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Apple Freezes Snow Leopard APIs

Corrado Re:Why would my Mom upgrade to Snow Leopard? (256 comments)

What!? You suggest waiting until they are actual products before committing to them?!

What are you doing on Slashdot? You should be out selling insurance or something. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Freezes Snow Leopard APIs

Corrado Re:Why would my Mom upgrade to Snow Leopard? (256 comments)

Well, with past major versions of Mac OS X we at least got some newfangled toys to play with (the Dock, Spotlight, Spaces, etc.) But with SL, we get APIs and back end stuff. That may be neat and all but it doesn't do much for me, immediately.

Now granted it will be faster and more stable, which is a good reason to upgrade, but I'm not sure its a good enough reason to pay $100. Even the "enterprise" features wont do much for the average person. I guess Apple is just using SL to get a foot into the corporate world, what with all the "enterprise" features and all. Oh well.

BTW: This "My Mom" argument may be moot after all if SL can't run on PowerPC machines. Her computer is only 2 years old and is probably one of the last PPC iMac they offered. It would suck royally if they left the PPC out in the cold so soon. :(

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Freezes Snow Leopard APIs

Corrado Why would my Mom upgrade to Snow Leopard? (256 comments)

My biggest problem with this upgrade is that it seems more like a Windows Service Pack than a true Mac OS X upgrade. Are we going to have to pay for "new APIs" and "multi-core processing"?

How does all this help the average user (i.e. my Mom)? WooHoo! They are building a YouTube app and you can record directly off the screen! Big whoop. You can do that today without too much trouble with third party applications. Is the Mac OS X user interface and built-in apps already so perfect that they can't find things to improve?

I'm usually a pretty big Mac fan-boy but I just can't seem to get excited about this one. Hell, I'm even thinking (seriously) about ditching my iPhone and getting a Palm Pre. sigh...how the world is changing. Has Apple lost it's Mojo?

more than 5 years ago
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Ruby 1.9.1 Released

Corrado Re:Yuki Sonoda (226 comments)

OK, this is getting a bit off topic, but Yuki Sonoda is also a character in the Megatokyo web comic.

That's where I've heard this name before!! Thank you for clearing out a portion of my brain. :)

more than 5 years ago
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iPhones, FStream and the Death of Satellite Radio

Corrado Re:Couldn't agree more (397 comments)

I agree with most of your comments and am in the same boat with regard to time in my car. Our new Honda mini-van came with a free 3 month subscription and it was nice to have on our yearly summer vacation. But we most definitely had to listen to commercials during our drive and that really bothered me. Its kinda like watching 20 minutes of commercials before the movie I paid $12 to watch starts. I just feel "cheated" by having to pay *and* listen to commercials.

The other issue is quality, or lack there of. I don't know if it is just the built-in Honda receiver or what but the quality of the music coming out of satellite radio is just not up to par. It sounds like its been compressed out the a$$! Does everyone hear this or is it just me? :)

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Foundation Says All Major Distros Are IPv6 Compliant

Corrado Re:Embedded Linux does ipv6 too (241 comments)

It also has a SLA of 4 hours. What happens when your line goes down on Christmas Eve and customers can't get to your site? Try getting your DSL/Cable company to care.

I just wish I could afford a T3 or OC12 connection. Then I would be mister big stuff! :)

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Foundation Says All Major Distros Are IPv6 Compliant

Corrado Re:Embedded Linux does ipv6 too (241 comments)

I lease a T1 from Speakeasy and while I'm generally satisfied with the service they still don't offer IPv6.

On a T1?!

Talk about dark ages. :(

more than 5 years ago

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US Court Rules Software Patents Invalid

Corrado Corrado writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Corrado writes "WooHoo!! It looks like software patents may be a thing of the past, at least most of them. A story over at IT Examiner has a great overview of how there will be specific testing procedures to determine how patentable a process is and how this decision is almost a complete reversal of the State Street Bank judgement of 1998. Of course, more details can be found over at Groklaw. I'm guessing Amazon is not real happy right about now — One Click Purchasing anyone?"
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Yubikey

Corrado Corrado writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Corrado writes "Yubico has developed a hardware based security token that looks very promising. Its essentially a single key USB keyboard with a built-in RSA generator. Plug it into your USB port, touch the top "button" and it will output a 48 byte string that contains a unique ID + some random data. This is sent to a server (initially inside Yubico) to be decoded and converted into a security token that can be used in various ways. As of right now it allows you to log into Windows, ActiveDirectory and various Web 2.0 applications including OpenID. But there is an SDK and you can hook it into your own apps. The most exciting news by far is that the entire thing is completely open source and you can run your own Yubikey server if you wish!"
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Priming the markets for tomorrow's big crash

Corrado Corrado writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Corrado writes "Harper's Magazine has a great article on the financial "bubbles" of the past, present, and future. It starts off explaining how the Great Depression was started and how it relates to the Internet Bubble of 2000 and the current Housing troubles. I'm not a finance type of person and yet I was able to understand the content of this article and it really helped me to realize the trouble we're in. If you don't quite know whats going on today and you want to be informed about tomorrow this article is your friend."
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Beating AVG's fake traffic spew

Corrado Corrado writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Corrado writes "Remember how AVG started spamming the Internet by pre-checking pages for virus? Well, now it looks like there is a way to filter out all the fake IE6 traffic; at least temporarily. AVG say they are working on the issue and will have a fix soon, but until then you can use this info to clean up your logs and maybe even head off some of the useless load on your site."
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Blizzard's EULA compliant WoW spyware

Corrado Corrado writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Corrado writes "rootkit has a fairly good look at the "warden client" that comes with every copy of World of Warcraft. Apparently, this little piece of software is very liberal in what it does to your computer and gathers quite a bit of data. Every 15 seconds it looks at all your open windows, every process, URLs, IMs, etc. and checks to see if your cheating. This feels like a massive invasion of privacy and its all perfectly legal through the WoW EULA."
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Removing the Big Kernel Lock

Corrado Corrado writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Corrado writes "Over at Kernel Trap there is a big discussion going on over removing a bit of non-preemptable code from the Linux kernel.

"As some of the latency junkies on lkml already know, commit 8e3e076 in v2.6.26-rc2 removed the preemptible BKL feature and made the Big Kernel Lock a spinlock and thus turned it into non-preemptible code again. This commit returned the BKL code to the 2.6.7 state of affairs in essence," began Ingo Molnar. He noted that this had a very negative effect on the real time kernel efforts, adding that Linux creator Linus Torvalds indicated the only acceptable way forward was to completely remove the BKL."

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Corrado Corrado writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Corrado writes "This article over on Vecosys talks about logging into Yahoo! using OpenID to provide logon credentials. You can find more information on the specific implementation on the idproxy.net site.

I really love the idea of OpenID and use it whenever I can, especially on Zooomr. What would it take for other, bigger sites to start using it? There are also some thoughts and fears around OpenID opening the doors to more phishing attacks. What do you think? Would you use it in place of your various web passwords?"
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Corrado Corrado writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Corrado writes "According to an article in ArabNews it is now possible to store massive amounts of information on a plain sheet of paper. Using what they describe as "Rainbow Technology" you can stuff 256GB of data on a standard A4 sheet of paper. They are also developing special mini-scanners that could fit in a laptop and read this data.

It looks like a really big and weird barcode to me, but if it pans out you could store several DVD's on a small SD Card sized medium. Hmmm... I wonder what the access & seek times are..."
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Corrado Corrado writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Corrado writes "Wow! This story over at MacGeekery highlights some really interesting security flaws in the OSX Installer. According to the story, it is possible, even easy, to build an installer that runs as root but does not ask for permission.

I know your not supposed to install anything from someone you don't know, but I thought OSX would at least ask for permission before handing over the keys to kingdom. This really opened my eyes!"

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