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Comment: Re:Value? (Score 1) 59

by mystikkman (#48667537) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

It's interesting how it's Apple that mostly did everything and how the summary led people like you to mention only Microsoft. Typical biased Slashdot bullshit.
Not to mention other companies are part of Rockstar like RIM, EMC, Ericsson, Sony. Apple bought some patents from Rockstart in 2012 for like $1B.

From http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/...

By the fifth round of bidding, it was Rockstar Bidco that decided not to submit a bid. This brought the group of bidders down to three: Google, Apple, and Intel.

Then something really interesting happened.

Following Rockstar’s seeming exit, Apple asked Nortel for permission to talk to the group about a possible partnership. This request was granted. Following these discussions, Apple decided they wanted to partner with Rockstar and adopt their name and transaction structure.

Essentially, Apple decided to stake the Rockstar group in this high-stakes poker game.

Comment: Re:One huge customer - schools (Score 4, Informative) 345

by mystikkman (#48123945) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

Yet you don't cringe at all the snooping that Google is doing with student the information.

http://mashable.com/2014/03/19...

>I know that kid's data is saved to their Google Drive - automatically.
Where it can be mined for showing ads.

Fantastic, indeed, but for Google, not for the students.

Comment: Re:must me false (Score 1) 230

by mystikkman (#47822297) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

So now we have "Windows" isn't "Windows" argument? Look, Microsoft has kept the basic features of "windows" including how the user interface operates all the way though from 3.1.1. They have brought along a lot of baggage in the process. People, users, administrators expect that the next version will work much like the current one. I remember the jump to NT, what a mess. But Microsoft had no choice but to break a lot of expected behavior though the years, many times for security reasons, but they bring a lot of the baggage along and are forced into compromises in security in the effort to keep their user base. They couldn't just make the changes they needed to, or a lot of folks would have bailed to Linux, which had the security, and wasn't in need of change.

Yes, "Windows XP" wasn't the next version of the "Windows ME" codebase and doesn't have it.

Similar UI != same code base
just like
React OS != Windows XP

Server OS != Desktop OS

Server use cases and audience != Desktop use cases and audience

Compare CentOS with Windows Server.

If you want a further locked down machine and featureless default install, there's Windows Server Core.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...

Compare Ubuntu(not Ubuntu Server) with Windows 8.

It's like me complaining that Linux comes with Amazon ads preinstalled and uploads search keywords to Canonical(like it does in Ubuntu) while Windows comes with a heavily restricted browser that doesn't even run JavaScript or download files without a lot of tweaking(Windows Server).

Get it?

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 230

by mystikkman (#47822089) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Where do you think the designers of NT came up with that idea? Hmmmmm? Wouldn't have been Unix now would it?

Wrong again, it was designed by someone who quite hated Unix.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Cutler
http://www.theverge.com/gaming...
Windows NT's primary inspiration was VMS.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

Windows NT did not start less secure.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 2) 230

by mystikkman (#47821173) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Do you remember DOS? Windows 3.1.1? Security was woefully lacking, it wasn't even a concern. At the same time, Linux was being developed, with the security model it has today, mostly unchanged. Windows has gong though many revisions and changes in the security design from ZERO security and no such thing as having separate user accounts to where we are now. Linux started out, very similar to what it is now.

Please stop repeating that, it stopped being true as of 10 years ago since Windows ME was the last OS based on DOS/Win 3.1.1 code.

XP, Vista, 7 and 8 are all based on the Windows NT family which was developed with security in mind and separate user accounts etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

Comment: Re:must me false (Score 1) 230

by mystikkman (#47818571) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Windows boxes? They come out of the install process wide open with a whole raft of dangerous services turned on.

Can you list what dangerous services are turned on by default on a Windows Server install? If you don't it's a pretty sign that you have no clue about what you're talking about and last used Windows about 15 years ago.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1, Insightful) 230

by mystikkman (#47818489) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

So this isn't a really fair comparison you are making. Linux is BY DEFAULT more secure than Windows, mainly by design. Microsoft has made great strides of late, but fundamentally they are starting from a weak position (remember Windows 3.1?) and you have to install components to make it more secure, where Linux starts secure and gets security downgrades when you install and configure stuff. Either way, if you don't manage your server, you will have problems.

The point of comparison should be between the server OSes. So, do you really think Linux on the server is more secure than Windows Server 2012R2 ?

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