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Linux: Booting Via UEFI Can Brick Samsung Notebooks

AlphaZeta Sounds like a design issue to me (232 comments)

This sounds like a design issue on Samsung's part. The firmware should not have been allowed to be altered to a state that the machines can no longer boot. Anyone remembers the notorious CIH virus back in the days? Now all you need is just a Ubuntu memory stick and you can render all those Samsung laptops inoperable...

about 2 years ago

Facebook To Go Public On Friday, May 18

AlphaZeta Is he superstitious? (182 comments)

5/18 in Chinese rhythms with "I am gonna be rich". I am wondering if this has anything to do with Mark's girlfriend...

more than 2 years ago

Did Anonymous Take Down CIA.gov?

AlphaZeta Na... (125 comments)

I heard they just upgraded to the latest Windows 8 Servers?

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Reveals More Windows 8 Details

AlphaZeta Desktop as an app? Don't we already have that? (538 comments)

Ironically, the concept of "desktop as an application" is nothing but new. If you go to your task manager and kill the explorer process, you can get your full desktop without the task bar in pretty much any versions of Windows. Hack, this sometimes happens automatically when I had to kill the unresponsive desktop.

more than 3 years ago

How Linux Mastered Wall Street

AlphaZeta Pure Greed! (339 comments)

It's sad to see how much money Wall Street firms were able to generate using this open source platform. We have yet to see what the open source communities get from these welches!

more than 3 years ago

RDS Protocol Bug Creates a Linux Kernel Hole, Now Fixed

AlphaZeta Re:Fixing a hole where the rain gets in... (89 comments)

Just tried on my home machine (Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit) and it couldn't get the root shell. It's running 2.6.32-25-generic.
[*] Linux kernel >= 2.6.30 RDS socket exploit
[*] by Dan Rosenberg
[*] Resolving kernel addresses...
  [+] Resolved rds_proto_ops to 0xffffffffa0bc4860
  [+] Resolved rds_ioctl to 0xffffffffa0bbd000
  [+] Resolved commit_creds to 0xffffffff8108aee0
  [+] Resolved prepare_kernel_cred to 0xffffffff8108b2c0
[*] Overwriting function pointer...
[*] Triggering payload...
[*] Restoring function pointer...
[*] Exploit failed to get root.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Rebrands Live Search As "Bing"

AlphaZeta Re:B.I.N.G.? (443 comments)

But Indeed No Google.

more than 5 years ago

R.I.P. MS-DEBUG 1981 - 2009

AlphaZeta It's in Windows Vista Alright (240 comments)

Not true, the debug command is in Windows Vista (at least the Ultimate version)

more than 5 years ago

CFLs Causing Utility Woes

AlphaZeta Re:Still... (859 comments)

There is nothing new to the fact that the power factors of the fluorescent lights are less than ideal. I wrote an article on this a few months ago. From a consumer's perspective though, he/she is not paying more due to the poor power factor, as we pay the utility companies by KWh not VAh. For the power companies though, it is desirable to have the end users' power factors as close to 1 as possible since otherwise electricity is wasted on the power line.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 To Skip Straight To a Release Candidate

AlphaZeta Re:This seems abrupt (856 comments)

This does not make any sense. Historically, all the major Windows version numbers were reflected in the ver command. I doubt that the driver compatibility is the true reason behind it.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 To Skip Straight To a Release Candidate

AlphaZeta Re:This seems abrupt (856 comments)

From the version number it looks like Windows 7 is just a minor update to Windows Vista (6.1 versus 6.0).

more than 5 years ago

Linux In 2009 — Recession vs. GNU

AlphaZeta Re:FOSS Will Gain Market Share (355 comments)

The main reason people sticked to proprietary software during economic boom time is that that is something that they have gotten used to and there was no reason to look anywhere else. Now it is a totally different story. May be people will start looking at open source software. Sure, while certain functions people got used to in MS office are not present in OpenOffice, but all this is just superficial and when dollars matter, I think the decision is clear and people will get used to working with open source applications. It might be a slow process, but once people start to realize that open source software can do what proprietary software offered them they will not look back...

about 6 years ago

IRS Looking at Google/Mozilla Relationship

AlphaZeta nothing wrong with corp. support for OpenSource (261 comments)

To me, there shouldn't be much a fuss about big corporates supporting open source. In fact, I think there should be more involvement (financially) for those big companies who no doubt have benefited from the open source community. As long as the licensing remains open source, everything is transparent...

more than 6 years ago



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