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Ars Reviewer is Happily Bored With Dell's Linux Ultrabook

Absolutely.Geek Re:Too Expensive (181 comments)

Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD.

Hardware is great, thin and light with i7 and discrete graphics. 13.3" so it fits easily into any backpack or case. Comes with Win 8 but that isn't too much of an issue to remove..it is on the expensive side but I want to buy one laptop to last a good few years, and would rather go higher spec now and still have it being fast 3-5 years down the line.

about a year ago
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Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

Absolutely.Geek Re:Linux access (207 comments)

I find that a VM works better for this kind of crap ware......yes I could pollute my main system with it by installing it under WINE.....but when I have an old WinXP VM handy for just such an occasion...then why not.

There are those that would disagree, noting the extra storage spare and hassle of having to boot into a VM just to run random crap ware (tm)....but I also like the fact that it only runs when I need it to run....not doing extra background stuff just because it is there.

about a year ago
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Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

Absolutely.Geek Re:DRM? (207 comments)

I find that my Kobo works just fine with non-DRM .epub files....there are plenty available.

Check out project Gutenburg

about a year ago
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NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk

Absolutely.Geek Re:Musk (609 comments)

To mod or not to mod....well not to in this case.

I had to actually say that your comment " Given the low regard that the general public have for reporters, why would they regard the reporter as a customer like them?" was so spot on that a simple "insightful" mod was not enough.

As a general rule I consider the stuff reporters spout as unbiased as the comments section on an apple vs android forum!

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Patents the Milkman

Absolutely.Geek Re:Makes me wonder (365 comments)

Makes me wonder also, But maybe they are thinking that they got away with "put it on my tab" so maybe just maybe they will also be able to get "send me that again every week".......next they will extend this to 1-click(tm) will automatically re-trigger your order....also know as "the usual thanks Jeff"

about a year and a half ago
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Will Tablets Kill Off e-Readers?

Absolutely.Geek Re:In defiance of Betteridge's law of headline: ye (333 comments)

I love "real" books, but I also have a Kobo Touch.....the Kobo whilst it requires charging can hold 100's of books while the paper one is just one book. That is the advantage.

about a year and a half ago
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The Empire In Decline?

Absolutely.Geek Re:So instead of WIndows, what's the choice? (488 comments)

Ubuntu + VirtualBox, 3 years solid.

About 70% of my work still requires WinXP, but every now and then another bit of SW is available for linux. Wine is great for a bunch of stuff also...there are options if you want to contemplate them. Also VM's make upgrading very easy.

about 2 years ago
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In Mississippi: 15-Year Jail Sentence For Selling Pirated Movies and Music

Absolutely.Geek Re:Yet another misleading headline. (339 comments)

Ok so sending this guy to prison for years at $40k / yr is better use of taxpayers money then confiscating all his gear and selling it and giving him a big fine (which he wouldn't pay anyway). Maybe forcing him to get a job to pay for food etc...

But send him to jail and after being in jail for X years, he wont be employable. Likely he is close to unemployable now. He will probably go back to a life of crime, which may well be worse then selling pirated materials.

I know this has been said on /. many times over but equating the piracy to theft of a physical thing just fails the definition of theft. Theft is the unlawful taking of something from somewhere, in the process depriving someone / group / business the use of that thing. From Wikipedia: "In common usage, theft is the taking of another person's property without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it"
In piracy no one is deprived of anything, describing this guy as a career pirate is probably correct. Since he has one prior regarding selling pirated music. Piracy is a petty crime at best, punishment should reflect the harm done to society / individuals because of the crime.

I see little actual harm being done here, using the argument "if the punishment is so light then everybody would do it" is invalid. When the punishment is so light it becomes a moral choice, piracy is easy and the likelihood of being caught is very low, thus if you don't pirate it is because you have chosen not to the law is not really a deterrent here. This guy was doing it on a commercial scale and thus should have a harsher punishment but jail time is far in excess of the harm being done.

about 2 years ago
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In Mississippi: 15-Year Jail Sentence For Selling Pirated Movies and Music

Absolutely.Geek Re:Yet another misleading headline. (339 comments)

Agreed but getting 15 years for selling pirated material is retarded.....in fact getting any jail time is just wrong. Confiscate all his shit and smack him with a big fine. Will it stop him doing it, probably not but there have to be better uses for that prison cell.

As the above post points out this is more time then the average rape sentence.... and no matter how you play it piracy (not the type on the high seas) is NOT worse then rape. Or for that matter a bunch of other violent crimes which have sentences are around the same duration.

about 2 years ago
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Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System

Absolutely.Geek Re:Mis-use of the term DRM (368 comments)

I agree with what you say except I envision the follow scenario:
Doctor: Ok Mrs 6Pack where did Joe store his medical records and what was the decryption key?
Mary 6Pack: Oh he gave those to his momma in city on other side of country and what is a decryption key?
Doctor: Well we can get a copy from the archive, but we really are going to need that password!

about 2 years ago
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Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System

Absolutely.Geek Re:Mis-use of the term DRM (368 comments)

DRM is a bad thing and should not be used with something as important as medical records.

Encryption however should be used, it should be using open standards. An encrypted text file or similar is far more secure then a DRM encumbered file, how many DRM schemes are there that have been broken?

It should also be easy to move from one encryption standard to the next by simply: decrypt file -> encrypt using new standard.

about 2 years ago
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Department of Homeland Security Wants Nerds For a New "Cyber Reserve'"

Absolutely.Geek Re:Please, just stop... (204 comments)

As someone who works with this stuff all the time, I feel I can say this with some degree of authority, if you connect your SCADA / PLC system DIRECTLY to a internet connected PC. You should be drawn and quartered / keel hauled for pure stupidity.

I have access to some of my customers sites remotely, all of them are through secure VPN then either RDP from the secure connection or in one case through citrix to the computer in question. If their IT dept can't sort out VPN security that is another issue entirely.

When it comes to industrial gear stability is #1, #2, #3 and #4 on the list of priorities, and #5 is physical security, most plants that I have worked at are fenced and require you to go through a gate house of some sort before you can enter site, this is not because they are doing some super secrete work it is for liability issues, if some retard sneaks onto the site and gets an arm ripped off because they put their hand in some bit of plant, the fines and paperwork would be hideous.

Most computers on industrial sites will be running unpatched XP SP2, but it is ok because there should not be any internet connection to these machines. USB's should also be limited to trusted ones for backups.

Ok rant over.....I could go on....

about 2 years ago

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