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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

NormalVisual Re:MacOS X == not sysadmin friendly (327 comments)

The only good news is that they *finally* updated the mini ... which means we'll finally be getting new hardware to replace our xserves.

Unfortunately, they also determined that unless you have a SMT rework kit, you're not installing more RAM in it. You're also not going to be able to put a bigger disk in it without voiding the warranty.

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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

NormalVisual Re:Helvetica pre-dates the space program (327 comments)

They're making guesses about the future just like everyone else.

While throwing millions of dollars of marketing horsepower at it to make it as likely as possible that people will clamor what they sell, regardless of the engineering and other deficits present in the product. If Microsoft's marketing people were half as good as Apple's, there might not be an Apple anymore.

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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

NormalVisual Re:Apple's take on Windows 8 (327 comments)

At least you had grass. Do you know how hard it is to get anything done when all you have to work with is a primordial subatomic particle soup?

yesterday
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

NormalVisual Re: I don't follow (327 comments)

it has various problems with similar-looking glyphs that are easily mistaken for one another

Boy, isn't that the truth. Helvetica looks pretty good to me, but it's annoying (especially in technical documentation) when you can't distinguish a lower case 'L' from an upper case "I".

yesterday
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

NormalVisual Re:Broken link (106 comments)

Still not fixed, four and a half hours later...

yesterday
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

NormalVisual Re:So confused (376 comments)

Sure - they could be used in the implementation of RFC 1149.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

NormalVisual Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

I think he means be a reporter for the article, THEN be a pundit in the replies. B-)

If they enforced that, we'd never see any Bennett Haselton's Walls O' Text (tm).

4 days ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

NormalVisual Re:You'll give them the password (220 comments)

"If you give us the password and let us prove you're innocent we'll let you go. If there's anything in there that would prove you guilty we'll reduce the sentence. If you don't give us the password and we have to crack the encryption ourselves and we find out you're guilty, you're going away for a very long time."

"Additionally, if you don't give us the password, you're going to sit in jail for contempt of court until you change your mind."

about a week ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

NormalVisual Re: Critics should take positive action (993 comments)

Recent versions of popular packages won't run without it? Recent versions don't get included in Debian. Suddenly, recent versions get tweaked by their maintainers so that they'll get included in Debian/Ubuntu.

In an ideal world, yes. I think what's more likely is that people will move to a distro that *does* include the packages they need, and it seems the distro maintainers believe this as well. Otherwise there would be a lot more pushback regarding systemd dependencies.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

NormalVisual Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

They have been proven to snoop, the cat is out of the bag, end of story.

And they've been proven to have no problem lying to Congress as well. "You didn't see it, so I didn't do it."

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

NormalVisual Re:Simple. (204 comments)

While I generally agree with your assessment of the BBB, lots of other people don't understand that it's just a scheme to make money, and take what it says as gospel. Given that, lots of companies will still work to keep their BBB rating positive, and thus it can still be a (foam rubber) hammer to use against a company that's not living up to its word.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

NormalVisual Re:The name (204 comments)

You should be buying a vm image, not a piece of hardware.

Unless you're trying to do something like put an IPMI port behind a firewall. A VM running on the machine to be protected won't be of much use there.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

NormalVisual Re:Going out of business being right (204 comments)

Except for perhaps going bankrupt defending yourself.

What's even more fun is if you do win, and then *they* BK on you. Then you're on the hook for more time and money trying to collect on a judgment that you quite possibly won't see a penny of.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

NormalVisual Re:The name (204 comments)

Can you cite a single case of a libel case in America lost by a defendant, that spoke the truth, on a "technicality"?

Lost? Probably not many, because a lot (if not most) settle before it gets to that point. The problem is that a plaintiff with money can keep you buried under motion after motion, which costs a lot of time to answer, and that's time not spent on your business. Look at how much SCO cost IBM for their little adventure, even though SCO really didn't have any technical merits to their suit and it was mostly just an attempt to increase their share price. Sure, you can try to get the court to deal with a vexatious litigant, but there's no guarantee the judge will see things your way, and again, that's more of your time spent doing stuff that a lawyer could probably deal with more efficiently.

I'm not saying you're wrong for doing things pro se - actually, I admire that you made the effort to do it yourself. Just don't underestimate how much trouble someone with money can make if they really want to cause problems for you.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

NormalVisual Re:Hacking attempt? (740 comments)

but most of these guys jobs are simply going around and drilling the most convenient holes they can in your house to run new service (god forbid they might actually think about how ugly a cable would look coming out at waist height in the middle of a room...)

Or whether that hole happens to go through some power conduit. I'm sure he'll notice quickly enough though.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

NormalVisual Re:Not the first amendment. (740 comments)

Not quite. I'm free to go into the middle of the town square and yell "TsuruchiBrian is a thief and punches kittens!", but you're just as free to bring legal action against me for saying it. Freedom of speech means the government is not allowed to curtail it, but there still can be legal consequences just the same.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

NormalVisual Re:Not the first amendment. (740 comments)

We already had the right to form companies, build houses, live, work, and pursue happiness without requiring the blessing and forbearance of the federal government.

You've always had the right to go into business for yourself, but you don't have the right to saddle others with your debt. Unless you want to keep track of a signed contract for every shareholder that explicitly grants you the right to pawn a percentage of your debts off on them in exchange for their share purchase, you're going to need Big Brother's help to make that happen. Even ignoring the debt issues, there's no way to force the government to recognize your company as a separate legal entity capable of entering into contracts and such without their cooperation. It'd really suck to go into court, have the judge say, "I don't recognize this ad-hoc corporation as a legal entity, so the plaintiff's entire award will be paid by you, Mr. Stoploss."

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

NormalVisual Re:So, it has come to this. (740 comments)

He likely does have a case against Comcast under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, as the company is not allowed to contact an employer about a debt or matters relating to it.

The FDCPA deals with third-party debt collectors, not original creditors.

about two weeks ago

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Original 11' Enterprise Studio Model Being Restored, Yet Again

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about a month ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The original 11-foot U.S.S. Enterprise studio model from the original series has gone back into the shop again. The Smithsonian owns the model and has had it on display in a gift shop at the National Air and Space Museum for the last 13 years, but will be placed on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in 2016, to coincide with the museum's 40th anniversary. In the meantime, the model will be undergoing its fourth restoration to address a number of issues. The last restoration in 1991 was performed by Ed Miarecki, a professional modelmaker well known for his work in "Star Trek: The Next Generation", as well as films such as "Event Horizon". This previous restoration had Trek fans up in arms owing to the paint job, which many feel doesn't represent the way the model looked originally. Hopefully this next restoration will bring her back to her former glory."
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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Newegg Patent Case

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 9 months ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes ""It's a really tough time to be a patent owner", said Soverain Software, LLC president Katharine Wolanyk, after the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated three of Soverain's shopping cart patents. Soverain had sued Newegg for allegedly infringing the patents in question, and had won in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Newegg later had the decision overturned on appeal, with the court ruling that the patents in question were obvious, and thus invalid."
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Jack Daniels Shows How to Write a Cease and Desist Letter

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "When the Jack Daniels distillery recently became aware of a book whose cover they felt substantially infringed their trademark, they didn't go into instant "Terminator mode" — instead, they wrote a very thoughtful, civil letter to the infringing party, and even offered to help defray the costs of coming into compliance. I believe plenty of other companies (and many in the tech world) could use this as an example of how *not* to alienate people and come off looking like a bunch of greedy jerks."
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "License-plate reading cameras are popping up on utility poles all over St. Lawrence County in upstate New York, but no one is willing to say who they belong to . One camera was found by a utility crew, removed from the pole, and given to the local police. "Massena Police Chief Timmy Currier said he returned it to the owner, but wouldn’t say how he knew who the owner was, nor would he say who he gave it to....(Andrew) McMahon, the superintendent at Massena Electric Department, said one of his crews found a box on one of their poles and took it down because “it was in the electric space,” the top tier of wires on the pole above the telephone and cable TV wires, and whoever put it there had taken a chance with electrocution. He said they had never received a request or been informed about its placement.""
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Australian Restaurant To Use iPads As Menus

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The Pearl restaurant in Melbourne will soon begin using Apple iPads running custom software to describe the available culinary options to its customers. Chris Lucas, the proprietor, has spent $40,000 in development costs on top of the costs of the devices themselves in order to research the food offerings in as much detail as they choose.

No word regarding the expected longevity of the iMenus, but it's doubtful they'll deal with spills and accidental drops nearly as well as paper menus."

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Sony Offices Raided In Copyright Dispute

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "A copyright dispute between Latin recording artist Alejandro Fernández and Sony Music has resulted in more than 6,000 CDs being seized from Sony's Mexico City office by the Mexican police, along with master tapes and cover art. Fernández's contract with Sony was for seven albums, and the label had compiled and was attempting to market and sell an eighth album, created from previously unreleased tracks. The seizure comes two weeks after Sony ignored a cease and desist letter from Fernández's attornies. Sony of course maintains it has done nothing wrong."
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Seagate 1TB Drives Failing at Alarming Rate

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "Owners of Seagate 1TB drives have been experiencing serious issues of late — many recent 7200.11 Barracuda SATA drives have a problem with the version SD15 firmware that often results in the drive failing on power-up after working perfectly fine for a time. While the data on the drive appears to be safe, the drive is completely bricked, resulting in the inability to flash it to any further firmware revisions without a bit of hardware hacking. The problem is making for an interesting discussion on Seagate's community forums, particularly since Seagate still refuses to acknowledge the issue and is tightly censoring the "official" discussion on the forums, so many 7200.11 owners are having to discuss the issue outside of Seagate's control. Tom's Hardware has also picked up the increasingly-vocal story. So, if you've got one of the big Barracudas, it's probably a good idea to to stay on top of those backups."
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"Cloverfield" Trailer Available on Apple.c

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "After much waiting and speculation, the hi-def trailer for J.J. Abrams' new monster movie "Cloverfield" has finally been made available on Apple's web site. Still no really clear shots of the monster(s), but we really didn't expect that, did we? Let the hours of vapid and pointless speculation begin!"
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MythTV Listings To Cost $15 for 3 Months

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "Schedules Direct, the folks that have been working towards providing listing data for MythTV users in the shadow of the impending shutdown of existing listing services by Zap2It, has finally announced pricing for their soon-to-be-available service. They will be initially charging $15 for a 3-month subscription, but anticipate substantial price decreases as they get more people on board. I for one am quite happy to hear this news."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The mailing lists were buzzing recently when Michael Buesch, one of the maintainers for the GPL'd bc43xx Broadcom wireless chip driver project, called the OpenBSD folks to task for apparently including code without permission from his project in the OpenBSD bcw project, which aims to provide functionality with Broadcom wireless chips under that OS. It seems that the problem has been resolved for now with the BSD driver author totally giving up on the project and Theo De Raadt taking the position that Buesch's posts on the subject were "inhuman"."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts ruled today that recording XM Satellite Radio broadcasts using the built-in recording functionality of some XM receivers is not equivalent to taping music off the radio with an analog cassette deck, as detailed in this article. The judge's reasoning was that the built-in recorders in XM units essentially make XM a broadcaster and distributor, whereas XM is only paying to be a broadcaster."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 8 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "It appears that the unconstitutional and controversial warrantless surveillance program being conducted by the Bush Administration can continue until an appeals court can hear the case, according to this AP article. The 6th Circuit ruled that while the lower court had ruled the program was unconstitutional, they felt that the case's chances before the appeals court and the possible danger to national security warranted their decision to let it continue despite the likelihood that the appeal process will take months.

Good to know that the whole "separation of powers" thing works so well for keeping the government in check, eh?"

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