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Comment malicious friends and SPAM (Score 1) 570

And they make it hard or impossible to block incoming messages. So if you have a bunch of dumb-ass or malicious friends with unlimited texting plans, they can really run up your bill.

My almost very first thought when I read about the pay-for-receive. Only difference: I thought "SPAMer" instead of "malicious friends".


Comment Automount on SuSE (Score 1) 696

Hmm strange - did work for me most of the time. But then SuSE went downhill ever since Novell took over. But this does highlight a problem with Linux: Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. Ask for help because your web cam does not work - get three answers "for me it works".

In the end I spend to much time getting things to work and I switched to Mac


Comment No: Mac OS X is just easier (Score 1) 696

No: Mac OS X is just easier.

But first: Thanks to automount flash-drives work with modern Linux distros out ouf the box.

Did you know that on a Mac you de-install software by drag and drop it into the trashcan. In fact drag and drop to the trashcan is so intuitive that Windows has an extra warning that it won't what you might expect: de-install the application.


Comment 4. 'Emblems' into extended attributes (Score 1) 696

Well, they should be stored inside the extended attributes.

If only the Linux programmers would finally understand 99.9% of Desktop-Linux systems use a file system with extended attributes and would stop developing for the remaining 0.1%.

It is one of the reasons I use a Mac these days: No Mac Programmer thinks twice about using extended attributes when they are the right solution to the problem.

And this only one example - dozens of system features which could make live a lot easier lay dormant on Linux systems because the application programmers think to much about some 0.1 to 5 % minority which won't have the feature available.

Different on Mac OS X: if a feature is there it's used and live becomes a lot easier for it.


Second Google Android Phone Revealed 176

KrispyDroid writes "The world's second Google Android phone has been unveiled — by an Australian-based electronics company called Kogan. It will ship worldwide on Jan 29. It looks like a surprisingly nice form factor, not unlike a Blackberry Bold. The phones will be sold without a contract at low prices — $A299 ($US192)."

Comment 5 official nuclar powers (Score 1) 287

I would rather say that by this rationale the the 5 recognized nuclear powers are sovereign and the Rest isn't. Because only those 5 recognized nuclear powers have enough nuclear weapons to blast each other from the surface of the planet.

Of course the rest of the planet would be destroyed as well. But hey, attack successfully repelled.

For who is who read the "Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty":


Comment launchd or zsf (Score 1) 256

Uhh my first flamebait. And I did not even meat to.

As I can see from other posts zfs has indeed an incompatible licence. But that is not Apples fault.

Only my little rant was about launchd - a replacement for init, cron and inetd which is
a 100% Apple development and lincenced under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Beside: launchd is a user land application so it does not matter. So my little rant holds true.

Note that I have used Linux and configured three: init, cron and inetd and they are a pain to use compared with launchd. And in the case of init & /etc/init.d bloody slow.


Portables (Apple)

Doing the Math On the New MacBook 783

Technologizer writes "Apple's new MacBook is a significantly different machine than its predecessor — a slicker laptop at a higher price point. But does it carry a large price premium over similar Windows PCs? I did a painstaking spec-by-spec comparison versus three roughly comparably-configured Windows machines, and came to the conclusion that the value it offers for price paid is not out of whack with the Windows world." The article uses the phrase "Mac tax," which one commenter points out is a recent Microsoft marketing canard.

No Naked Black Holes 317

Science News reports on a paper to be published in Physical Review Letters in which an international team of researchers describes their computer simulation of the most violent collision imaginable: two black holes colliding head-on at nearly light-speed. Even in this extreme scenario, Roger Penrose's weak cosmic censorship hypothesis seems to hold — the resulting black hole (after the gravitational waves have died down) retains its event horizon. "Mathematically, 'naked' singularities, or those without event horizons, can exist, but physicists wouldn't know what to make of them. All known mechanisms for the formation of singularities also create an event horizon, and Penrose conjectured that there must be some physical principle — a 'cosmic censor' — that forbids singularity nakedness ..."

Microsoft Updates Multiple Sysinternals Tools 179

wiedzmin writes "A couple of very useful updates have just been released by Microsoft for the ever so popular Sysinternals tool set. The most notable one is ProcessMonitor v2.0 which will now include 'real-time TCP and UDP monitoring.' Another one, released earlier this year — Desktops 1.0, provides a very unique multi-thread way to get multiple desktops running on your Windows box."

Submission + - Mac, BSD prone to decade old attacks 7

BSDer writes: An Israeli security researcher published a paper few hours ago, detailing attacks against Mac, OpenBSD and other BSD-style operating systems. The attacks, says Amit Klein from Trusteer enable DNS cache poisoning, IP level traffic analysis, host detection, O/S fingerprinting and in some cases even TCP blind data injection. The irony is that OpenBSD boasted their protection mechanism against those exact attacks when a similar attack against the BIND DNS server was disclosed by the same researcher mid 2007. It seems now that OpenBSD may need to revisit their code and their statements. According to the researcher, another affected party, Apple, refused to commit to any fix timelines. It would be interesting to see their reaction now that this paper is public.

Submission + - Dissatisfied Sony Ericsson customers speak out (

Martin Krischik writes: "Fed up with buggy firmware, poor customer support and virtually no communication whatsoever from the company who sold them a less than satisfactory flagship product a year ago, UIQ 3 smartphone users have submitted an Open Letter to the new CEO of Sony Ericsson.

As he has expressed an interest in customer relations, this letter is an attempt by the SE smartphone user base to reach out to an interested and receptive audience at the company's UK Headquarters. Raising concerns about the company's perceived lack of interest both in fully supporting this line of devices, and in communicating with its users, the letter may well be the last attempt this sorely-tried user base (whose numbers have shrunk considerably since the poorly-planned launch of the P990i) makes to draw Sony Ericssons attention to these issues, before other manufacturer's offerings draw them away.

Having saddled a huge swathe of their smartphone user base with a 'flagship device' for which no more firmware support is forthcoming, Sony Ericsson then released the P1i, with specs making up in part for the shortcomings of the P990i. However the company made no conciliatory gesture whatever to the irate customers who had spent a small fortune on the P990i, and were presumably expected to obligingly cough up again for the pleasure of owning a device that might actually perform as advertised.

If you've been a part of the UIQ 3 debacle this past year, read on....

Open Letter to Sony Ericsson CEO Mr H. Komiyama"

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