* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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Re: I'm still curious to know

I know at least one person who bought a Win7 system and got Win8 in addition because they were selling it for a mere $25 more. He installed and uses 7 and frankly would have preferred XP if not for the fact that support was being discontinued.

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Re: new experimental UI that does away with the screen

Hey, if they can do it and it works, that my be worth half the price of my monitor in OS costs!

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Re: To be fair to Vista

No, the underpowered machines were just the excuse. I built a system with a Quadcore, 8G of RAM, a Raptor drive, and a kick ass video card for gaming. It still sucked. Mostly because the drivers weren't there for 32-bit let alone 64-bit, and without the drivers, nobody (including the high end game companies that should have been eating it up) was writing software specifically for it.

At one point the Vista drive failed and I rebuilt the system on Win 7. Still using it today and I think my original build was about 6 years back.

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Re: Xara Xtreme

Maybe someone in the MS Development office should post this quote from your post on the wall:

"The best software in the world is the software you know best."

It galls the *nix users that for the moment that's still Windows, but if MS remembers that quote and leverages it instead of aping whatever the current trending fad is, they remain a power player for as long as they want. Forget it like they did with Win 8, and one of these day it WILL be the *softies who are galled that the *nixes are the software people know best.

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Re: Instead of

If MS were really talking to their key clients, this wouldn't be something they have to keep learning. Businesses invest billions of dollars, pounds, euro and shekels every year for training. Why should they have to retrain every three/six years because MS has released a new OS?

YouTube Trends Map pokes tacky underbelly of American psyche

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If they tweet it

will we be able to get a meta-trend via Twitter trending?

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Re: Impressive findings

It's a male Frisco thing. Sort of like they'll tell you how much they respect and value women until you get them drunk and they tell you what they really think. Unless of course you're a woman in which case you might be surprised when they act on what they really think.

Google not sabotaging YouTube on Windows Phone after all

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Re: Come on Microsoft, invent something!

Because innovation happens in small groups, not massive borgs of workers. Even when you find a good skunk works operation with lots of people, those people are largely in small, mostly autonomous groups that can quickly move on new ideas. Even 50 people in the working group is getting large for that kind of innovation.

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Re: Kind of an odd stance from MS

When I ran that through my MSSpeak to English translator it coughed up:

"We let monkeyboy loose in the code room for the last release. Now that our overseas sweatshop coders have cleaned it up, you should have a tolerable product."

Senate passes Marketplace Fairness Act by wide margin

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Why do reporters get away with lies?

"Technically this legislation simply reapplies taxes that were rescinded..."

There's no "technically" and no "rescinded" about it. The law which Clinton signed merely codified the 1992 Quill decision from SCOTUS. If a gun toting, bible thumping Republican like me can remember enough about that to Google it and come up with the right case, why can't an SF "liberal"?

Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

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Re: isn't "sovereignty" just the another word for "tyranny"?

It isn't simply that in this instance sovereignty =/= tyranny, it is that in all instances sovereignty =/= tyranny. And making such an assertion only reveals your own anarchist tropism.

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Re: money laundering/tax evasion

and once you move into those categories you move into different legal territory than we are accustomed to thinking about: instead of being presumed innocent you must prove your innocence, at least for tax purposes.

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@Ben Tasker

It's got nothing to do with changing one form of cash into another. Check my post above. The issue is whether or not it can be used as legal tender to settle debts for goods or services. So even if a business never changes bitcoin into US dollars, so long as they are within the boundaries of the US, or part of a company incorporated (under any of the varied methods of doing so with as widely varied names) is operating within the US, that business is subject to US regulation as specifically allowed by the Constitution.

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Actually that's one of the few points which is well covered in the Constitution

Section. 10.

No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

So in this very, very rare instance, they are quite within it boundaries. Now that might stop at our borders, but given how much international trade passes through our borders, it is not without consequence. Also, we can enter into treaty agreements with other countries which surely have similar abilities to regulate coinage within their boundaries.

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Re: Because ...... it's not taxable, you mean?

Guess you missed this bit from the article:

Any leveraged deals that were not settled within two days would fall under the commission's jurisdiction.

Which means by definition they don't regulate HFT.

Hey, Acer: Is that a rounding error, or did you actually make a profit?

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Re: Sad

I always thought of Acer as the OEM to screwdriver shops. When I worked at a screwdriver shop they were our first stop for laptops. We didn't hit up their desktop stuff quite as much, mixing and matching as we saw fit with Gigbyte, Asus, and the rest of the component vendors. With the death of screwdriver shops they lost their major sales channel and I'm not sure they've adapted to the new market. Frankly I am always surprised when I find they are still around.

Report: Icahn spoiling for a proxy fight with Dell over buyout deal

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Me thinks if the SAM analysis of 23.72 a share was convincing

Blackstone wouldn't have walked away from their 15.65 bid.

Judge hands copyright troll an epic smack-down

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Re: The IRS should be involved.

The only words in the US more feared than

"I'm from the government and I'm here to help you,"


"I'm from the IRS and I'd like to see your tax return."

Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: Microsoft sells solutions

No, Microsoft sell compatibility with the bulk of the installed computers. They may market them as solutions, but they sell compatibility. Which is where they went so wrong with the Windows 8 touch metaphor.

WTF? Comcast scores MORE sales from fewer vid customers

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Re: hard to imagine cutting the cord if you have Comcast triple play

Why? Verizon has the same offering in many places. Now sure who has the lower price at the moment. The only reason I'm not playing them off against each other is because it's my roomie's name on the bills not mine.

EC: Motorola abused its patents in Apple iPhone spat

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Re: I'm in two minds

It's your second point here that makes me think the EU has issued a deeply flawed opinion.

If Apple had negotiated in good faith, then yes, the EU decision would be appropriate. But there's no evidence Apple negotiated in good faith.

The problem with your first hand is the question of what is the appropriate standard rate for a given patent. Standards negotiations are messy ugly things. Once upon a time I worked at an LP that was in that business in a private context. They were trying to set and license standards amongst only three manufacturers. Negotiations took months and stumbled over the tiniest of details because anything might give one manufacturer a major advantage over the other two.

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Re: Motorola were obliged to offer SEP patents under FRAND terms

No, the EC and you are claiming they weren't FRAND, JSJ clearly stated Motorola staked "their opening position and expect negotiations not litigtion." This is standard business practice and is exactly what I would have done in Motorola's position. Motorola clearly want a cross licensing agreement for the ridiculous rounded corners patent Apple own. This is what always happens in complex cross licensing deals.

I once worked for a small company you've never heard of that developed a software based program for some HP scientific apparatus. They hit a road block extracting data from the unit and had to enter into an agreement with HP to get the data formatting information. Once they entered into the agreement, HP wanted to cross license the software back to themselves as well as have some additional capabilities which would be reserved to HP. The company I was working for got better code and and steady customer out of the deal. Most importantly it was beneficial to BOTH companies. So long as you don't immediately to the Lawyers these sorts of things can be worked out.

Dept o' Labor says US created more jobs than it thought this spring

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Re: all need a good drink and someone else to do the cooking

Those numbers shouldn't surprise anybody with a brain. Of course they are going up.

Those are mostly minimum (or below minimum) wage jobs for new workers getting their first crack at real life. You know, the ones who have employers who have been telling the President for months now that they can't afford his healthcare abomination. And since they've been roundly ignored, they are doing what they have to in order to stay in business: cutting their part time employee hours to no more than 28 a week with 2 hours of possible OT. That means they need even more part time workers to cover what use to be longer shifts.

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Re: Are they "Cooking the books"?

Much as I despise Clinton and love Reagan, I think they were removed under Reagan. They kept beating him up about the unemployment numbers even though jobs were growing as was the GDP. He correctly argued that people who aren't looking for work in a full employment economy shouldn't count as unemployed. Unfortunately the unintended consequences of that decision include that discouraged workers in a contracting economy also make the number look better than it is.

HTC profits PLUNGE 98%: Pins hopes on HTC One, 'Facebook mobe'

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@Kristian Walsh

I think you caught a small piece of the problem but fouled it off.

The hardware manufacturers are in a commodity business with no margins. The people getting rich off of it are the service providers and maybe the software owners. I had an HTC that I really liked, but I gave it up because the service vendor didn't provide what I needed at a price I could afford. I wanted solid 4G signal on my mass commuter trips to and from work. But reception on 3G was spotty at best and non-existent on certain parts of the route. So I turned it in and paid the early contract cancellation fee. And I'm not in a service poor area for wired. I actually have at least three competitive vendors.

Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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I might have thought this was a good review until I got to this bit:

following the largely unsuccessful - but rather good - Star Trek: The Motion Picture. and it disqualified anything else written.

As I recall it was the reverse: largely successful because it made loads of cash and that's all Hollywood cares about (Oscar contests not withstanding) and rather bad Trek as the plot was far better done in an hour on tv with it's original villain and far cheaper special effects. I grant them a pass on it only because it produced the only really good Trek film out of the lot: The Wrath of Khan. I was rather disappointed with the subsequent Search for Schlock and it's sequel We Found It. I still don't know why I bothered to check in on the fifth movie, but it was pretty much the last one I watched in a theater until my roomie drug me to the reboot. Roomie and friends will probably drag me to this sequel as well.

Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: zero tolerance

I've found that it is usually the Americans who love their bibles and their guns who also love science. It's the ones who hate/fear guns and God who also fear science and worst of all not conforming to non-conformist standards.

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Re: the cretin teacher phoned them

Yes, that's the start of the problem and that person should be at least jobless. But the police officer should have had some leeway and not gone crazy too. And the Principle should be removed as well. Somewhere along the line there should be at least one adult who can stop the idiocy.

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Re: Values

Actually, if she'd brought a plastic pink water pistol to school, she'd be in even worse shape. Schools you see are gun free zones.

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Re: Oh Lewis!

except it isn't an anti-terror law. This idiocy was around long before 9/11, mostly at schools, which are pretty much under the control of Progressives.

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Re: well the Yanks seem to have this obsession with treating anyone older than 6 months

Not the Yanks, the Democrats.

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Re: unintended f*c*i*g consequences.

I hear in NYC, that bottle of Diet Coke alone will get you 5 years.

Want to know what CIA spooks really think of spy movies and books?

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I'll confess when I think of popularized Intelligence, James Bond is the first thing I think of.

Followed immediately by the thought 'of course that's a movie, not real life, which is probably far more boring and yet fraught with far more deadly risks.'

Facebook: Yeah, we'll ban chainsaw beheading vids - when journos call us

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Re: but a child could see this.

I haven't reviewed the T&C for FB recently, but IIRC they specifically exclude children. If you are the parent or guardian taking your kid into the R movie, I don't have a lot of sympathy for you if kid sees something he or she shouldn't.

As to the video itself, assuming the posters above are correct that it is about a real life event, I'd say the context in which it was posted is pretty important. If it was mostly "Cool!" or "You gotta see this!" then yes, those persons probably need to be removed from the gene pool as expeditiously as possible. If on the other hand it was in the context of raising awareness and attempting to stop further atrocities it is valid public commentary. I'd say the same thing if it were a fictional depiction, which is frankly where I do have an issue with Freddy and his cohorts. I know I'm not a the firmest of ground there since I like Action movies and chopped suey flicks, but I am particular about the initial reluctance to fight, the build up of intolerable events, and the bad guy getting his just deserts at the end of the film.

Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

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Re: pin-out of a DB-25 DCE connector for proper RS-232

I'll confess I deal mostly with USB these days, so I'd be hard pressed to come up with one of the exact pin-outs. But what I do recall from back in the days when I was the tech writer documenting them is that RS-232 was the biggest fricking non-standard standard I'd ever come across. You needed pretty much needed the spec for the specific device in front of you to make sure you were using the exact right pins, and it got even worse when you had to convert that fat 25-pin for the peripheral to the 9-pin on the PC.

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Re: bald bearded 60-something

I'd bet it was actually the sandals and tie dye that cost you the job.

Picture this: Kodak could get out of bankruptcy as early as July

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So, you've bought a product that produces loads more toxic waste than a coal fired plant,

put it on your house which is located in an ideal environment for solar cells, and it still covers at best half your energy needs? And you call this a success which will reshape the market?

Mozilla accuses Gamma of dressing up dictators' spyware as Firefox

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Cease and desist

IS the start of litigation.

Climate change forces women into prostitution - US politicians

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Re: republican proposal rubbish.

just one small problem with that exceedingly narrow minded comment.


If you had bothered to follow the link and check on the congress critters, then wiki'd each of them, you'd find that it is a purely partisan Democrat proposal. Not a single Republican co-sponsor on the list.

Judge sets the date for Patent Smackdown 2: The Damages

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Re: Sammy still gets to bend over

Well, if you were Sammy, yes; but only because you'd be out of cash.

Sammy on the other hand will spend some of theirs to appeal it if the ruling is too in favor of Apple. Apple will do likewise if the verdict is in favor of Sammy. Basically it won't end until it gets to SCOTUS.

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Re: This is just a waste of everyone's time

Not quite everyone...

The lawyers are loving this, especially the time they are investing in it.

Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

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Re: What is so wrong with paying tax?

The taxes I owe for the services I use, nothing. The taxes I pay because self-righteous thugs like you have guilty consciences about the way they treat other people.. Everything.

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Keep reveling in your hatred of the rich and stay poor.

Even if the money all went back to the shareholders, the shareholders are the ones who put the money at risk, and the execs are the ones who took the chance on the business plan. Eventually they spend the money on something, and that powers the economy. Even if they just stick it in CDs at the bank, that makes money available to other businesses through bank loans. The rich don't get that wy by sitting on their asses.

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Re: Only 35% in taxes ?

Yes, but that's the 35% the government gets before you have to pay your more than 35% on it. Assuming of course you own iStock.

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Re: so no risk attached to the bonds as far as I can see

That's exactly what all those poor schlubs hawking and buying mortgage backed securities said before the bubble collapsed.

Opera sues designer for leaking trade secrets to Mozilla

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Re: Slightly confused

True, but here's the catch and the one time OSS is at a disadvantage to closed source: Opera can read all the source code for Mozilla. So if they see code there which matches code used to implement something they regard as a trade secret, they get to file for it.

Personally I think the specific infringement needs to be part of filing charges. I don't know how to structure it so the Trade Secrets stay secret, but there ought to be a way to do it. In this case, I would think the previous NDA should be sufficient.

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Re: All your browser belong to us.

Shouldn't that be:

All Ur bR0wz3rs Be1ong 2 uS!

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Re: Seperate windows are inefficent

Depends on your working style. I frequently have multiple windows of the same app open, comparing information for one screen with something in another. I also prefer to have menus where I can see what is what as opposed to hidden context sensitive crap.

Choice is what is critical for this. The skin on the app should be configurable so either you or I can work efficiently with the application.

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Re: Brain functionality fail

No reason to assume Opera is lying and he is telling the truth. Logically speaking either, neither, or both could be lying. We all need more facts before jumping to ANY conclusions.

Another negative climate feedback: Warmer plants cool the planet

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Re: Media: On hold for how long

The media wouldn't be meddling if the warmist witch doctors weren't prompting them to in order to get more research dollars.

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