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Comment Re:Obama 2012! (Score 0) 277


I mean, if it was actually for the purpose of deposing Hussein, then well done, mission accomplished, but holy fuck that cost a lot of lives and made a lot of enemies for such a petty goal.

What I thought it was about was WMDs. What most of the US public thought it was about was stopping terrorism -- a majority of Republicans, in particular, don't understand that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden are two different people, and that Hussein had less than nothing to do with 9/11.

Comment Don't count on it. (Score 1) 138

Depending on how thorough the company is, the SOP with paper is to just go through the document and strike (with a pen) the stuff you don't agree with, then sign it and hand it back to them. Chances are, they won't notice. Sometimes they notice and don't care. Very rarely, they notice and do care.

When it comes up, however, if they signed it too, then you're in the clear. If they didn't read your modifications, they're no better off than if you didn't read the contract to begin with.

The problem is whether anything like this could be an acceptable way of modifying a contract. It seems to follow a similar principle -- if the service in question isn't expecting it, then you modified the contract and they agreed also, so you win. But at the same time, unlike paper, there's no reasonable expectation at this point that the server will notice these headers, and if we either insist on some acknowledgment from the server that they like those headers or wait till this is well-known enough for services to adapt, then you'd be right and they'd be unlikely to accept any changes.

Comment Re:What an over sensationalist title (Score 1) 899

If that's really the case, I'd just mark the Windows partition bootable. Grub doesn't care. However, the DOS MBR can only boot when you only have a single partition marked bootable.

Still, I'm pretty sure my Linux partition was the bootable one... Oh well.

Is it that it never asks you to install, or that you get an error when you install?

Comment Re:What an over sensationalist title (Score 1) 899

Or, for that matter, people who buy Windows with the device because it's cheaper that way, so they can dual-boot?

I like Linux. I use Linux as my primary OS, and I bought my most recent laptop with Ubuntu preloaded. I also like being able to reboot, fire up Steam, and just play a game when it doesn't have a Linux port.

Comment Re:What animated GIFs? (Score 1) 661

Correct me if I'm wrong though.

YTMND launched in 2001. LZW expired in 2003.

And somehow convince someone with the administrator password (the IT department for the break room PC at work, or the head of household at home) to install it.

Fair, though I think the same applies to most options here. I mean, HTML5 at all is a non-starter if they insist on running IE on XP, for example. Somehow, I think a codec provided by Google is one of the safer things you could possibly ask an admin to install -- certainly safer than, say, Flash.

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 1) 661

Citation? Wikipedia lists Symbian and WP7, but not Android, iOS, or any game consoles. The only reference I could find for Silverlight on Android was something about the Moonlight team doing it, and if it's just Moonlight, then there's exactly as much Silverlight support for Android as there is for Linux -- which means none of the DRM.

Are you sure that's not just a native Netflix client for these platforms?

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 1) 661

They are appliances... They need internet access about as much as my refrigerator does...

A "fileserver" needs Internet about as much as your refrigerator does? Really? I'd think you'd at least have it on a network, or are you suggesting it's only serving other non-Internet-connected machines? Or do you only deliver stuff via sneakernet?

I don't apply software patches to it, either.

Does it have software?

Comment Re:Unisys was late to the GIF party (Score 1) 661

The operator of a web site should not recommend that end users use codecs that "are in a legal grey area" unless it wants to be sued for inducing infringement.

FWIW, I think Chrome on Linux is still an option for the moment.

For another, it was easier to get Microsoft to include partial PNG support in IE 6 than it will be to get Microsoft to include any support for WebM in future versions of IE.

Wait, what?

Ok, first off, PNG isn't a replacement for GIF in that it doesn't support animation -- there are several competing standards for PNG animation, none universally supported. There's a lot of places where PNG beats GIF, but GIF is still around, and for good reason.

Second, WebM is already supported in IE, just not out of the box. This isn't even a legal grey area -- you can just download it. There's a framework already in place for this, too -- not like the kind of kludges you'd need to get PNG working on IE6, they actually have pluggable codecs. The only issue would be getting them to ship it by default, and it's possible they'll fight that, but it's also possible PC manufacturers will preload it anyway.

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 1) 661

None of these installations will ever see a software or kernel upgrade.

I hope they're not online...

Redhat 6 on aged hardware as a file server, SCO Openserver on an abandoned IBM server for backups...

...looks like they are.

Um. No kernel upgrades? Not even vulnerability patches?

Do you have any idea how bad an idea this is?

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