more than his Lucky Charms.

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 embraces - yes - HTML5

Tom Maddox
Coat

Give in to the hate, embrace the Dark Side

"[I]ts market share is in decline thanks to strong competition from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and others."

Wow, relegating Opera to the "and others" category should earn you some blazing hatred. Hope you're wearing your asbestos underwear!

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VMware opens up Workstation 7.1 beta

Tom Maddox
Alert

At a guess...

VMware probably doesn't want to cannibalize their ESX/vCenter sales by making Workstation so powerful that customers no longer need the datacenter-scale hypervisors.

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