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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Alphager Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Oh no, you'll have to learn something new once every ~20 years!

about a month ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

Alphager Re:Windows XP still at 28.98% (470 comments)

Office 2013 doesn't run on anything older than Windows 7.

about 9 months ago
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GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

Alphager Re:ImageMagick (900 comments)

in combination with simple bash for loops can handle most of the image processing joe user needs.

The age of digital photography does see plenty of people composing their own images. These folk, however, will google around and emerge *oops* apt-get install gimp.

Joe user does not what a "bash" is.

more than 4 years ago
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Becoming Agile

Alphager Re:Methodology fads (193 comments)

I don't know, but 6 sigma has gone retro here. Here's to 2020 being late 90's dot com chaos!

Yeah, this time i will cash in and charge six figures for the 2020-equivalent of HTML!

more than 4 years ago
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EBay Sells Skype To Marc Andreessen

Alphager Re:Internet black magic not dead yet (125 comments)

Yet another free service gets snapped up for billions, in the hopes that it will somehow generate more than the expended value in ad revenue. Either that or some other magical source of cash influx that will not be spent by its users who are used to getting it free and will jump ship if subscription models become mandatory.

It seems a lot of people still believe that when the internet is involved, tried and true business rules and plain old common sense do not apply. Is the black magic of the interwebs not dead yet?

Last i checked, Skype was ad-free and financed itself through charging for connections to "real" phones and for national phone numbers.
You have no clue what you are writing about.

about 5 years ago
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US Court Tells Microsoft To Stop Selling Word

Alphager Re:Does that mean... (403 comments)

Open Office does have a legacy format not based on the ODF.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Linux Device Drivers As GPL

Alphager Re:Hell called (362 comments)

Too bad the software in question is released under the GPL V2 which doesn't have patent clauses in them.

You know, except for the part that says "if a patent license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through you, then the only way you could satisfy both it and this License would be to refrain entirely from distribution of the Program."

Which only applies to you when you try to distribute it; this does not cover the initial distribution by Microsoft (one of the flaws which were corrected in GPLv3).

more than 5 years ago
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New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

Alphager Re:Pictures versus digital photos... (345 comments)

Even if accurate reproductions require a great deal of skill, experience and effort, the key element for copyrightability under U.S. law is that copyrighted material must show sufficient originality.

Which does not matter, as the museum is in the UK and threatening a lawsuit under UK law.

more than 5 years ago
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Standalone GPS Receivers Going the Way of the Dodo

Alphager Re:not surprising.. (422 comments)

Why do people think this. GPS is *not* something that can be, or is received over cell networks. GPS units in phones are just that â" they are chips that tune into the radio signals put out by GPS satellites.

So repeat after me: GPS is still GPS, even though it's in my phone.

That's right, but every GPS-App relies on GPRS/UMTS/EVDO to download routes and maps; you cannot use them outside of cell-coverage.

more than 5 years ago
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Firefox 3.5 Reviewed; Draws Praise For HTML5, Speed

Alphager Re:Real geeks (436 comments)

use telnet for browsing the internet.

Real geeks look down on lusers who use this fancy telnet; they use netcat!

more than 5 years ago
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Firefox 3.5 Reviewed; Draws Praise For HTML5, Speed

Alphager Re:As usual with new Firefox releases... (436 comments)

Or about stopping the auto-update. I use yum to install firefox automatically, then about 4 hours later I get message telling me that "Congratulations, you have firefox 3.0.11 installed", which breaks Google Streetview - it just remains black and no options actually appear in the Preferences->Clear Private Data popup. Reinstall Firefox using yum install, Google Streetview works again, and the cycle repeats.

How is this a Firefox-Issue? open a Bug with your distro to set the updates off. And turn off automatic updates in the preferrences.

more than 5 years ago
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Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

Alphager Re:Because Cisco would never do such a thing (392 comments)

I think this is also because Nokia sold more than net limiting technology. Apparently they also sold devices which pick up the EMR's emitted by cell phones which allowed police to home in on any person who has a phone on their person - especially to those who are making calls/texting/transmitting data. To my knowledge such technology is not in use in China (currently).

This is bog-standard technology implemented in any modern network. It's used by 911-operators to home in on your location if you are unable to speak (or cut off) and used by police to follow suspects (in addition to a GPS-Tracker in the car). There's nothing specialy made for repressive regimes; it's just technology which also may be used to suppress people.

more than 5 years ago
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The State of Iran's Ongoing Netwar

Alphager Re:Fark (263 comments)

Hardly any time to post. Spending most of my time on Fark

Yup, Fark is the place to be.
Best coverage currently.
You should have liniked to Tatsumas writeup of the events: https://sites.google.com/site/tatsumairanupdate/

more than 5 years ago
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EU Sues Sweden, Demands ISP Data Retention

Alphager Re:How very... (315 comments)

The Pirate-Parties are loosely-coupled.

more than 5 years ago
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Baby Monitors Killing Urban Wi-Fi

Alphager Re:Channel 14 (348 comments)

Because channel 14 is not licensed.

more than 5 years ago
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Look Out, Firefox 3 — IE8 Is Back On Top For Now

Alphager Re:Security? (662 comments)

The point isn't that web site owner uses it on his site, the point is that it gets installed into IE and then you can use it on addresses on any site to bring up a map on the highlighted address. Particularly, I suppose on sites where the the address isn't linked for whatever reason (like say you're looking at a text file, instead of an html file).

Nope, doesn't work that way.
The site-owner has to explicitly enable Accelerators on his site through additional markup.

more than 5 years ago
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Look Out, Firefox 3 — IE8 Is Back On Top For Now

Alphager Re:Security? (662 comments)

You don't seem to understand what Accelerators are. They are additional markup which denotes that additional information can be downloaded on demand by the user. An example would be the map-accelerator: if you mark an adress with the additional markup, a user can right-click on the area and open google maps in an iframe. Nothing automatic, nothing wierd or non-standard. There even exist a firefox-addon for that functionality: http://www.cleeki.com/firefox.html

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Alphager Alphager writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alphager (957739) writes " Eweek is reporting that Sun will Open-Source Java under the GPLv2. The portions of Java to be released are:
JAVA SE
JAVA ME
JEE

This includes the Java Runtime Environment and the Java SDK, which should ease the integration of Java into linux-distributions.

Netbeans and Catfish will be relicensed under the CDDL and the GPLv2.

"

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Mozilla Foundation Sues Microsoft Over Tabbed Browsing

Alphager Alphager writes  |  more than 7 years ago According to the german tech-site heise.de, the Mozilla Foundation is suing Microsoft over the use of tabbed browsing in Internet Explorer 7.
The Mozilla Foundation owns the patent 5,160,296 through one of their developers (Solomon Katz, a former Opera dev) and has begun suing Microsoft in Mountainview, California.
The Foundation wants that MS imediately ceases to distribute IE 7 and pays 1.4 Billion dollars in damages.
Heise reports that Microsoft has issued no official response, but is contemplating to ship IE 7 NT (no tabs).

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Sun to Open-Source Java Under GPL

Alphager Alphager writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Eweek is reporting that Sun will Open-Source Java under the GPLv2. The portions of Java to be released are:
JAVA SE
JAVA ME
JEE

This includes the Java Runtime Environment and the Java SDK, which should ease the integration of Java into linux-distributions.

Netbeans and Catfish will be relicensed under the CDDL and the GPLv2.

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