* Posts by C 7

16 posts • joined 6 Oct 2012

That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go

C 7

Yes, because...

...the company has such a great success rate with acquisitions under Ballmer. Maybe it could be as successful as Aquantive, or destroy its own revenue stream like Skype. Fantastic. Microsoft can burn up more cash reserves while running a couple once great companies the rest of the way into the ground... What could go wrong?

Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

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And assuming they tapped in between battery and phone to measure I, E should be 3.7v for all of them, as that's standard for a LiIon phone battery. Granted that's making a few assumptions given the sketchy details of the testing, but they'd have to be real amateurs (or sheisters) to use I as their benchmark if E wasn't consistent across the board.

On the hunt for a new ampere

C 7

What's all this rubbish?

What is it with trying to re-define the kilogram? Every sane person knows it's 2.2 pounds, so what's all the fuss about? If the damned frogs would just get with the program already and quit fussing around, we could get some serious work done, but no, it's all "kilo this" and "meter that." I mean, who the hell decided we needed a smaller unit of measure, which would be approximately 0.3937 inches? How the hell are reasonable people supposed to remember this drivel? Now we have wings that don't fit the airplanes they were built for, and spacecraft that miss their targets, all because some frogs can't figure out how to convert their dark-ages base-10 system into Real Units. Give me an inch and I'll take a mile, but leave the damn meters out of it unless we're talking cab fare.

Dell buyout stalled by Microsoft, low takeover price?

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Company with mediocre desktops, rebadged asus laptops, craptastic servers and shite customer support can't figure out how to take their company private in a sensible manner. Yawn.

China visa changes could attract job-hunting IT pros

C 7

It's now wonder...

Since the whole of China seems to be without the slightest shred of sysadmin talent, it's no wonder they want to bring people in from other countries.

I've yet to figure out how a country so adept at counterfeiting everything from shoes to routers seems completely unable to follow simple documentation with screenshots. Perhaps that's only the people they allow to leave for the US, and they keep all the intelligentsia safely locked away at home.

Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

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Just think...

How many movies Americans could have seen in the theater with the amount of tax money being paid to prosecute and lock these guys up.

Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

C 7

Re: What about those websites

Which Microsoft website only works with IE?

C 7

Re: I'd be happy to lobby Google for a youtube app for ms phones

No one is asking Google to provide a YouTube app for Windows Phone, Microsoft is only asking them to allow the same access to metadata that apps on other platforms have, so that they (Microsoft) can provide the app. It's like if Microsoft provided specs on their office document formats to all competing office suites, except Google and whatever their craptastic online pile of vomit office suite is called. Microsoft may have its share of antitrust skeletons in the closet, but for the most part they're a decade or more in the past. Google, it seems, is just ramping up their antitrust schemes.

Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

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Re: Best application is drenched over three slices of Canadian bacon

Salty, yes, perhaps. Cremated? 90% lard? Cardboard? I'm not sure who cooked the bacon you tried, but it must have been a combination of a) cheap bacon and b) someone incredibly bad at cooking bacon. Bacon is actually fairly easy to mess up, and many people cook it over too high of a temperature and for too long, ruining the flavor and texture. But done correctly, over medium to low heat, and using a high-quality starting product, it can be quite tasty.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012: Why Bother?

C 7

Just one thing missing

One thing they left out of 2012 which really, really pisses me off... the freaking start button! I want the damned thing back, and I want to meet the moron who decided it shouldn't be there, so I can slap the stupid out of him or her. I don't mind it on a desktop OS, but "live corners" or whatever they're called are impossible to use with nested RDP sessions. Oh yeah, and hotkeys don't work in that scenario either. The only redeeming factor is there's a powershell icon right on the taskbar, by default.

Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

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Am I the only one...

...who really wants a phone this size with the feature of the high-end behemoths? I don't want a 4.5 or 5 inch screen, I want something I can comfortably hold and use with one hand. I also want the fancy camera and wireless charging of the 920, more like a 920 mini. I'm sure battery capacity is a limiting factor here, but seriously... I don't want to carry a damn near-tablet in my pocket, I just want a phone that happens to be able to do email and web and gps stuff if I want.

Littlest pirate’s Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on the way home

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The penalty for piracy should be...

...limited by statute to the lowest price the work can be commonly found selling for, if the result isn't sold commercially. And, if the copy has been re-shared, perhaps treble damages may be in order. So, if songs are commonly available for $1/each, and someone downloads ten of them, their damages would be limited to $10. If it could be proven that all ten were redistributed, then a max of $30 would be in order.

For commercial pirating operations, I say throw the book at them.

Samsung: Demand for mobes forced 16hr days on factory slaves

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It's not just China

Unfortunately, abusive employment practices are rampant in many so-called civilized countries too. When I worked retail, 100-hour weeks happened several times per year, with 60 being the norm. Now that I'm in IT, I know many working over 60/week, with occasional 80+ hour weeks, for no additional compensation (salary). While it may be shocking to our European cousins, the US has very little in the way of laws protecting workers from excessive overtime, no mandated vacation, weekends or holidays. More and more, it's becoming the norm for companies here to drive people until they absolutely burn out or, as was the case with one of my coworkers, die. But, the hourly jobs don't pay the bills, so we keep at it.

Malware slurps rocket data from Japanese space agency

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In other news...

China has just announced a clever new solid-fuel rocket design, which may be ready for a test flight as early as next summer. Rumor has it the rocket may be used to launch the C-II cargo vehicle which has also just recently been revealed. The Chinese civil space agency, named redarmii, said it had been inspired by early success of the technology during test firings.

Sony turned off by CEA's 'Ultra HD' TV label

C 7

How about HD4?

Rather a simple abbreviation perhaps, but dumb people will assume it's 4 generations ahead of their current TV, and smart people will know the '4' refers to 4k. It's also future-proof for a while, though eventually even the dumbest people may wonder why we're jumping straight from HD64 to HD128, and somewhere down the road it'll become a mouthful with HD8192 and HD16384.

Whatever though, as long as it results in something better than the current crap displays shipping for PCs and laptops, I'll be thrilled. Might even finally replace my old IBM CRTs at that point, beautiful though they are.

Not so fast, T-Mobile: Sprint may bid for MetroPCS

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How can Sprint afford a merger...

...when they can't even seem to hire enough people to support their current customer base? Sprint used to be a great carrier, but has made so many unbelievably bad decisions the last few years, I'm surprised they're still number 3. They've lost their early dominance in data rates, gone chasing after technologies bound for the scrap heap (wiMax), saddled themselves with the profit-munching iPhone, and let their once-great support slip away to be replaced by script-monkeys.

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