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Comment: Closed Ecosystem (Score 3, Insightful) 507

by zeromorph (#31157170) Attached to: Apple Bans Jailbreakers From the App Store

That is one of the huge drawbacks of such a closed ecosystem.

However, the original post is less agitate than the summary:

Is Apple starting to ban those associated with jailbreaking?

The answer is probably not. [...] however it definitely would put an iron grip on those who pirate free software. The details of what is going on remain extremely murky but maybe they are taking down some of the bigger players.

Comment: Re:For those who didn't RTFA (Score 2, Insightful) 503

by zeromorph (#31143938) Attached to: Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad

It would have been interesting to here some of Gates' reasons behind his statement.

Indeed it would be, from TFA:

"You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that"

So he says that he believes in touch and digital reading, but voice, pen and keyboard will be the mainstream on that!?

WTF, seriously WTF! Either they mangled his statement beyond recognition or he has a very strange perception about what the iPad is, where digital reading is now (and what its problems are) as well as what most people do with their computers and smartphones

Comment: You are somewhat right and somewhat wrong. (Score 1) 235

by zeromorph (#31115780) Attached to: Anonymous Speaks About Australian Gov't. Attacks

Anonymous is a non-hierarchical group with no objectively defined membership and no legitimate representation, but saying that it is nonexistent is strange.

That would be like saying coffee-drinkers or speakers of American English are nonexistent, just because they have no representative and there is no objective way to determine who belongs to this group. (Does drinking a single cup of coffee once in your life make you a member or only regular consumption? And what qualifies as regular? ... )

Anonymous exists, it is currently troubling the Australian government and has troubled Scientology before. It seems to be hard to grasp - for some minds and prosecuters alike ;-)

However, for that reason it is a non-story. I totally agree with you there.

Comment: Re:Pilot's seat (Score 4, Informative) 549

by zeromorph (#31020400) Attached to: I usually fly...

OK, if we are nitpicking: Spreading (and flapping) your wings is the only way to fly. Everything else is merely operating an aviation apparatus (or having it operated for you).

But seriously: I will fly to Ulan Bator tomorrow. Has three meanings (at least):

1) I will spread my wings and happily flap my way to the foot of mount Bogd Khan Uul.

2) I grab my leather helmet and aviator goggles and steer my airliner to Mongolia.

3) I board an airplane to Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN) and watch boring movies on tiny screens for several hours.

All three are quite compatible with I will fly to Ulan Bator tomorrow. - at least for me.

Comment: Other Consequences (Score 2, Interesting) 396

by zeromorph (#30932186) Attached to: Does Personalized News Lead To Ignorance?

It will affect social interaction in some way or the other, since you cannot be sure people heard something just in was in your news. This will lead to coordination problems due to the lack of common knowledge. (There is a nice book about culture, coordination, and common knowledge Michael Suk-Young Chwe.)

Comment: Re:OpenBTS? (Score 3, Interesting) 141

by zeromorph (#29089107) Attached to: Open Source GSM Network At Dutch Hacker Convention

Because they are running Siemens base stations and for that Harald started OpenBSC. Both projects are under GPL and are in close contact as far as I know.

Harald had a talk at 25C3 about their project, and were running a small setup there in the basement. AFAIK, because all frequencies are sold in Germany - there should be at least one for independent testing, but they sold all to the telcos - maybe that's why they are running the larger test in the Netherlands now.

Comment: Re:Twitter is a buzzword (Score 1) 99

by zeromorph (#29022059) Attached to: Opera Being Composed On Twitter

Hey, relax! The twitter hype will pass and people will see it as what it is. It's like the 90s .com-hype - a lot of bullshit is thrown around, but it will pass, some things will stay, because they solve problems or enhance something, most will pass.

For myself, I can't see what is it about Twitter, doesn't do anything with me, maybe I'm to old or to whatever. Nearly none of my friends really uses it. But then, for a lot of people it seems to be the current thing, so what.

You and me, we poor souls are still clinging to /. - after all the years and all the bullshit here, that's pretty pathetic, too. (BTW I'm not as new as my number suggests.)

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle