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Comment Re:Sounds like the PHP dev team... (Score 1) 334

The problem was integrating the PHP plugin (nsapi ?) on Netscape/iPlanet webserver on AIX. Not the most common set up, I agree, but it was claimed to be 'supported'. Yea, I looked at the backtraces myself, but since im not a dev I couldnt get much useful info out of it, apart from the fact that the backtrace looked exactly the same over different versions of PHP. If there were specific requirements of using libfoo.so.14 instead of libfoo.so.15, then the devs could have made an effort to point me in that direction, instead of just saying over and over: 'oh, you are using an outdated version of PHP now, 3 months after you submitted your last backtrace. Now go do it again with the newest release'. Which then got the exact same results. And even if it would have 'obviously' been a problem with my compiler/linker/debugger (GCC on AIX), then it would have been helpful if the devs would have given me suggestions on what else to try besides: 'use the latest php version', even though the code that core dumped hasnt changed in eons. PHP devs suck.

Comment Sounds like the PHP dev team... (Score 3, Informative) 334

Sadly, I have had similar experiences with PHP where my web server dumped core the moment the php module was loaded by the web server. I faithfully reproduced the issue, and included back traces in the reports, for over 8 months long with god knows how many different versions of PHP. The results were always the same, and every time a developer finally got around to looking at the bug report, they simply said: "you are running an old version of PHP, please retry with the latest version.". After zillions of retry's of different PHP versions with the exact same backtrace, I decided to give up and stated so in the bug report. The bug was then closed as 'BOGUS'.
Firefox

Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum 315

CWmike writes "A Microsoft executive late Thursday used the furor over Mozilla's decision to curtail support for Firefox 4 to plead the case for Internet Explorer in the enterprise. 'I think I speak for everyone on the IE team when I say we'd like the opportunity to win back your business,' Ari Bixhorn, director of IE at Microsoft, said in a post on his personal blog. 'We've got a great solution for corporate customers with both IE8 and IE9, and believe we could help you address the challenges you're currently facing.' Bixhorn addressed his open letter to the manager of workplace and mobility in the office of IBM's CIO, John Walicki, who, along with others, had voiced their displeasure with Mozilla's decision to retire Firefox 4 from security support. In a comment appended to a blog maintained by Michael Kaply, a consultant who specializes in customizing Firefox, Walicki called Mozilla's decision to end security support for Firefox 4 a 'kick in the stomach.'"
IBM

IBM Did Not Invent the Personal Computer 293

theodp writes "As IBM gives itself a self-congratulatory pat on the back as it celebrates its 100th anniversary, Robert X. Cringely wants to set the record straight: 'IBM didn't invent the personal computer', writes Cringely, 'but they don't know that.' Claiming to have done so, he adds, soils the legacy of Ed Roberts and pisses off all real geeks in the process. Throwing Big Blue a bone, Cringely is willing to give IBM credit for 'having helped automate the Third Reich'."

Comment Re:The Alternative (Score 1) 838

What about the other people that are involved? It wasn't too long ago that some selfish asshole jumped from a bridge into rush-hour traffic near where I live, traumatizing dozens of people in the process.

Uhhmmm... That sorta was part of my point. That it would be way better to legalize 'physician assisted suicide at home', rather than forcing people to do horrific things like that. Both for them and the other people involved.

Comment Re:Religious Politics (Score 1) 838

Religion is the only legitimate basis for politics. All laws force some smaller group to do what a larger group thinks is 'moral'. I challenge you to define the term 'human rights' without reference to either law or morality. There is no such thing.

By that reasoning, 'religion' is just a way to let some larger group do what a smaller group thinks. Nothing more than that.

Comment The Alternative (Score 1) 838

The alternative to legal assisted suicide, and a 'mild death' of course, is a 'wild death': people jumping from buildings and in front of trains in order to end their lives. As long as it is at the specific request of the person itself, as long as it is voluntary, I am pro.
Amiga

Submission + - What will the upcoming C64 / Amiga reboot change? (commodoreusa.net) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Commodore USA is close to starting production of the new C64s and Amigas it has been designing around modern PC hardware. A new OS nobody has seen yet — Commodore OS 1.0 — is also in the works. COS will, amongst other things, allow "games for the Commodore PET, Vic20, C16, C64, C128 and AMIGA" to be played on the new machines in emulation mode. It also promises "a distinctive, attractive, advanced and stable operating system experience".

Will these machines only interest a few hundred thousand people who grew up with a C64 or Amiga at home and are feeling nostalgic? Or could the new machines become wildly popular, sell millions of units just like in the old days and possibly signify a true "return" or "resurrection" of the long extinct "Commodore Platform"? Could this "old-new" platform possibly then become a popular 4th choice for people who want neither a Windows PC, nor a Mac, nor a Linux box? Could the new Amiga lineup in particular, which features fairly powerful hardware, become a renewed magnet for cool audio, video, 2D/3D graphics, music apps and other creative software like the old Amiga was? Will we walk into game shops and see dedicated "Amiga Games" again?

Red Hat Software

Submission + - Linux Gets Dynamic Firewalls in Fedora 15 (esecurityplanet.com)

darthcamaro writes: Linux users have long relied on iptables for in-distro firewall setup. The upcoming Fedora 15 release changes that and introduces us to new dynamic firewall technology.

"Most Linux systems use IP tables type firewalls and the problem is that if you want to make a change to the firewall, it's hard to modify on the fly without reloading the entire firewall," Fedora Project Leader, Jared Smith said. "Fedora 15 is really the first mainstream operating system to have a dynamic firewall where you can add or change rules and keep the firewall up and responding while you're making changing."


Hardware

The New Commodore 64 339

An anonymous reader writes "After nearly 30 years, the Commodore brand has taken on new management and is re-releasing its flagship computer, this time with all the amenities of a modern-day computer packed inside. From the article: 'The new Commodore 64, which will begin shipping at the end of the month, has been souped-up for the modern age. It comes with 1.8 gigahertz dual processors, an optional Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports. The new Commodore is priced between $250 to $900.'"

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