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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Tharkkun Re:Pairing? (236 comments)

Apple was definitely behind the power, performance curve," said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64. The PowerPC processor that emerged from that earlier pairing changed that

PowerPC was pushed by the AIM alliance: Apple, IBM, Motorola. The latter two developed and produced chips. Apple had some input. The goal was an ISA that made it easy to emulate both m68k and i386.

Can we then add that 10 years ago Apple almost went under until Microsoft bailed them out.

about a week ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Tharkkun Re:PPC macs were awful (236 comments)

yes ... that's sort of the point. windows servers and device drivers being stable has been a real problem even for fully supported hardware

You get what you pay for. If you did any research and bought supported components you never had a problem. It's companies that took the cheap route and didn't buy things like Adaptec controllers or offbrand system boards.

about a week ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Tharkkun Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

And of course you could be such a fanatic jihadist pretending to not even be muslim. So you want mind if the FBI goes through all your communications and belongings anytime they feel like it. And of course you won't mind the occasional week long questioning session..

I have nothing to hide, except the pron from my wife (she found it already) so why would I care what the FBI does? They aren't going to act on any of this unless these people actually plan to do something criminal and in that case, they should.

about two weeks ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Tharkkun Re:I don't think she has a case against tor (311 comments)

I don't think she has a case against tor at all because its already been ruled ISPs cannot nor even web sites cant be held responsible for what's its users do or upload. I can be wrong though as im not a lawyer, just recollecting what I've already read in the news. But the web site \owner and its users who uploaded are in sit deep trouble. Don't be a dick just delete the images you know you never had permission to broadcast.

ISP's can be held responsible if they refuse to cancel service for people involved in criminal activity. But this lady needs to go after the person running the TOR, not TOR itself.

about two weeks ago

Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Tharkkun Re:The good Samaritan always gets his ass kicked (160 comments)

As has been pointed out several times, this was not product testing. This was a psychological test which Facebook failed to get informed consent. Science is in no way hurt by this but that you think it is shows how truly ignorant you are.

It's ok. You've had 2 years to get over it.

about three weeks ago

Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Tharkkun Re:Facebook doesn't think it's "questionable" (160 comments)

"the questionable assumption that such manipulation has happened"

They literally wrote a peer-reviewed scientific paper demonstrating that they manipulated people's moods to a statistically significant degree, I don't think there's much you can call questionable about it from Facebook's perspective.

And what do you call advertising, commercials and the nightly news? The same damn thing.

about three weeks ago

Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Tharkkun Re:Never meant to upset? (160 comments)

Except that the purpose of this experiment was to play with emotions of their users. And upset was one of the expected results.

The problem is this was done in 2012. Almost 2 years ago. Anyone who was even remotely upset would have moved on by now.

about three weeks ago

Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Tharkkun Re:Uh no (255 comments)

Under this sort of thinking, Volkswagen would be liable if someone drove a VW as the getaway car in a bank robbery.

No. Under this sort of thinking, the owner of a Volkswagen would be liable if someone drove their VW as the getaway car in a bank robbery. And indeed, in some countries you can be held [partially] liable for misuse of your vehicle even if all you did was leave the keys in the car, especially if you have even a passing relationship with the perpetrators.

The owner would only be responsible if they loaned the vehicle and even in that case they could just say it was stolen. This would be akin to owning a strip club and get busted for prostitution. You can tell people not to do illegal things but when you're having sex with a stripper on the property, the owner is liable for damages. Just like the person running the TOR. If he knows people will be using this for illegal purposes than maybe he should have a way to ban them.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Tharkkun Re:Well, fuck you very much (495 comments)

Yeah. Why the fuck is Microsoft, a company, allowed to seize *anything*!?

It's their security side of the business. You know the ones who have taken down many major malware and spam authors throughout the world...

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Tharkkun Re:Bad software justifies bad actions... (495 comments)

Microsoft has pushed upon the world (literally, the world) software that has a history of security issues.

. Now it appears that Microsoft is using their reputation for producing security-challenged software to badger companies for PR purposes. The headlines will all read, ~Microsoft takes down a company that is a security threat~. And Microsoft will look good in the headline.

But what has Microsoft really accomplished? Will Microsoft's reputation for software with abysmal security be changed? Or will a small company be crushed because a huge company is trying to look good?

Microsoft has no more bugs than any other software out there. Come to think of it, their bugs are fixed in many cases and only impact virus type exploits. Heartbleed was only exposed for what, 10 years? It was embedded in over half the web servers out there...

about three weeks ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Tharkkun Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

Exactly. How long until a Grandpa Random User is charged a huge overage fee because "they" downloaded a fifty HD movies via torrents - when the downloads were actually Public WiFi users? Or, more insidious, Joe User is charged a small overage fee for just barely going over the cap when the real reason for the overage was one or two Public WiFi downloads being marked under the subscriber's account?

Subnetting 101. They already do it on a per subscriber basis. What makes you think they can't do it here?

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Tharkkun Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

Why? The cable modem will be able to figure out what traffic is coming from the home vs. coming via the public wifi, and can count those separately. (And can do different speed shaping and prioritization).

As proven time and time again, cable companies seem to have a very difficult time accurately computing actual data usage. I wouldn't have a lot of faith that they can accurately keep track of data usage of two networks from the same cable modem.

It's really not that difficult since they will be assigned different subnet's in order to keep the vlan separate. This is networking 101. Most people complaining about internet usage not being accurate don't have a clue how to track it themselves. If you upgrade to blast, your quota is removed anyways.

about a month and a half ago

iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

Tharkkun Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (323 comments)

Apple's falling out with Google over Maps was about GOOG wanting more data and Apple not wanting them to gather it.

What? It was all about Google wanting their logo on Apple's map application since it was Google maps. That didn't sit well with Apple so they purchased another mapping company.

about a month and a half ago

New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

Tharkkun Re:This is awesome (217 comments)

The more of these we find, the more secure OpenSSL will be. I hope we continue to find these kinds of problems and see them fixed. If open source has one strength, it's that when many skilled eyes DO converge on the code it can be tested and fixed far more quickly than a corporation with limited resources and only paid developers can do the same sort of debugging work. The trick is getting the eyes there in the first place.

Isn't Opensource supposed to prevent these bugs from happening in the first place? That's the whole argument towards using it. If we find bugs that are just as bad as a closed source product there's no advantage to using the open version. At least with a closed version hackers won't have had access to the source code for 16 years.

about 1 month ago

Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Tharkkun Re:If you regulate properly, we'll stop our busine (286 comments)

Actually, merely with the replacement of my key lightbulbs with warm LED's (the G7's at 3000k are indistinguishable from incandescent by the way) (the 3000k is the key - not the brand), my electricity usage and bills dropped enormously.

Meantime, when I replace my AC unit, it will drop more. And my TV draws a fraction of the previous TV.

My electricity usage has consistently dropped since i moved into the house 15 years ago. In some months- my bills are lower than they were when I moved in despite price increases. During the summer, they are about the same- a little higher (10%) last august. I think I found the cause for that- a repair man broke one of the ducts so I was air conditioning the attic instead of one of the rooms.

I agree internet bandwidth consumption is growing and will continue to grow. However--

1) Whenever google enters an area, the ISP's have shown a pattern of being able to rapidly upgrade service while holding or even (!!!!) lowering their prices.

2) Many other countries have had better service at lower prices for close to a decade now.


To be fair, my $110 internet service from comcast has gone from 3mbps to 25mbps (and sometimes even higher- perhaps they are caching large files locally) as it increased from $70. But I suspect if google came around, I could get much more bandwidth for $70.

Why? I doubt you get 25 mb/s consistently anyways.

about 2 months ago

EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

Tharkkun Re: damn EA.. i hate you (329 comments)

Much like Sony does with their monthly game pass.

about 2 months ago

EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

Tharkkun Re: Blizzard (329 comments)

To be honest, the case cited is the very reason I haven't given Blizzard any of my money for its more recent titles.

I know I'm just one guy who the company doesn't even notice. But the fact the company took issue with the BNetD thing and fought over it in court sent a clear signal to me that I better send my hard-earned dollars elsewhere when choosing computer game purchases for entertainment.

It simply doesn't seem like a good value proposition to pay the asking price for these games that require central servers to function, AND to know the company doesn't believe in letting 3rd. parties build or host alternate options.

I would have really liked to play Diablo 3 or Starcraft II, especially because as a Mac OS X user, my gaming options are pretty limited to begin with. But I'm not a "hard core gamer" anyway. I'm too old for that and have too many other demands on my free time. I just want to know that if I pay $40-50 for a game, I can keep it around and play it whenever I like -- even if that's a number of years after it was purchased, and won't find it's become unusable because the manufacturer decided it was time to kill it off.

This article is about EA. EA (not Activision Blizzard) is removing online games. Blizzard is still supporting D2 and other games.

about 2 months ago

EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

Tharkkun Re:Lol... (329 comments)

the only reason why MMO games DONT let players run their own servers is that they make no money from them. im sure blizzard wouldnt mind letting people have private servers as long as they still paid for the content and the subscription... but generally speaking, they are stealing.

You can't steal an intangible, you fucking idiot. I know that's not very diplomatic, but for fucks sakes, this is "News for Nerds", not the bloody short bus.

When you're stealing subscriptions by providing a reverse engineered private server, you sure are.

about 2 months ago

Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Tharkkun Re:You say tomato? (236 comments)

I say tomato..

Just load OpenWRT or some other open source firmware, problem solved.

What do you mean there isn't a port for your hardware? Why did you buy it in the first place? Throw it away (or donate it to someone who can do the port) and buy something that has been ported.

NEVER buy hardware without a open source port at least in progress.. You have been warned!

Heartbleed says Open Source what?

about 3 months ago

Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

Tharkkun Re:It is worth noting ... (163 comments)

I bet they also tried to install it on under powered hardware. Just like the companies try to install enterprise class software on a 3 TB USB drive because they don't want to pay the cost of a NAS/SAN.

about 3 months ago


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