Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court
Nvidia settled a class action lawsuit about these GPUs.
Apple Snubs Security Firm That Spotted Mac Botnet
Apple products are overpriced, insecure, not upgradable, developed by a CEO who believed integrity is optional, and makes it's outsized profits on breaking labor laws in developing countries.
Weird... You can replace "Apple" in that sentence with "Dell", "Sony", and "HP" and it still makes sense!!
Why do the supposed 'creative' class continue to support this pile of dung?
Because it's a SHINY piece of dung, of course! All the COOL kids have shiny dung, why don't you want shiny dung too?!
Apple Snubs Security Firm That Spotted Mac Botnet
Soon my armies shall pour forth from the shattered sandbox, ravaging this OS and all hope of resistance. My minions will find the vulnerability, wherever you choose to hide it. Then, at long last, BSD shall reign as the prime OS.
Ah, the fantasy of all Linux fanboys. "Oh those (choose one: Mac / Windows) users will finally realize that the operating system they use is full of flaws, and will move over to the wonderful (choose one: BSD / Ubuntu / other Linux flavor) operating system, and all computer problems will be solved forever."
It doesn't matter what problems there are with Macs or PCs. New computers show up, ready to use, with lots of friends/family/neighbors around who also use the same operating systems, and lots of support is available (compentent or not) and that is what will get used.
Linux is irrelevant to 99% of computer users, and will not change. I'm not knocking Linux - when implemented correctly, its far more secure, stable and better performing than either OS X or Windows 7. But reality is knocking, Linux fanboys, and you're ignoring the facts of life.
New iPad Jailbroken Already
There is a Graffiti app for android tablets. Unfortunately, the capacitive screens in the tablets doesn't lend itself well to the precision that a palm pilot stylus gave on the resistive screens they used. I used Graffiti for all of ten minutes before I gave up and removed it from the tablet. Graffiti is best remembered fondly, it doesn't hold up on tablets.
By the way, I barely touch my tablet... it's a toy, not a useful tool.
Consumer Tech: an IT Nightmare
I agree with you up to a point. If your customers are complaining about paying you $110/hour, you're doing it wrong. I charge my customers $110/hour (when I do hourly work) with no complaints. When doing work as IT professional that charges the going rate that most IT professionals charge, the part that customers like most is customer service - hold their hand and reassure them that they aren't idiots for "breaking" their speakers by muting the sound on accident, and don't say anything negative about the $35/hour guys, just point out that you got the problem resolved and you will continue getting problems resolved, every time, and they'll come back.
Whether they make bad business decisions or not is irrelevant. Of course they are making bad decisions. Small business owners, by and large, don't know how to be business owners. But as an IT professional, when a business owner brings me a hare-brained scheme to improve their technology, I see it as a sales opportunity, not a "stupid owner/stupid idea" scenario.
Chrome Hits 20% Share As IE Continues Slide
Why are only the firefox-faithful getting their comments modded up? I use Chrome over FireFox because it has, since day 1, been faster and more stable than any build of FireFox I can recall (anecdotally, of course).
And everyone seems up in arms because a company is promoting their software. *ooo big shock* That doesn't make them evil. Google still has one of the most privacy-friendly, user-friendly mentalities, because they recognize that it's hard to sell advertising to their customers if they drive away their users with "evil" practices ala Microsoft or Facebook.
Human Astrocytes Developed From Stem Cells
I read this as "human atrocities developed from stem cells".
Is there anything stem cells can't do?
Minecraft To Officially Launch 11/11/11
turn down the view distance. If you run the game in windows with view distance set to "far" it gets unstable. Turn it down to "Normal" and you should be perfectly stable in Windows.
Digital Media Libraries
I would strongly recommend Calibre for managing e-books. It is an easy to use open-source program that is regularly updated, letting you organize, sort, read, and convert books. It will also connect with e-readers, including the Kindle, when they are connected to your computer.
A Look Inside the Bustling Cybercrime Marketplace
Unlike a Middle Eastern bazaar, you can't get fresh fruits and knock-off rolex watches...
German Foreign Office Going Back To Windows
You are probably 100% correct on the politics of this situation. But you talk like hardware developer's are actively trying to shut out access to Linux users. Why would they bother? If it works for Linux, great - more customers! If not, who cares? The majority of people aren't technically savvy enough, or care about computer enough to give a damn.
Windows still being dominant in five years is pretty much locked, I think. Sheer momentum from the masses will keep them in the front, even if some killer new device comes out tomorrow that can completely replace computers as we know them!
As useful and handy as F/OSS software is, most people don't understand that free can mean great value. They expect free actually means limited, second-rate, and hard to use. Sadly, It doesn't matter what you say, do, or demonstrate - it will stay that way.
LotR Rewritten From a Mordor Perspective
Okay... I'll tell you again. If there was no copyright, then everyone could simply copy the works of authors and they may not end up being paid for their work. If authors might not be paid for their work, there would be fewer authors. Copyright and patent law are all about making sure the people who did the work are compensated for their work and not ripped off. This helps ensure they will do the work.
Sure, everyone "could" copy. But would they? Being technically minded as I am, I "could" illegally download just about any ebook I want. However, I buy my ebooks, because I have a real reason to buy - the distribution system is convenient, the price is not exorbitant, and I want to support the author so that he can afford to keep writing (and thus later I get to buy a sequel).
I tell you what DOESN'T make me buy books - copyright. Copyright has become a sham law that is only observed by those who are already willing to pay for content, and is blatantly ignored by those who wouldn't pay anyway. Tell me this - why is a book written 61 years ago now a legal bogeyman that stifles the distribution of the creative works of a modern author?
Copyright was intended to give a modest protection (originally, 14 years) to an author in a time when there was no means to verify authenticity of creative works. Copyright proponents have turned this into lifetime plus 70 years, so that the children and grandchildren of successful authors can be protected from, what, new authors creating derivative works?
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