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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

StormReaver Re:Linux Mint 17 (314 comments)

How about natively booting Linux Mint 17 and putting 7 in Virtualbox if you must have this POS.

My clients typically have one or two mission-critical (to them), Windows-only application that they can't live without. I tell them that I will support Windows only in a virtual machine environment, to facilitate disaster recovery. I boot them into Kubuntu, and install Windows onto VirtualBox.

I'll skip the details, but suffice it to say that they love it this way. Their Windows infections have almost disappeared, and recovery is trivially simple (roll back to the initial install snapshot).

yesterday
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The Psychology of Phishing

StormReaver Re:If your English sucketh, your link prolly doeth (119 comments)

I'm not going to click any links on this craptacular "story."

I did, and it really is a craptacular article. I can sum it up thusly: "Phishers do illegal things, therefore getting more clicks. If legitimate marketers did the same thing, their click rate would skyrocket."

And, "Don't use Windows XP on the Internet." This, by the way, was always good advice. And it still applies to all versions of Windows.

yesterday
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

StormReaver Re:Attack Vector (166 comments)

Seriously, there's a reason that the article numbers are less than 1% of the size of the average windows server infection..

There are clearly many more Windows servers on the Internet than there are Linux servers. After all, if Linux had anywhere near the deployment of Windows, then Linux would experience the same rate of infection, right?

Right?

about a week ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

StormReaver Re:A larger legal question arises here (749 comments)

believe that Microsoft is right to claim the US government doesn't have jurisdiction over data stored outside of the United States.

This is actually very simple. When you have a presence in a county, you are subject to that country's laws. Period. End of discussion. If you find yourself in a situation where you are subject to two countries' laws, and you are required by one of those countries to break the laws of the other, you must do one of the following:

1) Break one country's laws and abide by the other's laws, and accept the consequences.
2) Negotiate with/bribe one or both countries, and see if an agreement can be reached.
3) Leave one of the countries with conflicting laws, probably abandoning whatever property is within that country.

Microsoft is clearly wrong, and its lawyers know it. Any company with a U.S. presence is subject to U.S. laws, just as any company with, say, a British presence is subject to British laws. If the two conflict, one or more of the listed choices must be made. It doesn't matter if what the Government wants is located in another country. If the company wants to continue operating in the U.S., it must comply with U.S. law.

about two weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

StormReaver Re:Consciousness (284 comments)

Wow, if we discover the exact region and mechanism for how consciousness emerges from brain activity, then this, in my mind, is the final nail in the coffin of the Soul Hypothesis

Heh, you haven't actually had to talk to the religious/nutty, apparently. They will defend their absurdly ignorant misinterpretation of the universe with a violent ferver not seen anywhere else. They will simply wait until one of their brainwashers/preachers/ministers/popes/whatever invents the most ridiculously ludicrous explanation for how this actually ties into their fairy in the sky's grand plan for humanity; and bullshit, ignore, and dogmatically shout down anyone who tries to use anything even remotely approaching logic.

No, this discovery will be completely lost on 95% of the world's massively idiotic population.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

StormReaver Re:OPEC to subsidize its demise? (385 comments)

Withholding that money would be regime suicide (plus possibly population genocide).

If first world countries were to redirect the massive amounts of money spent to invade and conqueror those third world, oil producing countries over to renewable research and development, the end result would comparable: enough funding to end the need to invade and conqueor said oil producing countries.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

StormReaver Re:...and.. (178 comments)

A magic number is then produced as to the tested product on site. The application/suit as shipped then matches that same end test numbers.

And who writes the program that does the test? Who writes the compiler that compiles the test? Who controls the build farm that creates and compares everything? Everything is under the strict, untrustworthy, iron handed control of the very same criminal (yes, convicted of multiple felonies in multiple courts) organization against whom Governments are trying to protect themselves.

Sorry, but this is all just smoke and mirrors from Microsoft.

about three weeks ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

StormReaver Re:WTF? (365 comments)

Lower prices???? In what world?

I think they're talking about the prices they can charge other utility companies. Consumer prices will continue to rise, because corporate greed will never decline.

about a month ago
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Long-Lasting Enzyme Chews Up Cocaine

StormReaver Re:No Worries (73 comments)

I wish i could say that therapy is worth a hoot but so far what I see is cell therapy (the iron bar type) works better than a two thousand dollar a day rehab.

All qualitative arguments aside, and sticking to purely quantitative evidence: imprisoning drug users has resulted in no reduction in drug users over the last 30+ years. Drug use has risen, unabated by the threat of prison, from the very beginning of our misguided war on drugs.

Punishing addiction is bad policy. There are far deeper psychological issues surrounding drug addiction that cannot be addressed by the penal code.

about 1 month ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

StormReaver Re:I get enough flying priuses already. (186 comments)

No, it isn't legal. Look up Impeding Traffic. You aren't allowed to impede the normal flow of traffic, even if that traffic is violating the law.

Impeding Traffic varies from state to state. In Missouri, for example, drivers in the left lane must move faster than drivers in the right line (assuming both lanes are for the same direction); but only up to and including the speed limit. If the driver in the left lane is at the speed limit, and the driver in the right lane is exceeding the speed limit, the right-lane driver is violating the law while the left-lane driver is obeying the law.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

StormReaver Valuable (83 comments)

This is valuable stuff, now that it has a market use. And to think that I wrote it off as waste and was just pissing it away.

about a month and a half ago
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Robots and Irradiated Parasites Enlisted In the Fight Against Malaria

StormReaver Re:Not what I had expected (84 comments)

If successful (and mass-producible), this could be like the polio vaccine.

It won't be like the Polio vaccine unless:

1) It is introduced after Malaria is already all but eradicated due to better hygiene and sanitation.
2) It takes credit for the former.

about 2 months ago
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Patent Troll Ordered To Pay For the Costs of Fighting a Bad Patent

StormReaver Re:Sounds awesome except.... (191 comments)

Dissolving the corporation and forming a new corporation with the same assets(in this case, patents) is a classic example of where that can happen and what that very concept was created for.

Which is VERY easy to skirt:

1) Form a new corporation, issue stock (tada, new ownership free of liability).
2) Declare bankruptcy on the old corporation (triple point score if it's incorporated in Delaware).
3) Liquidate the assets of the old corporation to the new corporation for a pittance.
4) Shutter the old corporation.
5a) Next victim, please.
5b) Thumb your nose at the judge, who is now powerless.

about 2 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

StormReaver Re:Equal Rights Equal Results (593 comments)

I'd hire a woman over you. She's more likely to be a team player.

You have clearly never actually worked with a woman.

about 2 months ago
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Oregon vs. Oracle: the Battle of Blame Heats Up

StormReaver Re:The real problem (83 comments)

...that's when we fired all the stoners and hired every Mormon coder we could find.

I knew porn was conducive to programming!

about 2 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

StormReaver Re:Looks good (94 comments)

The gvfs way is better than the KIO way.

I started with GNOME way back when, but then switched to KDE at version 1.44.

I have a love/hate relationship with KIO. My biggest complaint is that KIO isn't a virtual file system, but rather is just a file copy mechanism. It works great for many uses, but completely falls flat when trying to perform an open/read/close sequence. It copies the entire file to a temporary location, then opens that temporary copy. This is asinine, and is the single largest failing of the IO Slave mechanism.

Even Windows' UNC handles remote files better in this regard, which is saying something since most of Windows networking is a painful joke.

about 2 months ago
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Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

StormReaver Re:we need to hold Obama responsible (282 comments)

You have a better chance of a wish for a flock of pink Unicorns to be granted than you have of a White House petition having any desireable effect. White House petitions exist solely as a feel good measure; nothing else.

If you want a better alternative, stop voting for Democrats and Republicans. While not a silver bullet (how apt a metaphor), it has a much better chance of evoking change. Vote for someone who usually wouldn't stand a chance against the RepubliCraps, and stop wasting your vote. Neither major party is the lesser of two evils.

about 2 months ago
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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

StormReaver Re:Wrong skills, too early (125 comments)

Since nobody can tell what skills will be needed in the next decade, learning a particular coding language, the "learning to code" is almost certainly teaching the wrong language to children.

Teaching several languages is just a vehicle driving all of the things you mentioned; they are all the natural results of learning multiple programming languages. Each language contributes to a person's understanding of abstract terms. Teaching multiple languages will even mitigate against the stupidity of "teaching the keystrokes" that currently infests most "introduction to computers" classes.

about 2 months ago
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Feds: Sailor Hacked Navy Network While Aboard Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

StormReaver Re:Not in trouble for hacking... (43 comments)

You're in trouble for bragging about it.

âoeEssentially I am in trouble for posting all of the stuff on Twitter,â

And now you're going to prison because you just confessed to it all on public forums.

Again.

Your trial is going to be very short, and your sentence is going to be very long.

It's said that there is no accounting for stupidity, but this is natural selection at work.

about 2 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

StormReaver Re:Since no one reads the story - MS was cheaper! (264 comments)

Also keep in mind that Ballmer flew to Germany to personally offer HUGE discounts if Munich stayed with Windows. Microsoft was only cheaper because Microsoft was willing to do just about anything to prevent a high profile switch to Linux.

And the Microsoft experience is so bad that even that wasn't enough to sway Munich. And I wholeheartedly agree.

about 2 months ago

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