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Comment Re:+1000. Goodbye Moto, Hello HTC (Score 1) 757

I do not know if you are aware but did you check how "easy" it was to mod more recent models such as the HTC Legend and HTC Desire??

Well, let me tell you it is _not_ easy. HTC also implements protections:

and so does any other phone manufacturer for that matter.

So to say that HTC "might be passively encouraging modding" might be a bit overboard...

Comment Re:Reminds me... (Score 1) 402


Are the checks really that bad at that border??? I would be surprised. Back here they show us NatGeo documentaries about how brutally efficient US border patrols are at keeping out Mexicans, using all sorts of new fangled equipment :)

It would be especially absurd since I know for a fact that Mexicans cannot even do a transit flight through the US. (for example fly from Brussels to NY to get a connection to Mexico. Even if the Airport transit zone is supposed to be just that, a transit zone, not part of actual US territory... absurd...

Comment Re:Reminds me... (Score 1) 402

Your point being??

I do not care what others do.

My experience is just that I have to provide my CC numbers and be charged without even as much as an explanation (why, are my CC data safe, why is the fee as high as it is...) before I can even talk to someone.

In that respect the US are behaving no better than dirty Mexican border patrolmen that want you to give them some money (because I guess that is what you are implying)

Comment Re:Reminds me... (Score 1) 402

But not all organizations pretend to be the ultimate defenders of the FREE world.

Freedom and justice for all and all hat stuff...

Should be "Freedom and Justice for all... IF and WHEN it suits US"

(pun intended with those caps ;)

Comment Re:Reminds me... (Score 5, Interesting) 402

Well just so you know, I live in Belgium and if I want to get my paperwork to travel to the US I have to CALL the US embassy (I cannot just go there, no sir, we're all terrorist here in Europe, you see) and without so much as getting a human operator to respond, like to - I don't know, ask me what the hell I want - I just have to hand over my CC number so I can be charged xx dollars, just to get them to make an appointment.

I find that very disturbing, off putting and blatantly rude... It is not because the US can do that that it bloody should. I do not want to go to the US but sometimes the circumstances force me to, but when I do I am treated like a piece of s**t with no rights... It really makes me want to go through all the hassle of getting my visa, then canceling my card and getting a new one.

Comment Re:NSFW (Score 1) 582

Lol... at least we don't get up in arms when somebody shows a nipple on telly or when somebody says f**k on the radio.

Also, we don't go about meddling in other peoples backyard, telling them what to do and not do... free speech I hear you say?

I'll take our version of freedom any day...


The Death of Windows XP 676

bsk_cw writes "Although many Windows users intend to hold onto their copies of XP until it is pried from their cold, dead fingers, Microsoft fully intends to phase out the OS in favor of Vista. If you're unwilling to move to one of the alternatives, and really don't like Vista, the least you can do is be aware of what's in store. David DeJean offers a rundown on Microsoft's timeline for Windows XP, why the company does things that way, and what you can do about it."
Sun Microsystems

Sun Turns to Lasers to Speed Up Computer Chips 130

alphadogg writes to mention that Sun is attempting to move from the typical design of multiple small chips back to a unified single-wafer design. "The company is announcing today a $44 million contract from the Pentagon to explore replacing the wires between computer chips with laser beams. The technology, part of a field of computer science known as silicon photonics, would eradicate the most daunting bottleneck facing today's supercomputer designers: moving information rapidly to solve problems that require hundreds or thousands of processors."
Hardware Hacking

From "Happy Hacking" to "Screw You" 243

tquid writes "Trying to bridge the digital divide in Canada's poorest postal code, a principled group of hackers adopt "open source"-based technology spun off from an MIT project. Then the terms on the hardware are changed, and changed again, and then firmware to lock out the frustrated group's software is installed, screwing them out of their investment and many hours of development work."
Operating Systems

Old School Linux Remembered, Parts 0.02 & 0.03 163

eldavojohn writes "Following our last history lesson of Linux 0.01, the Kernel Trap is talking about the following announcements that would lead to one of the greatest operating systems today. A great Linus quote on release 0.02 (just 19 days after 0.01): 'I can (well, almost) hear you asking yourselves "why?". Hurd will be out in a year (or two, or next month, who knows), and I've already got minix. This is a program for hackers by a hacker. I've enjoyed [sic] doing it, and somebody might enjoy looking at it and even modifying it for their own needs. It is still small enough to understand, use and modify, and I'm looking forward to any comments you might have.'"

Submission + - WPA bug in Vista, is that a security problem? ( 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "Many people, such as me-said-the-idiot, or maybe all, cannot connect to a WPA protected WiFi network with Vista. So many will have to use an unsecured network configuration in order to go online. Practically all new PC laptops sold now are bundled with Vista, so this could well become the biggest and easiest to exploit security leak.. Many posts on MS forum PostID=481371&SiteID=17 but apparently it still isn't considered a problem by MS.."

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