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    Microsoft Investing $3B In Dell

    Servers shipping Linux? Is that to avoid the MS tax on servers that won't be running any MS product anyway (not terribly significant), or needed if you want support but don't want to explain that you can't run any windows tools (if so, Dell (business /govt) support has dropped drastically from...
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    AMD Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

    While I don't think they published enough of a schedule to accuse them of delays, the amount of time between trumpeting the Sledgehammer (the first AMD64 chip) and release, followed by nearly another year to get the desktop chip out. AMD has always taken forever to get chips out. AMD got...
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    Apple Facing First Profit Drop in Decade?

    I think it's primarily whiny microsoft fanboys. Plenty of them here.
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    Privacy Visor Blocks Facial Recognition Tech

    And how will this help you once you are arrested and fingerprinted? I've worked in the biometrics field. It isn't the answer.
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    100 Best Companies to Work For

    I remember that a similar list was debating McDonalds. Their back office was apparently good enough to counter much of the retail experience. Eventually they decided that they shouldn't include such jobs. The Mayo Clinic is there? Might be nice, but you would have to live in Rochester MN...
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    Video Games Are 'Electronic Child Molesters'

    Sounds like you never knew anything about him. I noticed <I>Unsafe at any Speed</I> in a used bookstore in the 1990s and found out that he is an existential proof of "just because they are out to get you doesn't mean you are not paranoid". While the US auto industry was deathly afraid of...
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    Malicious Virus Shuttered Power Plant

    While windows still crashes infinitely more often than any real OS, the issue isn't stability, it is the fact that windows just had to search the USB stick for data and autorun the data it found on it. Now it has a virus. Windows grabs any data it can find anywhere, and instantly obeys it...
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    The 10 Most Hated Companies in America

    Yes I read the article. And if I can simply walk across the shopping center to a Target/Sears/Whatever instead of JCPenny I don't feel any hatred toward them. I just buy elsewhere and don't care. Other companies I am rather stuck with I will begin to hate (banks, credit card companies, cell...
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    The 10 Most Hated Companies in America

    Do they spend much time complaining about them? How much do they hate it anyway? It isn't about the most known companies, just the most hated. Google Fight! bank of america hate: About 2,080,000 results (0.37 seconds) jcpenny hate: About 3,220,000 results (0.33 seconds) wachovia...
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    Malicious Virus Shuttered Power Plant

    The catch is that once you've been fired, whoever is left is stuck with a system that relies on a toy OS and will continue to get pwned no matter what they do. The cost of re-writing all the software for a real system is likely prohibitive, the cost of taking the whole system down so you can...
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    The 10 Most Hated Companies in America

    Is this sarcasm? It seems completely biased by stock performance. When was the last time somebody ranted how they no longer buy stuff from J.C.Penny?
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    Malicious Virus Shuttered Power Plant

    How could a USB stick possibly damage a critical system? Oh, they used windows in a system that mattered. How much fail can you get?
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    Microsoft's 13 Worst Missteps Of All Time

    Where's every security decision between 1981 and ~2008? An most of them since then?
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    Feds Say Megaupload’s Entrapment Claim Is ‘Baseless’

    Failing to destroy evidence after their ISP is told about an investigation is now a crime? Good to know.
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    Holiday PC Sales Slide For First Time In 5 Years

    There hasn't been a radical change since SSDs. Even that was a pretty minor bump compared to radical changes in the past. Pair an SSD with a core2duo and you won't know you are rocking an otherwise 6 year old computer until you try to play the latest game. Even then, you only need a slightly...
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    New Book Tells Inside Story of Atari

    There's an ode to Compute which was an early source of Atari information (before Analog and later Antic came along). The article appears to focus on a time somewhat later than Analog as it never mentions just how important the inclusion of checksums in such listings. The 410 worked a lot...
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    Facebook Apologizes for Tolerating Violence Toward Women

    They published it. They have deep pockets. You figure it out. They can't claim "common carrier" and have a censorship program. They publish something as vetted content they are responsible.
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    Blizzard Entertainment Planning a Linux Game For 2013

    I didn't claim I supported their crusade (well, they certainly haven't invaded Redmond and killed believers and unbelievers alike, so I shouldn't call it a crusade). But you can really start to understand why they go so far. Looks like I spoke a day too soon. Still looks like they talked...
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    Best Router Ever

    Any guesses as to when this hits the "10 years ago today" nobody will get the joke? First cheap router I heard about was when I heard that my company was using obsolete 486s with the "linux router floppy" system. I'm willing to bet the router I bought for my father (my old faithful router...
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    Blizzard Entertainment Planning a Linux Game For 2013

    The humble bundle sells well (most money per customer on Linux, from memory), but every time I boot from Linux to windows for a Steam game I rage at Steam for insisting on phoning home and likely updating something I don't care about and otherwise getting between me an my (excuse me, some other...
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    Facebook Apologizes for Tolerating Violence Toward Women

    Facebook, Inc. has the right (and thanks to SCOTUS, more rights than fleshling citizens) to free speech. Note that this is "free as in speech and not free as in beer" since as Kyle could tell you telling undisputed truths can cost $250,000. The difference is that once facebook starts censoring...
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    Lenovo Creates A Table PC

    Any guesses that this was only made to draw a crowd to the Lenovo both at CES and won't ever ship? It looks really cool for a minute or so and really stupid for long term use. It might be the answer for the touch screen "gorilla arm" issue, so don't be too shocked if it eventually replaces the...
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    Facebook Apologizes for Tolerating Violence Toward Women

    Except that once they claim that, they are legally responsible for every single thing anyone ever posts on facebook. Actually, I suspect that common carrier requirements are pretty explicit and wouldn't help facebook if they couldn't buy arbitrary numbers of legal firms. Industry gaming of...
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    Data Saved In Quartz Glass Could Last 300M Years

    Inevitable link to the science news cycle. Without a link to the original research it is impossible to tell if the "and placed on a future Voyager mission" was scrubbed. Also there has been a lot of pointless effort on storing nuclear waste for >300M years that would tell you where you can...
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    Nvidia GeForce 310.90 Driver Update Released

    Doesn't nvidia's "driver" actually consist of a cut&paste of binary code into a specific kernal? Best guess is that they used the same code and that the only surprise is that the calls map to the linux (calling a linux kernal modified with non-distributable code "GNU/Linux" is a stretch)...
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    Blizzard Entertainment Planning a Linux Game For 2013

    From what I can tell, all the pressure is from companies trying to escape handing fees to the MS Store with windows 8. The few people who use linux generally can figure out a way to run these games without official hand-holding. I have to wonder what the long-term plan is. This sounds...
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    This Sums Up Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Etc.

    If people can't realize that they are the product with Television, a system they likely used all their lives, how do you expect them to understand the latest fad?
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    25% Of PC Owners May Switch To Other Devices

    This is someone who over-estimates what 75% of PC users do with their machines. 75% can easily use something else that costs half as much. If 2/3 of the users keep using PCs out of pure inertia (or [H]ard types keep administering them), consider yourselves lucky. In the 1980s, mainframe...
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    Will Tablets Kill Off E-Readers?

    I remain convinced that convertible laptops such as the Dell xps-12 will replace both laptops and tablets. Mini tablets (without keyboards) might still become the new E-readers.
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    Will Tablets Kill Off E-Readers?

    My take: E-reader=="mini tablet with e-ink". Will continue to exist as long as e-ink has a readability and power advantages over LCD/oLED/any backlit color. Color E-reader=="mini tablet". Judging from where the ipad mini starts ($329), I'd assume were are here already. Size and weight...
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    Slax Linux is Reborn with Version 7.0

    They aren't changing the software, just loading less of it. The only way it will matter for a slow USB flash drive is installing it or if you use the "load everything to memory". "Load everything to memory" is a great idea if you are using a USB drive and sufficient memory, but might not work...
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    Is The Pixel About To Die?

    Death of a pixel == interesting form of graphics compression? It isn't like JPEG, JPEG2000, and Microsoft's JPEG variant can't be reasonably scaled to fit arbitrary screens. Apple has been trying to kill the pixel on the desktop since forever (NeXT shipped with such a scheme: display...
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    Trolls Behind 61% Of All U.S. Patent Lawsuits

    What part of "exclusive right" did you miss? All a patent can do is prevent competition. You see a competitor using something that you can somehow claim infringes a patent (and buy said patent if necessary) and sue them till they stop competing or cough up the protection money (which is often...
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    EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified Power Supply Review @ [H]

    My standard high wattage power supply rant: From the torture test: To deliver 1480W the unit must suck down 1709W or 14.4A at 120VAC. UL specs 12A continuous power over a standard "15A" line. In addition to Failing [H]ard tests, this unit would likely fail UL tests for fire safety. At these...
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    Trolls Behind 61% Of All U.S. Patent Lawsuits

    The whole point of a patent is to prevent competition. Startups provide competition, so established companies will simply use patents to kill them off. For some reason, this is considered a "good patent".
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    Intel Supporting Socketed CPUs For "Foreseeable Future"

    Hey, whatever happened to "only the paranoid survive"?
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    Can MS survive without money?

    MS can survive its own arrogance. For something like one year with zero revenue. Not zero profit, zero revenue. They might have pared this down from when Bill was in charge, but he's still chairman of the board, and I imagine most of the rest of the board was around when IBM imploded. They...
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    Little Demand for Microsoft's Surface RT Tablet

    All the kludge of windows All the apps of blackberry (RT=ARM Metro apps from the MS store only) All the price of Apple (maybe a smaller Apple, but who would pay a premium for this???) I'm sold!
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    Best IE Hater Ad Ever

    Guilty. First: its too long (at least for true IE haters). Second: its too short. No true troll would give up while there were still hot pockets left to eat:) Third: I can't tell the desktop. IE ads will assume there can only be Windows, but it really needs a gnome2 desktop. I assume...
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    iPad Mini Cannibalizing Sales of iPad 4

    Problem? Cannibalizing sales==people investing in your infrastructure. MS Surface wishes it had that problem. Only Apple and Amazon really have to worry about this type of thing, and if you are willing to give up the ipad4 you are dangerously likely to jump to some android/surface type...
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