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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

Ol Olsoc Re:TCO (72 comments)

Posting AC because this will elicit knee-jerk responses..

tl;dr: The world runs on Windows, and the school does a disservice to the students by not preparing them for reality.

And will forever, until the end of time. Just like MS-DOS.

Congratulations, bringing biblical style circular arguments to the world of computers.

Windows is the gold standard because it is the gold standard because it is the gold standard. World without end, amen.

4 hours ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Ol Olsoc Re:Typical (145 comments)

"To be fair, they are a speaker company"

No. To be fair, there is no sense in reading the rest of your post. The very issue this thread is discussing has almost nothing to do with speakers - at least in the traditional sense, so to be fair,

In some faraway universe, you might make sense.

Otherwise this thread is exactly about speakers and sound systems.

If somehow some way, Bose makes an awesome mousetrap, or some kind of gastraphagus that makes enemies shit their pants, that's all very nice. But tell me how the other stuff they do is relevent to them suing Apple?

You must have been a blast in debate class. Declaring the topic of the debate off topic.

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Ol Olsoc Re:Typical (145 comments)

Yeah. OK Buddy. The funny thing is that you think Bose is a speaker company, thereby showing that you have no idea what Bose is or does.

Oh, awesome, smashing riposte. It's not like we were discussing Bose as related to their speakers as related to Beats, eh? Yeah - OK buddy.

I really don't give a stinky rat's ass about the other things Bose does, I'm just here to talk about the shitty audio of Bose and the equally shitty audio of Beats.

Which makes me think that Bose's best argument in this whole lawsuit is to demonstrate how both sound bad. If you want to have an argument about the other stuff Bose does, submit a story.

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Ol Olsoc Re:Bose is suing Apple? (145 comments)

Quick, Slashdotters - tell me who to hate!

Right about now, 93 Escort Wagon is pretty high on the list.....

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Ol Olsoc Re:Bose is worried (145 comments)

As far as I can tell, Beats Pro are some of the best studio headphones money can buy at the moment. If they weren't so expensive I would probably own a pair.

What are you, 19? Perhaps you should open both your eyes and ears and take a look at some companies who have been making cans for a LOT longer than a gansta rapper marketing to the ignorant.

He's walkin' - they be hatin'. The Beebs sounds fucking awesome in Beets Pro. And they are unquestionably the best headphones for listening to autotune.

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Ol Olsoc Re:Typical (145 comments)

Dr. Bose (an actual Doctor, with an MIT Doctorate and everything!) is an innovator par excellence.

Just accross the parking lot is the Bose Research Building, where every design must pass a rigorous Design Assurance Engineering process. They have anechoic chambers, speaker torture (long-term testing) rooms where they do up and down, left and right, circular, and random vibration testing, CAD rooms and all kinds of research tools and methods you can't even imagine (e.g. Salt Fog testing for their Marine products)

And with all this concentrated wonderfulness, and Doctor Bose's (an actual Doctor) Godlike status, Bose speakers are still marginal - at best.

You canna beat the laws of physics, laddie.

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Ol Olsoc Re:Typical (145 comments)

"Those who can't create, litigate" --- who does this remind you of over last 2-3 years? Funny to see Apple whine about plays outta their OWN playbook

Apple filed a patent lawsuit against HTC in 2010, and Samsung in 2011. According to Wikipedia, are the only two patent lawsuits Apple has ever filed in the entire history of the company.

You neglect truthiness. Arbiter doesn't like Alpple, and patent trolls, therefore it is only logical, right, and just that Apple is the biggest patent troll that ever existed. Pah! You and your facts!

yesterday
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Ol Olsoc Re:What? (192 comments)

Other than the "natural monopolies", pretty much every monopoly exists as a result of government regulation imposing draconian startup penalties on newcomers. Frequently as a result of a business bribing government to impose those barriers, but when you have a government that can do anything you desire, it's going to be bribed to do what someone other than you desires also....

They can also be the result of a company that has become big enough to squash the competition.

We have Microsoft, and a better example might be WalMart. At one point, they would pick a target market, say pharmacy or eyeglasses. Then they use their substantial resources to sell at a loss for a time that will put the competitors out of business. But in true manner of competition, guess what happens when all the competition goes away? Doesn't happen so much any more, but they have become bloated, and there will probably be a new big player soon (yes, that is a form of the market correcting itself. But it will be at WalMart' and their employees expense. Doesn't have to be so destructive.

It's the greed portion of capitalism. That actually works pretty well to get things started, but no business that is established believes in anything approaching the free market. They want to put everyone else out of business. And why wouldn't they, as long as greed is the only driver? They who have all the gold make all the rules.

This is the part where the Government has to protect capitalism from itself. I've noted that I really like the German form of Capitalism. And when you look at what that rather tiny country has done, I think that supports my argument.

yesterday
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Ol Olsoc Re:What? (192 comments)

Now that Comcast will soon be the nation's only cable company, why don't they just tell the networks they will no longer pay for their channels once the current contract is up? What are the networks going to do, lose nearly all of their viewers overnight?

Ahhhhhhhh! The joys of having a monopoly....

We capitalists have been trying to tell you that for a long time. But would you listen? Monopolies are the free market in action.

2 days ago
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

Ol Olsoc Re:Australia Deserves it. (116 comments)

Thing is, all you chubby gun nuts spouting the second amendment and claiming you needed automatic weapons to protect yourselves from government abuses have just proved you're all intestine and no fortitude.

Weak.

Ammosexuals, the lot of 'em.

2 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Ol Olsoc Re:FUD filled.... (210 comments)

The question becomes: how many people would die unnecessarily before we could recover, and how much of our annual GDP would it cost to perform the recovery?

Someone in the US energy department, at the very least, almost certainly has rough estimates of those questions, don't you think?

No doubt. As much as I might joke about job stimulus, it would be an awful situation. Almost like the worst case Y2K scenarios. But no doubt there are a lot of people who just won't believe it is possible. Can't see it, so it isn't there. So we'll just sit back and watch what happens.

2 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Ol Olsoc Re:Good (221 comments)

On any PC I can set Linux to be the default boot. On Chromebooks you have to type through an annoying prompt every single time you boot a kernel that's not signed by Google and the message says that OS verification is off, implying that using your own Linux install is less secure. Even the much hated UEFI Secure Boot doesn't do this.

Yes, you have to turn off OS verification. That's sort of sensible, since your choosing between two different systems.

As for your annoying prompt - I don't see it. I just hit control L - or Control D. Then whichever OS I choose is about 7 seconds away.

If you actually have ever used Linux on a Chromebook, and you're encountering more than one keypress (aside from login) you're not doing it right.

2 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Ol Olsoc Re:Known this forever (210 comments)

And yet nothing changes, there is no hardening of infrastructure, no preparation or planning.

Most people just don't believe it's possible. Smart people can put two and two together, but most of us won't think a thing about it until their smartphones quit working and they can't access Facebook.

Even then, they'll likely assign it to something political like the Illuminati taking over, and disabling all the electronics so they can put everyone in FEMA concentration camps.

Goddamned liberals anyway! >sarcasm

2 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Ol Olsoc Re:FUD filled.... (210 comments)

And no, a solar flare can not burn out giant motors and generators, all that can be ran easily without the SCADA system. In fact we used to run drills operating the place by hand, as most of the guys that did it from 1940 until 1990 did it mostly by hand.

You should research the Carrington event before you declare this all FUD

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

In March 1989 much of Quebec lost power for the same thing.

Related are EMP pulses. We can make these ourselves. The Starfish prime and Soviet Project K tests got some old school electrical equipment all goofed up.

In short, huge induced currents in places where they shouldn't be can knock out the old school equipment - it just takes a big enough event. The little, more sensitive stuff we use today? Maybe we should look at it as a huge job creation plan fixing/replacing all the stuff that gets broken.

2 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Ol Olsoc Re:Good (221 comments)

It isn't exactly trivial, you have to essentially unlock it and then click through an annoying prompt on every single boot. Even a PC with Secure Boot has better support for Linux than that.

Oh please. Nothing in the world is as difficult as hitting either Control +D to boot into Chrome, or Control +l to boot into Linux? Even switching between the two is simple and quick.

If you think that installing and using Linux on a Chromebook is not trivial, then perhaps computers are not for you?

3 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Ol Olsoc Re:Papers (221 comments)

After all why would you buy a Chromebook that ONLY works on the net when you could have a netbook that runs all the apps a Chromebook can run AND run offline as well?

Chromebooks are "net only" just like Apples only use 1 button mice. My Chromebook reuns just fine off the network. The main issue is storage.

Oh and the Linux guys should love 'em as both Intel and AMD have been pretty good about opening up the APUs so it should be a dirt cheap way to have a pocket Linux lappy.

And the Linux fans already like the Chromebooks. I dual boot mine into either Chrome or Linux. They make a lightning fast Linux machine.Is there some reason you think that you can't install linux on a Chromebook?

3 days ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Ol Olsoc Re:No actual numbers (137 comments)

Have you considered reading the article before criticizing someone else's analysis of it?

Apparently not.

Have you considered WHOOSH?

But since you didn't quite get it.....

Do you think that IE going from 1 Vulnerability to 2 vulnerabilities is someonhow, in some way, anywhere even close to the dog's breakfast that IE is? Seriously?

Have you considered that using a quick patch as indication of the security is ever to be considered a good thing, an excellent ecample of just how darn secure a browser is? If they made a patch every 15 seconds from here to eternity, if would be proof of the best darn browser, most secure experience on earth?

Sorry, m'Lord. I gave that "analysis" every bit of respect it deserved.

3 days ago
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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

Ol Olsoc Re:Generic headline? (59 comments)

Your grandmother could have done the world a favor and neglected to reproduce.

But then we wouldn't have been treated to your clever retorts and rapier wit!

3 days ago
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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

Ol Olsoc Re:An ad hockin' 'mergency (59 comments)

but what good is an insulated LAN for these days?

...are you serious? What about outside intruders?

The IP address is coming.... from inside the house!"

apologies to "When a Stranger Calls" - 1979

3 days ago

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