* Posts by Chairo

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

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Meh

revolutionary - forward looking - modern

And what we got was Windows 8.

Hearing Microsoft talking about Awesome gives me the creeps... Windows 98's awesome "active desktop" comes to mind.

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

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They do it wrong

If they would make an auction out of it, they could finance the whole mission just by naming one single crater after the revered founder of a certain entertainment giant. He certainly fulfills the requirements, too.

If they would bent a bit and accept fictional beings, they might finance the next couple of missions by naming a few craters after a certain mouse and its friends, too.

The one with the big round ears, please ------------>

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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between Singapore and Jakarta? I wonder if those coelocanths have taken to chewing cables

Nooo - don't tell the Singaporean gouvernment that cables can be chewed! They might prohibit them!

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Apple bitchslaps iPhone rival Xiaomi: World No 1? That's BIG TALK

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Re: Necessary Now

cheap iPhone with cheap service contract

Well, if you want an Android for some reason, it's rather nasty to sponsor a cheap Iphone for the fanbois. I for my part rather don't like IOS. Been there, was glad to leave.

My solution was to get a feature phone contract, throw the phone away and use the sim in an unlocked handset I bought overseas. For mobile data I use a 3G modem.

Not very comfortable, but it works.

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Re: Necessary Now

You say "nobody is forcing you to buy the Merc", but at least here in Japan, that is exactly what is happening.

In a car analogy, it would be like Mercedes made a contract with all car dealers in the whole country, to each sell a ridiculous high fixed quantity of Mercedes cars. What is happening here is - all Japanese telcos are giving away IPhones for cheaper contracts than even the lowest spec Android handset.

To come back to your analogy - they will still sell you a Fiat, but you will have to cash out more than for a Mercedes.

Of course, this is not Apple's fault - it's the stupid Japanese telcos that signed such contracts.

For Apple it's a nice situation. They enjoy a 50.4% market share in the home country of Sony, Sharp, Fujitsu, Kyocera, ... and with hardware that doesn't really fit to the Japanese market. As an example NFC is extremely widespread here, but even the IPhone 6's NFC doesn't support the Japanese "seifu Ketai" (mobile wallet) system.

So yes, if you can establish a monopoly by smart contracting a limited channel (Only 3 big telcos here), you can happily gouge the customers. At least until someone else breaks in by offering a better alternative for a reasonable price. In case of Telcos this is difficult, as you need the infrastructure. As a result smart phone contracts here got significantly more expensive here in the last few years. Dumb-phone contracts not so much, as there are still some independent 2G providers around.

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Republican minority Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday. "We live in a dangerous world, and the threat by ISIL only makes it more so."

The sad truth is, the world was always a dangerous place and most likely it will stay this way. That's why police and military were invented and got a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence. To prevent them from misusing this monopoly checks and balances were introduced.

The PATRIOT act weakens these checks and balances. Does this make the world safer? Perhaps. It's trading one risk against another on the cost of your individual freedom.

But is it really a risk? There are so many examples of countries that failed, because these checks didn't work or exist. Military putsches are rather the rule than the exception. Is the US an exception? Again perhaps. The US government seems to be happy to bet on it. Hopefully they don't lose!

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Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data

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Today you need a supercomputer

in 20 years you can run this your desktop PC.

I still remember, when my university installed a CRAY2 back in the mid 90s. 4 CPUs with 4GHz in ECL technology. And it could do SIMD operations!

Now, where did I leave the floppies with vectorfortan...

edit: Looks, like the CRAY 2's processors were "only" running with 244 MHz. It was the memory that was 4GB. Great looking machine, anyway.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Standard mistake to make

@dan1980

Thank you very much! That is EXACTLY how I feel as well.

Btw: In another post someone wrote that it might be OK, if the servers are open sourced and free to set up. I really don't feel that way. Perhaps if you can set up your own private server, things might be different, but then we are back at single player, anyway.

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Pity!

A real sequel to ELITE is something I waited for since 30 years. Unfortunately online gaming is a big no go for me, so I'll pass that one out. People who want that kind of stuff are probably already on EVE Online. One more of the same is kind of pointless imo.

Btw: the oolite project offers the original ELITE gameplay with all missions as FOSS. I just spend a few days hunting down the constrictor and being blown up by thargoids.

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

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Obligatory xkcd reference

http://xkcd.com/221/

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Samsung: Every breath you take, every step you make, we'll be watching

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Skin temperature 29 deg?

Obviously the wrist is not such a good place to measure body signals. It needs to be worn at a different place. Or maybe it needs some remote probe, that can be put into the ... mouth?!?

Coat please - no, no, not the one stuffed with all this electronics. Mine's the wearable and washable one.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Looks like

Someone is desperately searching for something IOT can be used for.

Do you bring the solution or are you part of the problem?

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Oracle gives HR tool to track your fitness

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Nice treat

Most employees already feel like a hamster trapped in a treadmill.

Now this can be extended to your private non company time?

Great, just great.

On a more positive note, this kind of tracking might be illegal in most EU countries, so there is still hope.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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It would be interesting to know

if they asked how often people texted while driving. There is quite a difference If someone does it once in a lifetime or every 10 minutes.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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they sold out for product placement for some car

On the other hand I really liked the way they presented the BMW in "Tomorrow Never Dies". In the English version the car was talking in a "very German" female voice...

And then there was Dr. Kaufman - "Believe me Mr Bond, I could shoot you from Stuttgart und still create ze proper effect." I watched it in a cinema in Glasgow together with some German friends and we nearly died laughing. (Incidentally some of us came from the area of Stuttgart).

For some reason they left that out in the German version, however.

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FTC to flog Butterfly Labs' Bitcoin holdings

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Defendant’s substantial Bitcoin holdings

Not bad - build up machines using your customer's prepayment, let the machines mine for you until they are obsolete, deliver machines and repeat.

Or with other words, instead of "Stop digging for gold, and start selling shovels”, you take the money, keep the shovels to scratch up all gold for yourself and hand it over, after the claim is exhausted.

Icon - where they belong to.

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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No need to panic

But there's still plenty of potential for folks to worry – and scream – about the fact that just about any Android can now sniff networks.

There is already a plethora of WiFi sniffer apps in the playstore. They are quite handy to optimize access point set up and installation.

Google got into trouble by reading and recording traffic data packages from open access points, not for mapping access points, in the first place.

That said, there might be some patents on geomapping of WiFi access points, so Mozilla should still carefully check things with their legal department.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: I've had enough

@ Anonymous Coward

Expiring minds want to know..

Is your mind running on a office 365 licence?

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Microsoft embracing Linux?

quick - let's run for the hills!

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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That's not how it works

On the more cynical side, it could also benefit the employer as female employees would be under less pressure to have children earlier in their lives and as such could put in a few more years of long hours and heavy productivity for their company before starting a family.

Unfortunately the main limiting factor are not the eggs, it is the uterus. After reaching 40 or so, the chance that an egg nests in, decreases dramatically. Where it might help, however is to conceive healthy children, as the risk for a genetic defect increases with age. So this program might help people to get children later, but not by a huge margin.

And let's face the facts - one of the reasons for the low birth rate in developed countries is, that the family planning of many people often doesn't fit with the biological clock. Many seem to suddenly have a child wish when they reach middle age (part of the mid-life crisis?) and then it is just a bit too late and risky to conceive. If this program helps people to get healthy children and be happy, why should anyone be against it?

That said, yes, this can only be one small part of the package. Proper maternity benefits, child care support, etc. are certainly more important.

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Re: it is on a volcano

Hawaiian volcanism is of a different kind than the one found around the ring of fire or other continental fault lines. They are shield volcanoes, fed by a hot spot. Their magma is very hot and much less explosive than what is found in other places (Japan or Indonesia, for example). That said, Yellowstone caldera is also fed by a hot spot and it is a monster. Good old earth has a lot of nasty surprises for us, but the Hawaiian islands are probably one of the safer spots.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: Surprised this still happens

I'm assuming this is just some developer testing feature that got left on

Sure, with two servers, connected to the internet that receive user data of a million readers. These just happened to be set up by accident and no-one noticed...

(Where is the irony icon?)

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Re: "bad actors doing bad things"

Are they talking about miming "I will survive" while wearing too many sequins?

No, I am quite sure they are talking about "trying to evade profiling and thus reducing our loot ad revenues".

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Figures

I always wondered on what kind of strange user data Microsoft based their ribbon interface on. So it was based on the behaviour patterns of people playing around with beta software? Interesting approach...

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Bad audio

I wonder why the video contains so many silent sections. Could it be that all faecal words were cut out? Pity - "shit oh no, they didn't" would sound so much more funny in this context.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: Just to be absolutely, totally clear here.....

... what they really want is privacy?

No, they already sold away their privacy to a tabloid which wants to make sure the rights stay exclusive. I wouldn't be too surprised if all these security measures are part of the contract.

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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Re: Windows vs Linux

@AC

Strange that 75% of the x86 server market is Windows then (as per Forbes)....there must be a lot of idiots out there. Or perhaps you are the idiot....

I would up-vote you for realizing that there are many idiots out there, but I would have to down-vote you at the same time for implying one of them could be a fellow commentard.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: Keyboard layout?

@mrmond:

...Qwerty for UK and everywhere that uses it, Qwertz for France etc.

Only if the French would speak German. "qwertz" would be the German version. French keyboards use "azerty" layout. That said, I wonder if there will be a Japanese version and what kind of layout it will have. (Probably US standard?)

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Re: Safari

It's the changes to Safari that bug me.

No problem, just install another browser that suits you better...

(obvious trolling)

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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Who cares about the looks?

I wonder why everybody here only complains about the user interface and TIFCAM stuff. The far more important point IMO is the way Microsoft tries to force people into their cloud and their crappstore. And I don't see that this would change with windows 9 (or whatever it will be called).

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Corporate development

I bet they cracked one or the another phone during development as well. I suppose that they just punished the "careless" developer, instead of giving him a bonus for finding the weak point before series release and changing the design.

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Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff

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How did they handle the baggage?

Hmm, it happened on a flight from Australia to Fiji? A few hours of luggage roasting in the Australian sun, waiting for the connection flight? Sounds very probable. No need to call that guy names. Could have been a bloody electric toothbrush or a shaver as well. Lately both contain lithium cells. Usually it is OK to have devices with built in or plugged in batteries in the luggage.

And I suppose most people will probably carry a spare battery for their digital camera or two.

But no - that could never happen - our precious airlines always treat their customer's property with the utmost care and respect, right? ... right?

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Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies

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No, no, you got it all wrong!

"As a serious user (dissident, whistle-blower, diplomatic or military user) I would now be waiting for the bad guys come and get me with their water-board,"

It's the good guys that play around with waterboards. the bad guys simply shoot you.

Edit: Icon - 'cause the whole thing seems to be a bad joke...

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: with Bing

... It must be crippled in some other way as well.

As written in the article. The screen size is limited. That said, I wonder if there are other limitations, similar to the castrated XP they shipped with the netbooks. Those were limited to 1024x600 resolutions and 1GB memory. Also the Netbooks were all 32bit, though I am not sure if that particular limit was mainly imposed by Microsoft or by Intel.

The netbook portable described in the article has 1024-by-600 resolution and ships with 1GB RAM. Happy swapping time! Don't damage your eyes!

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Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

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Why new hardware?

Wouldn't a simplified launcher be enough for the job?

Let's check in the play store...

"launcher for elderly" finds about 250 apps. Some of them looking quite good.

That said, it would be nice to have a out of the box solution with a pre-installed launcher, so perhaps there is a real market need...

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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Side effects of education

online can expose people to ideas that challenge their world view, make them feel less exceptional ...

As do most forms of education. But is that really such a bad thing?

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Wearables market set to EXPLODE... Wait, is that a STRAP-ON chair?

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Go gadget go!

They forgot to mention the always fashionable umbrella hat. It just needs a rain sensor to open automatically.

And let's connect it via bluetooth to the spectacle wipers!

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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3D is annoying and should go away, especially as an additional cost, as if you don't want to watch it in 3D you get stuffed into a small screen - if I wanted to watch on a small screen I would be at home. Films like Dredd were actually worse for the 3D too (highlighted the noise in the dark scenes).

I completely agree with you. I don't understand why movie theaters don't offer special spectacles with two identically polarized glasses for people that don't like 3D. That would be trivial to implement with negligible additional cost.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Looking at this

I suddenly realised why this windows 8 tile design always looks so familiar. They use square areas with no more than 3 colours in each block. Looks like I'm not the first one to realise it:

http://www.retromagazine.eu/retro/2014-04/windows-8-1-fuer-commodore-64/

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

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Economy seating

Here you can find a comparison of economy seating of different airlines.

My personal feeling is, that the seat pitch is even more important than the seat width.

If I look at the new 787s, I don't see a lot of improvement in this regard, so I have little hope for what the airlines will use in the new Airbus models. Most likely they will cramp in whatever they can.

Btw. as far as I'm concerned with they can keep their 3D stuff. I would already be happy with a good OLED or IPS screen that is viewable, even after the guy in front inevitably reclines the seat as soon as the seatbelt light is off.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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It is so simple.

The I phone is not waterproof, so...

Mine is the one with the IPX6 rating...

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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Does it fit in an average pocket still? If not, then you may as well have a 7 inch tablet instead.

I heard that the reason, why it is named "Passport" is because it has the same size than a passport.

So yes, just like a passport, it will fit in most pockets.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Interesting focus

"We help people get stuff done. Stuff like term papers, recipes and budgets."

Hmm, no mentioning of programming, server administration and other professional IT tasks?

Should we start worrying?

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Tech giants link arms with startups against patent trolls

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Tech giants link arms with against startups against with patent trolls

FTFY.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: smashing idea, but...

This should do the job.

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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

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Re: OMGeeez!!! What a DISASTER!!! We're all DOOOOMED!!! Etc.

Yes, there are a lot of posters her that don't want to agree with what I post, who downvote with alacrity, yet seem unable to post a reason for their disagreement. That implies their disagreement is not based on facts or reasoning, but on emotional baaaah-liefs.

Think about it - I'd say about 75% of your downvotes are directly because of your attitude. Those downvoters will never answer, anyway. Another 25% don't agree with your statement and facts. They might answer your post and explain the downvote, but that's much more effort than just pushing the downvote button and hoping someone else might explain it to you.

Anyway - you have a good point insofar as my whole post had no actual relevance to the thread.

Let's change that:

If The Man or any of The Minions have 'misused' the data then there would be some proveable 'harm', surely? If not, how could they have 'misused' it? You want to baaaaah-lieve in The Great Conspiracy To Oppress Us All, so show me some effect of the supposed conspiracy.

In a dragnet data collection of Stasi or Gestapo style, it is completely irrelevant if the data is misused or not. The very fact the data is collected, already creates a feeling of uncertainty and pushes the subjects to preemptive obedience. That's why oppressive systems never hide the fact, that data is collected. Obviously the NSA tried very hard to hide their data collection. So probably no conspiracy here. Move along, nothing to see.

".....and because 'victims' of any misuse will not necessarily know where their problems came from." I am not asking you to show conclusive proof that The Man 'harmed' them, just anything that these people underwent that you want to propose was caused by The Man. Then we can all have a good laugh at your paranoia. Come on, back your witless bleating up for once.

Now, unfortunately there have been incidents with people, that were put on "No Fly Lists". Once your name is on such a list, your are in trouble. There is virtually no way to get you cleared. I would say this counts as harm. Accidential harm, perhaps, but nevertheless. Apart from that, the fact that it is now known that all this data is collected, will certainly have some negative influence on our society. The terrorists' goal is to fight our liberal society, our freedom to do, think and believe as we wish. The actions of the NSA damaged our society far more than any terrorist bomb could have ever done. Just by creating a feeling of fear and uncertainty. I would call that harmful behaviour.

Another point is that once such a organisation is set up and working, it can be easily turned into an instrument of oppression. The Gestapo didn't just appear from out of nowhere. Neither did the Stasi. Democracies are very fragile things. People tend to flock around strong leaders and leaders tend to strife for as much power as possible. And you know what - it's always the other ones that are the sheeple...

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Re: Dan 55 mooooooity OMGeeez!!! What a DISASTER!!! We're all DOOOOMED!!! Etc.

Then we can all have a good laugh at your paranoia.

I think that's what they might have said as well in the good old Republic of Weimar, after their newly elected chancellor installed the GeStaPo, after some terrorists put fire on the national assembly building. Pre-Nazi Germany was very much a democracy, you know. They eventually stopped laughing of course.

That's why separation of power is needed. Once you give legislative, judicial and executive power in one hand you are done for good.

And once your government turns against you, there is fuck nothing you can do about it.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Re: What's to look forward to?

The post I was actually replying to originally was your answer to Stuart 22's post. He made the following point:

Removing XP support threatened to take XP over our risk threshold. Win 7 & 8 had issues with legacy apps and some of our hardware. It was just easier, cheaper and faster to take the hit on legacy apps (which we had been ducking) and go all-Linux.

You wrote a lenthy reply that can be put into 3 sentences:

1) Win 7 and 8 are technically superior to XP (Obviously they are)

2) Legacy apps should be moved over, instead of dragged along infinitely (That is one solution, but not forcibly the best - it depends on the business case)

3) It is OK for Microsoft to stop patches for XP, as they supported it for seven years after end of sales. (Wrong - they supported just 3 1/2 years).

The analogy I used was intended to show you that it is not OK to stop support for perfectly running hardware after just ~3 years end of sales. Even if the technology behind is already older. Microsoft is trying to force their customers to upgrade. IMHO that is not OK. Your argument, that Win7 and 8 are technically far superiour to Win XP is true, but that is only one aspect of point 2).

Oh, this one:

Using your reasoning in your post any cut off point for support for XP would be negligence. But there comes a point in any software lifecycle where the update is no longer a patch, but a new version. There's only so many updates you can release before you have to put a new number on it.

You realize that's BS, right? As long as you only plug holes and don't add new features, code can stay remarkably stable for a very long time. And no, not any cut off point for XP would be negligence. I proposed 10 years for workstations and perhaps 20 for servers.

Anyway - here it is already past beer o'clock. Cheers!

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Re: What's to look forward to?

You are aware that is not sufficient to simply start talking about cars and expect that to carry any logical weight without showing that cars are actually analogous to operating systems?

There are quite a lot of similarities between providing service for vehicles and service for software. Both are complex technological systems, difficult to create and to maintain. Both have interface problems and might be mission critical. Both can be significant investments for a company.

And most important, both need maintenance during their complete lifetime.

Car suppliers are required by law to provide parts for a minimum time after end of vehicle production and sales. This is a basic requirement to allow product maintenance.

Analogous the availability to fix bugs and security holes is a basic requirement to allow maintenance of computers. If the producer of the software abandons it, while it is still used in a productive environment, it is nothing else than gross negligence.

As a fact, end of sales of PCs pre-installed with Windows XP was October 22, 2010. Microsoft could not be arsed to provide support for even 4 years. PCs have a lifetime of between 3 to 8 years, so I would say, they cut it short. That also fits to the number of 25% of WinXP usage in the internet.

If Microsoft doesn't want to give away patches for free, I'm completely OK with it. But they have to make them available for a reasonable fee for the expected lifetime of the product. 10 years seem to be fair for end user products. As for company products that are used in productive environments, I think 20 years would be reasonable. Again, for a reasonable fee, of course. Alternatively they might open the source, to allow servicing by 3rd parties.

People are traditionally accepting a lot of abuse from software vendors. Far more than they would from any other supplier. As software is now becoming a commodity, it is time software companies take their responsibility serious. Otherwise they WILL be regulated. Just as car companies were.

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