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Apple Fails To Deliver On Windows 7 Boot Camp Promise 279

SkydiverFL writes "For those fans of Apple's Boot Camp package, it looks like you might be waiting on the next 'end of year' to use Windows 7 on your shiny silver boxes. Back in October of this year, Apple published a rather short, but affirmative promise stating quite simply that, 'Apple will support Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) with Boot Camp in Mac OS X Snow Leopard before the end of the year. This support will require a software update to Boot Camp.' The support page has no updates regarding the new version. Maybe they're waiting for iSlate?"

Comment I think this is an improvement (Score 3, Insightful) 103

Ever since I, somewhat reluctantly, started using Facebook, I have followed the simple policy of making everything I post as public as possible, while simply not posting anything I don't want any random web surfer to see. If this change will make more people snap out of their false sense of Facebook privacy, all the better, I say.

Comment Re:I have no problem believing MS this time... (Score 1) 450

You are overlooking the fact that intelligence agencies are, also, usually tasked with preventing (as much as possible) foreign countries from collecting intelligence about the U.S. government. If Windows has a back door that the NSA can use, how would they prevent foreign intelligence agencies from using it?

What you're saying is that it wouldn't be smart for the NSA to put a backdoor in Windows. But what we're discussing here is whether or not they may actually have done it. The way I see it, the two are completely different.


Google Voice Mails Found In Public Search Engine 145

bonch writes "Google Voice Mails have been discovered in Google's search engine, providing audio files, names, and phone number as if you were logged in and checking your own voice mail. Some appear to be test messages, while others are clearly not. Google has since disabled indexing of voice mails outside your own website."

Road To Riches Doesn't Run Through the App Store 305

Etienne Steward writes "Turns out that while a few fortunes can be made with Apple, Steve Demeter made most of his money by buying Palm (of all companies) at $1.76 and selling at $12. Apparently, there aren't as many iPhone App millionaires as we would like to be believe. From the article: 'In almost a dozen interviews conducted by NEWSWEEK, Apple consultants and programmers jettison the idea that the App Store is a world of easy opportunity, or a fast track to quitting the rat race. Instead they describe an anxiety-wracked marketplace full of bewildering rules, long odds, and little sense of control over one's success or failure. "It's kind of a crapshoot," says Demeter, who spent the last two weekends partying in Las Vegas and New York. "I think we've reached a point where people are thinking I shouldn't quit my day job for this."'"

Comment Re:I thought there was a point to the two slashes (Score 1) 620

I don't think so, since the double slashes only apply to Internet schemes anyway. RFC1738 says:

Yeah, I could be wrong. Thanks for the reference; I used to read a lot of RFCs but haven't done much of that recently. And unfortunately, like I said, I don't remember what sources I used or where I heard that bit about the network protocol. RFC1738 is dated Dec. -94 and presumably wasn't even available for much of the time I spent working on that thesis.

Comment I thought there was a point to the two slashes (Score 4, Interesting) 620

Back when I wrote a thesis on dissemination of company-internal information via the world-wide web, in 1994 or so, I remember stating that originally, an indication of which network protocol to use was meant to go between the slashes. But since, in the real world, the network protocol was always TCP/IP, this was made the default and whatever was once put between the slashes was dropped.

Of course, I don't remember the source or anything.


Major Snow Leopard Bug Said To Delete User Data 353

inglishmayjer was one of several readers to send in the news of a major bug in Apple's new OS, 10.6 Snow Leopard, that can wipe out all user data for the administrator account. It is said to be triggered — not every time — by logging in to the Guest account and then back in to the admin account. Some users are reporting that all settings have been reset and most data is gone. The article links to a number of Apple forum threads up to a month old bemoaning the problem. MacFixIt suggests disabling login on the Guest account and, if you need that functionality, creating a non-administrative account named something like Visitor. (The Guest account is special in that its settings are wiped clean after logout.) CNet reports that Apple has acknowledged the bug and is working on a fix.

Comment Re:I never trusted the whole cloud thing (Score 1) 183

In other words, your computer and thousands of others would devote some bandwidth and storage to backing up chunks of each other's data, sharing where appropriate, making available to the wolrd+dog where appropriate. Files that you want backed up would be broken up into redundant little pieces, and distributed among your peers, and in return, you'd do the same for others.

Sounds a bit like DIBS, the Distributed Internet Backup System. Or at least like my wishful-thinking fantasies about DIBS, since I haven't gotten around to actually trying it yet.

Comment Re:Microsoft Security Essentials... (Score 1) 465

And what, use a fresh drive image every time you boot up the virtual machine?

Sure, why not? Or better yet, use an immutable drive image. E.g., in VirtualBox:

  1. Set things up in the guest the way you want them. Shut the guest down.
  2. Detach the drive image from the virtual machine.
  3. VBoxManage modifyhd --type immutable TheDrive.vdi (this step, unfortunately, can't be done from the GUI).
  4. Reattach the drive.
  5. Profit! Your virtual machine always starts up to the state in step 1, no matter what you did in the previous session.

I'm sure other virtualization packages have similar features.

Comment Disabled (Score 2, Informative) 205

Seems the app has already been disabled. Apparently, there's something in the terms you have to agree to to write an app about not collecting more info than necessary. And presumably, Facebook felt that this one did. Or maybe they thought they could distance themselves from the embarrassment. Who knows.

Comment Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (Score 1) 1251

It might not be what they planned, but it is the reality of the job market. The huge expansion in higher education, along with widespread dumbing down of course material and grade inflation, has created a market where many apparently middling graduates just aren't going to have a chance at getting a job that genuinely requires graduate skills. A lot of students who 20 years ago would have been considered middling (but would have gone on to get graduate-level jobs) are now clustered around the top of the class.

[citation needed]

No, really. I'm not flaming you, I'm just curious. What do you base this on?

Comment Re:Server (Score 1) 544

A laptop generally isn't designed to be left running 24/7 and can supposedly catch fire if, say, the fan stops working and the CPU doesn't. Even if the fire doesn't spread, the toxic fumes from all that plastic can really ruin your day.

Still, it can be done, of course. But you may not want to put it near where somebody sleeps.

Comment Uses for AI (Score 1) 288

Hmm, I think you're setting the bar too low. I think the ambition of AI should be to produce automata that are capable of independently fighting forest fires, cleaning up after environmental accidents, exploring Mars... Anything that's too dangerous for humans to do, but that requires planning and adaptability. Hell, even picking up my dry-cleaning is way beyond the AI of today.

Comment Re:Yay! (Score 1) 640

Um, no. IE was and is utter crap at least up to and including the 6.x versions. Netscape 4 was pretty good, actually, from a user's perspective (it was the first browser to have some sort of sane support for CSS, for one thing).

IE killed Netscape by being (a) free and (b) preinstalled with Windows (beginning with some version or other of Win95, IIRC). Netscape (AOL) tried to respond by open-sourcing the Gecko rendering engine, but for one thing, they did this too late. For another, it turned out that Gecko had devolved into a festering, unmaintainable mess that had to be more or less completely rewritten, compounding the "too late" problem.

Yet another case of a decent product taking a harsh beating from a crappy one due to strategical and political factors. C'est la vie.

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