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Comment Re:Well there's another side to that (Score 1) 617

Not everything should be CLI based, but all administration programs should definitely be.

A good administrator should have the ability to do simple script work. This means that a good administrator would need something CLI based. They don't have to be a programmer as such, but doing simple script work is essential to efficient administration.

I'm all fine for GUIs to exist for admin use. They have their use, as you've outlined. I just require a CLI ability as well.

Comment Re:big deal (Score 3, Funny) 254

"[Malcolm Turnbull] has to explain to Australian families that he is prepared to do nothing about blocking access to those sites"

I am outraged that Stephen Conroy knows about these child pornography websites, and apparently has not reported it to police. It is the police that can organise to shut these websites down, since they are illegal in every country that I know of.

I can only assume that Stephen Conroy wants these websites kept available, to push his agenda of a compulsory internet filter. If I were of a conspiratorial persuasion, I may even secretly believe that Stephen Conroy had a hand in creating some of these websites. Now wouldn't that be a sensational news article.

Comment Re:Why does linux get this? (Score 2, Informative) 240

He does have a point, actually. The kernel code had to be 64-bit clean before it could be ported to the AMD64 architecture. I assume most of that work was done when Linus had that Alpha box. Therefore, Linux was indeed going "64 bit" back in 1993, although AMD64 support itself was not done until 2004.

Windows NT also had an Alpha version as well, and I'm sure that was available mid 90s. I guess that the code for this eventually made its way into the modern Windows 64 bit OS. Microsoft were never very big on 64 bit until fairly recently though, so that probably explains why there has been a general lack of interest in 64 bit from third parties.

Linux has been much easier to use on 64 bit systems. I always assumed it was because of the open source nature of Linux. People are willing to port code for fun, while proprietary software houses have to rely on saleability before putting in the work, therefore meshing itself in a chicken/egg scenario.

Comment Re:Why does linux get this? (Score 2, Informative) 240

I must be one of the few that have had no issues with 64-bit Linux and Flash. Been running 64 bit flash version 10.0 r42 for nearly a year now. No browser crashes, no flash freezes. Works a charm.

Of course, I've downloaded this latest version and installed it. Wouldn't be a linux geek if I didn't live somewhat on the edge. So far, works well.

Comment Re:To be honest (Score 1) 338

Smart and clever, sure. But immature and lacking self-esteem as well? That is a recipe for disaster, especially if you put them in a position of informational power.

A mature person, no matter how strange their thought processes, does not spy on the conversations of others (work purposes excepted), or brag about their hacking abilities. He may have had the smarts, but he didn't have the maturity for his position.

Google would do well to employ more older staff to help in this regard. This may not have happened if there was an older figure present to dispense wise advice.

Comment Re:Jailbreakers to announce a new hack in 5 minute (Score 1) 336

Nice points. Though I would not take Geohot's word on everything. He has displayed admirable skill with his memory glitch to get code to run through the hypervisor, but he doesn't know the PS3 system well enough to make the claims he does. But, don't just take my word for it, also listen to another hacker who has actually used the exploit.

The memory glitch was never going to be used by regular users. It's quite cumbersome, and requires a high level of skill to successfully use. It could have been used to allow the Linux kernel more direct access to the hardware. That would have been some work, but it would have been possible. Still, it's not very practical for your average user.

Less OtherOS enabled consoles? It's too late. They're out there. The hackers have them. The information is free. Disabling OtherOS has done nothing to stop this. Disabling OtherOS has not improved PS3 security one iota.

Virtualization support? Technically possible. Practically, it's useless. I brought up this point in my previous post. You could probably get the GameOS running, but to actually run a game under it, you'd need twice the RAM that the PS3 actually has.

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Submission + - Does the internet change how we think? (

deek writes: The internet may be reshaping how our minds work. Author Nicholas Carr talks about how the internet is influencing our thought processes and what the possible consequences of that are. "The ability to scan and browse is as important as the ability to read deeply and think attentively. What's disturbing is that skimming is becoming our dominant mode of thought.".

The lack of ability to concentrate on single tasks. The urge to browse information for no apparent reason. Are these the result of using the internet? Is this something we need to consciously work to avoid?

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