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Comment: Re:which carries more serious charges? (Score 1) 26

by drinkypoo (#48030787) Attached to: Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

Stealing US Army software or stealing IP and proprietary data related to Xbox Live?

I suspect that it was the same thing. Perhaps this is part of the "peace dividend"? Full Spectrum Warrior was developed from a military training tool. Perhaps there is similar crossover here.

Comment: Re:Oh yes, we were (Score 1) 94

by drinkypoo (#48030713) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Conservatives loves to tout how anti-business California is,

Well, I'm a Liberal. California is really anti-small-business, if I left that out then I sincerely apologize. If they can make big wads of money on you at once then you're in, baby.

but they never explain why California's economy PER-CAPITA is larger than 33 other states.

Hollywood. Cause: It was actually near some of the least desirable land in the USA, which studios could snap up for nothing. Silicon Valley. Cause: Education, climate. An actual win. Food production. Cause: Environmental sensitivity was discovered before California was completely shit upon, also coastal climate.

Comment: Re:Dear MS (Score 1) 365

by rahvin112 (#48029885) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Two reasons.

Application lock-in, Microsoft is trying to leverage their existing large application comparability for leverage.

The second is related to the first, in the MS is trying to use there large monopoly in the desktop market to build a monopoly in handheld, tablet and phone.

I believe both will be a failure, they sat on their hands two long while Apple and Google built OS's and now have significant application catalogs. Android and iOS will be very difficult to displace at this point. They'd do better to focus their attention on maintaining and building their enterprise services and continuing to build and support desktop computers. That would probably mean porting office and other major enterprise applications to both the iOS and Android. I simply don't believe they can displace android or iOS at this point.

Comment: Re:What about legitimate uses? (Score 1) 182

by fyngyrz (#48029669) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

the current administration has done more than any previous administration to expand it's[sic] intrusive power

No, sorry. Nothing's been done during Obama's terms that even remotely compare with the instantiation of the PATRIOT act and the TSA as far as harmful changes to the previously existing state of affairs by the government.

And then during Obama's terms, we've seen the drug war lighten up on marijuana, we've seen expansions of gay rights, we've seen increased rights and capabilities for consumers and less for credit card companies, access to Cuba has opened up, private sector spaceflight has been encouraged...

Obama's got his warts, all right -- constitutionally speaking, the man seems to be insane -- but on the scale of making life worse for all of us, he's done nothing even close, singly or in aggregate, to measuring up to the Bush/Cheney administration's insults to the body politic.

Comment: Re:Will it run Linux? (Score 4, Informative) 143

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48029035) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
That's not the issue: Since virtually all (x86) systems built later than 2010 are 64-bit, the expected case is 64 bit UEFI. Contemporary linux distributions don't even bat an eye at booting on a 64-bit system with 64-bit UEFI (well, there are a lot of ugly details under the surface, probably enough to keep several devs more or less permanently alcoholic; but the user doesn't need to see that).

However, there are a few edge cases that really haven't gotten enough attention and/or love to smooth them over: Apple has some older models with 32-bit EFI, and 64-bit CPUs, that are a bit weird, and there was a period where MS/Intel was using 32-bit Atom processors, with UEFI and no BIOS fallback, in order to hit aggressive price points for 'win-tablet' systems. These are a huge pain to boot to anything except the OS they were designed for; because distributions with good UEFI support almost always expect 64-bit CPUs, and 32-bit distros almost always expect BIOS booting.

There may be others; but the 'clover trail' based hardware that uses Z2760 or similar atom processors is what I'm talking about.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 247

by peragrin (#48028471) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

You are missing the fact that pinned apps to the windows 7 task bar randomly vanish. I stopped pinning apps as I wa losing them and couldn't repin them until after I unpinned them first.

Windows corrupts its data caches easily and it can be a pain to undue the damage. This is a known issue going back to th original release of windows 7.

Comment: Re:How does it handle Pinterest? (Score 4, Insightful) 143

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48028413) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
The laptops are based on the Celeron N2840, with 2GB of RAM. I can't seem to find much in the way of benchmarks; but I suspect that they are surprisingly adequate. What is a bit surprising is that the the N2840 has a quoted tray price of $107, so either Intel is cutting HP one hell of a deal, or I don't even want to know what HP cobbled the rest of the system together from...

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