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Comment: Men In Black? Secret Police? FBI not enough? (Score 1) 2

by parvenu74 (#30575768) Attached to: INTERPOL Immunity?

I heard about this on the way to work this morning. Through this executive order INTERPOL agents become completely immune from prosecution in the United States, and that their property cannot be searched. That said, why are INTERPOL agents in this country in the first place? I thought we had the FBI for federal-level policing activities.

Comment: Re:Nice (Score 1) 491

by californication (#30575670) Attached to: China Debuts the World's Fastest Train

You might be able to blow up a train just like an airplane, but planes being blown up, killing a hundred or so in the process was a problem well before 9/11. The difference is that you can't crash a high speed train into a skyscraper, causing it to collapse resulting in thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage. A train moves but its path is restricted to railways. A bus is much more dangerous because, if you managed to carry a bomb on board, you could crash the bus into a target and blow it up, damaging the target and killing everyone aboard the bus. Considering that, a train is no more dangerous, in terms of being a target for terrorism, than any other densely packed but static location, like a sports stadium.

Comment: Re:Nice graphics but it seemed rather jerky to me (Score 1) 870

by CrankyFool (#30575664) Attached to: Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's <em>Avatar</em>

I saw the movie twice -- the first time in 2D, the second in 3D. The first showing left me cold -- I called people after I left the theatre and told them not to see the movie. The second showing was astounding. I think seeing Avatar in 2D is ... shit. Just don't.

Comment: Re:So only XP is out of luck? (Score 4, Interesting) 442

by petermgreen (#30575556) Attached to: HDD Manufacturers Moving To 4096-Byte Sectors

Sidestepping your ignorance or deliberate deception on periods of typical Linux support contracts
He didn't say if he was stating lengths from release or length of overlap (to me the latter is the more important figure)

Who cares if support goes out 10 years
It's 10 years (5 mainstream, 5 extended) minimum from release, 7 years (2 mainstream, five extended) minimum overlap between releases and 2 years (all extended) minimum overlap if you skip a release. IIRC XP will have exceeded all of those.

if you can't buy a new hard drive that will work with the OS?
These "advanced format" drives will work fine with XP, they just require a little extra effort (either using a third party paritioning tool, fitting an extra jumper to change the sector mapping or using the WD tool to realign the partitions after setup) if you want maximum performance. Besides I can still by PATA drives so I doubt these drives will be the only ones on the market any time soon.

Similarly if I go to almost any major vendor I can still get computers and computer parts that are supported with XP, some of the consumer crap isn't but virtually every buisness machine and seperately sold peice of hardware i've seen lists XP as supported.

It's articles and comments like this that give me difficulty discerning what exactly Microsoft "support" entails.
For most of us the most important part of the support is continuation of security updates (though they have occasionally refused to release one that they really should have released by claiming that it's not nessacery in a default environment), I would be very uncomfortable running exposed systems (and I coun't any machine used to browse the web as exposed) on an OS that was no longer getting security updates.

There is also problem support and non-security hotfixes (free if created while in mainstream support, pay for if created during extended support) but for most of us these are fairly irrelevant.

As I alluded to above though what really matters is support from third party vendors, I can still buy the latest hardware and run XP on it with no problems, just try doing that with a comparable aged linux distro (e.g. debian woody).

Linux Business

+ - Dell decides on Linux

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john g the 4th
john g the 4th writes "Dell has decided to begin offering pre-installed linux laptops and desktops after kicking the idea around over the last few months, and even offering an online survey a couple weeks ago. The decision has come after a great deal of pressure has been put on Dell from the linux community to start offering products sans-Windows.
From the article:

"At least half of the comments effectively said, 'We want Free Software, GPL-licensed drivers which are maintained in kernel.org, for all hardware in Dell systems,'" Domsch wrote in his blog. "This request is not new to us — it's been our standard operating procedure for the last eight years on PowerEdge servers, which today have no closed-source drivers necessary. For new Linux desktops and notebooks, we'll use drivers already in the mainline kernel.org kernels for as many components as possible. In these cases, the drivers will be included in your distribution of choice. This includes storage, wired networking, power management, USB and more."
No current time frame has been offered up as of yet, but some of the details on which models, and distros to be offered are going to be released in the near future. One small step for penguins.. one giant leap for penguin kind...."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft to also offer DRM-free music

Submitted by parvenu74
parvenu74 (310712) writes "TGDailly is reporting: Microsoft is jumping on the DRM-free music bandwagon and will be offering unprotected EMI songs in its Zune Marketplace. Jason Reindorp, Zune's head of marketing, announced the move, but didn't add any specific pricing or timeline. He added that Microsoft has been advocating DRM-free music for quite a while."

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