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Comment Re: When to buy a Mac (Score 4, Informative) 328

Ram has not been upgradeable aftermarket in any MBP released after 2011. In the latest models you cannot even swap the SSD drive; that's a slap in the face, it basically forces you to buy their AppleCare insurance as soon as warranty runs out (1 or 2 years depending on country). And if you want extra power bricks, you have to buy them AND power cables separately. That's taking "nickle & dime" to a new level.

Comment Re:What I said about Twitter (Score 1) 169

Twister has a local daemon which handles connections and serves an HTML UI. So yeah, the interface is in-browser, but you still need a background client: it's the price of total decentralisation. (this said, once technologies like WebRTC mature, it might be possible to implement all of it in-browser, but I wouldn't hold my breath).

Comment Re:Trademark Infringement Lawsuit (Score 1) 169

Good luck: the guy is based in Brazil. Also, the technology is completely different, and the network cannot be stopped now that it's been started. And to be honest, I can't see the likes of Kanye West ever touching this sort of thing, so there is no confusion whatsoever... Twitter would have everything to lose (in terms of bad PR) and nothing to gain from a lawsuit against a hobbyist Brazilian developer; considering the delicate state of US-Brazil relationship after the NSA leaks, the political world would be likely to rally behind poor Miguel, and Twitter would suffer a lot in an important emerging market.

Comment Re:Good luck getting them out of the country (Score 1) 142

> simply give the Burmese some much needed medical and food supplies as a gesture of thanks for looking after these aircraft.

Actually, at this point I suspect the Burmese government will milk the finding for all its worth, it's the only thing that might give them some respite from the unending flow of news about Aung San Suu Kyi. I'd be surprised if the HM Government could get away with just dropping some food... chances are that the oligarchs will ask for something more relevant in exchange -- help at the UN on some matter or other, or a ceremony where UK officials say "Myanmar" rather than "Burma".

Comment Re:Good luck getting them out of the country (Score 1) 142

The historic and propaganda value is high enough for Cameron to actually push a serious diplomatic effort. The tabloids would love a nice pic of "Dave" near the recovered Spitfires surrounded by decorated generals; make that ceremony coincide with some other military-related date (say, a new ship), and you have an unbeatable "good news day" for the government.

Comment Re:...or is TIOBE just wrong. (Score 1) 185

.NET programmers were there first because the founder, Joel Spolsky, moved his (large) community over there first, and that community was mostly Microsoft-centric (Joel worked at Microsoft and wrote some very insightful posts on Redmond strategy, back in the day). Most old-school VB types were knee-deep in C# by then, so that's what they brought up.

Comment Re:And? This shouldn't be a surprise (Score 1) 233

What you do is clearly a breach of contract between you and the content provider, with more contractual implications up the licensing chain. At worst, it could be argued that you're defrauding the content provider/producer. So, "not illegal"? Maybe, maybe not, it's a grey area. For sites like HideMyAss to state that this sort of usage is fully legal is very self-serving and clearly false.

Let's be honest, we now know that HMA will fold when the first copyright troll comes knocking with a court order. Their reputation is shot.

Comment Always bring a lawyer (Score 2) 200

(Note that I'm not blaming the victim here, just pointing out a fact people tend to forget)

This is why you never, ever talk to the police without a lawyer. A good lawyer would have asserted his client's full rights out of the bat, suggested him what to say and how to say it, and probably threatened to sue for harassment if they wanted to confiscate the iPad. At that point most policemen would have given up as "not worth the hassle".

Instead, they just saw a boy playing with toys, and made him frame himself. He completely missed the big picture here; when asked if he thought a crime had been committed, he basically said "it's for the hacker to define that" -- "crimes" are defined by criminals now? It's for the *police* to decide, and they did indeed decide, probably because they saw the boy being somehow ambivalent about it ("when in doubt, charge" is a common police attitude in many parts of the world). Again, a good lawyer would have stopped him from saying anything -- you don't debate the fine points of the law while under official questioning, because it doesn't matter and it can only hurt your case. Let the lawyers debate it for you, they'll do it better than you ever could.

"Anything you say can be used against you" is not really understood by the common folk until they have this sort of experience. It should be taught in school.

Comment Past Generations Were Even Worse (Score 2) 388

"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,"

... whereas the best minds of the previous generation were thinking about how to make people put money into insurance policies and the stock market. Look how well that turned out. And, surprise, many of those same yuppies were the hungry children of the generation who worked in manufacturing; their fathers themselves told them to study and stay the hell out of that wretched, inhumane sector.

If anything, the current "social" bubble is giving us unprecedented insight in sociological behaviour at mass scale. We are leaving behind the world where "sociology scientists" could only run limited and poorly-defined experiments over their own student population; now "social companies" like Facebook have at their disposal an incredible amount of relevant, up-to-date, *exact*, aggregated data. The field will never be the same.

Comment Re:Before everyone freaks (Score 3, Interesting) 1122

No, the announced closure was just postponed in February for another 5 years at least, with a view to get an additional 5 years on top of that after a bit of maintenance.

Reactors cost huge sums to build, nobody really expects them to last only 30 years; 40 is the bare minimum to get some returns from the whole operation, anything on top of that is pure profit... which is where the REAL interest is, of course.

Comment Sorry, you are wrong. (Score 1) 530

The Egyptian revolt was led, among others, by Coptic Christians tired of being abused by Islamic fanatics while a tyrannical government won't lift a finger to defend them. The Moroccan dynasty is based on Sharia law and Islam, but still people are protesting there. And obviously the Iranian movement is about *less* power to Islamic authorities...

So I guess you don't know much about "People in North Africa" and what they fight for, after all, dear Coward.

Comment Re:Uh, no (Score 5, Interesting) 815

The University of Bologna is the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088, and one of the few good universities left in Italy, specializing in engineering, history and medicine.

However, from what I understand these people are not part of any research group at the University; one of them, Focardi, is just a (now often absent) professor of physics there. He was also a member of a research group in Siena which also claimed they had had a "breakthrough" 15 years ago; and they claimed then that commercial exploitation was 6 months away...

The other "businessman" involved was previously convicted for (unrelated) fraud. To me, it sounds like yet another scam.

Comment Re:Looks fancy, but... (Score 1) 66

Optimus was a standalone keyboard, too heavy and expensive to be really attractive outside specific niches (plus, they made some very controversial decisions, and didn't really push hard to get into the mainstream).

This is supposed to be a ultraportable gaming laptop, a concept I find really "meh" (would you really play WoW on a 7'' screen?), nevermind the keyboard.

I'd like to see the likes of Toshiba or Fujitsu marketing a full 15'' laptop with this sort of keyboard under $ 1500 / £ 1000, I'm sure there would be a market for it.

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