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Comment: unix my backside (Score 1) 146

by bazorg (#48219167) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

If memory serves me well, the appeal of OS X to unix pros became a selling point quite late in the Apple revival and shift to Intel CPUs. Back then, Windows XP was clearly too old, ugly, clunky and misused to be part of *any* high end PC offering. In my opinion, the OEM attempts to improve the Windows XP experience by way of pre-installed utilities were even worse.

The elegant UI and experience that OS X offered was way ahead of what Windows XP and most contemporary Linux distros could offer and that's what helped today's perception of MacBooks and iMacs are fine for their price, unlike many Lenovo, HP, etc that only sell at £300-£500 and therefore cannot have high end parts.

Now there's a lot of web-developer type of professionals who use OS X, helping sustain the perception that modern, trendy, successful, etc, etc professionals go with Apple, while the bad guys on 24 use matte black Lenovos :)

Comment: Re:Oh yeah, that guy (Score 1) 179

by TapeCutter (#48218279) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

Avoiding extradition to the US has nothing to do with it.

Say what? The UK will not extradite anyone to a country where they have a reasonable chance of receiving the death penalty, Sweden has no such qualms. When the UK decided to extradite him to Sweden he moved into the Ecuador embassy to prevent that happening.

Comment: Re:When you are inside the box ... (Score 3, Informative) 179

by TapeCutter (#48217783) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems
Depends how you measure "liberty". For example, a random US citizen in the US has seven times the chance of being incarcerated as a random Chinese citizen in China. China has also dragged more people out of abject poverty in the last 40yrs than the rest of the world combined.

Comment: Re:6,000 only (Score 1) 106

by TapeCutter (#48208477) Attached to: 6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine
Had a lady friend like that, it was a good long distance relationship with a friend of a friend, she had wanted to come live in Melbourne for work so I invited her to move in with me (we both had 2 teenage kids each who got on well with each other). Religion didn't come up until she moved in and spotted Darwin's biography and Dawkins "selfish gene" on my bookshelf, took me 3 weeks to decide the way her brain worked was just too fucking annoying to live with, took me 3 months to get her out.

It's an endless source of humour looking back at it, at the time I thought she was joking when she saw the logo on a NASA web page I was reading and started asking me about how to find aliens in NASA's basement via the internet. Looking back at it now, I'm sure she wasn't joking.

Comment: Re:I call shanananagan's (Score 1) 106

by TapeCutter (#48208247) Attached to: 6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

So they bilt this not only in one day but the very day after the earth was craterd? I don't think.

Haven't read TFA but I do know Roman battalions advanced by marching for a few days, stopping at a strategic point, and proceed to turn a nearby forest into a 3 storey fort in a single day. The forts were all of the same design and required ~5,000 trees to build, each man was an expert at a specific task. Reinforcements moved from fort to fort and signal towers were set up in between so that there was a visual link along the entire path. Today, we call this strategy a "supply line".

The Romans did a similar thing building up their Navy with spectacular speed when circumstances required, it was a classic "assembly line production" that existed 2000yrs before Henry Ford "invented" it. They also stole the boat design from the Carthaginians who had kindly numbered all the individual planks for them (no IP lawyers back then).

For a modern army or even a well organised militia, erecting a fake ruin in a day is definitely doable, so it boils down to motivation, which both sides have in spades.

Comment: Re:Also in the news (Score 1) 106

by TapeCutter (#48208033) Attached to: 6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine
Yep, the French and the British are still arguing about who shot the nose off the Sphinx during the Napoleonic wars. Military types don't generally blow up iconic buildings for fun, they do it for propaganda purposes, eg Shi'a mosques in Northern Iraq are currently getting pounded into dust by the Sunni extremists. Irregular forces are more inclined to go for iconic building to demonstrate their power, eg: twin towers, UK parliament, etc.

The worst case of heritage destruction I can recall recently was on the 3rd day of the Iraq war when the US sacked the entire public service and then sat on their hands while the locals went on a looting spree. It was an extremely foolish decision that backfired badly, no cops, no ambulance, no garbage collection, no school, etc. After the looting rampage was over the US had well and truly lost the "hearts and minds" battle with ordinary Iraqi's.

Comment: Re:Challenge accepted (Score 1) 106

by TapeCutter (#48207751) Attached to: 6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

To reach the hall, you could navigate the roof and descend from the awnings

Coincidentally, the earliest known stone villages appeared in Turkey ~12,000 years ago, they had no streets and the houses had no doors, they were all squashed together as one big flat building, people entered individual homes by navigating the roof and descending through a hole into their "cubicle". They also had a habit of burying dead relatives in the living room. Similar architecture and burial practices were common across the N. Hemisphere for the next 10,000yrs.

Comment: Will this work only on Google sites? (Score 1) 119

by jbssm (#48202223) Attached to: Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

I use Google Authenticator for quite some sites, not only the Google ones.

After reading the links here I'm under the impression that any site outside Google will not work with this method and I'll have to continue using the Authenticator app on my phone. Is that correct?

Comment: Re:DOS version? (Score 3, Informative) 100

by Just Some Guy (#48200915) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

The current firmware update ships as a bootable ISO. Burn it to a CD/DVD (or a flash drive if you can work it out), hold down "option" at boot, and you'll be looking at a DOS prompt in no time. I verified this two days ago when I misread the firmware version on the website and downloaded an updater for the version I already had.

Comment: Re:Government Dictionary (Score 1) 238

by TapeCutter (#48199997) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals
Words have multiple definitions in dictionaries and in ordinary speech, which definition is assigned depends entirely on context. For example "feet smell and noses run". Scientists and lawyers have one thing in common, they are very careful about definitions, they tell others which definition they are using upfront, it doesn't have to be interpreted through context. It's an exacting and fully transparent tradition in Science and Law. Clinton's lawyer debating the definition of "is" for 15min is a fine example. The quantum property of "colour" is another one from the Scientific world.

Using the same rules for a state and a person ignores the basic nature of political power and leaves brute force as the only method of arbitration. The existing state would lose any and all authority and instantaneously collapse (re: looting of Iraq after US sacked entire public service), the power vacuum left behind would very likely be filled by the kind of people you fear most, heavily armed 18-25yo males who have just one rule for everyone - "might is right". Like Humpty Dumpty, they have no use for dictionaries, to them a word means whatever they say it means, and they will execute and torture as many people as it takes to demonstrate their point.

Aside from that the very thing you suggest happened on a smaller scale when I was at HS. The largest internal migration in US history was in the early 70's when hippies left cities in droves and started up communes on shared private land, a similar social phenomena occurred here in Oz. They had the same "no one is in charge" ideology, rules were simply "discussed" by the group rather than defined and enforced by the group. Very few of these communes survived more that 2yrs.

The most common cause of commune collapse was not financial woes or lack of soap, in almost every case the commune collapsed when the "natural leader" in the group filled the power vacuum and basically bullied everyone else out of their legal share of the land. By the mid seventies the migration had gone full circle and the hippies were mostly back in the cities, albeit older, poorer, but a lot wiser about human nature.

Comment: Re:So you have to install an app... (Score 1) 113

by jbssm (#48196601) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files
> OS X's default permission for GateKeeper is Mac App Store and Developer Signed Apps. It has never been Mac App Store only. The other option is well, "off" (any source).

You are right. I had the idea I had fiddled with the options from Mac Store only to Anywhere, but the default was Mac App Store and Developer Signed Apps after all

I would suggest thought, that JAVA vulnerabilities and Adobe Flash Player (which I haven't installed btw, but many people do) vulnerabilities, are still the greatest threat to OSX now-a-days.

"Don't discount flying pigs before you have good air defense." -- jvh@clinet.FI