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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

Volker Hett
Happy

Yes, but now that it isn't homegrown anymore it's not our fault! :)

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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Do I get this right?

Icahn invested in the wrong company and didn't earn as much as more clever investors did?

Poor soul!

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Dashboard Siri! Take me to the airport! NO, NOT the RUNWAY! Argh!

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>Google is working on a rival system, but one that doesn't require a phone - all the 'brains' are integrated into the car

And there's the answer. Google is working on it while Apple is delivering.

Microsoft delviers, too, but Ford customers seem somewhat unhappy with the Windows Experience in their cars.

I haven't heard of Intels Tizen for some time, are they still working on it?

QNX looks good to me, especially because car manufacturers have a lot of experience with it.

But providing connectivity to any android phone can be a problem, which android with which extensions and modifications on which hardware? Add Symbian and Windows Phone and we're in trouble.

Me? I don't even own a car anymore :)

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?

Some of those have 64bit CPUs, but the GMA945 (?) Chipset is limited to 32bit. Otoh, that white Macbook I bought in April 2006 is now best described as "genuine vintage" with all its scratches, dents and missing keyboard caps.

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Six year old hardware runs fine with Mavericks, I should know, I'm typing on a seven year old Macbook Pro at the moment.

So people with even older hardware are stuck. OTOH, my 8 year old white Macbook runs (or better crawls) Windows 7. The Intel Chipset is limited to 2GB RAM and let's not talk about the graphics card :(

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Dell service

Apple can't even touch Dell Service. I know, I have both :) and HP and IBM servers at customer sites.

My MBP 15" late 2009 workhorse has been to a certified repair shop several times while under Apple Care, I had to bring it there wait two weeks and pick it up again :(

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Re: £1040 for an extra 52gb of ram???

Kingston DDR3 ECC 1866MHz KTA-MP318/16G close to 200 Euros each, you need 4 of those. So you can save some on Memory.

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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It's about the Android brand, isn't it?

As far as I understood the german report at heise.de, you have to install certain google apps at certain places to use the Android brand and logo.

Does Amazon use the Android logo?

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

Volker Hett

I recommend windows as host, too. Add some SSDs to the setup and use ISCSI for your btrfs needs in a Linux guest.

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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

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We ported from whatever-it-was-hp-had-in-the-micro-xe to Risc and then to x86, why not to ARM?

With VMWares arguments we'd still be running that old HP-3000!

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple

They use BSD in form of BSDlite and older FreeBSD userland. It was OpenBSD who needed 20.000 for its electricity bill.

One of the NeXt boxes was at CERN and one Tim Berners-Lee developed something totally irrelevant on it.

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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

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Makes sense!

It's in our building, it runs our software, we're the biggest technology company, must be ours!

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Eight EXCELLENT languages for the fondleslab-friendly Intranet of Thingies

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Re: The answer is "JavaScript"...

Yes, the answer is C++, but I forgot the question :)

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Romanian Bitcoin baron 'stumps up $20k to keep OpenBSD's lights on'

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They are somewhat entangled.

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SPAM supposedly spotted leaving the fridge

Volker Hett
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Patch Tuesday in the kitchen? The Horror!

Patches for your phone, tablet, laptop, PC, TV, microwave, blender, fridge, dishwasher, hairdryer, car, bicycle, razor and much more.

That'll be a very busy patch tuesday!

Mine's the one with paper and pencil in the pocket for when my fridge refuses to mail my shopping list.

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Rosetta comet chaser due to wake up for final rendezvous on Monday

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Re: Harpoons, eh?

and we may call him Ismael :)

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Descartes might disagree with the christian part in this. Galileo probably too and I'm unsure about Da Vinci, he had some protection from the christians when he made his dissections.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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when we're at it

pass a law against french dressing, or any dressing that is, on salad!

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Re: Any chance...

To me it looks as if they happily do the killing themselves if left alone for some time.

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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The punters are excited

first reactions in the news:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E4znu82XhE

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Kiwi inventor's court win rains on Apple's parade

Volker Hett

My first thought

why the i?

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Thai man reportedly dies clutching his scorched iPhone 4S

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Re: It's all about the money

At least they'll have a more durable CE sticker :)

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

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Re: Well hello ducky...

I wouldn't mind being trapped in the Tardis but prefer Martha or even Rose over a boy band!

Or beer!

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Re: Yes well...

#2 and #4 are closely related. You have to either educate those who can't drive at a speed they can manage or have physics sort them out.

IMHO getting rid of ESP and such would help in the process ...

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Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

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As a long time linux user I know that flash for non MS systems is a mixed bag at best. So I don't use it.

As far as I remember, Adobe claimed lacking support from the linux community for their fine software, looks like Apple, Google and Microsoft sent them real programmers to fix that mess and had to add additional security because it's still broken ...

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Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

Volker Hett

Leaving the DNS root servers under control of a government which can not pay the personal to maintain them seems a bad idea to me.

And to brazils economy, Ms. Rousseffs government is about to cancel an order for 36 F/A-18 Super Hornets and save 4 billion dollars which might be better invested elsewhere in brazil .....

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This depends on which side of the governments weapons you are and how you feel about being "collateral damage"

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Wine!

We still rely on financial software from 1995, it even has to be on a path which screams netware :)

Remember .pif files? Yeah, that's it!

So I gave wine a try and I got it to work on my macbook first and CentOS 6 later.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

Volker Hett

And then ...

we will have Micro USB as only solution for the coming decades with lots of adaptors to connect our Galaxy 15 to the USB 5.1 plug in out new Lenovo ThinkPad whatever ...

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

Volker Hett

Ok, now I want to see him dropping the rifle in water, on dirt and concrete, will it fare better?

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Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi

Volker Hett

Re: New Option

I'm used to that, back from the days when I needed another computer in my Apple ][ to run CP/M :) Later I had to buy HP for MPE and DEC for VMS and IBM for OS400. It'll never change!

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USB 3.1 demo shows new spec well on its way towards 1.2GB/sec goal

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Re: Thundercats

Do you mean the company who was first with USB instead of legacy connectors on that funky translucent 15" all in one computer? The one which has Thunderbolt and USB 3 in all but one of its current Computers?

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TDK calls it quits on tape media thanks to 'difficult environment'

Volker Hett

Re: Backup

Plus offsite storage in a bank vault :)

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

Volker Hett

The rest of the world is a pretty big market for iPhones, but if they choose to sell it in the USA only, then it's probably ok. Like that fake Havana Club headacheinducer made somewhere from something and bottled and sold by Bacardi violating a trademark from Pernod-Ricard.

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Storage vendors: You're next over the cliff after the server salesmen

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With at 34Mbit/s pipe at some 5000 Euros a month

I see a lot more storage in my server room!

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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Re: Remarkable.

>It's remarkable to me that certain people here seem to hate their own countries more than those who are actually despotic, enough to support Snowden in his vainglorious attempt to get recognition.

Funny you say that, I do love my country within reasonable limits. I really don't like GCHQ and PRISM to spy on me. Both are breaking german law doing it!

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: Future Digital

Yes, and you get extremely detailed enlargements of film grains :)

Take your best slide and have it scanned at different resolutions at a pro shop, drum scanners and such, and then compare.

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Lens flares and Leica Glow

Are both due to coating, shading and the lens design.

The "Leica Glow" is mostly found on old pictures taken with non aspherical lenses with a single coating. Modern multicoated aspherical Leica lenses don't show this "glow".

I mostly use 35mm lenses on small format film and have lots of them. The one I love most is a bastard made from an old 1938 Zeiss Biogon, a Jupiter 12 PT1030 from Arsenal in a Leica Thread Mount from another russian lens. The results, on film and digital, match the look from the old pictures my grandfather took with a comparable lens in the late 40s.

Lens flare? Yes, if I point it to a strong light, which my grampa taught me not to, and then they are less prominent then in J.J.s films.

If I use slide film instead of traditional B/W like FP4 or TriX, then I prefer the brutal sharpness of modern lens designs with close to perfect correction, aspherical elements and any single surface multicoated. Like the current Zeiss Biogon T* 2/35 in ZM mount. Lens flares? Not with one of those!

When I compare scanned Provia with pictures from a digital sensor, taken with the same lens, I can't see much of a difference, if at all.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

Volker Hett

How do you torture a BOFH?

Make him destroy his own kit!

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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

Volker Hett

Interesting

so this must be Australia here at the north sea where the recently rebuilt dykes barely helped against last years floods.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Ok, so better not travel via UK if you happen to know somebody who published something embarrassing?

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So I better not fly via UK

"This is a routine hazard for people of interest to spooks or serious police investigations, and it could be seen as a little odd that Greenwald, Miranda and Poitras didn't anticipate it."

Since I don't know if I'm of interest to spooks, I better take no chances.

Next trip to Brazil via Lisboa ...

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

Volker Hett

Reduce Halon cost with a fireproof and airtight tape safe!

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Who's Edward Snowden? Capita bungs its email into Microsoft's cloud

Volker Hett

It's not about my sensitivity, I have to comply with german and european privacy laws. As long as I'm liable for any security breach I can't use cloud services by companies who have to comply with USA laws.

Sorry, no Office 365, gmail, outlook.com, Amazon .....

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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Re: It only just clicked

All well and good, as long as you don't earn a living selling PCs.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Volker Hett

Cloud?

My companies confidential documents? Never!

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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

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Imagine you're Airbus Industries

Would you store any document in a cloud ready for the NSA to channel it to Boeing?

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MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

Volker Hett

There was a british camera industry?

Just asking.

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Samsung quits desktop PC biz, will stick to all-in-ones and portables

Volker Hett

Exactly! You have to pay and pay again and again :)

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Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

Volker Hett

Re: SETEC ASTRONOMY (See 'Sneekers')

The NSA does industrial espionage as well. So it's high time for EU companies who have competition in the US rethinks cloud services in the USA and by any US Company anywhere.

So yes, a traitor in the USA can be a hero anywhere else.

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