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Comment Re:Suggestions anyone? (Score 5, Insightful) 457

You still think this was just about getting access to that phone for intelligence reasons? Are you telling me the FBI didn't even know about this Israeli security firm that could unlock iPhones? Because they obviously didn't even bother asking them before going to the courts.

Please. They backed off because they saw the wind wasn't blowing in their direction. The *last* thing they wanted to do was to lose this case and set a negative precedent.

Wish I had mod points. The FBI back down because they were about to have their ass handed to them in Federal Court, setting exactly the opposite precedent that they wanted!

Comment Re:In other words, we should give up. (Score 1) 2247

And thus, his point is proved.

NOAA services are not free, they are paid for by taxes. TANSTAAFL. The fact that you call them "free" means you've stopped associating government services with the costs incurred through taxation.

This is one of the big problems. Too many people think of government services as "free" because there is no direct association with the taxes required to pay for them. The true costs are hidden, so people make foolish decisions because they don't see a cost.

I like paying taxes, with them I buy civilization.

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The Problem With Estimating Linux Desktop Market Share 409

jammag writes "It's long been one of those exceptionally hard-to-quantify numbers: exactly what percentage of the desktop PC market is held by Linux? Doubters suggest it hovers around a negligible one percent, while partisans suggest it's in excess of 10 percent. Bruce Byfield explores the various sources of estimates, dismissers' and fan boys' alike, and guesstimates it might realistically be 5-6%. Still, he admits, 'the objectivity of numbers is often just a myth.'"

Feed Motorola announces L72 SLVR and Maxx V1110 clamshell (engadget.com)

Filed under: Cellphones

Motorola has plonked down two new cellphones in Taiwan today, although the usage of "new" is very much a stretch in this case. The L72 SLVR follows on from its L7 ancestor with the same 11.5mm "thinness," but brings HSDPA, a zoom and auto-focus free 2-megapixel camera, and some other standard features like an FM radio, a microSD card slot, and a silly buzzword technology called "CrystalTalk" which will apparently improve call quality. The Maxx V1110 (pictured) is an even more average update on the Vodafone exclusive V1110 minus 10 (aka, the V1100). As such, the lack of branding on the photos plus the identical specs -- HSDPA, 1.3-megapixel camera -- suggests that this is just a general release free of its operator exclusivity shackles. Not that anyone will be scrambling to pick up cellphone tech, vintage 2006.

[Via Justamp]

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Feed OCZ intros "world's fastest" 1200MHz PC2-9600 Flex XLC RAM (engadget.com)

Filed under: Desktops, Storage

Champs don't stay that way long in the computer hardware biz, but one way to ensure that the crown stays in the same camp is to one-up yourself before another firm can beat you to the punch. OCZ seems to be feelin' said mantra, as the company's latest Flex XLC RAM overtakes the previous rendition to claim the "world's fastest" title at 1,200MHz. Of course, we've seen quicker memory stuffed onto graphics cards, but the new motherboard-ready PC2-9600 Flex XLC modules sport a svelte hybrid cooling system that melds passive air and liquid injection systems to give you all the bragging rights you'd ever need. The DDR2-1200 modules are currently available in 2GB (2 x 1,024MB) kits, come with a lifetime warranty, and will run you right around $250.

[Via Gearlog]

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Comment Re:Lock up racist government terrorists first (Score 1) 627

I'm no apologist for the war in Iraq, but come on!
OTH the governments of the U.S. and the U.K. have KILLED tens of thousandst s of Muslims in an unprovoked war of aggression.
How is 3500 dead in New York and Washington not a provocation? How is an invasion of a neighboring state not a provocation? That said, due process is needed to see that no innocent people are detained in the name of security.

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