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Oracle Fixes 42 Security Vulnerabilities In Java

Freaky Spook Re:I only drink coffee (211 comments)

I need to use java interfaces every day, Cisco, EMC, Brocade, HP, IBM, Dell all use java for their management consoles, and I have to keep at list 6 different installers to be able to use them properly as periodic updates to java tend to break access to them if the client hasn't been keeping up with their firmware updates(which is pretty much everyone)

It can be frustrating when you need 3 different versions of java to complete one job.

about 2 years ago

Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

Freaky Spook Tablets can do it better (1010 comments)

Both my parents have computers that are aging and now do 90% of their browsing, emails etc on the tablets I have given them. Windows 8, while a good idea was poorly implemented. There isn't any reason to upgrade to a new Laptop/Desktop for it and its rubbish as a tablet Operating system. After using it for 12 months its a jarring experience to use on the desktop, and using the Win 8 pro tab at work, having to drop back to desktop mode to do most of the tasks makes the tablet just seem pointless if you need keyboard/mouse to do most of your work. I'm not surprised Windows 8/Desktops/Laptops are failing because when it comes down to it, Microsoft and the OEM's are unable to give us compelling reasons on why we actually should buy one, or how they will make our lives better.

about 2 years ago

Mars One Contracts Paragon To Investigate Life Support Systems

Freaky Spook 2023 seems a bit unrealistic (118 comments)

2023 seems a bit soon for a human settlement. When are they planning on beginning missions dropping habitats, vehicles and other infrastructure on mars to prepare for human arrival? Those missions would take a bit of time.

about 2 years ago

Copyright Claim Thwarts North Korean Propaganda

Freaky Spook Peter Griffin (147 comments)

When I see NK doing testing with rockets I just get reminded of the family guy episode where Peter crashes the petercopter then the hindenpeter into Joe's front yard.

"How can you afford these things?!"

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Prove IT Knowledge Without Expensive Certificates?

Freaky Spook Re:Show em your previous work. (186 comments)

Pretty much.

If you are building websites, you should be keeping a portfolio of that anyway, your portfolio is your best and cheapest form of advertisement/job opportunity.

more than 2 years ago

Harvard Creates Cyborg Tissues

Freaky Spook Re:DRM. (108 comments)

I'm a bit more optimistic than this but should the singularity occur you might as well not worry about the details of what comes after as by definition it's unpredictable.

I'm not at all, looking at just the USA and what companies like Monsanto, GSK and Kaiser Permanente have been able to get away with and also get legislated to protect their interests at the expense of everyone else, I'm not optimistic at all.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Tells Retailers To Stop Selling Certain Samsung Devices

Freaky Spook Re:Apple: You do the nice gear... (308 comments)

Samsung should just stop selling components to Apple...
Let them invent & manufacture that stuff themselves.

more than 2 years ago

San Francisco To Stop Buying Apple Computers

Freaky Spook I wonder about BYOD (392 comments)

As more government and private organisations move to BYOD, where there is less control over these purchasing decisions I wonder if BYOD policies will also be updated to exclude employee's using devices that aren't adhering to EPEAT, I doubt it.

When I first heard this decision I just wondered if Apple were again abandoning the Enterprise market, because they can just attack the consumer market, which is now well and truly making inroads into Enterprise IT.

more than 2 years ago

Australia To Review Copyright Fair Use

Freaky Spook Re:Yeah, no. (87 comments)

Away from expanding Fair Use. Which is a shame.

Considering that now publications are now going digital and over the next 30 years we will see a lot of new literature published to digital media that won't be available to print, I'd say it's downright dangerous not to expand Fair Use to protect the availability of literature in digital formats.

more than 2 years ago

Does RIM's "Huge Loss" Signal Wider Handset Market Deterioration?

Freaky Spook Microsoft Deserve credit too (278 comments)

In apple's case they re-wrote the rulebook and turned the first question abotu every product into "But is it better than apple's offering"

Microsoft expanding their ActiveSync license program as well I would contribute to helping the iPhone succeed. Suddenly you didn't need to invest in expensive BES licensing costs, windows licensing and hardware costs just to connect a phone to a mailbox. When that happened I wondered just exactly how Blackberry would react to the market, and well they didn't.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle's Ellison Vows "Most Comprehensive Cloud On Earth"

Freaky Spook Re:Oracle Social Network (78 comments)

Also knowing Oracle's licensing model.

You buy a license per friend you add
You pay per photo upload
You also pay per click when friends click on your photo
You get an allocated number of status updates a month, and after that allocation you pay per message.
You also need to buy Premium support in case your account gets hijacked.
If you want to move to another social network, you need to pay Oracle to return your data to you.

more than 2 years ago

UK In Danger From Electromagnetic Bomb, Says Defense Secretary

Freaky Spook I wonder if.... (268 comments)

The defence secretaries Netflix account shows Ocean's 11 as recently watched.

more than 2 years ago

British Ban Spikes Pirate Bay Traffic

Freaky Spook The slippery slope (168 comments)

I can't wait till the next step, blocking access to websites that provide instructions on how to access the pirate bay. Then they have an excuse to censor anything they like.

I really don't support censorship, but I'm afraid it has to get much worse, before it wakes people up to what is going on.

more than 2 years ago

Hypersonic Test Aircraft Peeled Apart After 3 Minutes of Sustained Mach 20 Speed

Freaky Spook Re:Disposable Vehicles? (191 comments)

Fortunately, we'll have disposable people riding in it.

Finally, a use for Intellectual Property Lawyers!

more than 2 years ago

4G Phones Are Really Fast — At Draining Batteries

Freaky Spook I miss the good old days (281 comments)

Where your phone would last a week on stand-by and you wouldn't have to hang around the single power socket in the airport departure lounge with all the other smartphone junkies waiting to charge your phone.

more than 2 years ago

Movie Industry: Loss of Control Worse Than Piracy

Freaky Spook Innovate or Die? (360 comments)

Why innovate when you can legislate?

That seems to be what is going on these days.

more than 3 years ago

New Find Boosts Prospects For Life On Distant Moons

Freaky Spook Death Stars are more of a worry (98 comments)

Personally, I would be much more worried about tidal forces. Though if it is far enough away from the gas giant...

I'd be more worried about Death Stars showing up and ruining my plans for rebellion. Hopefully they exit hyperspace on the far side of the gas giant giving me enough time to launch a counter assault......

more than 3 years ago

Average Gamer Is 37 Years Old

Freaky Spook What defines a gamer (295 comments)

My dad is almost 60 and he will play Worms Armageddon with me on the X360 sometimes when he comes to visit. Does this mean he is a gamer?

I've always thought, there are people who play games, just like there are people who go to the movies, but just the act of doing that doesn't make them "Movie Buffs" or "Gamers"

more than 3 years ago

Australia Reveals R18+ Video Game Guidelines

Freaky Spook Re:Finally! (67 comments)

The Australian Bishops Conference have supported the draft which is a good thing.

The ACL on the other hand are opposing it and going to fight it.

I hope more Christian groups and associations speak up with their views on the R18 classification to illustrate that Jim Wallace & his followers are not the moderate Christian voice in Australia. It's so painful to see them constantly given media attention for trying to push the government to enforce their moral agenda on the country.

more than 3 years ago


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