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Re: An interesting recap of history for those who did not live through it.
>>ARM's independence is actually one of it's key assets. it's the fact no one owns them that allows them to license to everyone
They're publicly traded though, so if they truly value that independence, which I see is as of keystone importance to their business, they should probably take the company private, or to transfer the important IP to a private holding company that isn't owned by ARM on paper (if that's legal in the UK, I'm not a British Lawyer) to avoid the likes of Samsung or Apple purchasing them and shattering that independence.
I used to be an exotic
dancer particle like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee.
Sorry, had to.
Mine's the one with Mehrunes' Razor in the pocket.
A patent should be null and void if a company it is sold to doesn't produce a product based on the patent within a reasonable time limit, like say a year or 18 months. It also should be rendered void if a purchaser buys it and begins to litigate within that timeframe. If there's no product being produced then the patent isn't rewarding innovation or invention for the intent of making a competitive product, its stifling the works of others.
You're delusional if you think the internet was ever "free".It isn't and was never that way. You may want to consider that it started as a US Government project through what used to be called ARPA, which is now DARPA, the name has changed but it has always been a Defense Department agency.
They're going to intercept your data anyway, some how, some way, you're getting intercepted. Using Debian or an alternative search engine is not going to stop them. Encryption is probably only going to slow them down. Everyone gets Intercepted at one level or another, plus if you're in Japan, you're being intercepted by NSA/CSS, GCSB, or DSD on behalf of the Japanese Public Security Intelligence Agency, or they may be intercepting you themselves, especially if you're there on a Gaijin card, or the new equivalent.
Don't be naive, you're a foreigner and you're in one of the most insular countries in the world, who has a serious security intelligence problem with organizations like Chongryon . All foreigners are suspect, and you can thank their culture, along with North Korea and China for that. I fucking guarantee you they're watching you in some capacity, PSIA are probably intercepting you themselves, and the Five Eyes are intercepting you from NIOC Misawa, as well as wherever the DSD is intercepting you for them as well.
Re: Surprise! (not Really it's Eadon by another name)
If it had been Eadon, it would have ended with some stupid shit like:
"MS MAN IN THE MIDDLE FAIL!" or such drivel. Its just someone who doesn't know how to RTFA.
Good advice, but hard to truly heed
>>Never use the same password and username combination on other sites, no matter how fringe.
Great advice but most users do not follow it because its a pain in the ass, and quite a number of people don't trust login manager software. Having a billion different usernames and passwords gets very confusing even to the most paranoid user. Having to try 100+ combinations and spend 15 minutes to do something that would otherwise take 10 seconds gets old quick. CorrectHorseBatteryStaple starts looking really good after doing things that way for awhile.
And I don't know if the author is implying this, but how are GitHub and Adobe fringe? Most people have used or use an Adobe product (though I don't believe you need an account at Adobe to download the piece of crashy garbage that is Flash or if someone absolutely insists on using Adobe Reader when there are plenty of alternatives of varying quality) and quite a number of developers, testers, package maintainers, designers, project managers and technical users use GitHub.
It even kind of looks like the Skynet VTOL drones from the first film and the 3D "ride"/show at Universal Orlando. Just chrome it out, mount weapons on it, and give it two large fans and there you go. Google's almost already got the evil self-aware computer system ready, so they gotta give it flying things to kill us with I guess.
Re: And that
Well noone ever said that WinAmp was free software, it was free of charge but it was always proprietary.
Perhaps AOL will open source it. I doubt it, but you never know.
VLC is free software but I really don't like it on Windows, and I'm not quite sure why I don't as opposed to using it on Linux, where its what I use for all of my media and what I've always used in that environment, whether it was when I was still using Ubuntu or when I moved on to Fedora.
Well that blows. I still use Winamp on Windows. The Windows version of VLC has never quite done it for me, though it is the media player I use on Linux. But if I'm listening to music on Windows, I'm doing it through Winamp, I have for a very long time, and nothing else feels right to me. WinAmp's EQ was always better for me, plus all my presets are saved in WinAmp's format, the output plugins were extensively customizable inside of the program. And Milkdrop still had the coolest random visualizations. Looks like I'm gonna have to grab an installer and drop the motherfucker on a CD-R, or a USB drive with a very clear label, WINAMP - DO NOT FORMAT!
Yet again, fuck AOL. Add WinAmp's scalp to the pile that Netscape's is on. My god they're a worthless corporation. I wonder if they'll axe the Nullsoft install system while they're at it, because its old but still useful, and AOL can't have that apparently.
Given bitcoin's wildly fluctuating value, I don't see it as a replacement for tax evaders using offshore bank accounts anytime soon unless it stabilizes and stays stable for a long period of time, like a decade or more. Bitcoin is yet another fiat currency, but instead of being backed by a Government or Bank's credit, its backed by a bunch of geeks with FGPA and ASIC miners. I mine bitcoins myself for a bit of extra cash, at least until the difficulty gets to the point where I can't do it anymore, but I know and understand full well that BTC value is as imaginary as a US Dollar or Euro's value. All fiat currencies as well as precious metals can and do crash. Its happened in the past and will happen in the future.
The Senate would be better off investigating unaccounted/hidden Gold and Platnium holdings than bitcoins in my opinion if they want to stick it to people evading taxes by using alternatives to conventional cash holdings or offshore accounts, but I'm neither a politician or an economist.
What's the target audience/use case?
If this is indeed a tablet at that size I have to ask, how is a 12.9 inch tablet useful? Isn't the point of a tablet lightness and portability? I mean to a graphic designer or a photographer/journalist doing on the fly editing maybe a tablet that size would be nice.
I can also see a use case that directly impacts me, as a Military Intelligence unit working with quickly updating digital maps or images coming off a satellite would probably find it useful as making everyone who works in the IMINT, GEOINT, and occasionally SIGINT/COMINT cells crowd around a PC monitor gets old quick (especially if you've had people in the field for a few days reporting back to the TOC and pointing things out on the map or in images, and they haven't showered yet. Makes you want to shove your earpro up your nose or make you thankful you have a cold), but everything I can think of are all pretty limited use cases, and they're all business, so that probably wouldn't justify building hundreds of thousands of these things, so I take this rumor with a grain of salt.
The 12.9 inch ARM laptop idea that Larry posited here sounds more likely to me. But Apple does strange and seemingly counter-intuitive things sometimes, so who knows.
Considering that Nokia hasn't always made phones and has dramatically switched their business interests in the past, I can't say I'm surprised. Nokia made monumental mistakes as El Reg has documented, and having the phone division go Windows allowed them to get rid of the business and allowed the former MeeGo (which is still a damn stupid name, Sailfish is a much better one) developers to truly innovate as Jolla is demonstrating. To be fair, Symbian was a dead end, Android still isn't at all as good as it could be on phones and as bad at updating (at least in the US) as Nokia already was with their feature phones they probably would have made the landfill Android manufacturers look good at keeping their shit updated, Apple won't license iOS, so Windows was the most ready and least bad in a very bad situation. Had Canonical had their Ubuntu phone OS ready, chances are Nokia would have gone for that instead, but they didn't. Its a shame, it really is, but Nokia only has their management to blame for their failure.
Blaming MS for acting like a vulture and picking over the Nokia phone division's corpse is disingenuous, had Google not had designs on Motorola I'd bet quite a bit that they would have done it as well, as any sane tech company with enough money to burn seeking space in the mobile market for a platform would have done. Symbian development and by extension Nokia Management had become legendary in their ineptitude, and they killed everything that could have saved them willingly.
Australia is a UKUSA Country
Given that Australia is a member of the UKUSA "Treaty" (its not really a treaty, if you're not scared of the NSA like me then you can read the documents that founded it here ), or more accurately the AUSCANZUKUSA Agreement as all of those countries are members and they all share the burden of COMINT collection, so while its ridiculous and rather dangerous to Australian citizens as well as the Government, no, Australia's government most likely isn't going to spend much of their time plugging holes that they themselves are actively exploiting or are at least knowing full well that another member of the agreement is exploiting.
The wisdom of that approach is very questionable, because if an agreement agency knows where the holes are, then other, non agreement agencies like the Third Department of the PLA (China) and Russian Spetssvyaz probably* do as well, and are probably exploiting it too. Australia and New Zealand are two of the more transparent countries in the agreement, but I can think of cases where the other great powers would want to know what they're up to, what they're spending money on, and who they're sheltering.
(*-by probably, I mean it in the Intelligence Analysis sense, where there's a 50 to 80% certainty involved)
Black helicopter as there is no RC-26 icon.
Re: Biased reporting...
I can tell you whatever spending on Science and Space exploration that this probe represents is not nearly enough. Not by a long shot. We're slowly committing suicide if we don't find a way off of this rock. If we don't kill ourselves, eventually Nature will kill us off. Its not conjecture, its a certainty.
Getting off of this planet and onto another one, or preferably several other bodies, greatly increases our chances of survival, and it ought to be invested in as part of a Continuity of Government strategy by the United States. Having only one place to live on when we can and should have others (i.e. The Moon, a large L4 Station, Mars, Ceres, Juno, Vesta, and possibly Ganymede if we can figure out a way to electromagnetically shield it from Jupiter's intense ionizing radiation) is stupidity of the highest order.
But instead we invest in stupid shit like paying subsidies to the public for private medical insurance, bailing out bankers from banks and car manufacturers that should have been allowed to fail, paying subsidies to farmers to not grow crops, paying for a new fighter jet that noone wants besides Lockheed-Martin and BAE, and a new class of Armored Vehicle that the Army doesn't really want aside from the chuckleheads at Acquisitions Corps and their masters at General Dynamics Land Systems, paying for bunk science like Sperm Whale fertility studies, paying to keep prosecuting and incarcerating pot dealers, paying to duplicate renewable energy research that is being carried out by the private sector, paying for research into storing nuclear waste as opposed to researching ways that waste could be reused in some manner, paying for infrastructure projects like bridges to nowhere, and many other dumb things the government does that would fill an entire book and has in the past, generally focusing on only one department when there are 15 Executive Departments, plus all of the independent agencies, commissions and boards who are doing the same shit.
There's plenty of garbage funded by the taxpayer that needs to be cut, but Science that produces genuine results and may ensure our very survival is not one of those things.
Re: Further proof...
My understanding of British telecommunications companies is limited, but I don't think BT would be too happy with being forced by the Government to let their competitors to use their network, or supportive of the company that enables it beyond whatever the law requires.
Kind of sucks that it was ultra cloudy here in Orlando. I wanted to see the launch, even went outside for it, but all you could see here by the Airport (which usually has an excellent view directly to the east), was a few seconds of the rocket burn. But eh, it isn't the first launch like that by a long shot.
Re: Green Mars
I do as well, and as I recall it was bad news for every beach in the world. Guess I should rethink my old plan about purchasing a portion of the Mojave. I shall call it New Malibu.
Re: He did a great job
Phones aren't the only area that Microsoft was heavily involved with before someone else did a better job and ran with it, tablets were just as big an Apple success and Microsoft failure though MS was there pushing the form factor first. I used several of them as Blue Force trackers, and they were terrible. If you were looking at one of them now I'd bet you that 4th Infantry Division is probably still sitting in the desert not moving, if you could get the battery to last long enough to refresh anyway.
Funny how it always seems to be those two companies though.
Pretty easy to mitigate this one, as is the case with most Windows malware that isn't custom tailored by a State Actor anymore. Disallow email attachments as you should have done 10 years ago (there's nothing that you can't use dropbox or the like for that absolutely has to be sent through email), don't download dodgy executables and don't pirate programs. If you do, use some common sense and scan the shit out of them before installing. Disable autorun (I can't believe that one still has to be said), and run the cryptoprevent tool from foolishit (or alternatively, manually add the registry keys that the tool adds if you don't trust the tool). Spending 15 minutes mitigating across your Windows clients is a hell of a lot cheaper than buying two bitcoins.
Of course, don't let any of this stop some of you from your juvenile pissing and moaning about how Windows sucks, though no one in the real world cares. Really, if some FOSS people spent half as much time actually helping the projects they care about and attempting to fix fairly major and/or confusing problems as they do complaining about things they can't change in regard to the proprietary vendors, maybe there would be some solutions to the glaring problems preventing the >1% desktop adoption rate from increasing, but its easier and more fun to blame someone else I guess. It amazes me that the insecurity and persecution complex is still ongoing among far too many members of the community when it has been high time to grow up for quite awhile now.
IMO, You need to be able to use, secure, and support everything on the market including but not limited to Windows, every fragmented bit of Linux distribution, Android, iOS, *BSD, AIX, HP-UX, and OS X and have a working knowledge of experimental edge cases like Haiku (among others) if you consider yourself a professional, otherwise find a different field to work in. IT is not a monoculture, it never has been and never will be.
Re: Well then
At least Microsoft is profitable, so what's Canonical's excuse? And its not like the old lie that a Linux company can't be profitable either, look at Red Hat.
He may have been using something free like FLAC or Vorbis, which are supported by default since they're free, but really enabling MP3 support is trivial. (Just as a note, I'm going to use dnf as the package manager in the example since its what I use usually, but you can use yum just as easily. For those of you that don't know, dnf is the new-ish yum upgrade project, its still being tested but it works better for me. Oh, and you need to enable the non-free rpmfusion repos first, as the Fedora repos don't have non-free software, also you can use sudo instead but I use su).
Open a terminal window and type (without the hashmarks of course):
#dnf install gstreamer-plugins-ugly
#dnf install audacious-plugins-freeworld-mp3
depending on what audio player you want to use.
There are also libraries for KDE, but since this is about GNOME mostly, you don't really need them unless you're a KDE user.
Or you can skip all the manual installation and just install and use fedorautils, which will do it for you.
Also, I'm pretty sure VLC has MP3 codecs out of the package, Im not 100% sure because installing codecs and drivers is always the second configuration task for me after installing Firefox Beta on a new Fedora install if I didn't just use fedup but I'm fairly certain VLC has it by default.
Its pretty simple. And anyone using Fedora for multimedia probably knows how to do it already, unless they're brand new to the distro. However, IMHO GNOME sort of sucks unless you like reduced functionality. I don't use it because I don't like it, and I've been using Fedora with KDE pretty exclusively for awhile now.
I don't know how or where we got one of these (it may have been through NASA since John Young was an Alum and big supporter of my school, so we did get some oddball stuff including samples of lunar dust, and crude oil for some reason) but my elementary school here in the States had one of these as late as 1989. Again, I have no clue how an American school wound up with a very British microcomputer, but it was there. For all I know it might still be down in the fallout shelter, out buildings, or attic the school uses for storage. Its a really old building for Orlando, dating back to 1927, so I'm sure there's all kinds of old stuff collecting dust in the attic and the various storage rooms.
I don't recall it ever working as we had an Amiga, a shedload of Apple IIes, a couple of IBM clones, and a few Macs, but it certainly was there, and mounted into a rack. I think the computer teacher (who was a proper computer teacher, we learned quite a bit of Basic as well as Logo starting in Kindergarten) may have been afraid of it.
Too bad Orange County Public Schools didn't really capitalize on what my elementary school taught us, by the time we got to Middle School they shoved us into a brainless clarisworks/typing class and it didn't get any better in high school except for the exceptions of the Engineering magnet, the Image processing class in Space Science, and the Computer Animation classes the Wrestling Coach taught, which were really outstanding and prepared a lot of people for going into game design, given that EA Tiburon is located nearby quite a few people I know wound up working there on the Madden, Rugby, and FIFA series.
I dont know about illegal, but definitely classified and not in very wide use even at DoD, the other executive departments or NSA/CSS except in very specific cases (think like protecting National Command Authority communications, the Permissive Action Link keys, Ohio-class Ballistic Missile Submarine movements, the Drill Schedule for the Minuteman silos, the minimum time standard for Delta Force selection [no shit, its probably the most heavily guarded secret in the Army] as well as some Continuity of Government operational plans, some specialized Emergency Response information like the composition of the Energy Department's Nuclear Emergency Support Team and FBI's Domestic Emergency Support Team, and the like).
If you've ever heard of Suite A algorithms, then you understand what I mean. Suite B, what a normal member of society can get and use, is generally good enough with long enough key lengths, but for some things it simply isn't.
20 years late, but better than never
Overblown paranoia about Intelligence agencies and an irrational clinging to privacy that we do not and never really had (in my opinion anyway) to sell newspapers aside, HTTP/1.0 should have mandated encryption as soon as RSA came off the Munitions List and as soon they started allowing remote financial transactions of any sort over the Internet, it was just expedient to not do so, I don't know if it was utopianist delusion, perceived technical limitations or human laziness but it was stupidity.
But, hell, I personally welcome this idea. The American NSA/CSS, the Chinese Third Technical Department of the People's Liberation Army, the Russian Spetssviaz, Germany's BND, Israel's Unit 8200, and your GCHQ can most likely crack any kind of publicly available encryption anyway, so this isn't going to stop them, but it will make the lives of cybercriminals and thieves just that much harder, which everyone should welcome.
I do wonder how many billions, if not trillions, of dollars/pounds/euros/renminbi/slips of Gold Pressed Latinum have been lost by unlawful interception of cleartext packets containing valuable information, whether by Governments, Criminals, Competing Businesses, or anyone else who has a vested interest in fraud or theft, when it could have been prevented in the first place by defaulting to HTTPS.
I contribute to the commentard population at DailyNK often. In my experience with them, their sources are generally pretty good, especially in larger cities like Wonsan, Sinuiju, and Pyongyang, as well as a couple of the more rural areas near the Chinese border, so I have my doubts about that many people being executed (if any actually), especially if the source in a South Korean paper is Chinese, foreigners simply wouldn't be privy to that kind of information in normal circumstances.
Also, usually (there are always exceptions) executions for possession of South Korean media aren't commonplace at all anymore. One can bribe the National Security Agency, altternatively called the State Security Department, and doing so is very commonplace in the countryside, if a bribe's refused they'll either make your life very difficult tthrough your people's unit, or if there's a pattern of not paying your dues, send you to a re-education camp or prison but even then it doesn't make you a class enemy in the same way that a statement against The Marshal (Jong Eun), The General (Jong Il), the Great Leader (Il Sung) or Korean Worker's Party, hoarding food, or accepting bribes and not paying higher party cadres their cut is, which will generally get you and three generations of your family sent to a Kwan-li-so concentration camp like Yodok/Camp 15 or Haengyong/Camp 22 (which may have been closed, noone's quite certain)
Now if it was found that these people had seen or were circulating the semi-legendary porno of Kim Jong Eun's wife, or if the security apparatus had strong suspicions that they knew something concrete about it, then I wouldn't be surprised they were killed at all, but I would be surprised at the lack of corroboration out of NKnet and DailyNK, unless their Wonsan source was in Russia or China at the time.
Re: To save people looking
If you actually want a fixed Ubuntu, you probably want
Re: Same here anymore
In the late 1990's and up until about the beginning of 2010 BBC was my go to place for world news, then when they started really overtly pushing their political agendas and opinion pieces at the expense of reporting factual news they've dropped pretty far down my list. Which sucks when I'm compiling OSINT reports from media sources. At least the Economist, Torygraph, and Grun haven't changed much.
As it stands, IMO they're about as trustworthy and unbiased as CNN, meaning that they're only slightly better than Al-Jazeera, MSNBC and Faux News. Which is a damn shame as they're one of the very few places Americans could get news coverage about the rest of the world, at least DW is still broadcasting an half hour English version of their nighly news on some PBS channels here. But for the most part international news coverage sucks in the US.
BBC's news department need to get their act together and regain some of the respect and trust that they've squandered, and for what I have no idea, its not like that they're getting ad revenue in their home market, and their revenues from the US market are nowhere near what the major American players like CBS, Comcast, CNN, Fox, and Disney are making. It doesn't make a fuck of alot of sense to me.
@Destroy All Monsters
Yeah its not the normal MO for NSA/CSS or USCYBERCOM, which makes me believe even more than I already did that it wasn't American in design, plus the numerous references to passages from the Torah in the code that Kaspersky Lab found.
I don't think that we're creative enough to be able to do something like that, though we may have been the infection vector as the Special Collection Service, and TF Orange* which is the Army's version of the SCS for all intents and purposes, are very good at what they do whether through direct action as TF Orange tends to prefer or social engineering.
I still believe it was the Israelis in collusion with the Germans, even if it was unwitting cooperation on a part of Siemens.
*-Each of the so-called Tier 1 SOF groups like SEAL Team SIX and Delta Force (among others) have a Color coded task force name which is used among higher echelon units supporting them to refer to them without naming them, at one time TF Orange was called Intelligence Support Activity, and a good number of defense analysts still call it that.
Re: "helplessly watching a child die"
While I agree with the content of your post, it doesn't change the fact that Zuckerberg and Google only want to provide access to the Internet to mine data from the very poor and make a buck from it. There's nothing philanthropic about it at all whatsoever. In that regard I also agree with Bill Gates, treating preventable disease and creating vaccines for diseases like Malaria and some other rather nasty diseases endemic to the least developed nations in the world is a damn sight better than some pie in the sky global connectivity bullshit from Facebook or Google.
For example when I was in Afghanistan we would go out with the Special Forces, Combat Support Hospital Soldiers and Doctors, and Civil Affairs to do MEDCAPs (Medical Civic Action Programs) every so often. Every single kid and most of the adults had intestinal parasites robbing them of what little nutrition they got. Every single one of them, and I wish I was exaggerating but I'm not. We handed out worm pills like candy everywhere that there was a population. And it was extremely fucking sad, all it would take is a little bit of education about how people get infected with them and some basic water and food sanitation to change that and make these people a hell of a lot healthier. But no, there's no money to be made doing that. So nothing changed and I'd be willing to bet that all of these people still have the same rates of preventable parasitism/disease as when I was there and will continue to suffer from it long after ISAF, the UN, and USAID leave because noone's teaching them, and when they do try to teach them, they approach it completely wrong by not utilizing local solutions and appealing to their culture/religion/economic reality because it might piss off some contractor back in Flagpole on the Beltway, or some NGO or International Organization which thinks they know what they're doing in New York, London, Nairobi, or Geneva.
I'd be more enthusiastic if it was a non-profit trying to do something like this utilizing technology that already exists in these places, like packet radio and/or purchasing and devoting an older telecom satellite and building low cost up and downlinks from surplus or off-the shelf parts to provide low speed internet access for free to the impoverished for the sole purpose of education. The sad part is that it could be done, but there's no money to be made in teaching someone how to create a better future for themselves. So instead we get organizations like Google and Facebook, giant for-profit advertising companies, claiming they want to do this for education.
The worst part is that Its a load of crap, yet people will buy into it and believe what they're doing is groundbreaking.
Re: He's Right
Obvious troll is obvious.
Re: Not as pretty as the Blackbird, tho.
No, it almost didn't. The same relative who I referenced above was involved in that. Apparently when it mated with the tanker there was no measurable fuel left in the Aircraft, it was literally running on fumes, or at least that's how the story goes.
With programs like that though its like playing the telephone game, an anecdote takes on a life of its own and turns into a legend as more people hear it and pass it on, making it sound more fantastic than it really was.
Re: Not as pretty as the Blackbird, tho.
The Air Force had 32 SR-71s, and three armed YF-12 interceptors, one of which was remanufactured into an SR-71 IIRC. The CIA also had 13 A-12 OXCARTs and two M-21 supersonic drone launching aircraft.
They're all virtually the same design, the major difference between the SR-71 and A-12 was that the camera from the A-12 was taken out and a seat for an RSO (reconnaissance systems operator/officer) was installed where it had been. Also the A-12 used a less powerful engine, though they were upgraded as the more powerful engine became available. I know it was a Pratt & Whitney, but I forget the model number. I have a relative who worked on the A-12 and SR-71 programs for CIA and what's now called the Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency.
Re: GNU's GNASH
Gnash still doesn't work worth a good goddamn, which is a shame. And its been a year and a half since the last release, which is also a shame. Anything that doesn't crash as much as Flash is definitely welcome, but Gnash simply doesn't work well enough for my use case.
If you want a FOSS flash plugin replacement that actually works (with audio too, imagine that) most of the time, try Mozilla's Shumway, it only works in Firefox and SeaMonkey though but since you're talking about a GNU product, you're probably not using Chrome or IE. It should work in the unbranded versions like Iceweasel also. I haven't run into anything it can't play since I've been using it, so much so that I uninstalled flash and haven't noticed.
Re: In this case Free == Worthless
And if you did anything with your credit before that you were a TRW customer, at least until 1996. I don't recall if the company changed their name in '96 or not. Experian's the worst of the consumer credit bureaus anyway, they consistently miss things (and fairly major things, like death) that Equifax and TransUnion see.
Free as in beer maybe. There isn't much free as in freedom in regard to Apple.
Re: Another bug fix ....
That a little bit of an oversimplification. They use FreeBSD components in Darwin, but they also acquired a license to use Mach (as part of the XNU kernel) as NeXTSTEP had, and I'm also pretty sure I/O Kit was developed by Apple with a significant amount of code from NeXTSTEP which provides for use of C++ drivers.
Apple didn't do it on its own, but as someone else said, writing an operating system is no small task. Why do you think Google acquired Android instead of writing their own? And why do you think it runs the Linux kernel?
Re: YAWN. I seem to remember...
Longer than that. NoScript has been around since 2005.
To be fair, Chrome has only been released for five years. Mozilla had NoScript available within a year of the 1.0 release in 2004, though do you really expect the world's biggest advertising company to make it harder for themselves to advertise to users on the browser that it develops?
Re: The scopes aren't why I'm upgrading
>>3.11 is supposedly much better for my AMD graphics card than earlier kernels
I'm a Fedora user so our kernels iterate faster than Ubuntu's I guess, we've had the 3.11 kernels for awhile. We're on 3.11.4-201 IIRC.
Its certainly seemed smoother with AMD cards, on mesa, radeon and the proprietary Catalyst drivers. KDE had been kind of jerky on the proprietary drivers previously, at least for me.
Re: Commercial Software Vendor hates FOSS!
Actually that should be 79S, so much for previewing posts before I submit 'em, eh?
Re: Commercial Software Vendor hates FOSS!
Um, you might want to withdraw that. The US Army does in fact have ships and watercraft. Quite a number of them too. We have a large number of LSTs, we call them the LST 2000 class, as well as dry cargo and ammunition transports which are crewed by the Military Sealift Command with the USAV (US Army Vessel) prefix. They don't get alot of press but we do have them. One of the units at my Reserve Center, the 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command, as well as the Regular Army's Surface Deployment and Distribution Command has a detachment over at the Cape (Cape Canaveral) which supports NASA, the Air Force, and Army units coming back from the CENTCOM and SOUTHCOM Areas of Responsibility. They're a pretty damned busy unit too, and they're not well staffed because we hardly get any Navy Prior Service people who want to be what would amount to being a Boatswain's Mate but in the Army Reserve or Army.
In fact when it comes to numbers, the Army has more watercraft than the Navy by about 10 to 1, and that's excluding our amphibious Armored Vehicles like modified versions of the Stryker, Amphibious HMMWVs, and the mobile bridges that the Corps of Engineers use.
We've also had an experimental High Speed Vessel-class catamaran called the USAV Joint Venture (HSV-1), which is out of service now as it was leased from the Australian Manufacturer Incat, and the lease expired. But it was a joint project between the Transportation Corps and the Navy's NAVSEA and it was crewed by an Army crew for 2/3rds of its service life.
There's also an entire MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) for Enlisted Army Mariners (The term Sailor belongs to the Navy and we don't step on each other's toes anymore, this isn't Imperial Japan), called 88K (88 Kilo), as well as a Warrant Officer MOS, and a Commissioned Officer Career Field, both of which escape me and I dont feel like going through HRC's website to find out, but they do exist.
I was an Enlisted Career Counselor, a 79C, for about two years before I went back to the Military Intelligence branch (yes yes, oxymoron, ha ha, not like I haven't heard that 50,000 times), which is my basic branch, and to WOCS (Warrant Officer Candidacy School), so I know most if not all of the Enlisted MOS in the Army currently and before the last set of major changes in 2008.
Re: Can you see where this is going?
Seems to me that the BRICS just want control themselves so they can do what we're doing and possibly silence any dissenters at the same time.
I can't imagine why governments like the ANC led Banana Republic of South Africa or CCP led People's Republic of China would want control of ICANN and the DNS roots, not at all. The United States isn't the bastion of freedom bordering on anarchy the world seems to think it is and should be but at least If I wasn't serving in the Armed Forces, I could tell the Government to go fuck itsself without worrying about the secret police kicking down my door and being sent to re-education, or being drug behind a police truck til I'm dead.
Having ITU in control would be the least bad in my estimation, but then again, I don't trust international organizations very much after seeing NATO's ineptitude get a number of my friends killed in Afghanistan, and (yeah Godwin's law, blah blah, this is less about the Nazis and more about international organizations being subject to subjugation to great power politics) seeing who the president of INTERPOL was from 1940 to 1942 when he was killed by Czech Partisans.
Re: He did
The other side would be a Linux user. OS X, the BSDs and commercial UNIX are like the sexual orientations where it takes 5 words to describe it. Nothing wrong with them of course, but its not exactly mainstream.
Re: CoCo the Clown Reasoning
>>Good ol' Jasper. Don't let the facts get in the way of a good bit of negative spin! He better not take a math refresher course though, or a conscience might kick in and ruin his designated role as in-house Apple troll.
Funny how the Apple crowd used to say nearly the exact same thing about Anna before she stopped writing here.
Re: Lock In
Snowden was a contractor for Booz, Allen, Hamilton. I get what you're saying and no, it isnt an easy task to manage staff, but he wasn't an actual NSA/CSS employee at the time he started collecting "evidence", or committing "treason" as some would put it.
Plus NSA/CSS Hawaii is fairly new, and there are always a ton of contractors of varying quality around during the initial period of a new facility, and as NSA/CSS isn't a service department, alot of times they have to hire contractors because it is VERY hard for a Civilian to get a job with them directly and there are limits in the amount of personnel spaces that the Service Departments have to support them.
The contractors don't seem to have the same levels of scrutiny, which I'm quite sure is going to change. The people who process security clearances for Government and Military employees or servicemembers (OPM) are different than the people who do it for contractors (DSS) as well, the measures are supposed to be the same but I've often wondered if they aren't after seeing the quality of some contractors who held clearances that were probably higher than they needed to be. It really wouldn't surprise me if they don't completely get rid of DSS after all this.
FOSS is in use across the Military. Hate to break it to you Larry.
Open Source has its place in Military applications. Larry and his cronies are most likely trying to get a contract away from Red Hat or IBM, and its most likely not gonna happen because of a bunch of Marketing Drone FUD. I dont know who Oracle are targeting but the Army already decided on someone else IIRC. It might be the Navy/Marines or Air Force. The Air Force seems to like Oracle so it makes sense if it is them, but its a bit like preaching to the choir.
But trust me, FOSS is in use in the Armed Forces and the DoD's various and sundry agencies. Widely.
Everywhere the Military can save a buck, especially since the Sequester started, they're either doing already, or are looking into possibly doing. Honestly if MS doesn't get their shit together really quickly in regard to Armed Forces use cases, they just might find the service departments bailing on them for desktop and productivity software, as well as DISA and the wider DoD. Windows 8 in its current form is not going to fly among the Colonels, Generals, Chief Warrant Officers, First Sergeants and Sergeants Major WHO TYPE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE ITS LIKE STRANGLING YOU THROUGH THE KEYBOARD. Its too different.
Windows 7 on bare metal or virtualized would work, a virtualized Linux, or something like PC-BSD would. Hell actually, going to VMs would be much like going back to our roots in Armed Forces computing, we used to use Sperry, Remington-Rand, and IBM mainframes over thin clients/terminals for damned near everything up until the 90's. When my dad was in the Navy during the 80's they were still using punch cards. We have a box of unused cards actually somewhere around here. From what the old timers told me when I first came in, things worked better that way. And some parts of the Military still use Mainframes, like DFAS, the people who pay us.
Oracle's products are in use also, but unfortunately its usually Java, and in very poor places for it. For instance the Air Force uses Java applets for handling Privacy Act and FOUO information for recruiting and personnel management, and the Army does as well sometimes.
Also, we use FOSS for our public and semi-public presence, go see what www.us.army.mil, the main unsecured web portal for Soldiers is being served by. Its Apache. I believe www.army.mil is over Apache as well. DVIDS is Apache running on Ubuntu, and since thats run by Third Army, you get an idea of what ARCENT is running for their infrastructure. It varies by formation though, SOUTHCOM's using IIS for instance.
Also if it didn't have a place, SELinux/FLASK would not exist, or at least it wouldn't be funded. Some of you in the FOSS community may not like who funds it, as it is a six (or seven if you count the slash) letter agency that none of you correctly name in your collective bitching about them. But it works for what it is, and you're better off with it than without it.
Oh well, in the end you can't blame Oracle for being Oracle I guess. They never really change. They're bullshit artists but they consistently bullshit everyone.
No conspiracy here, but the 160th SOAR, who more commonly known as the Nightstalkers use black helicopters, so the icon works.
>>If you're thinking of commenting on the original piece, please note that my blog comments are moderated and I feel no compunction about banning trolls and deleting their pathetic missives.
As is your want to do. I don't have an issue with banning trolls either, but I hope it is indeed trolls as opposed to people who simply don't share your viewpoint and voice their opinion to that effect.
No, they can't. Because using reason would go against their blind hatred for everything that is Microsoft, which is a popular currency 'round these parts. They probably also don't live or work in the real world where you generally have to use and/or support whatever you are told to by those above you or those paying you unless you want to lose money by not accepting jobs or contracts related to a particular vendor like some fool stated earlier.
I don't particularly care for Canonical personally, but if a customer wants me to implement a full switch to Ubuntu from what they're using, I'll do it with no bitching. I may kindly suggest something else, like SuSE, Debian, or RHEL but if they're adamant I'll gladly do it. I absolutely despise Oracle, but I have no problem with helping roll out a Oracle Linux or Oracle RDBMS solution. I don't care for Windows 8, but you guessed it, I'll support it if I'm being paid to. Why? Because its my job. And to quote one of Monty Python's underutilized lines: There is no place for sentiment in business.
It might be that you have to use or support Word, it might not be. But Word isn't perfect, and neither was WordPerfect despite its name, LibreOffice's text editor isn't perfect either, neither is WordPad, neither was StarWriter, and anyone who doesn't believe that any piece of software doesn't have flaws somewhere is either delusional or a blind zealot.
Re: That's Rich
Someone oughta leak that. What's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?
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