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Comment Re:despite Duntemann's dumb commonet (Score 1) 181

I know Jeff Duntemann is quoted as saying âoeThe PC culture was inherited from the IBM mainframe world. The graphics in that era werenâ(TM)t very good. Until we had Windows to provide the basic ideas of displaying things in windows, PCs had a foot and a half back in the mainframe world" That's just a dumb thing to say. It's like saying "back then turbo charged engines in commercial cars still had a foot in the racing world!" Doh!

Comment Re:VMS and Atari ST development tools (Score 1) 181

Perhaps you were aware of this when you commented, but I think it's pretty clear that Patrizio was specifically referring to PC IDEs, which would necessarily be Microsoft-centric because of their monopoly of the PC operating system. Of course there were interesting and better IDEs for mainframes and minicomputers, and in that sense PCs were a giant step backwards for programming. Which is partly why IBM originally thought PCs would never sell big, let alone become dominant in the computer programming landscape.
Not taking all that into consideration kind of misses the point of the article, I think.

Comment Re:Problems to solve with it: (Score 2, Insightful) 72

"But that's okay, I'm sure English is your first/only language." That seems to be a really lame attempt to insult native English users. There's no grammatical rules against "problems to solve with it." Even "To problem solve with it" is acceptable because the rule against split infinitives is considered obsolete and old fashioned. English has amazing flexibility. It is the perl of human languages!

Comment Re:FOSS fans can be strange (Score 1) 276

"Windoze will at least let you install it on any machine you want (legally)"
That's a remnant of days when they were minor vendors for IBM. When Compaq and others put out IBM PC "clones," Microsoft took full advantage of the opportunity to stab IBM in the back.
Notably, Microsoft is as restrictive, even more so, with Xbox and Xbox360. I can install linux on any PPC or Intel Macintosh without hardware hacks or bizarre workarounds. I should be able to do that with Xboxen as well.


Apple Plans $1 Billion iDataCenter 260

1sockchuck writes "Apple is planning a major East Coast data center to boost the capacity of its online operations, and may invest more than $1 billion in building and operating the huge server farm. That's nearly twice what Google and Microsoft typically invest in their massive cloud computing centers. The scope of the project raises interesting questions about Apple's plans, and has politicians in North Carolina jumping through hoops to pass incentives to win the project. The proposed NC incentives build on a package for Google that later proved controversial."

Comment Re:Summary of Story- Almost, not quite (Score 1) 240

Their idea is that RIAA or some such group could launch a "guilt-by-association attack" and create a kind of "mailing list" of users (specifically through the ISPs of users) to send out lawsuits. Your comparison to mobsters doesn't apply, because the threat isn't from law enforcement, its about rogue groups slapping civil lawsuits on people, in which case they can bring you to court on guilt by association- which sucks even if you're clean as a whistle.
However, you are correct in that so far no one has deployed this tactic, and SwarmScreen won't do much good unless large numbers of people start using it. Which involves accepting a performance penalty, against a vague and uncertain threat, without actually protecting the users identity.
IMHO it is less than proof-of-concept, it's an elaborate exercise in providing a false sense of security to torrent users. Its almost ugly.

Comment Re:Variable Pricing Not the Feature to Have Eviden (Score 1) 429

Curiously "Barracuda" very closely resembles part of Led Zeppelin's "Achilles Last Stand." I see Amazon and other places laugh and talk about the LedZep sound or Bonham style drumming, but its really close to outright imitation. However, I would also not be surprised if LedZep ripped off these riffs from someone else. I have become sadly disillusioned with the musicians I loved as a teenager, after already being disgusted with how the public was ripped off from CD sales in the past. I heard today Zappa's widow's lawyers are bullying acts who cover him. Sad sad sad

Comment Re:worst scum: how about Protecting the innocent? (Score 1) 689

It would be better for all of us if you were motivated to proactively protect the innocent. Making an example of the judge won't help Hillary now.
I mean, apparently it was people who thought "we need to bring scumbag kids like Hillary to justice!" which brought kids like her before the judge in the first place... I don't see more of the same sentiment as being very helpful

Comment Re:Those days are gone (Score 1) 638

For Windows, its a security issue.
For Linux, the freakin upgrades are free. Why not?

If I didn't want highspeed internet and be able to upgrade hardware, I'd still be using DOS(or FreeDOS). But they get you sooner or later, there will be some new feature you'll need or even just really, really want.


FBI Renews Push for ISP Data Retention Laws 179

mytrip brings us a story about the FBI's efforts to make records of users' activities available to law enforcement for a much longer time. Several members of Congress also lent their support to the idea that such data retention should be mandatory for a period of up to 2 years. Quoting: "Based on the statements at Wednesday's hearing and previous calls for new laws in this area, the scope of a mandatory data retention law remains fuzzy. It could mean forcing companies to store data for two years about what Internet addresses are assigned to which customers (Comcast said in 2006 that it would be retaining those records for six months). Or it could be far more intrusive. It could mean keeping track of e-mail and instant messaging correspondents and what Web pages users visit. Some Democratic politicians have called for data retention laws to extend to domain name registries and Web hosting companies and even social networking sites."

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