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Comment Re:Do you e-mail around naked photos of yourself? (Score 1) 346

Is it just me, or is it somewhat strange that these celebrities would have naked photos of themselves in their e-mail in the first place? I know I don't have any naked photos of myself in my gmail account, and I'm not even someone everyone wants to see naked. If you were a young, female celebrity who knew everyone wanted to see you naked, wouldn't you think twice before a) taking a naked picture of yourself and b) e-mailing it to anyone.

Or maybe I'm just a prude who doesn't know how to put his cell phone camera to good use.

Or maybe your ass just isn't as good as hers... ;-)

Comment Re:Mainly a US problem? (Score 4, Interesting) 756

Sad attempt at a sideways dig at the US, but it is the law in 49 out of the 50 states. In 32 states, it is a primary offense.

Sideways dig or not, it's probably still true:

Most countries [who?] outside North America adhere to internationalized European ECE vehicle and equipment regulations rather than the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. ECE airbags are generally smaller and inflate less forcefully than U.S. airbags, because the ECE specifications are based on belted crash test dummies.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbag#United_States

Comment Re:Cisco IPSec VPN now supported in Android 4.0 (I (Score 4, Informative) 136

""Proper" Cisco VPN support (i.e. with group usernames and passwords) was added in 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) and works very well indeed. Be aware that there appears to be a bug in 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 on the GSM Galaxy Nexus which cause it to reboot as soon as you pass data over a VPN, connected via 3G...wifi works fine."

You say "works very well." I don't think it means what you think it means.

To clarify: It works very well indeed, but in 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 it only works with WiFi. Apparently, the 4.0.2 LTE version works fine on both WiFi and cellular connections.

In 4.0.3 it works very well on both WiFi and 3G and is a monumentally excellent feature to be added :-)

Comment Cisco IPSec VPN now supported in Android 4.0 (ICS) (Score 4, Informative) 136

"Proper" Cisco VPN support (i.e. with group usernames and passwords) was added in 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) and works very well indeed. Be aware that there appears to be a bug in 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 on the GSM Galaxy Nexus which cause it to reboot as soon as you pass data over a VPN, connected via 3G...wifi works fine.

I'm running an AOSP (kang) 4.0.3 here and this has now been fixed. I believe the official 4.0.3 is just around the corner, so yey! This has been my top #1 feature request since Android day 1 and I bought the GN specifically because of it. Yey Glooge!

Daern

Comment Re:where is our critical mass of Linux Users? (Score 1) 456

It's so hard for me to believe that so many people still use Windows. As a Ubuntu Desktop user and administrator of a small business network, I've been patiently waiting since 1999 for enough people to just ditch windows all together so that we could all move on to better times. Everyone I know who has tried Linux in the past few years hasn't gone back to Windows, and were all amazed that the computer 'Just Worked'. People are so used to struggling with Windows issues that they don't expect using a computer to be easy and it really doesn't have to be that way.

So perhaps this is a bit off topic, but every time an article comes out touting some new enhancement of the Microsoft Windows Operating system, I just feel compelled to say "Who fucking cares?" and "Why does anyone even bother with this Operating System designed with the main purpose being to lock up your computer spending dollar into Microsoft?" Don't we all know better already?

Please people, get over MS Windows already, let it die.

Everyone you know?

Ok, well I don't know you but, hey, we're all friends on here so I kinda feel thatI know you ;-)

I /did/ use Linux on my primary laptop for a while (Ubuntu and Fedora, if you're interested) and while I like parts of it, other parts of it stank. Badly. Multi-monitor support was, frankly, embarrassing and suspend/resume was patchy at best. It certainly wasn't more reliable as I found it more likely to "lock up" in a given situation than Windows 7, which TBH, is very usable and a good workhorse.

Don't get me wrong, I use Linux as much as the next one....in the data centre...but it's /still/ got a long way to go on the desktop. Personally, I've got real work to do...and I'm sticking with Windows for now.

Daern

ps. Oh, I do love XBMC Live for the tellybox though :-)

Comment Why not just tax gas? (Score 1) 1306

The more you drive, the more you use, the more you pay. If you drive a big truck, you pay more. If you drive a mid-size european-type car (you'd call them "toys" I guess), you'll pay much less because they'll do 60-70mpg. US fuel is priced too cheaply for its scarcity and really needs to be brought in line with the rest of the world. It's amazing how economy (in choice of vehicle, miles travelled and driving technique) comes to the forefont of your mind when fuel costs around $7-8/gallon... Daern (who does vehicle tracking for a living, funnily)

Comment Re:It will always be more then free. (Score 1) 620

Plenty of businesses pay for RHEL, despite it being "free". Support, peace-of-mind, and ease are all worth cash over the absolutely free DIY alternative.

Bad example...many businesses I deal with are now moving to CentOS. Even in the corporate world (perhaps especially in these times) money is a factor and, TBH, the only time I've ever called RH support myself was over a problem with registering on RHN, so I can hardly blame people for going free...

Comment Re:Good and bad... (Score 1) 770

The bad is that notebooks are rather problematic.

No. The bad is that *your* notebook is problematic. Mine (Dell D630) works just fine, thanks very much. I'm sure other people's do too.

Want work of wonder... Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Now that has me impressed. I run Windows machines, but on my netbook Ubuntu Netbook Remix runs perfectly and the UI is brilliant. Much better than the Windows 7 stuff.

Hmmm, this is heard quite often. I'll set up an opposing point of view here:

I found Ubuntu (admittedly it was Intrepid Ibix) to be substantially inferior for day-to-day usage on the afore mentioned Dell hardware. It was slower, with poorer battery life and much, much less stable - graphics problems mostly. And, unfortunately, Gnome + X11 when dealing with external docks with multiple monitors connected was almost laughable in the poorness of its support. Windows 7 (and, indeed, XP) handled all of this without any difficulty at all.

Don't get me wrong here; I like Linux. I use it at work and am glad to do so. But for a large slice of the regular computing world, it's still got a long way to go. That said, perhaps I should try the latest Ubuntu distro and see if things have improved...

NASA

Europa Selected As Target of Next Flagship Mission 168

volcanopele writes "NASA and the European Space Agency announced today that they have selected the Europa/Jupiter System Mission as the next large mission to the outer solar system. For the last year, the Europa mission has been in competition with a proposal to send a mission to Saturn's moon Titan, as reported on Slashdot earlier. The Europa Mission includes two orbiters: one developed by NASA to orbit the icy moon Europa and another developed by ESA to orbit the solar system's largest moon, Ganymede. Both orbiters would spend up to 2.5 years in orbit around Jupiter before settling into orbit around their respective targets, studying Jupiter's satellites, rings, and of course the planet itself. The mission is scheduled to launch in 2020 and arrive at Jupiter in 2025 and 2026."

Comment Re:OH CRAP! (Score 1) 241

The sequence of events you list sound similar to what happened with Babylon 5 producer J.Michael Straczynski (jms):

You know, I'd never even thought of this. However it may be, I don't consider the two shows to be at all similar (apart from the space station-round-planet bit) and there's room in my heart for both :-)

Comment Re:Outdated? (Score 1) 267

Also, and I know I'll get shot down for this, but they sort of missed off the one that 99% of non-technical Windows users will inevitably use:

Windows Media Player.

I mean, what's really the point if you miss off the one encoder which most people will tend to use , if only because they don't know better?

POINTLESS.

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