* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

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Re: Mobile and Communications segment saw its revenues plummet by 85.3 per cent.

They have competition selling ARM. They have none selling x86, and can charge near-monopoly prices. They feel it is worth losing money in mobile for a decade on the hope they might eventually get traction for x86 in mobile and start earning big profits rather than to give up and compete with Qualcomm, Nvidia, Mediatek and Allwinner for tiny margins.

Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Strange assumption

You should re-read your timeline again. You say the last decent president was in 1960 (do you mean Ike, or JFK?) but FOIA became law in 1966. Maybe the reason you think the last decent president was in 1960 was because all his dirty laundry was never aired? If FOIA had become law in 1866 you might be saying the last good president was Lincoln :)

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Re: Let's face reality,

You're not wrong. They claimed she faked her head injury to avoid Bengazi hearings. They were just worried it would drop off the news since the public only cares about a scandal for the first week or so and then lose interest.

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Re: Criminal

Of course she's trying to hide her activities. I hope you aren't so naive as to think it is only her. Anyone can use their official government email for non controversial stuff and use back channels (personal email, texts/phones that aren't subject to FOIA, or telling people in person for really shady stuff) for anything they don't want dug up when they run for office.

The only surprise is that she went about it in such a ham fisted way. Maybe she really had given up on the idea of the White House for a time, or she would have had advisors who told her what a bad idea that was. Most politicians would want to at least give the appearance of doing things on the up and up, but don't think that because there's no smoking gun that guys like Christie are clean. They're just smarter about covering their tracks when they order lanes to be closed to spite a mayor.

$1.3 million survelliance systems fights Logan bogans

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More "policing for revenue" instead for safety

I wonder if police are starting to worry about how places where police have gone mostly on strike (NYC) and completely on strike (Acapulco) have seen no increase in crime and traffic improved markedly in Acapulco!

Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

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Nothing wrong with El Reg's coverage

I've owned iPhones since 2009, so pretty sure that alone would make a 'fanboy' in the eyes of some here, but I don't see a problem with the Register's articles about them. It isn't as though they hold out a special brand of insult for Apple, while kissing Google and Microsoft's butt. They make fun of all of them, and don't hold back when one of them screws up. As it should be.

I doubt this outage had anything to do with the Watch, if their sites can hold up when the iPhone 6 is announced along with iOS 8, the Watch announcement isn't going to cause them to fall over. The timing is coincidence, but as with all these big outages that inflict all the big players at one time or another, it is something that should never happen if "cloud" really worked as advertised.

Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: @DougS Seems odd to limit access to HBO Now.

I can pretty much guarantee it is going that way. People think cord cutting and dropping cable/satellite subscriptions will save them money and they can still watch the shows they want. Content producers are not going to sit still and let their incomes be reduced.

House of Cards is the tip of the iceberg, Amazon is reportedly developing exclusive content and I wouldn't be surprised if Apple does something like that for iTunes someday, and Google as well. Maybe Sony will put some Sony exclusive content on the PS4. Having content limited to a particular device may not be a big deal - if you had to have a Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and maybe one or two other things that adds up to a few hundred dollars at most and no monthly fees for the hardware. If there is content that requires a PS4 or a Samsung smart TV then it'll be too bad for a lot of people who won't get to see it, but if Sony or Samsung produced the content they would be able to do that if they wanted.

What's going to kill you is if in order to watch the programming you want, you need a subscription to HBO's online offering, Sling TV to get AMC and ESPN, Hulu Plus for network programming, Netflix for House of Cards and movies, Amazon for their exclusives and the movies they have to rights that to Netflix and HBO do not, iTunes to get Apple's exclusives. That's the "ala carte" offering everyone thought they wanted to free them from cable bundles, but they'll end up paying the same. If you want to save money you're going to have to give up some stuff, and not know what people are talking about when they discuss Game of Thrones or House of Cards or whatever.

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Re: Seems odd to limit access to HBO Now.

You can get as angry as you want about content exclusives, but content distributors want it that way because it maximizes their market power. If House of Cards was available on Amazon and iTunes, there's less incentive to subscribe to Netflix.

An exclusive with Apple for three months benefits both Apple and HBO. HBO benefits from the publicity Apple gets around the Apple TV price cut and the event where it was announced, Apple TV gets increased stature compared to the competition for being the first to carry HBO's long awaited online offering.

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Re: Seems odd to limit access to HBO Now.

It is an exclusive for only three months, after that presumably HBO will offer it on other platforms.

'Rowhammer' attack flips bits in memory to root Linux

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Re: Oh dear. Wrong in lots of ways.

The only ARM IP in Apple's SoCs is the ISA itself (i.e. written documentation in English) the cores are entirely Apple's design since the A6. If you think Apple is using more than that, you'll have to explain how they managed to complete the design of their first 64 bit SoC before ARM did, and well before ARM released the RTL to their partners.

I didn't mean to imply that Apple is any closer to Android today in being able to defeat this sort of issue, assuming someone proves it is exploitable on ARM (I see no reason why it wouldn't be as it supports uncached reads) I simply meant that if Apple decides they want to do ECC in future iPhones, they can do it a lot more quickly than Android OEMs because they control the design of their SoC. Aside from Samsung, Android OEMs rely on others to design their SoCs - and even Samsung still uses ARM designed cores, they have yet to release a SoC using a core they designed themselves.

I wouldn't worry about phones having value "dropped to zero" due to such an exploit. You may not be able to patch a hardware flaw via software, but you can certainly prevent the code sequence that exploits that hardware flaw from running on your platform if it requires signed code.

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Desktops don't have ECC

At least not Intel's. The reason it effects laptops moreso than desktops is that laptops use low power DRAM built with smaller processes. The smaller the process, the greater the likelihood rowhammer will work. ECC will put a stop to it (correcting single bit errors, and taking a machine check for uncorrectable double bit errors)

Pretty much certain that all smartphones would be vulnerable to this attack, as they use low power DRAM without ECC.

Since Apple designs their own SoC and therefore their own memory controller and the iPhone tends to ship with / require less RAM than high end Android phones, they could fix this by adopting ECC. Without source code access it might be a bit harder to develop an exploit for this against iOS, but it isn't impossible.

Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

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Both Wifi AND Bluetooth?

What were they thinking, no other device has ever broken this cardinal rule of security and supported both. Any laptop or smartphone that ever tried was hacked into oblivion within an hour of release and quickly pulled from the market as it was designated impossible to secure.


Intel gives Facebook the D – Xeons thrust web pages at the masses

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Re: Errr - cooling?

Companies like Facebook that are interested in ultra dense racks like this can custom design the whole datacenter around such cooling requirements. You may not be able to do it after the fact with air cooling, but if you design it from the start with that, and abandon the idea that it has to be comfortable for a person to walk around in*

*They can do that, because they let servers fail in place rather than replacing them, and can take a whole facility offline for extended planned maintenance if/when necessary.

Google will make you live to be 500, claims Ventures president

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Re: You don't need to live to be 500

Google will send along a copy of the web, as it existed when we left. That's why they are so busy adding a day's worth of cat videos every second so we'll have something to do on the long trip.

Unfortunately they'll miscalculate, and still show us ads the whole trip, even though they will be for the same stuff which we won't be able to buy anyway. The ship will arrive at its destination a few millenia later, full of desiccated corpses of people who committed suicide 18 months into the trip.

Holy Zuck! Facebook fraud suspect VANISHES

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Re: Has anyone thought...

I signed up for Google+ 3-4 years ago because Facebook was starting to get too annoying with privacy related changes. You could always undo them, but the default was opt in which I hate as a default. Google seemed like a way to escape the evil, and maybe 10% of my Facebook friends went over there too.

Thing was, no one ever used it, and then I realized Google was slowly becoming more evil than Facebook ever dreamed of, so now there is truly no reason to ever use Google+. And still no alternative to Facebook if you want a social networking site that isn't a 'niche filler' like Linkedin or Twitter...

The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

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Yes, exactly! I've seen a larger increase in DB performance switching to SSDs than the previous decade of multicore CPUs, since compute was rarely the bottleneck for DB servers. Writes have always been easy to optimize, since you can segregate logs onto drives striped as wide as necessary for the required throughput, and rely on an array's write cache to deal with the rest.

Reads were always the problem for physical media, so DBAs sometimes went to great lengths to optimize indexes to minimize the number of reads at the cost of storage, CPU and write complexity.

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For certain things flash is used exclusively, but in general yes it is for the hot data. i.e., exactly what the guy who is paranoid about flash write lifetime is worried about, yet it works just fine.

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Something like 98% of Fortune 500 companies are now using flash in the datacenter very successfully. I've worked with some. While you're sitting around waiting for flash to be 'perfected', your DBs and other high I/O applications are suffering with slow performing hard drives.

It isn't as though flash drives wear out in a matter of months, and even if they did it is something the drive will alert you of well in advance so they can be replaced. You will never see a flash drive surprise you when it reaches its write limit, unless don't monitor your servers.

A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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They didn't remove the port power, they used a new capability of USB-C. Every laptop will use USB-C for charging by end of next year, so you'll have the same charger for every laptop. Isn't that a good thing? Having only one port is a separate issue, as I said elsewhere here I think they should have included a traditional USB port because currently 0% of USB sticks are USB-C and it would be annoying to have to carry around an adapter.

Though I think adapter cables/dongles will become quite common in the next couple years, as we'll start seeing USB-C USB sticks and other USB gear, so all those who lack USB-C ports will need the adapters to go in the other direction.

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No one has ever heard of a wireless mouse?

I think Apple should have included one traditional USB port, if only for connecting USB sticks without an adapter. I don't see the lack of a second port to allow charging and a USB mouse simultaneously as an issue, however. If you really use your laptop so heavily that you run it from full to flat working continuously for 12 hours or whatever and need to keep working, are you really going to buy a 12" laptop with a 1.1/2.4 turbo CPU?

We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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A lot of powerful people don't read/send their own email

They have peons to do that for them. That's becoming less and less common over the years, but these guys are pretty old. At least McCain is willing to admit the reason - he knows he's a hothead and would undoubtedly stick his foot in his mouth on a monthly basis if he was able to draft a quickie profanity-laden (he's famous for that) response in 10 seconds.

US sheriff’s department DOES need a petabyte class storage array

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Dashcams & wearable cams

If every officer in the field has at least one of each, that's a lot of footage if you want to keep it around for at least six months, or longer if it is the subject of a case. That's probably a bigger driver since cameras in the station and jail probably were spec'ed and built with storage included in the package.

Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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The only reason

I hope the Watch is a success, other than owning Apple stock of course, is that it'll really piss off all the haters. I have no desire for a smartwatch, at least not based on any of the lame attempts there have been so far, or what I know of the capabilities of Apple's. Maybe someday someone will surprise me with some functionality that makes me want one.

I remember all the wailing and gnashing of teeth after the iPhone was launched. Too expensive, too big, etc. When Jobs said that he hoped that someday Apple might have 1% of the worldwide mobile market how people laughed and laughed. In 2014 Apple had over 10% of the mobile market (not smartphone, overall mobile market)

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Re: Wot? another Crapple launch?

Given the number of Apple customers, if only 24% are interested in the watch and only 24% of them buy it, that's tens of millions of watches sold. Pretty sure most would consider that a success.

Elon Musk insists Gigafactory's ALL GO as China charging fears hit Tesla shares

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Re: China

Electric cars are great for traffic jams because they aren't wasting energy (aside from the AC) or spewing noxious fumes out the back. Granted, the electricity to power them will spew noxious fumes, but large power plants are more than twice as efficient as automobile engines, and it is a lot easier and cheaper to contain/control the pollution at a few thousand large sources versus tens of millions of small ones.

If all the cars in a traffic jam were electric you wouldn't need the AC at all a lot of the time, because you could just open your windows!

Network competition? Puh-lease. It's all about the Apple-Android Axis of Fondle

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Difference between forked Android and other Linux derivatives?

Is there really a substantive difference between forked Android and say Ubuntu? They are based on the same OS, with a different GUI layer. That's like calling Fedora with GNOME and Fedora with KDE two different OSes. When they offer Android app compatibility, there is no difference at all.

It all comes down to WHY you want to see a third OS. Is it to break Google's dominance, and give an option to people who want a phone that isn't selling all their info to Google, but don't want an iPhone? If so, forked Android is the choice. Or is it to have a whole different ecosystem, with an OS that is derived independently (i.e. so a major security hole found in Linux/Android won't affect the third alternative as well) then you better hope Microsoft gets their shit together, because they're the only realistic option. Yeah, there's Blackberry, Sailfish and other non-Linux alternatives but get real, they have no chance of growing market share to the point where they become a true third choice.

Microsoft chucks patent sueball at Kyocera over Android phones

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Re: Call me cynical but is it just me?

They're losing money selling Windows Phone / Surface, their only profitable business in mobile is Android licensing!

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Re: 1997

That's a problem with allowing software patents at all. Software patents that solve a particular meatspace problem, maybe. Software patents that are merely a technique for doing something with a particular piece of software (i.e. Java classes) are ridiculous and should never have been allowed.

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Re: Yawn...

You have to be able to provide some sort of proof for the priority date on a patent. For software patents, I'd assume you'd need to have your source control system showing checkins at a certain date.

Ignoring this particular patent and software patents in general, do you really think Microsoft would be trolling Linux kernel source and backdating patents based on what it is added? No matter how evil you may think they are, they're a business first and knowingly and openly lying about priority dates in a patent would get them in huge trouble. Their lawyers will require the engineer provide such proof before filing it with the USPTO.

Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Price estimates keep going up!

At first it was $5K, then it was $10K and now they say "at least $10K". Is everyone competing to estimate the highest price? Regardless, if they sell something like this I imagine it'll include free or very cheap upgrades/swaps to the latest model. That's comparatively cheap and will get a lot more takers for it than it would otherwise (though there is still a market for stuff like that with no upgrade path, or all those gold plated gem encrusted aftermarket phones from companies like Vertu wouldn't sell)

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Re: Resale Value - not a lot

If they really sell this for $10K, you don't think people are going to buy it and be left to twist in the wind, do you? Seems pretty much dead certain anyone who buys one of those will get some sort of specialized service with it that will either trade it in or replace the insides for x number of years with every Watch upgrade. The guts will cost Apple less than $100, pretty simple to do.

The only risk with buying the initial model is, what if the Watch flops and there are no future versions? Then you have to hope that someday the handful of gold Watches sold become a collector's item for the same sort of people who collect Edsels or Tuckers.

The secret of Warren Buffett's success at Berkshire Hathaway

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Re: @ST - ALL Dow 30 stocks pay dividends


The average yield is 2.8%, so even in today's climate where dividends are seen as a thing of the past (i.e. like the drooling moron who wrote the article you linked) when you're talking Dow stocks ignoring that dividend yield ignores something pretty huge.

Your same site has this graph, which shows that dividend yield, while it may be shrinking due to buybacks and holding cash overseas, is pretty significant, especially in the past. Which makes me wonder why they ignore dividend yield in the other article when they know damn well it matters - obviously they do it because it ruins the lie they're trying to perpetrate!


In case you're wondering why dividends have decreased in importance, besides the 'hold cash overseas and hope for another repatriation holiday' it is because of how many execs are compensated via stock options. When you hold stock options, you don't want dividends because you don't collect them on options. You want a higher stock price. So, buybacks become preferable for senior management over dividends - it is in their self interest so no one should be surprised at this.

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Re: @ST

I was going to point out his link excluded dividends but you beat me to it. That analysis in his link is utterly worthless since it excludes them, but at least it does clearly state that it excludes them. ST was hoping we wouldn't notice, or too clueless to understand the massive impact dividends have. Even today, where buybacks or holding cash overseas is more common, the Dow 30 still tend to pay out dividends fairly generously and its newest member, Apple, was already doing so for a couple years before being added. Hanging his hat on that link is worse than if he cherry picked the 1981 - 2011 period for bonds!

I agree that the Dow is not a very good proxy for the market as a whole, but the S&P 500 has only been around since the 1950s so the Dow is all you've got data on if you want to go back a long way. Obviously if you invested by buying the Dow stocks at the Dow's price weighting it would be a less than ideal stock investment plan, but despite that it still blows T-bills out of the water once you add dividends to the mix which ST conveniently ignores because it proves how utterly flawed the premise of his argument is.

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Reinsurance is about scale

There are barriers to entry in that market, because you need to have a lot of money to sell insurance to insurance companies who are already (by definition and legal requirement) fairly well capitalized. The higher the barriers to entry in a market, the less competition there is. Insurers tend to minimize risk by splitting up their reinsurance contracts, but you need a certain size to offer terms good enough to even get a piece of the action.

I'd be interested to see the cost of capital curve for BH over the years. How has the spread between its capital cost and market rates changed over the years? If it was easy to enter the reinsurance business and compete for the sort of business BH does, others would do and drive down that spread. Maybe the spread has been driven down somewhat as others have clued in to how Buffett did it, but it is still there, still healthy. That's because barriers to entry mean very few can compete with Buffett at BH's scale.

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I didn't particularly disagree with you until that whopper at the very end. Where in the world do you get this idea that fixed income markets outperform equity markets? That's absolutely not the case, and can be shown if you look at the Dow (with reinvested dividends) vs. bond market (with reinvested interest) for as far back as you'd like you go. There are short periods where that is not true - i.e. if you choose a period short enough that straddles a stock market crash, but even that effect disappears if you look at long enough timeframes. For instance, from 1928 to 2009, getting a crash after the first year and another before the last, the Dow still beats bonds over that period, and by quite a bit!

After a quick google to look for anything you could hang your hat on for your argument, the only thing I could find is this: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2011-10-31/bonds-beating-u-s-stocks-over-30-years-for-first-time-since-19th-century That's basically picking the best 30 years in history for bonds - starting at historical high rates and finishing at historical lows. If that's the only way bonds can win in a 30 year period since 1861, I think your statement is pretty well refuted.

UK.gov in pre-election 'Google tax' blitz against internet firms

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How do you determine if costs are "falsely" attributed?

Let's take Apple and Google as examples. Apple mostly sells things, which they have manufactured for a given price, wholesale at a higher price, and retail at an even higher price. For the sake of argument let's say all their sales are iPhones, which all cost $200 to manufacture, wholesales for $600 and retails for $650 (I'm ignoring ALL fixed costs here to keep this simple)

Google sells mostly ads, which cost them essentially zero to deliver but they obviously have some considerable fixed cost in running their servers, their engineers, etc. and a by comparison small cost in staff to sell the ads.

So what's the profit when Apple sells an iPhone in the UK? I'm guessing you're going to argue that it is $450, but FASB says it is $50 and a country that ignores FASB in their laws for something this basic will find business fleeing fast enough that the extra revenue the law brings in won't compensate for it.

What's the profit when Google sells 1000 ad packages for $1000/ea, and have two UK ad sales people making $100K/yr (convert this all to pounds in your head if you're in the UK) Is that an $800K profit? Of course not, they have some fixed costs, but allocating those is a lot more tricky. Is the UK government going to be in charge of how Google does its books, to insure they aren't lading more cost into the UK than what the UK thinks is "fair"?

Almost all the engineers designing the clever algorithms that make those targeted ad packages worth $1000 instead of $10 work in the US, so should their contribution to the value of those ads in the UK be ignored because Google isn't creating jobs in the UK doing that work? Maybe the UK government can find a way to get them to pay more, but there will probably be another loophole found pretty quickly by one of the companies with a similar 'services' based business that the others will quickly copy.

If the UK wants to fix this, they need to undo some of the tax treaties they have with other countries that these companies are exploiting. They can't attack it as a problem of where companies attribute cost, unless they want to make the UK a pariah amongst multinationals.

Google wins fight to keep Adwords FBI drug sting docs secret

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Re: Do no evil.

And this particular case of lobbying DC to get what they want involves the competition how, exactly? They just want to make more money, and don't care if they are aiding and abetting breaking US law in doing so. If it is true that Page knew about and approved of this, no wonder Google paid a quarter billion in hush money to the state of Rhode Island.

Luckily for them that sum of money goes further there than it would in almost any other state. They'd have had to pay over ten billion to California to get an equivalent per capita (let alone per road mile / per bridge / etc.) sum.

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Re: Do no evil.

This is not failing to "do no evil", this is actively doing evil. That there are still downvoters for others making similar assertions shows there are still some naive Google fanboys who believe the shit they're being spoonfed.

Companies that are not doing evil don't need the vast lobbying apparatus Google now maintains in DC.

A Brit in California moves to the Lone Star State – just swerve the TexMex grub

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Asking you what church you go to?

Must be a Texas thing. I can't recall EVER having been asked that living in the US midwest most of my life, and in a few other places for short stretches.

Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Blame Microsoft for this

Once Microsoft decided they wanted to improve boot speed, some Linux people started worrying about it too, not wanting Windows to be able to boot faster than Linux. It is ironic that by the time systemd was made the default in Fedora, SSDs had taken away the win for systemd, was there was no longer a seek or rotational latency penalty when accessing a bunch of little files.

Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Market opportunity

Studios lets you download their movies for "free", in exchange for running mining software for enough hours to pay for them. It'll go over great with teens who don't pay the electric bill, or older "kids" who still live in their parent's basement!

United Nations: For pity's sake don't use your iPhone in your car

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Re: No mention of the fact driving with a hand-free mobe isn't really safer

One of the problems frequently mentioned is that the passengers in the car with you are aware when something occurs that demands the driver's attention and stop talking. The person on the other end of the phone keeps talking, and if it delays the driver's transfer of attention by a few tenths of a second, that's all it can take to turn a near miss into a collision, or a minor collision into a fatality.

It is ridiculous that despite all the studies showing that hands free talking is no more safe than holding the phone in your hand, laws are being passed all over that mandate hands free use. That's like saying drunk driving is OK so long as you're only drunk on beer, rather than liquor or wine.

US Senators hope to crack down on the trade of private information

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Does selling ads to advertisers using the data you've collected count as "selling" the personal information. I think it should, but that should be called out in the definition.

Perhaps Google's massive lobbying arm has already insured that the definition is written in a way that won't count them. You'll know if it includes them by whether they object to this bill or support it.

Australia's new broadband satellites won't be all the help Willowra needs

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Or disable automatic updates and have someone mail you a DVD every month.

VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: interesting

That's what the discovery phase of a trial is for, assuming it passes whatever test the judge would use to determine whether the case can go forward. VMware would be compelled to make its source code for vmkernel available to a third party expert under NDA, who would compare it with the Linux kernel. The expert would be paid for by the plaintiff.

Basically, the same thing SCO did when it tried to prove Linux stole its code.

‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: @DougS -- Everything manufactured in China?

You're not selling it to your board correctly. You tell them, "remember when I spent a metric buttload to move our manufacturing to China and how much that cut our per unit manufacturing cost? I want another metric buttload to move to an even cheaper location, which will cut our per-unit cost even more!" Then you'll get another bonus!

Or if they fire you, you'll put on your resume "responsible for outsourcing manufacturing of a large multinational, resulting in yearly savings of $x" (no need to mention the up front cost or how long it took to pay back) and you can get a job for twice what you were making because experience.

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Everything manufactured in China?

I doubt that, all the non-Chinese companies would abandon tech manufacturing in China and have a pretty noticeable impact to their economy. Chinese wages are rising at such a rate that manufacturing in places like Vietnam becomes more attractive by the day. It wouldn't be easy to switch production on the scale of the iPhone to another country, but Apple has lots of cash and could easily make this happen.

Maybe China thinks its economy is ready to stand on its own two feet without all that western money flowing in, but I doubt it.

Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work billions more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Take themselves for service?

Scheduled service maybe, but not when they break down. What happens if a car drives by itself to a large service center two hours away and breaks down along the way? Does it call a self-driving tow truck?

Complicit Kiwis sniffed Pacific comms says Snowden

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Why the domes?

Are they trying to keep where the dishes are pointed a secret?

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