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Comment Re:Ubuntu 32-bit? (Score 1) 363

32-bit x86 distributions are built for i386, i486 or i586. All of which do not have all the instructions available in your processor. On a 32-bit distribution, essentially everything is built for ancient processors in the name of compatibility, and it doesn't use your processor effectively.

That's simply not true. A lot of 32-bit distro are build for minimal i586 or even i686. E.g. Ubuntu is build for i686 starting with release 10.10.

Comment Re:Found happiness elsewhere (Score 1) 818

Unity wants me to change my workflow, lack(s|ed) basic configuration, has the "unified menu" (really hate those) and a whole slew of other problems that I never found because when I realized it wouldn't let me launch more than one instance of an application (a terminal, for example) without performing some ritual (I never found out how) I restored from backup as quickly as I could.

I'm not defending this Unity quirk, but with a quick google you could have found out that by middle-clicking on an application in the sidebar would have launched another instance of that application.

Comment Re:OpenBSD (Score 1) 627

I'm glad to see someone mention OpenBSD. If security is the main driving factor, it would seem that a combination of OpenBSD and Capsicum would put together the most secure configuration that one can come up w/. (OpenVMS is dead, so no point talking about it - unless one happens to still have some fully operational AlphaServers in their offices.)

Maybe not on AlphaServers but on some shiny new Itanium bladeservers. In some organisations OpenVMS is far from dead. Although, it's probably the last stage before porting the applications to Linux.


Microsoft Kills Support For XP SP2 315

Trailrunner7 writes "Microsoft's announcement this week that it is preparing to end support for machines running Windows XP SP2 not only represents a challenge for the thousands of businesses still running SP2, but also is the end of an era for both Microsoft and its customers. It wasn't until 2004 that the final release of XP SP2 hit the streets, but when it did, it represented a huge step forward in security for Windows users. It wasn't necessarily the feature set that mattered as much as the fact that the protections were enabled by default and taken out of the users' hands."

Girl Claims Price Scanner Gave Her Tourette's Syndrome 558

Attorneys for Dominica Juliano claim that she was burned and developed psychological problems after a store clerk aimed a hand-held price scanner at her face. Store attorneys say their scanners uses a harmless LED light and that the girl had serious health problems before she was scanned. From the article: "Dominica Juliano was 12 when she and her grandmother entered the Country Fair store in Erie in June 2004. A clerk allegedly called the girl 'grumpy' before flashing his hand-held bar code scanner over her face and telling her to smile. Attorneys for Ms. Juliano and her guardian say the girl was sensitive to light and burned, and later developed post-traumatic stress and Tourette's syndrome."
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Modern Warfare 2 Surpasses $1 Billion Mark; Dedicated Servers What? 258

The Opposable Thumbs blog is running an interesting article contrasting everything Activision did "wrong" in creating and marketing Modern Warfare 2 with the game's unqualified success. Despite price hikes, somewhat shady review practices, exploit frustrations, and the dedicated server fiasco, the game has raked in over a billion dollars in sales. "There was only one way to review Modern Warfare 2: on the Xbox 360, in Santa Barbara, under the watchful eye of Activision. Accepting the paid trip, along with room and board, was the only way you were going to get a review before launch. Joystiq noted that this broke their ethics policy, but they went anyway. Who can say no to a review destined to bring in traffic? Shacknews refused to call their coverage a 'review' because of the ethical issues inherent in the situation, but that stance was unique. The vast majority of news outlets didn't disclose how the review was conducted, or added a disclaimer after the nature of the review was made public. This proved to Activision that if you're big enough, you can dictate the exact terms of any review, and no ethics policy will make news outlets turn you down."

Comment Re:Large scale Apple managed LAN? (Score 1) 460

You might want to check your eDir design, placement of replica's, treewalking across slow WAN-connections, policy file locations, number of workstation assigned apps, etc. There's no reason why it should take an extra minute for the login to come up in a Novell environment. Have you ever used Wireshark to see what happens when the ZEN-agent starts up?

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