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Comment Re:Chinese people know... (Score 2, Informative) 326

The USSR didn't exactly want the Chinese Revolution to happen. The USSR was trying to rebuild after WWII and would have to defend itself and China in the event of another war breaking out as a result of the Chinese Revolution.
In fact, Stalin, as head of the Comintern, instructed Mao not to begin insurrection and to work with the nationalists in defense of China against Japan. Mao took half of that advice, forming the Eighth Route Army under Chaing Kai Shek's nationalist Koumintang, but left himself and Chu Teh (Zhu De) in charge.

Comment Re:Looks good but.. (Score 2, Informative) 638

I have a 2005-era Mac Mini. I love it. However, it's getting a bit slow, and the new ones are barely faster, and cost twice as much. Apple's getting harder and harder to defend these days.

Your 2005-era Mini likely has a PowerPC G4 (7447A) processor, with one core, running at 1.3 or 1.5GHz. According to MacTracker, the 1.5 averages a score of 822 on GeekBench 2. Even a bottom of the line (2.26GHz) Mini from late 2009 (as MacTracker doesn't have today's update yet) averages a 3056 with an Intel Core 2 Duo.

The system bus has gone from 167MHz to 1066MHz, L2 cache from 512K to 3MB.

If your current machine works for you, then it's a good machine. But compared to what you have the new model is significantly faster.


Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested 433

WrongSizeGlass writes "AP is reporting the owner of Venezuela's only remaining TV channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez was arrested Thursday. 'Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested on a warrant for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president,' Attorney General Luisa Ortega said. This comes on the heels of last week's story titled Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom."

Microsoft Lifts XP Mode Hardware Requirement 205

An anonymous reader writes "This week, Microsoft published a patch that allows Windows XP Mode to run on PCs without hardware-assisted virtualization. Which begs the question: Why the bizarro requirement in the first place? Was it an honest attempt to deliver an 'optimal' user experience? Or simply a concession to the company's jilted lover, Intel Corporation — 'a kind of apology for royally screwing up with the whole Windows Vista “too fat to fit” debacle,' as the blog post puts it."

Comment Re:Blaming the tools, instead of the behaviour... (Score 1) 197

One press and all the way down you go ;-)

Ooh, look. Turtles!

Seriously though, most people don't know what an IP address is, and don't care. There are ways that this could be made easier (when you log in from a "new-to-gmail" IP more than a few times, have it ask you to label as Home/Work/Friend's House/etc), but means nothing to most people outside of /. It's just that computer-speak anyway and "I never need to worry because I've got this friend in Nigeria who's giving me lots of money".

Comment Bunch of Sun eqiupment (Score 1) 622

I've got some old Sun stuff around that still runs - 3 or 4 SPARCstation 1 boxes (1989), an Enterprise Server 250 (mid-90s), Ultra 60/Creator 3D (?). They all work, to some degree but some make better furniture than workstations right now.

For example, the Ultra 60 is covered with a tablecloth and is a side-table next to my couch. The tower of SPARCstation1 systems is similarly decorated and holds up a lamp. The E250 was mostly used as a heater in old apartments.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison