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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

NZheretic Yes and more productive as well (415 comments)

It works for me. Carrying around both an e-ink reader and a cheaper larger Android tablet allows you to use the tablet to take notes without screen swapping. When used in combination with a Bluetooth keyboard & folio stands I find it far more productive than lugging around a laptop.

more than 2 years ago
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Is HP Paying Intel To Keep Itanium Alive?

NZheretic Deja vu:HP first ported Linux to Itanium &SCO (216 comments)

The Trillian Project : Proof of SCO's actions

In February 1998, well before even the first prototype IA-64 chips were available, a skunkworks team at HP, with some assistance from Intel, began the work toward porting Linux to IA-64. By October 1998,around the same time that IBM, Old SCO and Sequent had finished negotiations, HP had completed the build toolchain. By January 1999, the Linux kernel was booting on an IA-64 processor simulator, months before the actual Itanium processor was available. In March 1999, at Intel, Linux was booting on the actual Intel Itanium processor.

The SCO Group (then Caldera) which had purchased the rights to sell copies of the old Unix from Novell, sued IBM because the freely available Linux competed the SCO Groups old Unix offering.

So Oracle has become the next SCO Group, quick somebody tell PJ!

more than 2 years ago
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How Can I Justify Using Red Hat When CentOS Exists?

NZheretic How valuable is the data held/services provided? (666 comments)

Put an arbitrary valuation of the businesses data within each server per licence needed and lost of service by hour for each and compare it to the cost of Red Hat licensing. If the data is valuable enough and downtime expensive enough then Red Hat Support is really worth every cent.

more than 2 years ago
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Why HP Should Sell Its PC Business To Save It

NZheretic Re:Google Should Buy it for Corporate Chromebook (221 comments)

Do you expect Google/Motorola to sell Microsoft Phones? no.

Why should Google/HP sell Microsoft Windows PCs?

Just sell the hardware with Linux Distros, Chromebooks, or sell the hardware no operating system installed to organizations with corporate licences. They could even farm out the Windows drivers and support to a third company.

more than 2 years ago
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Why HP Should Sell Its PC Business To Save It

NZheretic Google Should Buy it for Corporate Chromebook (221 comments)

This may be a great opportunity for Google to acquire a corporate brand and a large patent portfolio for its Chromebook for the enterprise.

Makes as much sense as Google acquiring Motorola for the same platform and patents for android.

I would like to see HP/Google enterprise hosted google apps appliances hooked up to Chromebooks as a replacement for the Microsoft Quagmire.

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Shut Down 10 Products

NZheretic Google desktop search was/is much better (167 comments)

Google desktop widgets were an annoyance but the desktop search works very well in a small business environment where the files are stored on NAS or SAMBA servers.

I really hope that Google could produce a Chrome Local Search Plugin that replicates the search functionality that was in Google Desktop.

It would be a killer app if Google was also to include two way file merge functionality ( unison or two way rsync ) with removable media, remoter servers, other desktop computers and Google doc accounts

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

NZheretic MS reputation so bad-forced to buy customer base? (605 comments)

Has Microsoft's reputation with the public sunk to such a low point where they are now forced to acquire other Internet companies in a desperate attempt to expand Microsoft's internet/Live customer base by proxy?

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Advocate Replacing Cattle With Insects

NZheretic Eat Them! (760 comments)

"When man entered the genetics age, he opened the door to a new world. What we may eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict."

Countdown to breeding larger insects for human consumption starts in ...

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Asks OpenOffice Community Members To Leave

NZheretic Evolution in action (589 comments)

Quoting myself

At some point some open source projects developers may go in a direction that the distribution vendors and end uses may disagree with. It is the licensing which allows a fork of the project to develop that sets the open source development model apart from the pure proprietary development model. Apache, X.org and even the current version of the GNU GCC compiler toolset have been all derived from an outside fork of an existing open source project. No vendor or open source software developer can block development for any substantial period of time without the risk of the development being taken over by a descendant of the same project -- it's called evolution.

Every time the leading members/developers of each of those original projects complained bitterly about the interlopers.

The longer the original team remains entrenched in their design/implementation choices, the less the original team control has over the successor project and the less original product's market share of total users.

This will remain true for all freely licensed source code that Oracle has purchased or inherited. Even for the forks of the GPL licensed Java.

In the end freely licensed source code can have no dictators, only obsoleted dickhead.

more than 3 years ago
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Jet Packs, Finally On Sale

NZheretic The Future Today in 30s - makes perfect sense (132 comments)

In 1980 they said that by 2010 some of us would be using jet packs to commute to work.
What they did not foresee in 1980 was the rise of telecommuting and that those same commuters would not have to travel very far.
Hence the need for only thirty seconds of flight time - it all make perfect sense.

about 4 years ago
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Google & Verizon's Real Net Neutrality Proposal

NZheretic Does "facilitate theft of service"=NO Competition (254 comments)

3) connecting their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network or service, facilitate theft of service, or harm other users of the service

The phrase "facilitate theft of service" is so vague that it could be interpreted as just being in competition with the carrier's own provided services e.g. voice,SMS, video etc.

This statement puts the Internet in the USA back into the pre-dialup days before the split up of AT&T, where the carrier could deny access to any modem because it could "harm the network" or just compete with its existing services.

more than 4 years ago
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Supreme Court Throws Out Bilski Patent

NZheretic "Patentable process" like "hardcore pornography" (232 comments)

The patent in question was effectively denied, but the court would not impose further limits on patenting.

No. 08-964. Argued November 9, 2009--Decided June 28, 2010

Today, the Court once again declines to impose limitations on the Patent Act that are inconsistent with the Act's text. The patent application here can be rejected under our precedents on the unpatentability of abstract ideas. The Court, therefore, need not define further what constitutes a patentable "process," beyond pointing to the definition of that term provided in 100(b) and looking to the guideposts in Benson, Flook, and Diehr.

Which is about the same as saying ( Justice Potter Stewart, concurring opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio 378 U.S. 184 (1964)),

"I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that."

more than 4 years ago
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Is the Tide Turning On Patents?

NZheretic the tide changed before and will change again (172 comments)

Fed-Soc.org - Patents: Legitimate Rights or Grubstakes that Obstruct Progress? - Winter 2000

This history shows the patent / free competition balance to be dialectical, not static. In this country, since the turn of the century, the pendulum has cycled twice between the patent right and free competition poles. The last free-competition era occurred between 1930-1950. Perhaps the zenith (or nadir, depending on point of view) was Mercoid Corp. v. Mid-Continent Inv. Co., 320 U.S. 661 (1944) where the Supreme Court held that tying sales of a non-patented product to a patented product constituted an impermissible extension of the patent monopoly and therefore patent misuse. Ironically, Mercoid facts today could support loss of profits damages under Rite-Hite Corp. v. Kelley Co., 56 F.3d 1538 (Fed. Cir. 1995). Partially as a reaction to certain court decisions (including the need to overturn Mercoid), the 1952 Patent Act slowly turned the pendulum back in a pro-patent direction. That movement accelerated full-bore with creation in 1983 of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to hear all appeals from trial court patent infringement decisions.

As I said before The 2000-2010 "Intellectual Property" boom is about to go the way of the "Subprime" Mortgage, Dot-Com vapor startup, Junk bond and Dutch Tulip futures. The Patent Troll Business Model is inherently flawed, and just like the aforementioned others, add nothing to a nations REAL economy.

more than 4 years ago
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Groklaw Will Be Archived At Library of Congress

NZheretic One giant I Told You So (81 comments)

SCO Group copyright claims:
9th June 2003 What evidence of origin,ownership,copyright + GPL
And soon SCO Group Vs IBM:
12th June 2003 The Trillian Project : Proof of SCO's actions

"Now there is one element of OpenServer that is not coming over, we don't the IP, we just own all the right to distribution, ongoing development for the open server, and that has to tax and other considerations"

Random Love, CEO Caldera, keynote address,LINUXWORLD 2000 conference, August

more than 4 years ago
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NZ Draft Bill Rules Out Software Patents

NZheretic The Patent Troll Business Model is Subprime (194 comments)

The 2000-2010 "Intellectual Property" boom is about to go the way of the "Subprime" Mortgage, Dot-Com vapor startup, Junk bond and Dutch Tulip futures. The Patent Troll Business Model is inherently flawed, and just like the aforementioned others, add nothing to a nations REAL economy.

Let the lawsuit mushroom clouds rise over the remains of USA's Tech industries the rest of the world will go their own free way.

more than 4 years ago
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Google.cn Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

NZheretic But the USA started it ... (515 comments)

Transcript of Internet Caucus Panel Discussion.
Re: Administration's new encryption policy.
Date: September 28, 1999.
Weldon statement.

Rep. Curt Weldon : Thank you. Let me see if I can liven things up here in the last couple of minutes of the luncheon. First of all, I apologize for being late. And I thank Bob and the members of the caucus for inviting me here.

...

But the point is that when John Hamre briefed me, and gave me the three key points of this change, there are a lot of unanswered questions. He assured me that in discussions that he had had with people like Bill Gates and Gerstner from IBM that there would be, kind of a, I don't know whether it's a, unstated ability to get access to systems if we needed it. Now, I want to know if that is part of the policy, or is that just something that we are being assured of, that needs to be spoke. Because, if there is some kind of a tacit understanding, I would like to know what it is.

Because that is going to be subjected to future administrations, if it is not written down in a clear policy way. I want to know more about this end use certificate. In fact, sitting on the Cox Committee as I did, I saw the fallacy of our end use certificate that we were supposedly getting for HPCs going into China, which didn't work. So, I would like to know what the policies are. So, I guess what I would say is, I am happy that there seems to be a comming together. In fact, when I first got involved with NSA and DOD and CIS, and why can't you sit down with industry, and work this out. In fact, I called Gerstner, and I said, can't you IBM people, and can't you software people get together and find the middle ground, instead of us having to do legislation.

...

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7

NZheretic Transcript of Internet Caucus Panel Discussion. (450 comments)

Transcript of Internet Caucus Panel Discussion.
Re: Administration's new encryption policy.
Date: September 28, 1999.
Weldon statement.

Rep. Curt Weldon: Thank you. Let me see if I can liven things up here in the last couple of minutes of the luncheon. First of all, I apologize for being late. And I thank Bob and the members of the caucus for inviting me here.

...

But the point is that when John Hamre briefed me, and gave me the three key points of this change, there are a lot of unanswered questions. He assured me that in discussions that he had had with people like Bill Gates and Gerstner from IBM that there would be, kind of a, I don't know whether it's a, unstated ability to get access to systems if we needed it. Now, I want to know if that is part of the policy, or is that just something that we are being assured of, that needs to be spoke. Because, if there is some kind of a tacit understanding, I would like to know what it is.

Because that is going to be subjected to future administrations, if it is not written down in a clear policy way. I want to know more about this end use certificate. In fact, sitting on the Cox Committee as I did, I saw the fallacy of our end use certificate that we were supposedly getting for HPCs going into China, which didn't work. So, I would like to know what the policies are. So, I guess what I would say is, I am happy that there seems to be a comming together. In fact, when I first got involved with NSA and DOD and CIS, and why can't you sit down with industry, and work this out. In fact, I called Gerstner, and I said, can't you IBM people, and can't you software people get together and find the middle ground, instead of us having to do legislation.

...

more than 4 years ago

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Join The New Zealand Internet Blackout

NZheretic NZheretic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NZheretic writes "As the natural world meets the digital opportunities are opening up for artists to connect with new audiences across the world. However, with the digitisation of media the lines between use and copy have become blurred. Worldwide,laws regulating the act of copying have failed to keep pace with technology, however a few countries have attempted to pass very bad legislation to address the problem. In 12 days, the New Zealand parliament may pass an amendment to the copyright legislation that will require ISPs in New Zealand to cut off internet connections and take down hosted websites of anyone accused (not convicted) of copyright infringement. This same kind of amendment to copyright legislation has been rejected by the UK because of very complex legal issues wrapped up in enforced disconnection , by Germany because it is completely unreasonable punishment , and the European Parliament because the "cut of Internet access is a disproportionate measure". The Recording industry has proposed the USA and Canada adopt the same sort of legislation. It is now time to act and stop the spread of this abomination. Please, if you value your internet freedom, consider joining thousands of New Zealanders already against this law by "black"ing out your websites and web2.0 pages in protest against this unjust new law that may come into effect on February 28."
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NZheretic NZheretic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NZheretic writes "According to APCmag the "First" cross platform OpenOffice.org virus "SB/Badbunny-A" has been emailed directly to Sophos from the virus developers. It has not yet been seen in the wild.

Despite Sun's OpenOffice.org developer Malte Timmermann's claims to the contrary this kind of embedded scripting attack represents a real threat to OpenOffice.org users.

Back in June 2000 when Sun first announced the open sourcing of OpenOffice.org the twelfth email to the open discussion list put forward a two part solution for to provide OpenOffice users with Safe(r) Scripting using restricted mode execution by default and access by signed digital certificates. In October 2000 the issue of treating security as an "add-on" feature rather than a "system property" was again raised. Is it time to now introduce such measures to the OpenOffice.org Core to greatly reduce any future risk from scripted infections?"

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