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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

bmo Re:Apple? (414 comments)

Linux in the nineties was simply not a mass market OS.

But OS/2 certainly was.

MSDOS and Windows ecosystem were god-sent

Blow it out your ass.

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BMO

3 days ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

bmo Wait... wait... (280 comments)

You want to take one of the most important advantages of a Linux distribution like Debian, the flexibility, and take it away?

This is one of the dumbest things I've seen on /. and I've seen some dumb.

There are already "specialist" distributions for people who don't know what they're doing or simply want something to plug-and-play. But Debian is not only a distribution unto itself, it is the basis for other distributions, like Kali, a meta-distribution if you will. And the OP wants to basically take this away from Debian or the other large distributions.

This has to be a joke, or the OP is a softie. If not a softie, then a quisling. Certainly not someone playing with all cards in the deck.

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BMO

about a week ago
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

bmo Businesses are out to make money and not friends (113 comments)

Halve your margin and triple your sales.

>NO BREAKS TO ANYBODY, ESPECIALLY STUDENTS

It's like they're begging for piracy to happen.

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BMO

about three weeks ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

bmo Re:Don't feed the parasites! (316 comments)

I thought people were allowed to have their own beliefs in this country without others attacking them for it.

>modded insightful

Yeah, well moderation here isn't perfect. Because you are wrong, and I will demonstrate how in the next two sentences.

You are perfectly free to spout inane bullshit.
Other people are perfectly free to call you on it.

That's how free speech works.

And your post was complete bullshit supported by toddler logic.

Have a nice day.

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BMO

about three weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

bmo Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

It's almost like large organizations have voting rights.

What do you mean "almost"?

They have more voting rights than you, me, or anyone.

And you know what? We've got "temporarily embarrassed millionaires" who will fight you tooth-and-nail to defend that, in spite of their own interests.

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BMO

about three weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

bmo Re:Teaching Windows/Linux (579 comments)

>I was trying to figure out how to turn on focus-follows-mouse in Ubuntu,

1. You can't even /do/ "focus follows mouse" or "sloppy focus" in Windows.
2. You're doing it wrong: http://i.imgur.com/46fP493.png
3. You find 3 ways to do it, pick the worst one, and imply that's the one that users have to do.

Idiot. Troll.

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BMO

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

bmo Re:I would (123 comments)

throw the ones responsible into jail for a long ass time to make a nice example.

While I applaud the sentiment behind this, the "ones responsible" will be some poor schmuck low on the totem pole sacrificed to the god Mammon. Probably a janitor somewhere that would be blamed for throwing away an "important memo" on "please don't do that" which didn't exist anyway.

In an ideal world, emails would be pulled, phone records retrieved, evidence recorded, and those up top would be held responsible for this. And in a really ideal world, none of this would happen. But this isn't an ideal world and fines are "just the cost of doing business."

Look at what Duke Energy got away with. Look at what they all get away with.

>letting the corporation survive

No. That won't fix anything. It has come to the point that corporate death penalties actually have to start happening to light a fire under the asses of employees that would see their livelihoods taken away by higher-ups in the corporation through mismanagement, along with boards seeing their corporate governance (and cash that goes with it) taken away, and stock holders wiped out. Only then will there be any motivation for good corporate governance.

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BMO

about a month ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

bmo Re:Yeah, whatever. (306 comments)

There is a reason why you are "foed" here by me and others who have two brain cells to rub together:

You're dumb and a liar.

http://www.motherjones.com/blu...

Extract your Duke shilling head from your anus, you stupid fuck.

Sincerely,

Me.

about a month ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

bmo Transmission costs ignored, as usual. (409 comments)

Rooftop Solar is /less/ costly than any of the other alternatives, because it costs real money to get electricity from a centralized powerplant out to the customers.

Even if generating at the powerplant is free, the transmission costs alone are greater than the cost of rooftop solar.

http://www.theguardian.com/com...

The gyrations of wholesale power prices are rarely reflected in consumer power bills. But letâ(TM)s imagine that the wholesale price of electricity fell to zero and stayed there, and that the benefits were passed on to consumers. In effect, that coal-fired energy suddenly became free. Could it then compete with rooftop solar?

The answer is no. Just the network charges and the retailer charges alone add up to more than 19c/kWh, according to estimates by the Australian energy market commissioner. According to industry estimates, solar ranges from 12c/kWh to 18c/kWh, depending on solar resources of the area, Those costs are forecast to come down even further, to around 10c/kWh and lower.

Math, motherfuckers.

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BMO

about a month ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

bmo Re:Where is the private key stored? (175 comments)

Where is the private key stored?

It doesn't matter.

Yahoo lost control of my login credentials *twice* that I know of. While I have never been to Sweden and Bulgaria, I have apprently sent mail from there. Yahoo is the only service that I have ever used that lost control of my login creds like that - since 1986. Y! mail is now a spamtrap for me. I will never use it again.

Knowing Yahoo, the private key be stored in plaintext on the user's profile page.

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BMO

about a month ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

bmo Re:Certainly not the first (116 comments)

I don't think he had Internet access in 1987. That came a bit later, I believe. Certainly not on the Microvax. Andy didn't charge for access to the machine when it was a BBS which probably saved his butt.

Lots of time spent in Vax Multi-User Moria and VMS Phone.

I believe Daver was 12 or something when he wrote the full-screen editor for the BBS.

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BMO

about a month and a half ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

bmo Re:Certainly not the first (116 comments)

>Yup. On a VAX stolen from Brown & Sharpe.

I saw that Microvax in Andy's basement. "Hey Andy, where'd ya get the Vax?" "We don't talk about that."

"...Ok..." >proceed to turn up Pink Floyd's DSOTM.

After he returned it, he got an ancient 780 and I believe 2 (or 3?) washing machine sized disks.

slightly related tangent -

Ferguson Perforating got rid of their Microvax II one day and I found out that it went to the landfill, because the guy they gave it to couldn't operate the damn thing "and it was old." I was catatonic with disappointment. "DO YOU THROW AWAY A MICROMETER BECAUSE IT'S NOT ELECTRONIC?!" I yelled.

It was 1993/4. Still the heyday of the BBS networks. I could have created a beast of a multiline setup bigger than Andy's. *grumble grumble*

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BMO

about a month and a half ago
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The World's Most Hackable Cars

bmo Re:VW Beetle (53 comments)

Hacking is supposed to be good stuff here, right? Or did something change?

Yes, something changed.

An Internet media "giant" bought Slashdot. Thus the "media" definition of hack, not ours. Jerks.

Our definition of hack would relate more to hot-rodding instead of this system-smashing claptrap.

>vw beetle

I agree.

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BMO

about a month and a half ago
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The Great Taxi Upheaval

bmo Re:we're missing the METERS (218 comments)

>My first taxi ride from Boston Logan to MIT

>taxi

Wut.

Logan -> Blue line -> Orange or Green Line -> Red line -> Kendall/MIT

How hard is that?

>3 years

Oh man...

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BMO

about a month and a half ago
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The Great Taxi Upheaval

bmo Re:we're missing the METERS (218 comments)

The meters on traditional cabs may sometimes be tinkered with, but that's illegal

Like that stops anyone.

I knew it took 11 bux to get me home after a night of being out, no matter what cab I took from Downtown Providence.

Enter the guy with license plate #1 on his taxi. Someone who I had ridden with for years and thought was straight. Suddenly instead of 11 dollars, it was 15. "I'm paying you today, but don't expect to ever see me in your cab again."

He drove around for a few years after that still jacking his meter until the city finally had enough of his antics. Lawd knows how many people he screwed over.

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BMO

about a month and a half ago
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The CIA Does Las Vegas

bmo Re:It's better to hear people you might disagree w (124 comments)

This is the principle of false equivalency - treating propaganda, vapid opinions, and just plain falsities with the same weight as facts, in the aim of being "fair and balanced." Letting the CIA, NSA, others speak at conferences where they are there to spread their own propaganda and to then treat these presentations as valuable facts is intellectually dishonest at best.

There is a time when various people need to be shunned to give them a wake-up-call, and not allowing these jerks to take time at our conferences.

The CIA fucking spied on the fucking Congress and made up "evidence" to turn over to Eric Holder to prosecute congressional staffers. Because they didn't like the investigation into plainly illegal torture.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08...

These people need to be shunned and locked out, not catered to. Many need to be in jail at the very least.

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BMO

about a month and a half ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

bmo Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

And here's the teenager with no life experience whatsoever.

Do you have any idea how long it takes to rebuild just a power substation? Do you have any idea how few EEs, techs, riggers, and laborers we have to rebuild them en masse?

You don't. That much is plain.

backup generators

What fucking backup generators? They don't exist.

Call up National Grid. Ask them how many "backup generators" they have for a Carrington Event situation. The laughter should be loud.

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BMO

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

bmo Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

The concept that "the population would correct itself" is a pretty fucking bad euphemism for widespread famine.

You don't know anything about modern agriculture that feeds 7+ billion people.

Crikes, you're dumb.

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BMO

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

bmo Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

Really? This would be devastating? We can't live without electricity, electronics, water pumps?

Can you farm without electricity? Gasoline? Do you have all the pre-electricity farm equipment that would allow you to grow food without a tractor, power tools, etc? Does your well pump even work without electricity? I'll bet it doesn't. I'll bet you can't really live off the grid unless you're Amish or Mennonite. You simply don't have the pre-industrial technology to get along in such a world.

Many in cities and suburbs, after 3 or 4 weeks, would wind up going out into the country to forage if they could find gasoline to pump (and gas pumps work with electricity!), because the supermarkets would be empty and all the food in the refrigerators/freezers would have spoiled after only a few days.

To your "off the grid" house. Probably.

inb4 "I have an arsenal of arms to keep them away"

Your best defense and survival depends on your neighbors. Because one lone person with a stash of food and arms can be out-sieged by the outside world.

I would suggest watching "The Trigger Effect," Episode 1 of James Burke's "Connections" series. Anyone (sensible) who watches that and looks around at the technology that supports all of us will come away with the conclusion that if it seriously went away for a month, we'd be fucked. The shit would so seriously hit the fan that your incredulousness indicates you are either completely out of touch with society at large, deliberately myopic, or some teenager that hasn't lived life enough to have any kind of broad view. Good luck with that.

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BMO

about 2 months ago

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Oak Ridge's Titan Supercomputer Claims Top Spot

bmo bmo writes  |  about 2 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "MANNHEIM, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Advanced reports that Oak Ridge National Laboratory was fielding the world’s fastest supercomputer were proven correct when the 40th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 List of the world’s top supercomputers was released today (Nov. 12, 2012). Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at Oak Ridge, achieved 17.59 Petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark. Titan has 560,640 processors, including 261,632 NVIDIA K20x accelerator cores."
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Steve Jobs Steps Down as CEO of Apple

bmo bmo writes  |  about 3 years ago

bmo writes "PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs

August 24, 2011–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you."

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Nokia will lay off up to 6,000 next week

bmo bmo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "TechEye has heard that Nokia is going to fire up to 6,000 people as soon as next week.

An industry source tells us the lay-offs will mainly be in Nokia's home country, Finland.

There will be job cuts all round — but the majority will be in Finland. We have also heard from that all the work from the Symbian group is going to go to Microsoft."

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bmo bmo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "October 09, 2006 (Computerworld) — Ray Noorda, who led Novell Inc. as CEO from 1983 to 1995 and was a leader in the world of computer networking, died today at his home in Orem, Utah. Noorda, 82, was the "Father of Networking" and built Novell up to be one of the largest movers and shakers of the 1990's.

More here and here."

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