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15 posts • joined 10 Sep 2007

Microsoft Surface: Designed to win, priced to fail

A. Lloyd Flanagan
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Office?

A stripped-down version of Office? Really? I'll bet it can't compete with apps designed for tablets from the beginning. Office needs a complete redesign, but you'll never convince MS of that while it's still selling. Which it will until some other company does to them what MS did to WordPerfect.

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Global warming much less serious than thought - new science

A. Lloyd Flanagan
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Oh, right. Well, it's all right then.

Of course, if you're going to look at past warming events you might find this interesting: "There have been three major greenhouse phases in the time period we analyzed and the peaks in temperature of each coincide with mass extinctions," http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=mass-extinctions-tied-to-past-climate-changes

"Global temperature rose five degrees Celsius 56 million years ago in response to a massive injection of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

That intense gas release was only 10 percent of the rate at which heat-trapping greenhouse gases are building up in the atmosphere today."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-last-great-global-warming (sorry, subscription required for full article. I've got the magazine at my house, if you drop by I'll let you read it.)

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seriously?

Billions of pounds? Really? I haven't found a source for England's budget for meteorology, but the entire Department of Health received 98.7 billion pounds in 2008-9.

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A. Lloyd Flanagan
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Re: They don't have a choice!

Wow, that's a lot of words for a completely irrelevant post.

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Wi-Fi starts getting chummy with its peers

A. Lloyd Flanagan
Grenade

Bluetooth has not taken off in US?

Maybe the lack of popularity in the US is less due to the carriers, and more to all the Bluetooth devices I've accumulated which don't actually work.

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IBM Java defection leaves Apache sourcers shellshocked

A. Lloyd Flanagan
Unhappy

The problem with patents

The reality is, that with the minefield that software patents is today, that freedom-to-operate analysis is of limited usefulness. Anybody can patent just about anything, and any large software project is going to violate a number of patents without meaning to. There's only so many reasonable ways to solve a particular problem.

There's no reason to reason to think Python is immune from this problem, just that nobody has bothered to sue yet. Until software patents are eliminated, we'll see more problems like this, until open source is just a fond memory of long-time programmers.

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Oracle to webify mobile Java against Android

A. Lloyd Flanagan
Gates Horns

Open Source My ***

They can release stuff under the GPL all they want. If they make a habit of suing anybody they don't like over patents, nobody in their right mind will touch the stuff. Licenses like GPL rely on copyright, and as long as software is patentable open source has a big hole in it. Reason #15 of Why Software Patents Are a Horrible Idea.

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Daleks poised to invade tour UK

A. Lloyd Flanagan
Black Helicopters

Hey, I'm ready

All I've got to say is, if I see a Dalek, I'm hitting it with all the heavy artillery I can beg, buy, or steal. If it turns out to be a fake or a guy in a box, that's too damn bad. I'm not taking any chances.

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Google's WiFi snoop - who knew and who didn't?

A. Lloyd Flanagan
Coat

Uh, so?

I hate corporate misuse of data as much as anyone, but is there any evidence at all that they actually used any of this data for anything? I keep reading all these "Google Is Evil" stories and they all seem to concern something Google could do, or might do in the future. Yawn.

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Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble - and why it's flawed

A. Lloyd Flanagan
Grenade

Prices still way too high

If MS is serious about getting people (like me) to upgrade from Windows XP, they need to get the price below the "no-brainer" point, which for me is probably $20-30. There's just no good reason to spend $90 or more. (See http://www.codinghorror.com for a discussion of this).

As far as Linux: hmmm, I can spend $90 with Microsoft and get technical help from their website, or I can spend $50 with Canonical and get an actual human being to help me through the rough spots. Looks to me like MS has a problem.

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Microsoft opened Linux-driver code after 'violating' GPL

A. Lloyd Flanagan
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What's with the headline?

The headline reads "after 'violating' GPL". The single-quotes are usually used to indicate there's an interpretation that is questionable or disputed.

But from the article: "a network driver in Microsoft's Hyper-V used open-source components licensed under the GPL and statically linked to binary parts. The GPL does not permit the mixing of closed and open-source elements."

That's pretty much open and shut, guys. The quotes around "violating" here seem to suggest you're not taking the GPL license seriously. Love it or hate it, it's a genuine license, and it's been upheld at every court challenge. So let's lose the quotes.

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HP loads PC with nonexistent web browser

A. Lloyd Flanagan
Pirate

So now we know what it takes

... to fix the problems of the Windows registry. What a engineering disaster that thing is. Somebody had one good idea and then implemented it just as poorly as they possibly could.

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Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility

A. Lloyd Flanagan
Alien

Is it too late?

Can we ban the term "cloud" as used in relation to computing? It's the most meaningless in a long line of useless buzzwords from those idiots. On topic, Chrome has some neat stuff that may make it a really useful product, eventually. And there's nothing wrong with that -- the whole "replace Windows" hype is extremely silly.

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Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia

A. Lloyd Flanagan

Intenet worst invention ever?

Bryce Prewitt: "The internet is single-handedly the worst invention ever."

Wow, even worse than democracy? You seem to believe that power should be left in the hands of the Privileged Few who can handle it. Beware the unwashed masses!

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Republicans hammer Brit artist's Bush

A. Lloyd Flanagan

As an American, I'm disgusted!

What a sad waste of good porn. Oh well, I understand you can still get some on the Internet somewhere.

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