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OLPC To Sell 7-Inch XO Tablet In Wal-Mart

CrkHead Only at Walmart? (99 comments)

I'd look forward to buying one sold anywhere else.

about a year and a half ago

IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says

CrkHead Re:This will come as good news... (530 comments)

I am a MENSA member but I hardly consider myself very smart. I mean, I'm kinda smart but I see lots of people that blow me away when it comes to various mental abilities. And none of them are MENSA members.

As a Mensan, you should know that it's not an acronym and should not by typed in all caps.

about a year and a half ago

Apple and Google Joining Forces On Kodak Patents Bid

CrkHead Re:Just what we need, two monopolists acting as on (97 comments)

I thought the patent system was supposed to provide a company with a legally protected monopoly for a period of time in exchange with the invention being published so others could benefit from it and advance the state of the art.

about 2 years ago

Ron Paul's New Primary Goal Is "Internet Freedom"

CrkHead Re:So what? (948 comments)

GHW Bush moved there for political reasons. GW Bush was a product of that move.

GW may have spent as much time growing up in Maine and DC as Texas, but he's a Texan. That is not a compliment.

more than 2 years ago

Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0

CrkHead Re:Odd story (333 comments)

Yes, I'm one of those that can't read too well and would never RTFA before posting.

more than 2 years ago

Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0

CrkHead Odd story (333 comments)

This comment is being composed on a Nexus S purchased last year. A couple days ago an official release was of 4.0 was installed.

I can't believe no one else got it. Was this what prompted the announcement?

more than 2 years ago

Why the US Govt Should Be Happy About Wikileaks

CrkHead Re:It depends on the objective. (232 comments)

"...our allies and friends. It's only natural that we should ask for certain things in return for these benefits."

You realize a "Friend with benefits" is someone you're fucking, right?

more than 3 years ago

Lawsuit Shows Dell Hid Extent of Computer Flaws

CrkHead Re:Ha (272 comments)

Gateway had the same vendor. I was working in one of their shops and anything with an AMD processor was likely to show up a couple times.

That's one advantage Dell had over GW. GW had built up a reputation that if there's a problem come in and we'll fix it under warranty, then these motherboards hit and there was no way to keep up with volume.

more than 3 years ago

Happy 17th Birthday, Debian!

CrkHead Re:Ubuntu this and Ubuntu that (225 comments)

I think you summed it up fairly well.

As a project, Debian is most interested in Freedom and stability. Although someone coming from a *nix back ground shouldn't have much trouble, someone new to computers or coming over from one of the dark sides is likely to.

Enter Ubuntu. Their primary interest is getting Linux on the desktop. Debian is an ideal base because it has everything, so you just need to keep current on the unstable version and put some chrome on it.

Grey beards keep their Debian and the whipper snappers stay off the lawn.

more than 4 years ago

100-Sq.-Mile Ice Island Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

CrkHead Re:Who are you refering to exactly? (323 comments)

Most of us haven't the time nor resources to go through all the data on global warming. Kudos to you for making the effort.

To your question:

Why is it, when this topic comes up, so many people that are on the side that says human centric global warming is a fact; tend to use the argument that anyone who does not agree with them is a right-wing gun toting SUV driving mentally crippled slack jawed idiot?

Since very few people can become experts in ever field, we rely on other experts. Just as I do not expect my users to know much about how a Unix server works and they don't expect me to know much about how account management works, they do their job and I do mine. When the only climate scientists that argue against AGW are nut jobs and those that highlight them are gun toting right wing nuts, we extrapolate.

Of course there are exceptions. Some right wing nuts don't own any weapons and some drive sedans.

more than 4 years ago

100-Sq.-Mile Ice Island Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

CrkHead Square Miles? (323 comments)

Why would a headline be looking at area instead of volume? They give us some numbers (in statues of libertys). Do we not have any estimates?

It's like people that harp on Antarctic ice increasing, when most of that's because it's warm enough to snow and that new ice coverage is not very thick.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Enterprises Block Sex Party's Political Site

CrkHead Re:As an Australian... (160 comments)

However, blocking political sites on a corporate network is perfectly reasonable.

When a corporation decides to block certain content, that is _not_ censorship. That is a corporate policy that likely includes blocking other political sites.

Try going to when you're next on a large corporation's network and see what the response is. Very likely the content will be blocked because it's catagorized as a political website. Then try and it'll likely be blocked because it's a humour site. The arguement for both those sites is that there is no company business that will be served by visiting them.

Now, if the government was blocking the site to private individuals, we could have a censorship discussion.

more than 4 years ago

Cell Phone Group Sues San Francisco Over Radiation Law

CrkHead Re:What science is behind this? (242 comments)

That's exactly how a republic works. If we were to allow federal law to override state and local laws like this we may as well toss out the constitution, form a parliament, and join the commonwealth.

There's not enough evidence of harm to warrant a ban, but some people will have concern.

To touch on the related GMO food issue. I avoid where possible get buy GMO food because I think it leads to a healthier food ecosystem, not because I'm afraid that I'll turn into a mutant.

more than 4 years ago

Dell Drops Ubuntu PCs From Its Website

CrkHead Re:it doesn't make any sense because (473 comments)

And it makes complete sense because...

Dell tech support found that many people did not know what "Ubuntu" is when ordering their laptops. If you've ever worked a consumer helpdesk, this will not surprise you. Keeping the option available over the phone will improve the chance that people ordering Linux computers understand that Windows is not included.

more than 4 years ago

Mysterious Radio Station UVB-76 Goes Offline

CrkHead Re: At least WWV is still on the air (336 comments)

In an obvious effort to belittle the contributions of fighters in WWI and WWII, some polititians and commentators have decided to call the cold war WWIII and the War on Terror WWIV.

The WWIII designation has gained enough use to be in Wikipedia. WoT as WWIV is still limited to the lunitic fringe.

more than 4 years ago

California Moves To Block Texas' Textbook Changes

CrkHead Re:Fight them (857 comments)

Texas buys the most textbooks, and thus has undue influence on the industry.

Don't think that's entirely accurate. Texas buys a lot of text books and they buy the same ones for all the schools, so they may be the largest purchaser of a single volume.

California buys the most text books (has the largest population). California stating they won't buy any TX tainted text books is therefore a big deal.

Many years ago when I was in TX by population it was 4th or 5th. A bunch of people have moved there (plus abstinence only in place of sex ex), but CA still has them beat.

more than 4 years ago

Red Hat Prevails Against Patent Troll Acacia

CrkHead Re:Epic patent trolls? (89 comments)

I can't resist a good car analogy. You invent the electric car that will be the game changer. It would be legitimate to sell or license that to a manufacturer to produce something. But selling it to a third party that sells it to Exxon, who then sues me because the engines I'm putting into golf carts are similar to your idea is where you get to the behaviour of a real patent troll.

more than 4 years ago

Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks May Be Illegal

CrkHead Re:Shoot, there goes my Irish Coffee. Is Decafe ok (398 comments)

From the summary:

'food additives require premarket approval based on data demonstrating safety submitted to the agency' -- and caffeine is a food additive

Requiring premarket approval does not mean it is banned, just that you need approval. Before you market it.

more than 4 years ago



Google Play TOS and Italian Law

CrkHead CrkHead writes  |  about 2 years ago

CrkHead (27176) writes "Last week I was again prompted to agree to terms of service to update apps through Google Play. I read the terms, and noticed in the last paragraph a disclaimer that they are were governed under Italian law.

I opened a support ticket for clarification. When they responded asking for more information, I looked at the current TOS and they had removed this section. A quick compare of the current and cached documents show many changes.

Is there any hope now of knowing current agreements with software vendors? This must make them even less enforceable, but no one wants to risk having to defend themselves against any attempt to enforce."

Link to Original Source

Good, simple CVS applications?

CrkHead CrkHead writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CrkHead (27176) writes "My boss decided to start asking me about CVS. I'm part of a small team that supports internal applications for a reasonably large (primary application 700+ users) organization. We are decidedly not a development shop, but do have several scripts that we maintain and it is at a point that we need better version tracking to more easily identify the trouble spots. I prefer a free (as in speech) solution that can be hosted on HP-UX. My boss prefers a free (as in beer) solution and doesn't care if it's on one of our Unix boxen or on a Windows VM. Anyone know of a simple, easy to maintain solution?"

Judge Kimball Rules in SCO vs. Novell

CrkHead CrkHead writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrkHead (27176) writes "Groklaw has posted Judge Kimball's ruling on SCO v Novell.
For those that have been following this saga, we finally get to watch the house of cards start to fall. For those new to this story, it started with SCO suing Novell and having all it's motions decided in summary judgement and went to trial only on Novell's counter claims. Cheers to PJ for keeping us informed!"

IBM to Buy Cognos

CrkHead CrkHead writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrkHead (27176) writes "After some speculation there now is more consolidation in the market. The CBC is now reporting that IBM is to buy Cognos for $5 billion USD.

The U.S. computing giant will pay $58 US per share in cash for Cognos. The offer includes a premium of more than $5 US over the $52.98 US closing price of Cognos shares last week.

RIAA Finally Gets Day in Court

CrkHead CrkHead writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrkHead writes "After many years of avoiding a jury trial, Groklaw is reporting that they finally have to actually prove a case.

This is history in the making, in that this is the very first RIAA jury trial to actually go to trial in all the years since the RIAA began to sue people four or so years ago. I gather they tried to get out of this one too, but now it's set and it will happen.

Link to Original Source

CrkHead CrkHead writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CrkHead writes "I trust everyone here knows the story of Free Beer by now. What I found interesting is a public radio show that target money geeks had an interview with the Free Beer founder. Transcript available here.

On the same program they had a story about DVD encription. Are the suits going to start listening?"


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