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Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

grking Re:Benefits / Differences (463 comments)

When they started HURD the Linux kernel wasn't around yet. But after the Linux kernel appeared they sort of felt obliged to finish it, although Richard Stallman acknowledges they wouldn't have even bothered starting it's development if the Linux kernel had existed at that time.

On the GNU page linked above, Richard Stallman comes across as almost apathetic about it.

They're really not selling it to me.

more than 3 years ago
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Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

grking Re:Attitudes about HURD: why slashdot is irrelavan (463 comments)

Agreed, people should welcome new projects. But stagnation? I think there is reason to be more optimistic than this.

My Linux desktop has never been so stable, productive or cool looking as it is today. In work, every server I connect to these days is running Linux. There was a time when I found I had to use a mix of closed/open tools to get the job done. These days everything I and my company does is powered by Open Source projects.

I don't see any stagnation. I see constant innovation at an ever increasing rate. And long may it continue! :)

more than 3 years ago
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eBooks Nearly Outsell Print Books At Amazon

grking Re:No ads (154 comments)

I suspect inserting ads would kill the nascent ebook market.

We did jailbreak our Kindle's for some other reason than to replace the screensavers didn't we? AdBlock FTW!

more than 3 years ago
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Google eBookstore Launched

grking Re:Kindle support? (88 comments)

I'm not a DRM lovely either, but I did hear a fairly convincing argument for DRM encumbered ebooks from libraries. With the move to ebooks in the future and the eventual demise of paper books how are libraries to function? DRM provides a mechanism whereby libraries could electronically lend a document for a limited amount of time. I'm guessing it would be pretty hard to convince a publisher to agree to place their book in a library which simply gave away DRM free versions of their ebooks.

Saying that, I've already jailbroken my Kindle (although that was only to get rid of the awful default screensavers).

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu May Move To Rolling Releases

grking Re:Easy enough - it's only Ubuntu (246 comments)

Profit is definitely in there somewhere. M$ have been generating revenues from re-skinning their OS for years. The XP theme, the Vista theme, the Win7 theme...

more than 3 years ago
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Gang Arrested For Stealing Millions Using ZeuS

grking Re:Primer on how to get caught. (66 comments)

Grabbing small amounts doesn't help you evade detection. Many people keep a close eye on their internet banking and notice pretty quickly if there's a transfer to another account which they didn't instigate. And that will have the victim on the phone to bank quicker than Zeus's thunderbolt.

about 4 years ago
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Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

grking Can of worms... (409 comments)

If Lucas develops the techniques to convert 2D movies into 3D and it's successful, we'll soon have pretty much every other movie ever released [i]re[/i]-released in 3D. My money's on the Matrix being first in line, they haven't done a re-release of that for a couple of weeks now...

about 4 years ago
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Distinguishing Encrypted Data From Random Data?

grking Truecrypt FTW (467 comments)

Hasn't this whole subject already been addressed by Truecrypt?

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Cancer Agent Stops Metastasis In Its Tracks

grking Re:Thanks for the information, Hemingway (269 comments)

According to TFA this research was part sponsored by the Department of Defence.

Rumours suggest hardened "Warrior Mice" will be deployed in the field sometime in 2012, possibly as ground support for the Reaper drones.

Those of us who don't yet hate mice will learn to hate them when they, along with their Reaper brethren, descend upon us.

more than 4 years ago
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In Defense of Jailbreaking

grking Re:As a developer, there is an annual fee. (405 comments)

Don't alienate the geeks when making products suitable for end users.

Indeed. Particularly as end users frequency turn to the geeks for advice on technology products.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Campaign Decides UK Christmas Music Charts

grking Re:Not Facebook - Simon Cowell (362 comments)

What happened here was [they] found something that everyone sort-of likes (Killing in the name of)

I think that may be going a bit far.

more than 4 years ago
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SQL Injection Attack Claims 132,000+

grking Re:hey (186 comments)

How is this modded +4 funny?

Those who are inexperienced and inquisitive certainly won't find it funny when they kill their entire system by executing this command. Would it be funny if I linked a trojan to this post which formats your system. No.

You're the sort of guy who leaves mains electrical cables exposed so he can laugh at his kids when they touch them. They should have known better right?

more than 4 years ago
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Chinese Bureaucrats Duel Over Right To Regulate WoW

grking Re:The first line of the story tells you everythin (128 comments)

Isn't this just a cynical way of describing ones "perspective"? Every mind perceives the world from it's own perspective, has it's own world view coloured by it's experiences.

Sure you can compare perspective to "blinders" and call those people "dumb asses" but they are the same blinders worn by your dumb ass.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Take On iTunes?

grking Re:So why did you get an iPod? (277 comments)

That looks awesome... but perhaps I should add a caveat, "that I can fit in my pocket" :) I would need both hands to pick that beast up.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Take On iTunes?

grking Re:Please save us Google! (277 comments)

Your analogy is erroneous. It's more like a car manufacturer telling you that you MUST buy ONLY Exxon brand petrol, no other brand. It's got nothing to do with Apple "supporting" Linux. The community doesn't need Apple's support, they can support themselves. But Apple actively go out of their way to make sure their product is locked down and can only be used on the platforms on which they give their permission.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Take On iTunes?

grking Re:So why did you get an iPod? (277 comments)

There was no other mp3 player I could find with 16+ hours battery life and 160GB capacity. :-/

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Take On iTunes?

grking Please save us Google! (277 comments)

I'm fed up of Apple's restrictive and prescriptive dictating of how I can and can't use my own products. I like my iPod Classic and I like my iPhone, but I can't use iTunes because I run Linux, and Apple of course say that is forbidden.

I've been using gtkpod to transfer music to the iPod Classic, but Apple have gone one extra step to ensure I can't use my iPhone that way under Linux. So if I use an OS Apple haven't rubber stamped I can't transfer music to my own phone. Thanks.

I'm looking forward to the day when Google pull all this together into an open Android device capable of replacing the iPhone/iPod.

more than 4 years ago
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Robot Controlled By Human Brain Cells

grking rats (86 comments)

I for one bow down before our new rat overlords.

about 5 years ago
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Cosmic Radiation Makes Trees Grow Faster

grking GCV m3ds (162 comments)

Mysterious and unclear correlation between GCRs and increased growth? Spam for Galactic Cosmic Ray tablets coming to an inbox near you...

about 5 years ago

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