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Comment: Not the first time! (Score 2) 277

by rstanley (#47471633) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

I long for the good ole days when they actually send out paper invoices in envelopes! ;^)

And from the archives:

"In December 1999, Microsoft forgot to renew the domain name,
and so rendered its Hotmail service partially crippled. A Linux
programmer, Michael Chaney, paid the $35 fee and promptly handed over
ownership to Microsoft."

It happened again in 2003:

Will they ever learn? ;^)

Comment: The Linux Kernel... (Score 1) 340

by rstanley (#47388209) Attached to: On 4th of July:

was invented in Helsinki Finland, by an unknown Geek at the University (At that time!). Should we chastise him for moving to Portland Oregon???

Linux, all the computer languages, and tons of other software is currently being developed by individuals and organizations all over the World! Who cares where???

What happened in 1776 was an important event to all countries, especially those countries owned and controlled by the "British Empire" at that time. That one event led to a lot more revolutions, and constitutions based on what happened then.

Comment: Ubuntu only AFTER Debian! (Score 1) 641

by rstanley (#46661777) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

It was recently announced that Ubuntu would adopt systemd in future versions as well.

Yes, but only AFTER Debian, the Distro that Ubuntu, (and many other Distros) are based on, made the decision to switch to systemd. Now if Ubuntu would just go along with Wayland, ...

Linus has the final say in the Kernel, and I have to agree with his decision. He has an excellent track record! ;^)

Comment: News Analysts = corporate sockpuppets (Score 1) 80

by rstanley (#46465715) Attached to: As the Web Turns 25, Sir Tim Berners-Lee Calls For A Web Magna Carta

Don't blame Tim for the ignorance of so-called, "News Analysts". Tim created a useful tool to advance the use of the Internet. It is far more useful than USENET that we were using when we first received messages to the effect of "Hey, come look at this new thing called WWW!" My first browser was Lynx when I only had a UNIX shell account while teaching at NYU.

DRM has NO PLACE in ANY standard for the Internet. I don't understand why Tim supports this. We obviously don't have all the facts. I agree with him that a Magna Carta for the Internet would be be appropriate. It would allow us to eliminate DRM.

In the words of Robert Burns, Tim is a "Man of independant mind"!

+ - Astronomy Group Throws Tantrum Over Crater Names

Submitted by RocketAcademy
RocketAcademy (2708739) writes "The International Astronomical Union has thrown a tantrum over a plan to crowdsource names for craters on Mars.

The IAU gives official scientific names to craters, but it has only bothered with craters that have "scientific significance." The science-funding platform Uwingu has launched a campaign to come up with popular names for the remaining craters. For as little as $5, a member of the public can name one of the craters on Uwingu's map, with the proceeds going to fund space science and education.

This caused the IAU to issue a statement condemning such crowdsourcing efforts. The IAU pointed out that it did allow the public to vote on names for two of Pluto's moons, in the past. In that case, however, the IAU rejected the winning name (Vulcan)."

Comment: Dennis Ritchie instead! (Score 5, Insightful) 184

by rstanley (#46311083) Attached to: Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C Programming Language, along with Ken Thompson, co-creators of the UNIX Operating System, Brian Kernighan, and many, many others, laid the groundwork for ALL Operating Systems, and technology that followed. Linux, all flavors of UNIX, Android, etc... lead the world in O/S's, NOT Apple.

Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

Considering that they only died 6 days apart, where is Dennis's stamp?

Dennis's home page:

+ - New Domain Names for Photographers-> 2

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Photographers rejoice — the ICANN (which regulates domain names) recently introduced a whole host of new domains (including .photography, .camera, .graphics and more). In a time where a good .com domain is harder to find than cheap real estate in Manhattan, these new domains represent an interesting option for photographers who want to use their own name for their website ( seems really cool — try finding this with a .com).

Prices are a bit higher than .com domains (check out the link below) but its still far less expensive than trying to buy a .com domain from an existing owner (if he is willing to sell at all)."

Link to Original Source

+ - Dear Asus router user: All your Cloud are belong to us->

Submitted by Trax3001BBS
Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "ARS is running an article about a vulnerability of ASUS routers that are becoming very popular at the moment -like connected USB devices being open to the world.

According to Lovett, the weakness affects a variety of Asus router models, including the RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-N56R, RT-N56U, RT-N14U, RT-N16, and RT-N16R..a when using AiCloud or FTP

-and this old news, come new again-
I have the AC66U router, but with the Asuswrt Merlin ROM that took care of this vulnerability long ago. (Number 17)"

Link to Original Source

+ - HP denies access to Service Packs and Firmware for out-of-warranty customers.

Submitted by joshitnc
joshitnc (3525909) writes "In a move that is sure to put a wedge between HP and their customers, today, HP has issued an email informing all existing HP customers that they would no longer be able to access or download service packs, firmware patches and bug-fixes for their server hardware without a valid support agreement in place, stating:

"You are receiving this communication because you have been identified as a customer using HP ProLiant Servers and HP Services.

HP has made significant investments in its intellectual capital to provide the best value and experience for our customers. We continue to offer a differentiated customer experience with our comprehensive support portfolio. HP, as an industry leader, is well positioned to provide reliable support services across the globe with proprietary tools, HP trained engineers, and genuine certified HP parts. Only HP customers and authorized channel partners may download and use support materials. In line with this commitment, starting in February 2014, Hewlett-Packard Company will change the way firmware updates and Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) on HP ProLiant server products are accessed. Select server firmware and SPP on these products will only be accessed through the HP Support Center to customers with an active support agreement, HP CarePack, or warranty linked to their HP Support Center User ID and for the specific products being updated. We encourage you to review your current support coverage to ensure you have the appropriate coverage to maintain uninterrupted access to firmware updates and SPP for these products."

If a manufacturer ships hardware with exploitable defects and takes more than 3 years to identify them, should the consumer have to pay for the vendor to fix the these defects?"

+ - JK Rowling Admits Harry Potter Ending Was Wrong

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "The Guardian reports that JK Rowling admits that she may have got it wrong by matching Hermione with Ron and that Hermione should have ended up with Harry Potter instead. In an interview with quarterly lifestyle magazine Wonderland, whose forthcoming edition is guest-edited by Hermione actress Emma Watson, Rowling admits she made a mistake in having Hermione marry Ron at the end of her seven-novel cycle. "I wrote the Hermione-Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really," says Rowling. "For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron." Some fans of the books never warmed to the idea that the bookish girl and the clumsy but loyal red-head were meant to be — especially since Harry and Hermione always seemed so perfect for each other. “If I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that,” concludes Rowling. “It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”"

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