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Submission + - Massive change to Windows 9 - strip out Metro? (

bricko writes: The Chinese Government infamously announced recently that they have banned the use of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on Government PC's due to the cloud/Modern UI integration. While it may not sound like a big deal on the surface, Microsoft are currently panicking regarding the whole ordeal, and are currently reconsidering a number of plans with Windows 9.

Microsoft has already made drastic changes to the way employees at Microsoft access test builds. Instead of the builds being freely accessible via Microsoft CorpNet, an employee is required to request a new build which is personally assigned to them, this change will attempt to minimize leaks dramatically.

According to WZOR, Windows 9 Enterprise Edition could potentially see the removal of cloud-based integration within the operating system, along with the ability to completely disable the Modern UI 2.0.

Submission + - Computing a Cure for HIV (

aarondubrow writes: The tendency of HIV to mutate and resist drugs has made it particularly difficult to eradicate. But in the last decade scientists have begun using a new weapon in the fight against HIV: supercomputers. Using some of the nation's most powerful supercomputers, teams of researchers are pushing the limits of what we know about HIV and how we can treat it. The Huffington Post describes nine ways supercomputers are helping scientists understand and treat the disease.

Submission + - Apache webserver updated to ignore Do Not Track settings in IE10 (

exomondo writes: An Apache webserver update has been released that ignores the 'Do Not Track' privacy setting sent from IE. Patch author and Adobe employee Roy Fielding states "The only reason DNT exists is to express a non-default option" but critics of the patch point out that the initial Windows 8 setup explicitly points out that if you choose 'Express' setup as opposed to 'Custom' then 'Do Not Track' will be turned on.

Submission + - Adobe Flash Player installer deletes itself (

Jezisheck writes: "I've recently discovered weird behavior of the Flash Player installer from Adobe's site (for Windows). Not only that every time you run it, it sets the update setting to the option that allows Adobe to install updates without asking you, even if you continuously select otherwise, but it also deletes the binary from which it was run! This happens immediately after it's run. So if installation fails for some reason (i.e. the player is in use at the moment) then you have to go and download it again or you have to replicate the installer before running it. As I understand that most users don't need the installer binary when installation is complete, either way, I want to be the master of my OS and I want to delete files on it when I want and the way I want! And also: I believe that even the most retarded PC user knows how to delete a file by himself. Is Adobe looking at users as a bunch of incompetent idiots which they must take care of?"

Submission + - Clever Clues Clobber Crossword Computer

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Steve Lohr reports that an impressive crossword-solving computer program called Dr Fill matched its digital wits against 600 of the nation's best human crossword-solvers finishing only 141st at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in New York. "I wish it had done better,” says Dr. Matthew Ginsberg, the creator of Dr. Fill and an expert in artificial intelligence. Dr. Fill typically thrives on conventional crosswords, even ones with arcane clues and answers and solved one of the most difficult puzzles at the tournament perfectly. But the computer does poorly with clever clues based on puns or humor because humans and machines solve the crosswords very differently. Humans recognize patterns based on accumulated knowledge and experience, while computers make endless calculations to determine the most statistically probable answer so the computer program is literal minded, and tends to struggle on puzzles with humor, and puzzles with unusual themes or letter arrangements. Take this clue from a 2010 puzzle in The Times: Apollo 11 and 12 (180 degrees). The answer is SNOISSIWNOOW, seemingly gibberish. A clever human could eventually figure out that those letters when rotated 180 degrees spell MOON MISSIONS. Humans get the joke, while a literal-minded computer does not. “Occasionally, Dr. Fill just doesn’t get it,” says Ginsberg. “That’s my nightmare.”"

Submission + - Foundation "dismayed" at publication of public domain manuscript (

john83 writes: The Irish Times reports that publication of a new children’s story by a Dublin publishing house has been criticised by The Zürich James Joyce Foundation, which owns the original manuscript of the story. In a statement, the foundation said it “never permitted, tolerated, condoned or connived in this publication, and it rigidly dissociates itself from it”.

The Dublin publisher, Ithys, said the unpublished works of James Joyce were in the public domain as of January 1st. The attempt by “the Zürich Joyce Centre” (sic) proprietarily to assert some right on the document was “preposterous”. “The said centre has no rights in law in the copyright of the papers donated (given free) by Dr Jahnke.”

The stated goals of The Zurich James Joyce Foundation include "... keeping alive the memory and work of the Irish writer James Joyce ..."

Joyce died in January 1941.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - The Great Decoupling of Corporate Profit from Jobs 1

theodp writes: Corporate profits are way up, reports ex-Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. And big American companies are sitting on a gigantic pile of money. Which can only mean more jobs are on the way for American workers, right? Wrong. U.S. companies — including 60% taxpayer-owned GM — won't hire American workers are instead investing and expanding production overseas. Why? Taking their cue from Willie Sutton, that's where the big money is. Further exacerbating matters, says Reich, is that Wall Street is advising investors to sell the stocks of companies that talk openly of hiring. Finally, corporations are putting their cash to work by paying dividends to shareholders and buying back their own stock to push up share prices. 'Higher corporate profits no longer lead to higher employment,' concludes Reich. 'We're witnessing a great decoupling of company profits from jobs.'

Submission + - Nokia selling wireless modem business for $200MM (

r_jensen11 writes: Nokia is in the process of selling its wireless modem business, which includes many patents for LTE, HSPA and GSM. Given its troubles with developing a flashy smartphone as of late, could this be a sign that they are doubling their efforts to be a phone company like HTC, and less like Motorola? Or is this a sign of more troubles ahead?

Submission + - iPhone 4 vs fakes: the back streets of Hong Kong (

An anonymous reader writes: You may have heard of fake iPhones coming out of Asia, but nothing brings it home like this photo tour of a backstreet phone market in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Amidst the pre-release genuine iPhone 4s (not officially on sale in Hong Kong yet), there are iPhone fakes and other weirdness, like dirt encrusted garage doors, and men sitting on crates with little hand drawn signs offering to unlock and jailbreak your iPhone on the spot. For those who find Apple's marketing off-putting, this is about as far away as you can get from the official Apple Store Experience.

Comment Re:Fire that Judge (Score 1) 558

The problem with "credible evidence" is that the word "credible" has no precise meaning. Anyone is free to substitute their own belief structure in there and say it's credible to them. And there are lots of people with some pretty fucked-up belief structures.

Even if it did have a precise meaning, let's look at an example. Say I'm representing an electric company who owns power lines. Say you're a homeowner who lives near one, and your kid gets leukemia. Is there a credible link? I can show you a dozen studies that say "yes", and another dozen studies that say "no." From one point of view, it's not even a credible case.

Now look at another similar kind of case: let's say I claim the fluorescent lighting in my office gave me prostate cancer. Credible? There are plenty of people who believe that kind of shit, and probably a few "studies" that would agree with it. If I find the right "doctor" and pay him enough "expert witness fees", he'll testify in court that just about anything is possible.

Comment Re:Hehe (Score 2, Informative) 62


    Don't take legal advice from movies. Good Will Hunting was drama, not a documentary. Other than the movie citation, I was completely unable to find any mention of the way.

    At least in 1798, horse thieves could be hung when they were caught, and the law looked the other way. Now, good luck getting away with either stealing the horse, carriage.

    You have just as many rights stealing Internet, as you do randomly trespassing on private or federal property. If you think differently, you have a better chance seeing this than this.

Comment Re:When do people get this (Score 4, Interesting) 613

actaully the windows 7 caching model is great. on games the difference between the first loading of a level and subsequent loads are night and day thanks to it's caching model.

That's the windows cache system generally, from way back in the NT days... Vista and later SuperFetch is more than that.

btw, regarding the article more directly: they shows no figure about the actual _swap_ usage, a thing that may or may not disprove their theory.

Indeed. The xpnet site does mention that they factor in paging somehow, but that's still pretty useless - paging activity needs to be a separate statistic. Also, simply looking at pagefile usage isn't terribly useful, an inactive app can have it's working set trimmed and pages flushed out to disk, and this won't matter much in the big picture.

What you need to look at is the rate of pagefile activity (ie., pages/second) as well as how often it happens - not just static numbers (even if having 1gig of data in the pf is probably a warning sign :))

Comment Linux standard practice (Score 1) 613

BeOS and Haiku did/do this, but I don't think any other OS has implemented total RAM usage to such a degree.

It's also a standard practice in Linux too (and *BSD, and their Mac OS X derivative and probably any other modern Linux).
That's why, when you use the "free" command on these OSes you get two lists of number.
Total memory usage, and how much of that memory is actually used by processes and who much is cache.

- Now this memory should be dynamically freed when the process require more resource.
- In addition to that, un-/seldom- used process memory can be swapped out and more memory made free for caching. (Modern OSes can do it to some extend with various settings of aggressiveness : there's no point keeping into RAM a piece of data that will never be accessed, better swap it out and use the RAM estate for caching to accelerate the whole system).

If, as the summary states, Windows starts thrashing the swap, then it means it's really low on memory.

I personally suspect it's the "Vista-ready" debacle all over :
TFA mentions that Win7 machine have 3GB average. Only. Whereas, from my personal experience, 4GB is the minimum needed for comfort.
Thus probably a lot of machine are shipped by their manufacturer with the bar minimum of memory to be able to boot into Win7.
Just like some Vista-ready machine only had the strict minimum to install and boot into Vista with all features disabled.
Or the first WinXP machine which shipped with only 128MB (sometimes 256MB) of RAM.

Of course, it doesn't help that Windows OSes are such resource hogs to begin with. Just install the latest Xubuntu or other light-weight oriented distro and the machines breathes again. And that's a current-day general purpose distro. Now, with things like Damn Small Linux, you can bring back from the grave even more resource starved machines.

Comment Re:Opportunity (Score 0) 156

People like this also come into the store with $400 in their pocket looking to buy the $399 PC only to forget taxes and services like this. By the time they're done they bought 1/2 the PC they were looking at and all the services with it. What's a surge protector? OMG! I need paper with my printer? Should I buy ink? What's the warranty? Does it come with office? What is spyware/adware? Should I REALLY be afraid of Viruses? My Kid wants to play 3D games. Does this burn Discs? Where do I buy CD-R CDs? Most of the time, I gave them the information they needed and told them to come back when they could afford to buy the stuff "they needed" to make a better PC experience. Some of the time they got financing to do so. Some of the time they came back. Sometimes they had more money than sense. As a tech I did the services too and mostly got the same questions, and they were more apt to listen to me, likely because I was wearing a black shirt (later White) and not a salesman in a blue shirt.

Comment Re:Global government (Score 1) 406

It depends if we're talking about corruption relating to IP laws or general corruption.

If it's the former, which I presume it is because that's what the topic is about then this simply isn't true. The only nations showing the level of corruption of the US are those who have moved their economies towards imaginary property. This includes the likes of Britain and France, but countries that have more of a manufacturing or natural resources focus so far seem to have little interest in pushing strict copyright laws (Russia, China), because it doesn't benefit them and only benefits their competition (again, the US, Britain, France etc.).

We're in this situation where in the West, economies are built around imaginary property because it means people can paid a lot for doing relatively little whilst the other countries do all the hard work for us. The problem is that the other countries want to be in this situation too, and as we've seen with outsourcing to Asia, they can do it cheaper. So we have this situation where competitors are beginning to eat away at our cushy jobs, and the Western governments are beginning to panic, the movie/music industry is the next big industry at risk and governments (arguably wrongly) assume this is for the same reason. Stricter patent laws, stronger anti-piracy laws and other similar laws are all being put in place to try and stop the fall of our easy lifestyle and the natural balancing out of jobs.

I don't see laws fixing it long term, I think it's inevitable that it'll happen regardless, I believe we'll see equalisation of jobs across the world regardless and this does mean a rise in manufacturing jobs. I think it's good for the world overall, but you try telling that to the government being nagged at by 1500 IT call centre workers that just got laid off because India can do their arguably quite simple jobs cheaper- governments will desperately try and protect against that even if it is inevitable.

It's likely over time we'll see a move towards more balanced economies all round which personally I can't wait for, frankly I think it'll cut all the chaff out of the IT and other industries which plague it and who really aren't competent enough to be working in it. They'll be pushed back to relatively dumb manufacturing jobs where they're better suited. We wont have credit crunches like now because we wont have entire countries dependent on fiddling financial figures as they'll have to have a manufacturing base too.

So then, ACTA is one of those things that's just there to try and prevent the inevitable, it's an attempt to stem the flow of balance across the world, it's not a sign of corruption per-se, but a sign of desperation more than anything, the rest of the world certainly isn't as corrupt as those pushing it though because the corruption of those pushing it stems from the self-interest and the harm it causes to the rest of the world and those who get in the way of said self interest.

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