* Posts by Mr. Great Sage

42 posts • joined 18 May 2012

Here's a timeless headline: Adobe rushes out emergency Flash fix after hacker exploits bug

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Some things that I would find beneficial in the article:

-It would of been helpful to provide some of the known hostile server addresses. Firewall rules could be established as a safe guard.

-Adobe's Distribution portal shows as the official version. This version has been around for quiet awhile now. It seems the affected version is *.*.*.159/130 . I only bring this up because the wording of this article implied this was a new release.

Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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Personally, I've decided I'm not buying a 'next gen' console until after I get a new TV. (and I'm not getting a new TV because mine works perfectly fine.)

Surface tablets snapped up on pre-order, but no camping in the street

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Why the Surprise?

I actually think the Surface tablet is the perfect representation of what Windows 8 is meant to be. Not to mention it comes w/Office 2013 does it not? I wouldn't mind having a Surface myself, if I didn't already have an iPad (provided by my work) and an Asus TF700T.

Twitter censors bow to police, suppress Nazi tweets

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Re: say this three times while closing your eyes and spinning around


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Re: But, to be fair...

I think, to be fair, that the application of "Far Right" for Germany is different then the application of "Far Right" for the United States (since you state Republicans). Specifically being Right usually means a return to a previous way of how government was run. From a German perspective Nazi's would be "Right", however the "Right" in the US would simply mean moving closer to how the United States Government was run in earlier in it's history. Be it in the form of taxes, or the size of Government in general.

From an American point of view, Nazi's are considered left.

Senate hears Microsoft and HP avoided billions in US taxes

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Re: National Sales Tax

@ Bill Neal

"Sadly most 'murcans think it will price goods out of affordability."

I'm an American US Citizen. I think cost and demand will drive prices. If you have 'shoe A' and tax+base price = to much, then they won't sell. By them not selling, "Company creating shoe A" will have to re'evaluate their pricing to accommodation for the tax, or they don't make a profit.

This is exactly the same thing that is happening now, however the consumer is blind to the tax as it's not printed on their receipt.

Also worth noting: don't write "Americans" as " 'murcans". It just makes your posts read less intelligent.

Pirate Bay’s neo-Nazi sugar daddy files for bankruptcy

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So TPB ends...

and another site will come in and take it's place. So goes the Cycle of Copy Right Infringement lawsuits.

iPhone 5 tops benchmark chart

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Why compare to older hardware?

"Compare that to the Nexus 7's score of 1591 and the Asus Transformer Prime TF201's 1497, and the iPhone 5 result, if genuine, shows the handset beating tablets."

Asus Transformer Infinity TF700 -

2041 http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1036825 Asus Infinity

Are we trying to sell a point that doesn't exist by comparing it to old hardware? The S3 has scores ranging from 1500's to 2052.

Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

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Re: its rubbish

Did you skip over Office 2007 because it's practically the same interface.

Nokia flagellates self further to quell fake cam ad Twitterstorm

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Re: Dear Twitter

Right, and next you'll be telling me that girl on the bike was actually an actor.

Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

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The truth is...

The R's would have been portrayed poorly no matter what they did. If they didn't have their convention, it would have been called "A shallow political move".

Apple: I love to hate, and hate to love thee

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Re: Bah!

@Apple Store "Repair"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this whole "go into an apple store, and have them repair my device" a pay for service? How is this any different then me opting in my Cell Phone service carrier for an insurance plan, that lets me completely replace the phone if something goes wrong?

Court confirms $675,000 fine for sharing 30 songs

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Re: @Andus McCoatover

But of course G.W. is the correct answer to anything you don't like. RIAA? GW did it. WW2? GW. Why, if you look at the cold virus under a strong enough microscope, you'll find GWB initialed on the side.

Sacrebleu! Googleplex insists Bush is still le président américain

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Everyone is wrong! Learn your government people!

This is a Monarchy, and Obama was just the illegitimate son of Bush, who succeeded him. Gah.

Google loads Moto Mobility cannon, fires patent shells at Apple

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Re: What patents exactly?

Probably because Google is suing over technology, while apple is suing based off of icon colors and rounded corners.

Google may face grilling by MPs over 'immoral' tax avoidance

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Re: If it's legal

@ AC once again

"Healthcare is free when I need it most, without condition, nor waive for age or existing illness. And nothing is more important in life than one's health."

If you're in the US (which you may not be. Forgive the assumption if you're not.) this statement is false when it comes to age and illness. I specifically know a an elder gentleman that are now being refused dialysis to keep him alive. His literally words to me were "I guess I'll just go home and die now". This is a direct result of the 'affordable healthcare' law. I can also tell you that personally my insurance premiums have gone up significantly for less coverage. The birth of my little girl went from costing $300 out of pocket (had she been born in '11) to costing me $2,000 out of pocket. Again thanks to the same law.

If your from another country, I'm glad you're healthcare system seems to be working so well for you. I can tell you from both happenstance and personal experience, ours has been royally messed up, and we're now paying an arm and a leg for it.

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Re: It's your money

I couldn't agree with you more Pete.

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Re: If it's legal

@ AC

"Me. Because in any other country in the world I would not have had the education to get there, nor the free healthcare that perhaps allowed me to be alive long enough to do so."

1.) There are plenty of other countries that provide good education. Though I understand your point in that you feel your patriotic duty to continue to provide that education to other citizens.

2.) Healthcare isn't free. Your paying for it, it's just not labeled as "Healthcare" on your taxes.

Text-and-drive teens ratted on by AT&T mobe tech

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Call me crazy...

I always thought those infomercials with the kids trying to do obstacle courses in their cars while trying to text stupid. Who does that? "Oh I'm driving along making wild turns and going 60 miles an hour, time to text!" Why don't they show someone parked in traffic using google voice to send a message that they'll be late getting home?

*Press auto search button*

say: Send text message to 'Significant other' mobile Hey hon period Stuck in traffic period be home soon as I can period

*click send*

The 'experts' who never see BBM will never understand RIM

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Re: Huh

Dangit Bobby, if you're gonna do something wrong, do it right!

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Re: Huh


Must be a different city. I work downtown, and all I see every day are iphones.

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BBM must be a UK thing. No one in the states (that I know of) use BB for anything other than Business E-mail. And most of those businesses are looking to ditch the device for iOS or Android.


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Re: It was the countdown...

"Ok then on three. Everyone ready? One.... Two..... Five!"

"three sir..."

"Three! Chaaaaaaaarge!"

Apple patents shopping lists

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But look how innovative apple is

Next you'll tell me Apple will find some magical way to create a spread sheet AND sort the data by dates AND then be able to make a pie chart with said data AND then print the data for use within an office! What a brilliant company.

And don't even come to me saying that Google would already have an application that does pretty much all of these features. Because if they did, they're blatantly copying apple, and their (soon to be titled) iShopper app. (I bet Google would copy that too and just call it Shopper. Blatant Copyright infringement.)

Apple: Samsung was in 'crisis' over our iPhone awesomeness

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Lets harken back to the early 2000's...

...and recall all the patent lawsuits over the different flip phone manufactures. Each vying that the other copied the design of being able to flip open your phone. Not to mention the similar UI elements, like the settings button, the contacts button, and the ability to take a photo. It was insane, all you ever heard about was phones being banned left and right for copyright infringement.

Oh wait that never happened.

Console content can cause crime, claims cop

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Re: Which games has he been playing?

How this article would read in the 1950's

Australian police have pointed the finger at children playing Cops and Robbers and other games of its kind for an alleged increase in the acceptance of violence in the country.

Barely a month has passed since Australia introduced an 18+ rating certificate for games which will allow titles such as the hotly-contested Punch'em Sock'em Robots to be sold on Aussie soil. Now the country has reached another modern game milestone: blaming violent games for an increase in aggressive behaviour.


By the way, blaming what a country does on the other side of the world for conservatives in the US is kind of silly. The Aussie video game laws make US Conservatives look down right risque.

(Besides, it depends on which 'conservative you're talking about. A Conservative Libertarian would say make everything legal, and let peoples own morals decide on what they do. A social conservative democrat would want it banned by the government. Nothing is ever so cut and dry.)

Republican filibuster blocks Senate Cybersecurity bill

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Re: @Sage


Yes. Insurance premiums have sky rocketed.

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Re: Loyal opposition? Not possible in America.

While I agree mostly with your first paragraph, you immediately fall into your own irony trap. You complain about being called a socialist (an actual system on how you feel a country should be run) and then immediately call those who are on the opposite side of your view tea bangers. (a derogatory sexual term.) it's a fine bit of hypocrisy, and you should really examine how you think about others with opposing views if you truly believe your first point is true.

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Re: I completely agree, US Politicians are no better than two year olds that need a spanking

"Lets face it, the main objections by the Republican party (Tea Party) to the Obama Administration have their basis in outright racism and I have heard it right from their mouths."

My objection to the current leadership is that the "Affordable Care" act caused me to have to pay $2,000 out of pocket for the birth of my new baby girl, instead of paying $300 for it. I also get the 'wonderful' luxury of being able to pay a higher insurance premium as well. I am by no means rich.

Beak explodes at Samsung's evidence leak in Apple patent spat

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Little information about Koh, and her opinion of objectivity.

"Koh had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 11, 2010. She received some questions from Republican Senator Jeff Sessions regarding her writings in law school where she said that minority judges must maintain the "disguise of objectivity" or face challenges. Sessions expressed concern about what that might mean about her own objectivity on the bench. Koh responded by saying that she'd forgotten that she ever wrote the passage and that "I completely disagree that there is no objectivity. Our rule of law would break down if everyone were to insert their own personal biases." [8] The Committee voted to forward her nomination to the full Senate on March 4, 2010 [9][10] and on June 7, 2010 the Senate voted 90 - 0 to confirm Koh as a federal judge."

Japanese fanboi builds FrankenPhone from 'bits of iPhone 5'

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Re: Any phone manufacturers with the headphone slot at the bottom?

the Nexus S also has the jack on the bottom. (phone)

Apple seeks whopping $2.525bn Samsung patent payout

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What did I take away from this?

I'm going to go patent designs of every possible shape that I can fit a screen on. I'll be a billionaire.

"Oh, sorry, I've got a the design patent on everything from a circle to a googolgon... both rounded and cornered edges"

Iranian nuke plants rocked in midnight 'heavy metal blast'

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Re: Hear hear.

Haha, you just said sheeple. Oh no, now you've made me say it!

Samsung flogs 10 million Galaxy S IIIs in 7 weeks

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Random nonsense

I'd probably have an S3 right now if I wasn't waiting for my next upgrade. Since that won't be until first quarter 2013, that means I'll have the choice between the ip5, sIII, or perhaps something even better. So goes the tech world. I have 0 brand loyalty. Whoever has the best tech, that's what I'll buy. Intel or AMD. Nvidia or ATI. iPhone or Android. It's all the same to me.

Even Apples sometimes have worms in them, admits Cupertino

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Re: iOS PCs?


Some actual facts for you:

1. The issue here has nothing to do with the various definitions of malicious code, and what category they fall into. It's the fact the Mac made the claim that such an attack could never happen, and it has. Aside from that, the definition Trojan has nothing to do with its delivery method. It could be deployed by a virus (self replicating malicious code), a worm (similar to a viral infection that spreads within a network infrastructure), a piece of malware, spyware or whatever. All the Trojan definition specifies is that it will give access, control, or information from your computer to someone else. Some people might even label remote administrative programs such as dameware, vnc, or logmein as a Trojan.

2. In 12 years apparently a lot of Mac users like to play word definitions games between what constitutes as a Virus. As you said, there have been Trojans in the past.

3. I'm not susceptible to the thousands of virus's that plague plant life, yet you don't hear me going around saying how I'm impervious to all infections. This is very similar to making the claim that a Mac can't get a Window's virus. Apples and Oranges as far as the code is concerned.

The lack of Virus's for mac's has very little to do with how secure or insecure the OS is, and has quite a bit to do with the lack of available targets compared to other alternative operating systems.

4. Your statement right here doesn't even make sense. Maybe you could try again to explain how a "Mac keeps you safe from unknowingly downloading malicious software" if it can't prevent you from "unknowingly downloading malicious software”?

Also, your claim that it’s impossible for a company to develop this kind of protection is false. It's called a virus scanner.

Iran: Our nuke facilities still under attack by US, Israelis 'and MI6'

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Re: Act of war?

Don't forget their efforts in Iraq and Afgan.

Western consumption helping to kill off species

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What did I take away from this?

Evolution is only good sometimes apparently.

Techies beg world to join the 1% on IPv6 launch day

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So, only some what related

Has anyone tried to navigate to an IPv6 only PC with no DNS entry? Does "\\fe80:0000:0000:0000:0202:b3ff:fe1e:8329\c$" look scary to you?

IBM bans Dropbox, Siri and rival cloud tech at work

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Dropbox and security

I actually just finished an analysis of Dropbox for the office I'm in. There are some obvious security concerns with this particular app. I seem to recall them doing an 'update' not to long ago, that had the unintended consequence of leaving their accounts wide open for anyone to access.

Right now I have the good folks in charge trialing out SpiderOak. They heavily encrypt all the data 'before' transferring it to their servers.

Iran threatens to chuck sueball at Google over missing gulf

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