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Comment Re:Class Action Lawsuit? (Score 1) 136

10 years support for a phone is never going to happen, and it shouldn't. A ten year old device like that would be hopelessly outdated. Even something 2 years old looks pretty pathetic nowadays. They should however be forced to provide updates for the duration of your contract. I know mobile contracts over in the US are pretty fucked up, but here in the UK my current phone is on a two year contract. I just got the update to 2.2 yesterday, but I've still got another 20+ months of contract to run. That's certainly going to cover 2.3, and probably the next version too. I really would like to know that I can have those updates when they're made available.

Comment Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 321

There are a lot of talented, professional people working for free: Linux programmers, Debian developers, Gnome developers....
And don't say they get paid lots of money for it: they certainly didn't get any money when they started.

Are you saying there is less free talent available in the AV arts than in programming?

No I'm not, and I didn't say they wouldn't be successful. They may well be, and I hope they are. The question posed was whether this was the future of TV. I can't see it, there just isn't enough security in it for all those people working in TV to bet their working lives on.

I think there's certainly room for projects like these, and I hope to see more of it. But it's not going to replace regular TV making, much as we may wish it to be so.

The Internet

DNSSEC and the Geopolitical Future of the Internet 70

synsynackack writes "The Register reports that the DNSSEC protocol could have some very interesting geopolitical implications, including erosion of the scope of state sovereign powers. The chairman of ICANN, Peter Dengate-Thrush, explained, 'We will have to handle the geo-political element of DNSSEC very carefully.' Experts also explained that split DNS and the DNSSEC protocol don't match very well; technically, it is possible for someone at the interface of the global Internet and a country-wide Internet to strip electronic certificates attached to data and repackage the data with a new one."

Comment Re:Except... (Score 1) 567

The main reason to upgrade is when %your_application% needs to be upgraded to get a new feature, or bug fixed.

What about just upgrading because you want to? Because you'd like to try it out. Because you have an interest in playing with the new toys? Obviously I'm not talking about doing this on a production server, but on a (spare, or virtual if required) home computer, why not?

Comment Re:Wow. Bitter much? (Score 1) 547

Doesn't matter if he plays Tetris 39 hours a week. If the project gets done, done right, on schedule - why would you care about anything else?

I understand what you're getting at, and obviously you're using an extreme example, but if you have somone "working" for you who is spending that much time not working, you're drastically underusing your resources. Either that or you have too many people for the workload.

PlayStation (Games)

PlayStation Network Expanding To Involve Other Devices 63

At CES, Sony's Kaz Hirai confirmed that the company will build out its PlayStation Network for use with other devices, such as televisions, Blu-ray players, and PCs. Quoting: "... the expansion starts next month with the availability of the PSN video store on these other devices, and Hirai explained they are constructing a mechanism to create a single user ID across the entire network (if you have a PSN account, it's good to go on any other applicable Sony device, and if you create one on another device, it'll work on PSN). And finally, Hirai also announced the formation of a new Sony division — called Sony Network Entertainment, Inc. — to drive this expansion of the PSN service into a Sony-wide network."
Operating Systems

Phoronix Releases Linux Benchmarking Distribution 31

Bitnit writes "Phoronix has released a major update to their automated Linux benchmarking software, the Phoronix Test Suite, and more interestingly they have released their own distribution that's designed for hardware testing and benchmarking on Linux. With PTS Desktop Live they provide this Linux distribution that's to run only from a live environment off a DVD / USB key and then allows their benchmarking software to run — and only that — on this standardized software stack, which makes hardware comparisons a lot easier."

Comment Re:Am I missing something? (Score 1) 251

Personally, I think people are aching for alternatives to the current big players like McAfee.

Damn straight. Our students use McAfee because our parent institution has a site license. Frankly, it's the biggest pile of crap going. It takes ages to scan, uses huge amounts of resources, and then proceeds to do fuck all about most of the infections. Those that it does claim to remove are actually still there afterwards. Frankly, I wouldn't install McAfee if they were paying me. Given the choice between that and Microsoft, I know which way I'd go.

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