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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

b0s0z0ku Re:Crippleware -- no local file support (69 comments)

To be clear, it does also support Sharepoint, which some larger businesses have, so using the cloud is not mandatory. But not supporting local file storage might be OK on an iOS device where the file system is hidden from the user, but not on Android which has decent support for local and SD card storage.

Smacks of Microsoft wanting to own all of their users' data. I'll stick with Kingsoft Office or OpenOffice for Android, thanks very much. I really don't want to upload all of my private data to the Great Fluffy Mothership in Redmond, nor do I intend to pay for a license to run a Sharepoint server.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

b0s0z0ku Crippleware -- no local file support (69 comments)

Shows how blind Microsoft is. Unlike iOS devices, Android comes with decent support for local file storage out of the box. Apparently, Mobile Office only currently supports opening files on SkyDrive/OneDrive. No support for local storage, so that email attachment that you downloaded with the native Android email client won't be readable unless you upload it to the mothership in Redmond first. Same goes with files created with other Android apps.

Nor does it have support for Dropbox, Box.net, or other cloud services that people use for business file sharing.

about 4 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

b0s0z0ku Landline replacement and fiber (449 comments)

If you're running fiber to the premises (as basically all decently fast and non-latent Internet access entails), then it's trivial to include POTS functionality in the endpoint terminal at the home of business. Carriers should be required to maintain the POTS network until they come up with a better, non-wireless solution to replace it. I think that, in general, the network will be maintained IN MOST areas for at least another 10-20 years. Too much legacy equipment that's dependent on it right now. Even in Verizon areas damaged by Sandy (Fire Island), Verizon is changing their mind about providing shitty wireless service only and will be providing FiOS service.

about 5 months ago
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Vizio Plans To Undercut The Market For All-In-One PCs

b0s0z0ku Re:Welcome to iCloud (268 comments)

Yes, I care where they are, and they'd damn well better be stored locally in addition to online. Or not on the "cloud" at all if they're something which I care about the privacy of at all. That's the difference between my PC (Macbook that also runs Windows) and my iPhone.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On XP?

b0s0z0ku Re:Hazard (879 comments)

You're lucky -- I've have the displeasure of seeing several VERY infected Vista and Win 7 boxes. (Basically, the choice was to remove the HDD and use a clean computer running malware removal software to clean it, or to re-install entirely.)

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On XP?

b0s0z0ku Re:It still works. (879 comments)

I.T. is a means of solving problems, it's not a religion. If it works well for the purpose, no need to upgrade. If it doesn't, then move on.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On XP?

b0s0z0ku Re:It still works. (879 comments)

Betcha that a lot of reactors are still running Windows 2K or NT servers. OS upgrades tend to move very slowly in isolated automation/SCADA systems.

more than 2 years ago
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NYTimes Unveils Online Subscription Plan

b0s0z0ku Workarounds... (194 comments)

(1) Split an account with your friends or office (2) 20 free articles -- there's got to be a way to spoof that. Deleting cookies + changing IP #'s would probably do that. (3) Fake referrers from search engines or Facebook, though they may have ways of verifying Also, why doesn't NYT also have a daily option like their dead-tree version? You should be able to buy a copy, download the whole thing to your laptop or tablet, and be able to read it on the plane without being forced to pay for a 4-week period!

more than 3 years ago
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Third explosion at Fukushima power station

b0s0z0ku Re:Radiation Leakage (4 comments)

Hopefully whatever is causing this dose will dissipate. That's 0.8 rem/hr or 20 rem/day (not quickly lethal, but pretty damned significant). Not to mention the effects of inhaled isotopes.

more than 3 years ago
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US Dept. of Justice, ICE Still Seizing Domains

b0s0z0ku DDoS attack (252 comments)

How long before someone nails the server hosting the banner, leaving Homeland Security with a fat bill for bandwidth?

more than 3 years ago
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Phone and Text Bans On Drivers Shown Ineffective

b0s0z0ku Re:Not too surprising (406 comments)

Fuck mandating self-driving cars - I like driving and riding motos. Fortunately, I live in NYC, so I don't have to commute by car so driving hasn't become a chore. As far as bans having no effect, we've banned many things and people still do them. Perhaps the kind of people who NEED to use their cell phones right now as opposed to glancing at a text or picking up an occasional call will ignore the ban. The casual users who'll follow the ban paid less attention to the phone and more to driving before the ban. -b.

more than 4 years ago
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Hans Reiser Gets Sentence of 15-To-Life

b0s0z0ku Re:So he was rewarded for hiding her body? (553 comments)

That is an amazingly homophobic comment. Its offensive on so many other levels too.

Cheers +1. Yep, not only on that level. What if you love a woman who isn't able to have children? If you want to stay monogamous and not pay a surrogate, should you get a divorce just because she can't get pregnant?!? GP should get a life.

-b.

more than 5 years ago

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Third explosion at Fukushima power station

b0s0z0ku b0s0z0ku writes  |  more than 3 years ago

b0s0z0ku (752509) writes "As of early Tuesday morning in Japan, there are reports of an explosion at a third reactor at the Fukushima power station. Unlike the previous two explosions, this blast may have damaged the containment of the reactor itself."
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Google Groups search ... still broken

b0s0z0ku b0s0z0ku writes  |  more than 3 years ago

b0s0z0ku (752509) writes "For the past month or more, searching for any phrase on the Google Groups website has yielded only the first page of results with no convenient way to navigate to subsequent pages. The page bar on the bottom of the screen has gone missing. Despite this bug being reported to Google by multiple people, Google has not seen fit to fix it in a timely manner. This humble poster wonders if Google Groups is being maintained at all, and by whom?"
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Major problems with two financial websites

b0s0z0ku b0s0z0ku writes  |  more than 4 years ago

b0s0z0ku (752509) writes "As of 16:30EST today, the Bank of America website is down, and has been down for most of the day. Nasdaq.com is reporting completely different data from Scottrade and my iPhone, and the data on Nasdaq.com appears to be bogus (markets do not fluctuate repeatedly and immediately like that).

http://tinypic.com/r/whxny1/6
http://tinypic.com/r/5x8y7q/6

Both screenshots were taken 10 minutes ago. Could this be a sign of a cyberattack against US financial institutions?"
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Apple limits iPhones to 2 per person, rejects cash

b0s0z0ku b0s0z0ku writes  |  more than 6 years ago

b0s0z0ku (752509) writes "Citing concerns about availability for the holidays, Apple is now limiting iPhone purchases to two per person (at least at Apple stores) and only accepting credit card payments in order to create a record of who bought the phones. Could this possibly be their attempt to control the market for unlocked iPhones now that the 1.1.1 firmware has been cracked? Naaw, never."
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On the Internet, no one knows you're a ...

b0s0z0ku b0s0z0ku writes  |  more than 6 years ago

b0s0z0ku (752509) writes " Crazy story from Wired about IM's and who people really are. Two people start an online relationship. She thinks that he's a 20 year old Marine. He thinks that she's a 17 yo girl from West Virginia. His co-worker is also dating her online, BTW, and it all comes to a bad end. Will we be seeing a bad movie about all this in a year?"
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b0s0z0ku b0s0z0ku writes  |  more than 7 years ago

b0s0z0ku (752509) writes "According to this Computerworld story, Outlook Express is due to be end-of-lifed and replaced with Windows Live Mail in XP or Windows Mail in Vista. Am I the only one who's used Windows Live Mail and thought that the interface was awfully cluttered? Does it do newsgroups? And will this be pushed on users like IE 7, so people will see their mail client change overnight?"
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b0s0z0ku b0s0z0ku writes  |  more than 7 years ago

b0s0z0ku writes "In his keynote speech at MacWorld 2007, Steve Jobs is now talking about the specifications of the long-rumored Apple iPhone. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for pictures. The phone is a tablet about the size of a Blackberry with touch screen and no keypad, and it runs a version of OS X!"

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