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Comment Re:FFS let the Amiga rest in please (Score 1) 202

Back in the early 90s PCs were already running windows 3.0, or OS/2, there was NT by 93, and by the mid 90s there were tons of free *nix clones running graphical interfaces on said PCs.

Comparing Windows 3.0 to Amiga is like comparing Commodore 64 to Silicon Graphic. WinNT? That was the crappiest thing ever to run though chip's veins. Mind you that one of the first ever commercials for PC was a fat guy carrying huge box while his wife answers: "Why PC? To shop, of course!" Amiga commercial was featuring Buzz Aldrin and dewds who flew to the Moon, Andy Warhol and tons of other interesting ppl. That was the difference and it shows where are we today - still same old crappy dominance of retarded tech, run and produced by seriously demented characters acting as software managers "making the decisions"..

One thing that has never ceased to amuse me is the capacity for self-delusion of the Amiga community.

This can only write really sad computer user with no computing history, probably owning "all Apple" things ever produced and a gaming PC. Coding VB or C# for a sad living, most likely. Self-delusion was just a wish that others get educated and knowledgeable in software and hardware at the time by keeping and pushing Amiga to a real mainstream, or even better analogy - the one can compare (and understand) today - Amiga was Google while PC and Apple were Bing way back then.

Comment Re:FFS let the Amiga rest in please (Score 2) 202

Apart from multitasking, lots of colors, very small kernel and speed, hundreds of smart and cool features, graphical beatifications, smarmy and small programs - it was always safe to turn off or turn on computer by - pressing on/off button - without waiting for the shutdown crap. It booted in few seconds - well below 10. It had 4 channel stereo sound. There was an ecosystem of add-on cards, pushing it way beyond anything out there. Apart from all that - in the very early 90's the only animated thing on a PC was green blinking cursor, while Amiga run video productions and myriad of graphical editing and manipulation imaging programs. Do I have to mention games? TV connectivity, composite video, RGB video and various simultaneous display and video overlay possibilities. All that at max speeds of 50 MHz - mind you. So ..not really better, but different.

Submission + - Is Flame Something That We Should Worry About? (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Much has been said and written in the last few days since the initial discovery of the so-called Flame (SkyWiper) toolkit. Security researchers have split in two camps: those who consider the threat sophisticated and are almost in awe of its complexity, and those who are more dismissive about it. The latter said that its modular functionality and its capabilities are nothing new, that it has managed to compromise only a limited number of computers when compared to malware created to steal money or enslave computers into botnets, and that now the malware has been detected and signatures for it made, it's no longer a threat to anyone. While all these things are true, the former still pointed out that the the malware has been working undetected for two years at least, and likely even more.

Submission + - Is RIM ruined? (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "There have been lots of ominous sounds from Blackberry maker Research in Motion of late. Reports indicate the struggling company may lay of yet another bunch of employees, Chief Legal Officer Karima Bawa is said to be resigning – joining an executive exodus that began last year – and by all indications sales of the company’s phones and tablets aren’t doing very well. These things happened after a terrible 2011 for the company. Here we take a look at some recent news and key RIM moments."

Submission + - NASA tool shows where forest is being cut down (mongabay.com)

terrancem writes: A new tool developed by NASA and other researchers shows where forest is being chopped down on a quarterly basis. The global forest disturbance alert system (GloF-DAS) is based on comparison of MODIS global vegetation index images at the exact same time period each year in consecutive years. GloF-DAS could help users detect deforestation shortly after it occurs, offering the potential to take measures to investigate clearing before it expands.

Submission + - Flame, Stuxnet and Duqu: an abbreviated history of cyber attacking Iran (patexia.com) 1

sarfralogy writes: "The cyber-security community has given Flame mixed reviews after preliminary attempts to dissect the spying malware’s bloated code. Kaspersky Lab called Flame “one of the most complex threats ever discovered.” Symantec and McAfee were more reserved, seeing enough similarities between Flame’s sophistication and past sibling cyber attacks – Stuxnet and Duqu – to throttle concerns the Internet is doomed. But as competing security outfits debate the origin, species and pervasive threat of the virus, all agree on a short list of nations capable of directing such grandiose espionage. Iran's unrepentant nature and doomsday attitude serve only to fuel speculation. Stuxnet, Duqu and now Flame, all aimed at Iran and all spooky reminders of today's silent theater of war. The cyber-attack stage is no longer novel, but the deeper cyber-security analysts cut into Flame, the more different it becomes.
Turns out Flame is big, sneaky, and a sign of the times. Unique enough – and dangerous enough — for the ITU, the United Nation's security blanket, to issue their most serious cyber warning yet. Stuxnet had a specific target, a specific objective. But Flame may be designed to lurk around the Middle East and come and go as it pleases, dressing down widespread targets from wanted countries in wanton fashion."


Submission + - AmigaOS 4 lead developer interview (computerworld.com.au) 2

angry tapir writes: "Some might be surprised, but AmigaOS still exists — and is being actively developed. Although though now it runs on PowerPC architecture instead of Motorola 68k chips, AmigaOS 4 is based directly off the 3.1 AmigaOS source code. AmigaOS 4 development is currently being run by Hyperion Entertainment, which is developing it on a commercial basis. I recently had a chance to chat to Steven Solie for a long interview about the system, how it has endured and what the future plans for the operating system are (including whether it will ever be open sourced)."

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