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Comment Re:Quote (Score 1) 273

They just don't have the streaming rights anymore.

Then they lost every single one of their customers that are like us: we *don't* have cable TV and never want it and OTA TV is out of the question because this is New Hampshire and there are too many mountains (thus we get WMUR nooz by going to their website).

The only CATV provider where we live is Comcast and their awful bundling choices and shit service. Sorry, no, we're not doing that.

Back to torrenting. Fuck'em. Not kidding.



Smartphone Malware Planted In Popular Apps Pre-sale 40

An anonymous reader writes with news from The Stack that makes it a little harder to scoff at malware on phones as being largely the fruit of dodgy sideloaded software, game cracks, et cetera. They report that even phones marketed as brand new, from well-known brands like Lenovo and Xiaomi, have been tampered with and "infected prior to sale with intelligent malware disguised in popular apps such as Facebook." (To U.S. buyers, those makers may be slightly obscure as cellphone vendors; the scheme this article addresses involves handsets sold by vendors in Europe and Asia, involving more than 20 different handset types.)

Comment Re:Sorry, but Apple still deserves most of the cre (Score 2) 331

Though the "dragging disk to trash" makes zero sense now, it at least made half sense back with the first Macs which had a single floppy drive. Half sense may be a bit much; Quarter sense? can I make up stupid terms like that?

Anyways, the first macs were single floppy only affairs, with the OS on a floppy, and presumably you have a user floppy. And you'd have to eject the system floppy to get your user disk in. And then swap back and forth. The OS would need to keep track of the volumes, even if ejected, so they know what disk to ask for. so you got these grayed out icons for known-but-ejected-disks. But, now, you have this grayed out "i know about you but you're gone" icon and you want to get rid of it. well, we have a trash can! get rid of the *placeholder* by trashing it.

Of course, even that's stupid. and it makes no sense at all for a disk that's inserted. But they stretched that metaphor out, and that's how to eject an inserted disk. so when macs started getting dual floppies, or even hard drives, "you want me to put my disk in the trash!!??"

I worked at a mac lab in the System 6 System 7 days, and this always always freaked out new users. I had to go through a big explanation.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 5, Insightful) 331

As far as games go, Microsoft (smartly) killed gaming on the Mac.

There was an awesome game called Marathon on the Mac, from a new firm called Bungiesoft. It was a quantum leap past what most Mac games were (and PC for that matter), and could have made PowerPC the gamer's choice (anyone remember the Pipin? im sure you don't). But Microsoft and Gates smartly bought out Bungiesoft, and their next Mac game Halo got quickly made into a PC/XBox only affair. Imagine a world where Halo was a Mac game, a Halo halo effect as it were, and the home computing world is much different.

In MacOS6, all control panels were in a DeskAccessory called Control Panel. There was a selector on the left, and a general area to fill with content on the right. Why did the author pick windows 95 for this "all in one control panel" instead of the Mac's own legacy from 5 years previous to Win95 I don't know.

Also, the 3 buttons in the window, that's as much to do with XWindows as Microsoft. Remember MacOSX has roots in NeXT which has roots in UNIX. It's odd to attribute to Windows when there's a direct line to XWindows.

I had TCP/IP on my personal Mac in 92 or 93, with MacTCP and either MacSLIP or MacPPP (as my back end improved). I don't know how you go from "Apple bundled previously separate Mac Specific freeware" to "it was Win95 that did it sir!". Everything going to TCP/IP was obvious back then.

There are several stretches in the article to attribute things to Win95 when it's easy to see sources elsewhere. Not that Win95 didn't have influence. But no need to say the world changed ONLY because of Win95 when there were several things moving in the same direction.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 260

Their entire system of government is designed to set up a relatively reasonable set of rules.

There's nothing reasonable about using Star Chamber's or holding suspects incommunicado. Sweden might have hippy health care, and they might not execute prisoners, but their justice system is otherwise straight out of the middle ages. They will detain you and deny outside contact, even to speak to a lawyer.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 260

Swedish legal procedures have been discussed here often enough that I have to assume you are engaging in wilful distortion.

Yes, they have, but that wont stop you from repeating the same debunked Zombie Lies.

Swedish prosecutors have interviewed other suspects abroad without first dragging them back to Sweden, and they could promise at any time that Assange wont be handed over to the United States. They have refused to do so, which means this is not about any alleged rape.

So, on this wilful[sic] distortion, are you using a cannon or a howitzer for your projection?

Comment anti-Assange canard #837 (Score 1) 260

His claims that if he went to Sweden they'd send him to the US. Ummmm, really? Because if there were a nation I would be worried about handing me off to the US clandestinely, it would be the UK.

The UK has rules against deporting people to regimes that practice torture and the death penalty. Regimes like....the United States. Just ask Chelsey Manning, who was subjected to torture for a year and a half before being dragged into a kangaroo court. If this were a black bag operation with plausible deniability, MI-5 would hand him over without a heartbeat - but for a well known dissident in the middle of the country, not so much.

Whereas Sweden participated in the kidnapping of two men, to send them off to be tortured. The Sweden that pointedly refuses to promise not to hand Assange over to the U.S., despite Assange's offer to return to Sweden if such a promise was made.

Any more Concerns?

Comment Re:Timothy needs round-the-clock medical help (Score 1) 260

A highly-edited video, with deceptive commentary, that shows how several 'journalists' embedded in a terrorist group that was in the middle of an attack on US troops were killed when the terrorist group received air bombardment?

You mean this tired historical revisionism? The helicopter crew straight up murdered a bunch of civilians minding their own business. There is nothing in the unedited video that gave them cause to open fire on people who weren't posing a threat to anyone, much less those who tried to help the dying.

Comment Re:What did he expect? (Score 1) 260

No, he's facing QUESTIONING for RAPE.

Then they'd pick up the fucking phone and question him about the alleged rape. They haven't done so. Assange has said he would return to Sweden, if the government promised him they wouldn't hand him over to the United States. They haven't done that either.

Which means, for anyone not suffering from willful blindness, that this isn't about rape. And spare us the BS of "Sweden can't promise that". The biggest paid hack on this issue, Rei, has even admitted that Sweden can't extradite for "intelligence crimes". Guess what revealing classified cables is?

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard