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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Bert64 Re: What about other devices? (418 comments)

They may not want to screw with it themselves, but they want and deserve a choice... More choice means more competition, and while there is plenty of competition on the hardware side of things they are pretty screwed when it comes to software. That's why hardware has improved massively and gotten ridiculously cheap, while software is still buggy and continues getting more expensive.

3 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Bert64 Re:Should be obvious...but it's not (418 comments)

Because you are almost always given a choice of how much ram you want, same for disk and processor...

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Bert64 Re:How does MS get away with it in the US? (418 comments)

So you offer the hardware with a choice of OS, or blank.
You can also sell pendrives with different OS on them, and there's no need to select any options to boot from usb - if the internal hard drive is blank and there isn't any other removable media most machines will boot from any bootable usb device thats connected.

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Bert64 Re: What about other devices? (418 comments)

They want to be able to buy hardware either without an os, or with a choice of os on it... Having that choice dictated to you is what people don't like, as they end up paying even if they want to use a different os.

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Bert64 Re: What about other devices? (418 comments)

The difference is its a bundle of individual products rather than a single integrated product... The OS available for your TV is not made available separately, and its unlikely your TV is capable of running anything else.
Also the OS on a tv is generally made by the tv manufacturer rather than a third party, and buying a tv from a different manufacturer will get you a different os.

4 days ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Bert64 Re:At home too (185 comments)

I've had the same problems with windows, wireless or even ethernet not working out of the box and having to hunt around for drivers (and they don't even make it easy to work out what chipset your card has)... Usually this is down to windows being much older than the hardware and having no drivers for it by default, and its often possible to boot a much newer linux livecd and use it to download the drivers.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Bert64 Re:At home too (185 comments)

Setting up windows is not easy either, in many cases its more difficult than linux. The only difference is that windows usually comes preinstalled, and with a recovery partition that is configured for that specific hardware. If they supplied hardware preconfigured with linux there wouldn't be any issues.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Bert64 Re:Like DRM? (448 comments)

Assuming the tank is capable of receiving the signal... Defeating such a system could be as simple as wrapping the antenna in tin foil. If the tank requires a signal to operate at all, then the enemy would just invest in signal jamming equipment.
DRM schemes are inherently ineffective, and often cause more trouble for the legitimate users...
The best thing they can realistically do, is have a very comprehensive understanding of the weapons weaknesses, and deploy appropriate countermeasures against them.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Bert64 Re:Just wait a little (294 comments)

And if you have open source drivers that continue working and the upgrades are free, what possible reason do you have for not upgrading?
The userland ABI and APIs are stable and have been for a long time, code written for unix systems of the 80s will still compile and run just fine on a modern linux system.
Windows users stick with the version they got because upgrades are expensive, often cause performance degradation or require a troublesome clean reinstall, and may break compatibility with existing hardware or software.
The only time problems like that occur on linux is with closed source software, none of which i use... I regularly upgrade my linux boxes for free to get new features or other improvements, and the upgrades are gradual so you can get used to changes rather than a hard slap in the face every 5 years or so.

I continue using my "obsolete hardware" because it still works and still serves my needs, I could buy a new replacement but it would cost money and wouldn't serve my needs any better. Your argument against using obsolete hardware also applies to obsolete software, windows users keep using the version they got with the hardware because any benefits are outweighed by the negatives of upgrading.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Bert64 Re:Just wait a little (294 comments)

At least with Windows I can guarantee a driver exists somewhere;

No, you can't...
Support for legacy hardware is often very poor with windows... the driver model has changed a few times, and each time cuts off some older hardware.
Then there is the issue that most drivers come as binaries, so while a piece of hardware may have 32bit drivers it may not have 64bit ones, and is even less likely to have arm drivers.
Then there are niche devices that were never intended to be used with windows, sun ethernet cards for instance that were intended to be used on sparc servers actually run just fine in x86 systems on linux but windows has no drivers for them.

I have an old usb scanner here, current versions of ubuntu detect it out of the box but you need to install drivers on windows or macos, only the windows drivers are only for 32bit xp and the mac drivers are only for powerpc.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Bert64 Re:Sucks but... (294 comments)

Who is using COTS desktop boards on servers? Traditionally, Intel desktop cpu lines do not support ECC memory. And you talk like there is no option for servers besides Linux.

Far too many people are doing exactly this...
Smaller companies often have old desktops running as their "servers", no raid (or using the crappy bios fakeraid), no backups, no redundancy etc. Lots of cheaper servers are also based on desktop boards, and lots of budget hosting companies use such systems.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Bert64 Intel or "server/workstation" boards (294 comments)

I would generally go for Intel boards as Intel stuff is generally well supported by Linux...
Otherwise i would go for higher end boards aimed at servers or highend workstations - while manufacturers of cheap desktops generally ignore Linux, manufacturers of servers definitely can't and will ensure their boards contain appropriate components.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Bert64 Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

European servers owned and managed by a US company. While there may be local employees in the EU, they are ultimately answerable to more senior US based employees within their own company and therefore to US law.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Bert64 Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

That assumes that the US division of Deutsche Bank actually has access to the banking records of German citizens. If the chain of command is set up correctly within the company, then the US division should be unable to get access to German records without the agreement of someone sufficiently senior in Germany.

Employees located in a different country would not be subject to the laws, but they are still subject to the hierarchy of their own business - that is if their boss is located in the US and compelled by US law to do something, the less senior employee would also be so compelled not directly by US law, but by the internal rules of the company.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Bert64 Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

The data belongs to a US company, and is on servers which US based employees have access to. Those employees are beholden to US laws, and should retrieve the data if directed to do so by a US court.
Also the Irish company is a subsidiary of the US company. The Irish employees don't have to obey US law, but they do have to obey their bosses who in turn do have to obey US law.
So long as the data is stored on servers operated by an organisation which has a chain of command extending upwards in the US, they are beholden to the demands of the US government. The opposite probably wouldn't apply, as the Irish employees wouldn't have seniority over the US and thus couldn't compel them to do anything.

If they don't like it, the Irish part could be spun off as an entirely separate entity free of US control.

about two weeks ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

Bert64 Re:competitive features? generally available? not (88 comments)

Linux support for MIPS is actually pretty good, and has been around at least as long as ARM support if not longer... The rest of the toolchain, like gcc etc also has good MIPS support. There is already 64bit MIPS support in the Linux kernel and has been for a long time too, MIPS is actually one of the oldest 64bit architectures out there.
MIPS would actually be better off focusing on this, as they have a good head start on ARM when it comes to 64bit and multiprocessing. I used to have a 24 cpu (discrete cpus, not cores) 64bit MIPS years ago in the form of an SGI Onyx.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Bert64 Re:Do the math (338 comments)

They should be required to actually pick up the leaves and dispose of them, rather than just blowing them around...
There seems to be a constant battle here whereby someone will hire a gardener who will blow the leaves off their front lawn, mostly onto the adjacent properties or onto the road. A few days later, those adjacent properties hire gardeners who blow them all back.

about three weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Bert64 Re:Do the math (338 comments)

Most washers have a delay start option...
So if you work 9-17, and your wash cycle takes 2.5 hours you schedule it to start at 14:30 and it will be just finished by the time you get home. If you have 4 loads to do a week, then you just run it all but one weekday. Plus if you spread your 4 wash loads out over the week rather than waiting until a specific laundry day you won't get such a large buildup of dirty clothes.

about three weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Bert64 Re:Do the math (338 comments)

In the EU, 240V outlets are the standard not anything special. Generally appliances (at least in the UK) have up to a 13A fuse in them, and you may have a higher capacity hard wired circuit for the stove (the dryer is almost always just plugged into a standard wall outlet).

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Bert64 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

They would, however, be able to keep the story about what's happening in Ferguson, MO (for example) from ever trending on Twitter, simply by killing every phone talking to a particular tower.

Or they could just turn off the tower? That gives them the added benefit of deniability, they could claim the tower suffered a power outage or other technical fault.

about a month ago

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Bert64 Bert64 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bert64 writes "It seems that eBay allows you to say one thing about the location of an item in the auction description, but then if the item turns out to be defective to supply a completely different address, in another country, where the item can be returned at buyer's expense. No mention of this was in the original auction listing, in the hope of fooling those who would normally not buy from a foreign seller. Details on http://www.ev4.org/ of how i was stung by this, and how it can so easily be abused by anyone to profit by ripping off unsuspecting buyers while ebay sits back and does nothing about it. So anyone can ship defective items, and then make the returns process expensive enough that people won't bother."

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