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Comment They Die Both Ways. (Score -1, Flamebait) 219

M$ dies both ways, by devaluation and loss of extortion threat. You think M$'s patent portfolio is "chump change"? It could be, after all their research costs are primarily advertising and product acquisition. Just the same, it's good for freedom and competition that M$'s attempt to threaten commercial users of free software have aborted. Non free software can't compete in a competitive market and M$ just lost tens of thousands of patents, not chump change even if you are M$. 10E4x10E4=10E8, if you are right but the FUD removal factor is priceless.

Comment 30 .... minute .... booot (Score -1) 1

Unfucking believable. I thought the 10 or 15 minutes W2K took sucked. It takes a health insurance company to be so asinine. An employee's day starts with the first official and required action, when they show their ID to the person or robot at the door that let's them in. Of course turning on a computer is work. If it's not, the boss would not mind doing it for everyone else.

30 minutes a day, just another cost of Vista and other OS that you can't just log out of and walk away from or put to sleep if you are energy conscious. Yes, GNU/Linux and it's multiple month uptime is a cure for this problem.

Comment Pour resources into that one. (Score 0) 637

it's an issue of punishing the guy for the computer tresspass [sic] etc..

We all know what a big issue that is to both the German and American public. I'm sure that everyone will sleep better at night knowing that game companies are being protected from evil trespass. Money well spent, bravo FBI.

This joke would be funny if it had not cost so much already.

Security

Submission + - Hackers Pown White House Email. (ft.com)

twitter writes: "Poor security may have left US enemies better informed than US Citizens will ever be. Senior US Officials say that Chinese hackers have penetrated the White House computer network on multiple occasions and obtained e-mails between government officials.

the Chinese cyber attacks had the characteristics of the "grain of sands" approach taken by Chinese intelligence, which involves obtaining and pouring over lots of — often low-level — information to find a few nuggets.

cyber analysts had concluded that the attacks originated in China but stressed that they were not able to determine who was responsible.

Request for White House: Would you please dump M$ systems? This stuff is embarrassing.

Request for Hackers: Would you please publish any and all email concerning the invasion of Iraq? It seems someone lost them in an "upgrade" from Lotus notes to M$ Exchange. Members of the US Judicial System would appreciate the backup.

Could we be lucky enough to have another break in to end all break ins?"

Comment non fee phones make it all a lie. (Score -1) 119

It's true that sharing is good but the non free nature of cell phones today contradicts the stated goal. This information is already collected without user consent or knowledge. The purpose of the project is really to make people comfortable with that kind of control and monitoring. If cell phones ran free software and their users were really their owners, voluntary programs with high moral incentives would make sense.

Intel

Submission + - AMD Employee Charged with $1B Intel "Theft" (nwsource.com)

twitter writes: "An Intel employee who moved to AMD has been charged with $1 billion dollars of trade secret violations. Mr. Pani was allowed to download some documents for his fellow Intel employee and wife while taking vacation time between jobs. According to prosecutors, AMD did not know and gained no benefit. I'm failing to see the crime unless Pani has a super secret chip factory in his basement."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - I'm a PC Adds Feature Happy Mac Backdrop. (realtechnews.com)

twitter writes: "Flamebait in MeatSpace Dept.

Microsoft's marketing geniuses have set up an "I'm a PC" Kiosk directly in front of an Apple store.

"It's a friggin booth where you can record your own I'm a PC video," he said. "This is outside the Apple Store, Bullring, Birmingham, England." He added that a trio of Microsoft staffers will be on hand to turn patrons off from the Mac for the next three days.

I don't know what's more pathetic, that the average PC user has to drive someplace to make, edit and upload a video or that all of the videos produced will feature a background of happy Mac users. Oh yeah, you are a PC. Some people in the local Apple store thought my brief visit was obnoxious I was polite and filled with hardware praise. Leave it to M$ to teach them what harassment really is. How many switchers they will hire this time?"

Windows

Submission + - PDC Version of Windows 7 Has Critical Exploit. (slashdot.org)

twitter writes: "Windows 7 suffered a no user intervention remote root flaw before it was introduced:

The more than 6,000 attendees who will be walking away from the sold-out event with the Windows 7 operating system software in hand could have been vulnerable to an attacker exploiting the security hole. "The code that will be distributed at PDC for Windows 7 was put on CD before last week's security update was developed, so it will not contain the update," a Microsoft spokeswoman wrote...

This is to be expected because Windows code does not change much. 2000, XP and server 2003 were listed as sharing the problem. I wonder if they bothered to correct the 160 GB hard drive they also handed out.

Updates, if any in my journal."

Upgrades

Submission + - Computer World Recommends GNU/Linux over Vista (computerworld.com)

twitter writes: "How did I miss this beautiful statement of the obvious?

Vista is awful. Everyone knows it, including Microsoft, and now Microsoft's actions have made it clear that Vista is on its way to the Microsoft junkyard ... Vista, even after SP1 arrived, is junk. Using Vista, instead of XP, is just dumb. ... Why not, instead of waiting for 7, which may or may not be any good, try desktop Linux or Mac OS X?

I'd say that using XP instead of GNU/Linux was even dumber than using Vista. GNU/Linux has cost advantages non free software will never be able to match. The sooner you move, the better off you are. Vista and Office 2007 show that the M$ lock in is a dead end. Customer loyalty is rewarded with pointless, work wasting changes."

Windows

Submission + - Mixed Reviews for Windows 7 (zdnet.co.uk)

twitter writes: "Windows 7 formal introduction to developers brought mixed reactions. One developer said he would take it home and stick it on his kid's PC. Others had doubts about this reworking of Vista.

"It looks like a re-packaged Vista [with] a little bit of eye candy," said Daniel McGloin, a software engineer at Intuit.

Randal Kennedy has some of the harshest criticism, saying it has all the sins of Vista but comes with compatibility problems anyway."

Linux Business

Ubuntu 8.10 Outperforms Windows Vista 689

Anonymous writes "By now a lot has been reported on the new features and improvements in Ubuntu 8.10; it also looks like the OS is outperforming Vista in early benchmarking (Geekbench, boot times, etc.) At what point does this start to make a difference in the market place?" (And though there are lot of ways to benchmark computers, Ubuntu 8.10 with Compiz Fusion is certainly prettier on my Eee than the Windows XP that it came with.)
Windows

Submission + - Vista BSoD for Itunes 8 (pcworld.com) 3

twitter writes: "The few remaining Vista users with iPods are soon singing the blues.

recent glitches in the new iTunes 8 bring an unwelcome blast from the past to Microsoft's latest operating system. Connect an iPhone or iPod, and some Vista PCs either crash with the dreaded Blue Screen of Death or spontaneously restart.

Apple has two solutions. A new iTunes client is the first. If that does not work, you are referred to the usual hours of M$ support and fun. As you stare at the BSoD, remember what Steve Ballmer told you."

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