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+ - New York Daily News Steals Empire State Building.->

Submitted by westbake
westbake (1275576) writes "A few forms, a stamp and 90 minutes were all it took to transfer ownership of the Empire State building to Nelots (stolen spelled backward) Properties.

Some of the information was laughable: Original "King Kong" star Fay Wray is listed as a witness and the notary shared a name with bank robber Willie Sutton. The massive [$2 billion] ripoff illustrates a gaping loophole in the city's system for recording deeds, mortgages and other transactions. The loophole: The system — run by the office of the city register — doesn't require clerks to verify the information.

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Comment: The point of Minority Report. (Score -1) 133

by westbake (#26133901) Attached to: In Japan, a Billboard That Watches You

Minority Report featured billboards that uniquely identified people and "personalized" their contents and occasionally calling the police. A billboard in Japan that monitors people's faces for feedback is a crude prototype of this concept. The people with ESP powers who predicted crime were a plot device used to explore the real issues of experimental ethics, privacy and criminal justice.

Comment: get real (Score -1) 234

by westbake (#26105537) Attached to: Windows Cheap Enough For $2B Aussie Laptop Deal

Thanks for another example of dumping. You can point to them as often as you like, that won't change the real cost difference between Windows and free software nor will it make Windows itself competitive. We've seen how this practice is hurting M$'s bottom line, they can't keep it up forever but free software won't go away.

Walmart also has cheap drugs, but healthcare in the US ruins more people than outlawed drugs do now.

Comment: Dead XP, Leave Windows Now. (Score -1) 534

by westbake (#26086175) Attached to: Performance Tests Show Early Windows 7 Build Beats Vista

Don't worry, by the time they finish "upgrading" XP, Vista 7 will be teh fastest. Do you really think upgrades are going to be kind to the OS they have tried to kill for the last two years? Move to free software before your systems all crap out and you will be happier.

This has been going on forever, but Vista's failure ends it. You're talking to a guy who fell for the Win98 trick but not the XP trick. Every OS upgrade from M$ since 95 has been a bigger joke than the last. They beat better stuff from IBM and Apple with OEM and retail strong arming, but Vista is putting them all out of business.


+ - Why Does M$ Get a Free Pass on Malware?->

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twitter writes "Carla Schroder of IT Management asks an obvious question, "Why Does Microsoft Get a Free Pass on Malware?"

It's a funny thing how Microsoft succeeds in getting their logo and the Windows logo plastered on everything — computers, advertising, and even other companies' ads. That "We recommend Windows Vista!" blurb is on every darned ad and product catalog that exists, it seems. Every word that falls from the mouths of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer is dutifully recorded and reported. And yet the news media go all forgetful when they're reporting on yet another malware outbreak. The most recent example of this is the mass worm outbreak at our largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

When you dig into any W32 virus story you find the same thing Boycott Novell has answers about advertising. Boycott Novell is also doing a good job of tracking press manipulation [2], [3], [4], wikipedia editing and abuse of those who refuse to be manipulated. Carla, should also read this to know how personally M$ takes reporter manipulation. The net result of these efforts is massive censorship and a public that no longer trusts it's media."
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Comment: Linux Gaming. (Score -1) 314

by westbake (#25767369) Attached to: Internal Emails Released In Vista Capable Debacle

if anyone's taking a bite out of Windows gaming, it's the Mac -- much as I don't want to admit it, Linux isn't going to make much of a dent.

You seem blisfully unaware that the number one selling game console of all time and it's healthy decendent both ran GNU/Linux. Ever heard of Play Station? There's going to be plenty more where that came from because GNU/Linux is about as close a ubiquitous platform as you can get. A freaking ARM based Beagle board has accelerated graphics good enough for gaming these days. From cell phone to supercomputer, GNU/Linux runs it all. Windows has got .... Zune .... Xbox .... Windows all of it is the same broken suck because Ballmer's got his greedy palms on it.

Comment: More is on the way. (Score 0) 314

by westbake (#25763145) Attached to: Internal Emails Released In Vista Capable Debacle

This is not a tech industry lawsuit, it's a customer lawsuit. It's true that Intel, HP and Dell were pissed off, but they did not launch this thing. See the fine PDF for more. Industry lawsuits will come later as shareholders for CompUSA, Circuit City, Best Buy and many others sue M$ for the Vista Failure channel stuffing that put them out of business.

Comment: Other article? (Score -1) 369

by westbake (#25722547) Attached to: Windows 7 Benchmarks Show Little Improvement On Vista

Who reads articles? Looks. Oh yeah, these are independent studdies by different people who reach the same conclusions by different means. That's a good indicator of truth. If there was a fix for Visat, it would have come out in it's six years of development. If you want to be charitable and blame hardware vendors, it should work by now but it does not. Vista still requires extraordiary hardware for ordinary tasks. This is not going to be fixed because the idiots at M$ believe in DRM and owning your computer for data rape.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.