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AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

Tough Love Re:What the fuck? (98 comments)

Oops, sorry, I just got a dc-dc converter in the mail to run my AMD geode SBC off a marine battery. No solder involved though, so I guess it's ok, just a crimping tool

9 hours ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Tough Love Re:As We Speak (293 comments)

As we speak, Microsoft is instructing its European "business partners" to give a certain French city a shitload of really cheap Office licenses.

Either that or members of city council wake up with severed horse heads in their beds.

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Tough Love Re:Surprise, surprise (223 comments)

I'll be darned. Cheapest product sells more units. I wonder who's making the most money?

But don't you really mean "who has the most to lose when sales volume dries up?"

about a week ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Tough Love Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (81 comments)

One of the big complaints that modern publishers have about releasing their games on Linux is that they can't do the same things with DRM on Linux that they can with Windows, therefore no one will pay for their games and everyone will pirate instead.

Which just demonstrates how clueless and out of touch modern game publishers really are. DRM does not stop piracy on Windows or even slow it down. As a rule, Windows game DRM is cracked and DRM-free copies are widely available for download within hours of release, sometimes even before release.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Tough Love Re:OK MS bashers. (322 comments)

This may actually be a killer OS. It is the next version after a bad one!

Actually, all versions of Windows are bad, if you have ever experienced something decent. It's just amazing the crap that Windows users put up with, because they have never known anything else and think that computers are supposed to be flaky with fiddly controls. You have bad versions of Windows and really bad versions of Windows, that is the range, there is no such thing as a good version of Windows. So maybe a bad version of Windows will follow this really bad version, and maybe that will be enough to slow down Microsoft's slide into irrelevance for a while.

about a week ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

Tough Love Re:20% profit and people are bitching (66 comments)

Yet the greedy Wall Street pricks aren't happy with a 20% profit.

That's because those pricks know about Microsoft's 90% gross margin and they want to know how the missing 70% got pissed away.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

Tough Love Re:Who would still want to work there? (66 comments)

There is sure to be a Dead Sea effect and MS's long-term prospects cannot be great if they have lost / will lose their best people

Having lost control of the mobile market to Apple and Google, Microsoft can now look forward to its sunset years, slowly rotting away. Microsoft employees can look forward to more cuts, sooner rather than later. The one constant will be the backlbiting culture, which will increase as the concentration of rats on the ship increases.

about two weeks ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Tough Love Re:Where is Apple? (164 comments)

It's not too late for Apple to see the light and switch iWork to ODF. Except that Tim Cook is kind of dim witted.

about two weeks ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Tough Love Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

What does "human readable" mean for you?

This is normally understood to mean lines of printable characters.

about two weeks ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Tough Love Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

For what it's worth, ODF is XML, which nominally human readable. So is Microsoft's OOXML, a perversion that demonstrates clearly that "human readable" doesn't always mean what it says. The main difference between ODF and OOXML is that ODF actually is a credible attempt to be open and portable whereas OOXML is designed to achieve the opposite.

about two weeks ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Tough Love Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

And for an even more limited definition of "natively".

about two weeks ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Tough Love Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

The vast majority of their users aren't especially smart when it comes to technology. They're essentially office workers - they don't give a stuff about the underlying format, they only care about being able to do their job.

So true. And therefore we should be thankful that some knowledgeable people who do care about such important matters are willing to step forward to do the right thing.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Tough Love Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

If they had actually identified the trajectory of the missile from a satellite, they would also easily know which side of the Russia/Ukraine border it originated on... which they do not.

That's what you think, is it? It seems that the launch site has been rather precisely determined. Perhaps you missed that memo.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Tough Love Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

Everyone seems to forget that this entire affair started because of a European/US backed coup overthrew and elected pro-russian government.

We all forgot that, perhaps because it is not true? I seem to recall a murderous kleptomaniac thug being evicted from power on the strength of popular protest.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Tough Love Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

The EU may finally be spurred to approve more sanctions on Russia, but Russia can sell gas to China and other partners instead.

The Chinese will drive a very hard bargain for that gas. Delivering it will be time consuming and expensive. Volume will be limited by facilities for some time to come, and even after the initial scramble it can never be as efficient as delivering to Europe.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Tough Love Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

I doubt the rebels have IFF systems (means to avoid shooting at civilian aircraft) and they probably expected civilian aircraft to avoid their airspace ... so their accidental shooting down of a civilian airliner is perfectly reasonable.

I don't know about that. But I do know It would be reasonable for the Russian mercenaries to return to their own country and let the Ukrainians have their democracy.

about two weeks ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Tough Love Re:This belongs in the cluster manager (161 comments)

If you're running in an Amazon AWS instance, at least 90% of Linux is just dead weight

Which 90% would that be, and in what way would it be dead weight? If you don't mind my asking.

about two weeks ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Tough Love Re:This obsession with everything in RAM needs to (161 comments)

Garbage collector with no overhead, hmm? Easy peasy with no satanic complexity I suppose. And of course no obnoxious corner cases. Equivalently in engineering, when your bridge won't stay up you just add a sky hook. Easy.

about two weeks ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

Tough Love Re:Not going to excite the enterprise (126 comments)

Last century called and wants its one button mouse back.

about two weeks ago

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