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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

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But isn't the entirety of www-land just rubbish anyway?

"But the terse folk of social media are furious that their constant stream of rubbish has been sullied with yet more rubbish."

But couldn't you say this about 90% of the www-net? Certainly reddit, youtube, slashdork, HuffPo, etc etc etc... All the news sites. It's all just rubbish. Rubbish and shopping. And the other 10% is probably just pR0n.

Anything really useful is probably happening on a mailing list like the kernel mailing list, or on a developer IRC channel, or simply through email from one intelligent individual to another.

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iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

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Re: I am going to puke.....

Meh - it's not even hip anymore to be an Apple hater.

Used to be so cool to be an Apple hater, and wear baggy jeans, cargo shorts, no turtlenecks, no rounded glasses. To shave every once in awhile just 'because'...

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Re: I am going to puke.....

Your sense of outrage at the iPhone religion is a bit late - by about 7 years.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Re: If the tone is wrong the content is lost

@Voland - "There is a fundamental problem in a volunteer project. If someone's contribution is crap and is not improving how to tell them to go away."

So you are saying Alan Cox was a crap coder, and Linus cussed him to try to get him to take his crap code and go away?

Poettering - whether you like systemd or not - clearly knows how to code.

Your idea sounds all well and good, but when you apply it to the actual situations that occurred, the logic falls apart.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Re: the Atom in this one is plenty zippy for web browsing and office documents

This thing is also - full Windows 8.1. It has MS Office full version pre-loaded. I'm running all the normal programs - VLC player, regular Chrome, Adobe Acrobat Pro. No games of course - I'm sure it would run some simple games, but it's more like a netbook in that regard.

With this 10 inch size, you can really see where the Metro apps work - the full screen IE is definitely the best tablet browser. I've heard other people say that, but using it on this thing it's extremely clear to see. Basically they've built it so that all the controls are within easy reach of one thumb or the other - very smart. And all those side swipes and "charms" menus and the split keyboard really make sense when you are using your thumbs for everything.

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Re: Learn something please, Microsoft

Oh I see - I hadn't kept up with the Surface Pro specs - used to be 10 inch I thought. My bad. This is still a cool little tablet to get for trading in a dead Kindle.

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Re: Learn something please, Microsoft

Screen size is the same (10 inches), it has a mini-USB port which I got a $5 cable on Amazon to run full USB devices, it has a display port, and I wouldn't use the pen anyway. The i5 processor would be nice, but the Atom in this one is plenty zippy for web browsing and office documents. If the only real difference is the processor and some RAM, then it's hard to see why the Surface Pro is an extra $500 bucks.

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Learn something please, Microsoft

I'm still unclear on why MS can't start it's Surface Pro's at less than 800 bucks apiece - $399 is clearly the starting point of interest for any tablet-centric devices.

I had a Kindle under warranty with BestBuy that had a dead battery. Took it in last week and they didn't have any new Kindles at the same price to trade out with me, so they gave me a Toshiba Encore Windows tablet that was listed at the same price - $269. Sweet little device, think I'll get a lot of use out of it. I don't really see what it's missing from the basic level Surface Pro, other than a little RAM. But it's still plenty zippy.

Learn something MS. Even Apple, the king of overpricing, knows that you can't start any kind of tablet device at an $800 price point.

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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

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Re: Cello and Winsock

Lynx on a 2400 bit/s modem was my introduction to the webernet -- faster than today's broadband in 1994. Just goes to show you how much energy we waste moving bits of pictures and videos and audio around the net.

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Apple's iPhone bonk to 'Pay' app launches on Monday

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Yup.

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Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

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Re: But will an Apple Hater step up to the plate?

Apple Haters?

You mean someone who is sick of supporting devices where most of the useful configuration options have been stripped out? Or someone who is tired of telling the Apple phone reps, "no, we truly don't still have that 10-year old credit card", when simply trying to access data on a device their company paid for with its own money? Or someone who is tired of having to uninstall iTunes and Safari and Quicktime and "bonjour" off a bunch of bogged down office PCs? Or someone who is tired of hearing "All my documents are missing from my MacBook - can you help me? Were they in that folder thingey I deleted last weekend so I could download more movies?"

Those Apple-haters?

I'll bet they would actually be pretty impressed with this earliest of PC boards. You have to separate out the business of screwing people out of their money from the marvel of technological innovation - two completely different things.

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"At the current price of $1,299.00, you could buy about 300,000 units"

@Jasper - "And remember which journalists to invite to the opening."

Yes - the one who is severely multiplication-challenged.

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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Not trying to take Google's side - but how many devs are really using Chrome OS in their work? I got a Chromebook and put Ubuntu and then Debian on it. Eventually my daughter wanted it for school and Chrome OS is fine for her. But for a developer? It seems like it's far too stripped down of an OS to get much real work done.

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Jonny Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

@SuccessCase - You lost me at "there IS some important principleS" and "any SINGLE factorS and label IT as copying".

Your butchery of grammar rules related to the use of plurals is hurting my tiny creative brain. And I don't own a Sammy (besides a cheap Chromebook my daughter stole from me) or any Sammy stock, so beat them up all you like. I'm sure they are just stealing rounded corners and bouncy icons all over the place - real important stuff. But please get your verbs and nouns to match up.

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Re: So how come

Better because it bends?

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So how come

the new iPhones look exactly like Samsung and LG phones we've seen for years?

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SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

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Re: Shock news. Startup pins whole business plan on single big order and gets screwed.

@John Tserkezis - English and American law have the concept of the "unconscionable contract" - a contract with terms that are so one-sided and unfair to the relatively weaker party that they are unenforceable because no reasonable person would otherwise agree to them.

In England it is referred to as "inequality of bargaining power", and courts won't enforce such contracts because they are considered exploitative of the relatively weaker party.

You could imagine that if you are a small specialty glass supplier worth a few million bucks, and Apple comes along and dangles a billion dollar opportunity under your nose, it's quite possible you would feel compelled to agree to any terms they offer, no matter how unconscionable or exploitative they actually are. If such is the case, GT can request relief from the court, probably including payment of sums of money that the court finds that GT reasonably relied on under the legal doctrine of promissory estoppel, otherwise known as "detrimental reliance".

Anyway - there's a lot of case law that says GT may come away with a bunch of money if they can prove certain facts about the contract.

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Shock news.

Tim Cook is the new Bill Gates.

Let the lawsuits fly.

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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Re: What's weird is...

I'm just suggesting starting them at $399 cause that's about the price point for a decent tablet or cheap laptop.

If MS had prices ranging all the way from $399 to $1,999, that would be OK- some people would want all the bells and whistles. But if MS wants to actually sell some, they might want to find out what price most people are willing to pay. Marketing 101.

And don't tell me that something with about 10GB of available memory (after the OS), a single USB port and a flimsy, condensed keyboard should be priced as much as a premium laptop. That's not just me saying that - read the reviews.

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What's weird is...

I've talked to quite a few people who want a Surface Pro. MS is honestly just pricing them too high. They need to start at a price around $399, instead of $799.

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AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

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Vulture Central

Looking out for the little guy since ....

...about October, 2014.

OK, enough of that - time to poke fun at the little guy again.

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Put down that shotgun: Wi-Fi's the way to beat Zombies

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Re: When I leave the house ...

Oh dear - Frank is a zombie and doesn't even realize it...

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

Finally someone gets it. Good job!

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Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

Gentoo Wiki: "systemd is a modern sysvinit & RC replacement for Linux systems. It is supported in Gentoo as an alternate init system."

And of course, a Gentoo Gnome install is going to require systemd. Unless you want to start going through and removing and replacing various packages. But it is the default.

So yeah. KTHXBAI.

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Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

@Destroy - 'Someone has to says "let's put this in, I suppose it's a good idea, people will get used to it". He may be wrong. Like with TIFKAM.'

Comparing one decision made at one company (Windows Metro) to a common decision made by all of the largest Linux distros (systemd) is a bit of a stretch. Each of the distros has a different technical evaluation process, and each one independently decided to change to systemd.

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Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

Name a major distro that's not using systemd? That's not using pulseaudio? Even if it's not as broad as the kernel, it's very broad adoption on the systems that could use them.

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Re: Unpaid volunteers in a lot of cases

You just assume the volunteers who get screamed at are bad at their jobs. The specific instance I recall, Torvalds was screaming one-to-one at distro bug tracking volunteers because he was having trouble getting his daughter's laptop to hop onto the local public school network. Turns out that the "bug" wasn't really a bug, and that it was an upstream security decision from KDE maintainers anyway - nothing to do with the distro's volunteers that were getting screamed at.

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Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

@AC - "There are a lot of sysadmins who think that Lennart's software achievements, like pulseaudio, NetworkManager and systemd, were designed to make their lives a living hell."

And yet those exact technologies have been extremely broadly adopted. So, somewhere there's a big disconnect between what "a lot of sysadmins think" and what actually works.

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Unpaid volunteers in a lot of cases

Poettering quotes Linus: "How did they not die as babies, considering that they were likely too stupid to find a tit to suck on?"

Got to at least appreciate the creativity.

However, what goes unacknowledged is that a lot of people who take the severe abuse Poettering is speaking about are VOLUNTEERS. As in, actual bug trackers and others who DO NOT GET PAID OR GIFTED millions like Linus and pals do. From that perspective, it's pretty despicable behavior.

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: bankruptcy

@psychonaut:

" 'GT said there is still about $85m of cash in its coffers.;

how then can you go bankrupt?"

Easy - when you owe a BEELLION.

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Re: Speculation

Fragile large sheets could be a huge problem if it doesn't bend with the rest of the iPhone 6 Plus properly. Instead of just pulling a bent phone out of your pocket, you could end up with a bent phone and a shattered screen.

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Re: Bah!

Chase bank CAN encrypt your data, but...

...there's a bit of a monthly service fee for that.

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The real question is...

...it's 2014 - why are banks and financial institutions still allowing people to illegally access our accounts using just a social security number and the name of our favorite dog, Muffy???

For those of you who are uninformed (not many I would imagine), all this identifying information has been available on public display at the local courthouse for the past 100 years in towns and cities all over America. If you thought your social or DOB was somehow a big secret, you are likely to be very disappointed.

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Sprint will KILL OFF WiMax in 2015 – report

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Re: Was WiMax better or worse than LTE?

I have to laugh every time I hear someone talk about AT&T's "good reception". On our business conference calls, it is ALWAYS the guys on AT&T cell phone service who drop in and out and have shitty garbled reception.

But not being an AT&T customer, what do I know. Maybe it's just the market those folks are calling from.

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Re: roll on 2015

The only constant in the mobile phone industry is change...

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IBM goes gunning for Intel with Nvidia GPU-charged Power8 servers

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Re: It never ceases to amuse me

I was referring to the failed marketing head-to-head attempts with various products. There was nothing technically wrong with Power PC, OS/2, or even some of the Lotus lines of products for that matter. But the fact is, IBM kept getting into weird marketing competitions with their former partners, failing miserably each time from a total market share perspective.

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It never ceases to amuse me

The irony that over 30 years ago, Intel and Microsoft were completely beholden to IBM, and Big Blue could have bought both companies with a few million from the piggy bank.

And almost ever since, IBM has pursued all these wild strategies (OS/2, Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony, Power PC, etc etc etc) to try to steal business back from them.

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You folks probably don't have much to say on the Comcast-TWC merger ... FCC extends deadline for comments anyway

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I have something to say

I hope that these combined companies weren't counting on my $139.95 per month to help finance their tens of billions in financing. I threw out the televisions and ripped the cables out of the wall years ago. And I've found that fewer and fewer of my neighbors are paying for their absolute crap programming and endless torrent of garbage advertisements.

Anyone seriously worried about them monopolizing the webernet can probably relax. Sit back and enjoy the show as these two debt-laden dinosaurs drown in their own excrement.

To quote Forrest Gump: "that's all I have to say about that".

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EFF: Cops' spyware for parents is insecure – and a fat waste of money

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The EFF uses Wireshark on Windows XP to do its packet sniffing?

Strange days indeed. Home or Pro I wonder?

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

@AC - "up to 2 replacements over 2 years for a £55 excess on a £500-700 phone"

What do you do when you bend the third one then? Besides giving up and buying a Samsung instead?

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Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

End of story.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Next Windows name is.........

@John Tserkezis - "A menu that takes up so much screen real estate that not only can't you find what you want (because they've moved it) that you don't have any space to do your work."

Sounds like the little "Collapse the Ribbon" arrow has escaped you over the years. I can see how that could be very frustrating. It's in the upper right corner -- looks like a little up arrow. It's also one of the 5 options on the context menu if you right-click on the ribbon.

By the way, I too use LO and OOo, along with MS Office - whichever one is best for the job at hand.

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Re: Next Windows name is.........

@channel - "Why are patches only put out only once a week, rather than when ready?"

You couldn't be more wrong. But that's ok.

There is something called Patch Tuesday. It's on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Unless it's also on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

One thing it is not is weekly.

And there are also daily and other patches. Which are released daily and at other times. Sometimes those times correspond with when the patch is ready. Daily updates usually include malware definition updates for MS security products.

So, the answer to your question is: you don't have the slightest clue what you are talking about. Now go back to fondling your shiny iToy and let the adults figure out what to call the next version of Wiindows.

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Hoary Hedgehog

I always liked that one.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Re: "Backlash"

Life. Death. Taxes. RIM making pots of money. Apple getting bailed out of bankruptcy by Bill Gates.

These were givens in yesterday's world.

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Re: "Rarity" is not the point

@Ledswinger - agreed, I was thinking about bringing up plasticity, but I don't think the discussion participants are intellectually capable of going there.

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Re: "Rarity" is not the point

@SuccessCase - I assume you will get a nice check in the mail from Cupertino for reprinting their press release?

Interesting that I never spoke about foot-pounds of energy nor denied that the event is rare. I stated that permanent warping and deformity is the issue, and that you will see more of it as time goes on.

Nothing you have copied and pasted from Apple's press release is in any way responsive to that issue.

And regarding Credas' post, I assume his problem with you is that you have no idea what the f*ck you are talking about regarding 100 lbs of force. Just a wild guess.

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"Rarity" is not the point

It doesn't matter how many units fail in the first 3 days.

What matters is that these devices are a serious financial investment, and a huge percentage will bend or fail due to this design flaw over the course of 1-2 years of regular use.

All of the youtube bend videos clearly show one thing - other phones have some degree of flexibility but retain their original shape. The iPhone 6 Plus bends and warps and retains the new warped shape.

I can't see any other outcome here than a massive recall.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Oh so true...

@Triggerfish - "Yes but with a CD or DRM free downloads I own my music."

Why the hell would you want to own your own music when you can rent it from Cupertino and beg the Apple security department for access to it on 5 devices of Apple's choosing??

Get with the program kid. "Owning" stuff is soooo 1800's.

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