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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

hairyfeet Re:Finally ... (258 comments)

Well if the rumors are true then RH has been quietly stacking the deck by loading Debian with ex RH employees then a fork is the only possible chance of keeping from getting system'd.

In case anybody wonders why they are trying to ram systemd so hard? Cloud computing, they want systemd to be a "one size fits all" for their cloud computing initiative. Great for RH, not so great for everybody else. In any case it will be interesting if the users can "take the OS back" from Red Hat and the corporate interests like Windows users did when they refused to take Win 8, it will be quite fascinating to see whether Linux users without the power of the wallet can change things simply by protest.

I personally wish them nothing but luck, as it sucks to see an OS you have serious time and money invested in get a big old shit taken on it by the suits...good luck Debian users, may you tell the suits where they can stick their system'd crap.

about half an hour ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

hairyfeet Re:Yes, worse (296 comments)

I would only add there is a legitimate REASON for it in an ALPHA BUILD, its so that MSFT can find out which ones of the literally tens of millions of software programs that run on Windows need shims,compatibility modes, or be outright blocked for being incompatible. there is no way in hell even a company the size of MSFT can test THAT many programs so they let us try it before it comes out (which benefits guys like me who can see if our customers would be able to use it) and in return you do just as I've done and let 'em find out which programs don't work and give 'em feedback. They tell you exactly what they are doing ahead of time and again it costs you NOTHING to install this OS and try it on as many boxes as you want.

With Apple the cheapest unit is...what $600 for the Mini? And most have Macbooks which start at like a grand...and they are gonna datamine your ass on TOP of the insane amount of profit margin they are making on their hardware? really? There is greedy and there is fucking greedy piggies, it sounds like we have a case of the latter here folks. I wish this surprised me but sadly it don't, I have customers that were hardcore Macbook users and I've seen Applecare go from "If we built it we service it" to "Oh that an older model we don't fix those...wanna buy a new one?" so this really doesn't surprise me, should have known with Cook starting out in supply that quality would go down while monetizing would go up.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

hairyfeet Re:are the debian support forums down? (279 comments)

Interesting? Just for stringing together memes? Well lets break down his meme spewing shall we? We have living in the past, a very old classic and fav of Pogson, we have the ever popular works for me, and of course blaming the user which brings up its free so you can't complain. Oh and I fucking LMAO that the VERY FIRST POST was the ever hilarious battle cry of the FOSSie masses, the ever popular why do you hate free software, because if you don't slurp every drop of koolaid, including that shoved by an employee of the company trying to jam an SVCHOSTS into Linux for its own gain why you MUST be part of an organized attack on FOSS...ROFLcopter the amount of crazy is just too much LOL!

2 days ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

hairyfeet Re:As it is designed to do (138 comments)

The last "power user" version of Windows was Win2K, sorry. WinXP had the search doggy,starting with WinME they had the "wow we think you are tarded!" wizards, Windows hasn't been for the power users OOTB since business and consumer merged. Does that mean power users couldn't tweak it to get what they want? Of course not but again the topic was what you get OOTB and OOTB has been trying to dumb down since the days of MSBob, that is just how it is and why we have regedit.

4 days ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

hairyfeet Re:As it is designed to do (138 comments)

Oh horseshit, you are just a power user and Windows has NEVER EVER been set up for power users OOTB. Remember the damned search dog in XP? Clippy? MSFT has been trying to make things simpler and friendly since the days of MSBob and ya know what? regular Joes LOVE that shit!

I've had the Win 10 TP running on my netbook at the shop since its release so folks coming in can play with it and folks LIKE it, they LIKE having their little chat or headlines in the little start menu out of the way but easy to check, they LIKE being able to search for anything from that one little search box (which just FYI was started waaay back with XP and the Bing desktop program which did the same thing) and they LIKE how its simpler to use yet is familiar enough they don't feel lost. As for the rest of us? You can spend a whole 5 minutes in regedit and make a single reg file that will switch off everything that you as a power user don't like.

5 days ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

hairyfeet Re:What this mean... (238 comments)

Riiight, because buying 100+ computers at a time is what the average person does...obvious fanboi is obvious.

5 days ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

hairyfeet Re:More bloat, less marketshare (113 comments)

Riiight, because everyone is gonna throw away the billion and a half PCs on the planet so they can get assraped by the MB to surf on a fucking phone. PC sales have slowed because PCs are uber powerful so there simply is no need to throw them away every year like most do with the shitty phones.

Google is losing over a billion a year on Android and shows NO sign of EVER making a ROI, in fact the only one making bank on mobile is Apple thanks to their boutique pricing and even they are having trouble keeping that mobile gravy train rolling, see the company going against Jobs wishes by making the iPhablet Now that phones are running into the power wall you will see sales continue at current rates for maybe a year and a half as all those with older phones get new multicore units but after that? Just like the PC the OEMs are gonna be grasping at straws trying to come up with features to lure buyers, because short of a new battery tech AND a new programming language that makes scaling cores as easy as taking advantage of raw MHZ? they just don't have anywhere left to go.

As for TFA? Firefox has become the Metro of browsers so this won't help stop the bleeding, you go to any forum talking about browsers and you find that FF users are bailing for PaleMoon or IceDragon or Waterfox because they HATE the ersatz Chrome UI, all you read over and over is "If I wanted Chrome I'd have took Chrome!" and I have to agree, give me PaleMoon any day, at least it looks like itself and the UI is stable.

5 days ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

hairyfeet Re:Oblig xkcd (220 comments)

"Torture is not effective"...sure it is, you are just doing it wrong. What you have to do is the way the cops do it which is NOT to torture and threaten the subject but instead go after their families and you'll get whatever you want quite easily.

The cops do this kind of shit all the time and the reason why is because it often works without even having to do the deed, just the threat of the action is enough. You tell a parent you are gonna send their kids to the nightmare that is the foster care system, if they have a relative in trouble threaten to bury them in charges, and of course if they are on any kind of aid its quite easily to threaten them with homelessness.

Rubber hoses are 1950s tech Daddy-o, mental anguish works a LOT better and doesn't leave any marks that will come back to bite you in the ass.

about a week ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

hairyfeet Re:What this mean... (238 comments)

To steal a line from mel brooks "bullshit bullshit aaaannnnddd bullshit". if you look at the actual figures it would take you 18.9 years to break even when comparing an AMD OCTOcore to an 4770k...now are you REALLY gonna be using that 4770k 19 years from now? Didn't think so.

Sorry but the actual math shows that is a bunch of bull, you can't even buy a pizza with the amount you'd "save" by going intel, and the amount you'd lose in price difference means you would NEVER break even.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

hairyfeet Re:Seems incorrect (80 comments)

Actually it has nothing to do with competition and everything to do with patents. For example AMD has to strip out anything connecting to HDMI that goes through HDCP on the open source driver because HDCP is owned by Intel and AMD merely licenses it. I'm sure since Nvidia typically provides their own low level stack (largely bypassing X last I checked but its been a couple years) they probably have even more patent minefields they have to avoid which will make it even harder to have "one driver for all" thanks to GPL requirements and the whole "dynamic versus static/ what is allowed and what isn't" WRT GPL which (again last I checked) isn't fully hashed out legally.

So I'm frankly amazed that AMD is even gonna attempt this "one driver for all" concept...what are they gonna do about DRM like HDCP? Does this mean they will no longer have support for accelerating BD content? or are they simply gonna leave that part out of the Linux driver?

about two weeks ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

hairyfeet Re:What this mean... (238 comments)

That is what I've been telling folks here for years, the bang for the buck is still in the AMD camp and with their new GCN arch you can use the GPU for the heavy FP math which beats the FP in any CPU by a country mile so there really ain't any point in putting a bunch of heavy FP in the CPU anymore.

As you can see the difference in number crunching between Intel and AMD in real world applications is crazy low, we are talking around 10%-15% max and that is if you go top o' the line Intel. Now I don't know about you but 15% boost isn't worth 300% markup in MY book. Oh and before anybody brings up benchmarks? As the guy in the video points out benchmarks have been rigged with Cinebench recently being caught putting "If CPU is AMD, tie boat anchor" code into their benchmark and this of course doesn't even mention the Intel Cripple Compiler which to this very day cripples any program compiled with it. At the shop I have done just like in the video and run real applications and compared, the result? Just as he found, the difference is so small you wouldn't be able to tell without breaking out a stopwatch...but your wallet knows, especially when you can get a hexacore for $105 and an octocore for $130.

So if you are wanting just a good office style box I'd go with good number crunching something like A8 6600K APU kit for $210 after MIR or if you want a good entry level that you'll add your own GPU the fx4200 quad kit for $190 after MIR is a great price, but personally? I really like the FX6300 hexacore kit for $270 after MIR. Its a great price, the chip has plenty of power and headroom to OC if you are into that, and with turbocore its like getting 2 chips, a 3.5GHz hexa and a 4.1Ghz triple, its just a really solid chip.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

hairyfeet Re:IN OTHER WORDS? (757 comments)

It is YOU sir that is changing the thread by acting like a third grade douchnozzle playing a game of "may I versus can I" and it seems that nobody else had ANY trouble reading the post, ONLY YOU give a rat's ass about pedantic horseshit so please, do the world a favor and get lost.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

hairyfeet Re:Whoa (132 comments)

If I take a steamer in a box and offer it to you for "only $5!" would you consider this a GOOD DEAL? Its pretty obvious from reviews that those users would have more functionality with a feature phone than with this crippled POS. There is such a thing as too stripped down to reach a price point, after all the Yugo was the cheapest car in the USA when it was released but its not known now for its price but what a hunk of shit it was!

At the end of the day if a SMARTphone can't run apps at a usable speed to the end user? You might as well hand them a dumbphone and call it a day. I deal with end users all day and there is only so low you can go before even the cheapest user is gonna find the experience unpleasant and I would say with confidence that this device has reached that level...I mean for fucks sake, an OS based around bloated as fuck HTML running on 128Mb of RAM? Why not try to run Windows 7 on a 486DX while you are at it?

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

hairyfeet Re:IN OTHER WORDS? (757 comments)

And YOU sir should wake the fuck up and quit being a pedantic douchenozzle! Users ARE being banned, threads erased, discussion blocked...does this sound like "a free and open OS" to you? What we are seeing is the typical behavior of APPLE not the behavior of Linux, in fact MSFT isn't as heavy handed in their forums as RH and the new Red Debian are!

So YOU go sit in a corner and jerk off to dangling participles but mark my words the Linux users WILL have no say, systemd WILL be forced down your throat, it WILL continue to take over critical functions to become the SVCHost of Linux, and all of this will be for the benefit to Red Hat ONLY. I'd say its pretty clear who now owns Linux and it sure as fuck ain't the users, its Red hat. Hell Windows users have more say now in the direction of the OS than Linux users do and that is just sad.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

hairyfeet Re:grow your own (236 comments)

I have no doubt we will....not too long after I predict we will have the great war against the masses and we shall then see what kind of society (if any) we have when its over.

The singularity is coming folks, those in power know this which is why there is such a large fascist shift in such a short period as the hoarders will try to keep their place at the top of the food chain at ALL costs including millions of human lives. What is a singularity? It is a moment in time which radically and forever changes society and our world, for previous examples see the printing press,steam engine, automobile, airplane. Once these technologies were introduced to the world the way of life planet wide was affected, reading went from an activity only for the elite to expected of all, the steam engine allowed a ship to travel across the ocean on set schedules instead of at the mercy of the currents and allowed factories to increase their output by quadruple or more overnight, and of course the airplane changed everything from freight to warfare in the blink of an eye history wise.

But for the first time in history we are reaching a point where the poor are no longer required for society to move forward because the machines will be able to do all the tasks from the picking of the food to the delivery to the consumer. Its the dark truth of John Henry which was NOT man beating the machine, but the fundamental truth that a man can work until he drops dead from exhaustion and the machine will keep on going, never getting tired, and more importantly for the elite never asking for pay. The end game of capitalism is that one shall own all and the rest shall have none and we are already a LONG way toward this goal, with the top 86 families getting nearly 90% of every dime created.....so what happens when they have reached 100% and you are no longer required?

And THAT will be the question which I truly believe will be at the core of World War III, because we can already see what the elite want to happen based upon their radical shift towards fascism and open and very blatant attacks upon the poor and whats left of the middle class, and that is an iron boot followed by slow death by starvation. It should be obvious to all by now that ultimately capitalism by its very design MUST die, because a world where 86 families control 90% of the capital while labor is replaced by machines means the very core of capitalism, trading one's physical or mental labor for capital, will soon no longer have even the pretense of functionality. Education WILL NOT SAVE YOU as the world simply won't need a billion engineers and rocket scientists, a handful of think tanks owned by the elite shall do.

What this next singularity will decide is which future the human race shall face, a Star Trek "socialism for all" where the majority have everything given to them without any labor required (because again their labor will be worthless as the robot will do it better/faster/cheaper) or the world of Soylent Green, where a handful of elite live like gods while the masses live in hell holes and slowly starve and any attempt to change this results in the iron boot upon your neck. I would say its obvious which way the majority of the %1 want it which is the latter, and this is why I fully expect to see WW III in my lifetime.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

hairyfeet Re:IN OTHER WORDS? (757 comments)

Because just like in politics Red Hat figured the best way to ram their shit through was to own BOTH choices?

Like it or not the little distros like Slax just don't have the resources to go it alone, which is why damned near every distro on the planet is based on Debian or Red Hat. Now thanks to Red Hat loading the Debian board with ex RH and Ubuntu employees whatever Red Hat wants to push WILL be in Debian, like it or suck it users! And as we have seen this isn't gonna be some minor subsystem one can fork out, with each release they are gonna tie more and more critical subsystems into it so just like SVCHost in Windows there is gonna be no damned way to get rid of it without crippling the OS so bad it will take millions in cash to build up a large enough dev team to rip that shit out AND maintain all the no longer supported software that was there previously AND be able to reintegrate that software AND be able to deal with the new pieces that are absorbed by systemd...again NOT for the benefit of the community but ONLY for the benefit of Red Hat's cloud computing platform.

So I'm sorry but the "just fork it" bullshit ain't gonna work because you have no base to fork it FROM, it'd be as impossible as saying you don't like the way NASA is headed so you are gonna take this raw ore straight from the mine and create a Saturn V out of it! You might as well try to build a new multitasking OS from scratch, I seriously doubt it'd be any more difficult than ripping out the entire Linux lower stacks and rebuilding them from scratch with unsupported code!

At the end of the day unless you can get the entire community to do something radical, like stop developing for Linux completely and throw their weight behind BSD or another alternative? Then you are gonna have to face facts, RH has fucked Linux in the ass and its only gonna get worse. As one dev put it "Linux is quickly becoming what I left Windows to get away from" yet sadly at least if enough Windows users vote with their wallets they CAN affect some change, RH has made it clear they do not give a single fuck about what the community wants, this is about selling their cloud, period.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

hairyfeet Re:IN OTHER WORDS? (757 comments)

Doesn't have a damned thing to do with Windows or binary files, it has to do with the fact that Debian has been made Red hat's bitch by way of ex RH and Ubuntu employees taking over the board. For those that want to know what systemd is REALLY about its about cloud computing, specifically RH is pushing cloud computing like mad and systemd is gonna end up being a "SVCHost" for Linux dedicated to managing cloud computers.

This is one time me and the FOSSies are actually on the same page, as just like windows 8 was forced from on high and gave the users a big fat greasy finger so too is systemd being pushed by corporate with exactly zero fucks given about what the end users want. Ironically despite all this "empower the user" talk Linux has always had this is one case where Windows users had more power thanks to the ability to vote with their dollars, thus getting Win 8 shitcanned in favor of a much saner and nicer Win 10. But this does not mean that all hope is lost in Linux land, it just means you are gonna have to organize and SCREAM BLOODY MURDER and refuse to take this bullshit. You especially have to organize all the volunteer coders and get them to walk away, because losing all that free labor and forcing Red Hat and friends to pay for every single dime's worth of work is the ONLY way most of you can hit 'em in the pocketbook. those of you that run non cloud based servers can of course tell them you will no longer use their products but considering how much time and money you have invested in your servers I really don't see that happening.

Finally you need a rally cry, something simple and catchy and on message to focus the narrative and rally the troops, a "fuck beta" for systemd if you will. And since old Hairy will ALWAYS stand for the users allow me to give you one as a show of solidarity in your plight. Its simple, concise, on message, and sums up in a single simple sentence WTF is wrong with systemd..

SYSTEMD...Its the Metro of Linux!

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

hairyfeet Re:mental gymnastics (191 comments)

If you think that writing congress critters, who have a revolving door between the halls of power and the corps getting mad bank to invent and provide the tools to do this shit, is gonna get anything but a trite mealy mouthed "fuck off" letter ala what you get from the petition the government website? Then I have a bridge to nowhere you might be interested in.

Trying to do anything at this point is like trying to put out a building fire with a water bucket when more than half of it is ablaze, the simple fact is congress is just a stepping stone to get the cushy lobbyist job where they can bribe and live fat so they really don't have to give a rat's ass what YOU think, because even if you managed to kick them out they would just get rewarded for their ring kissing with a fat job and mad money. All you can do now is get every single penny you can out of the system and wait for the financial bubble to burst which will cause a crash that makes 1929 look like a flash crash.

Now when THAT day comes and the government can't buy any more voters, when the government checks are as worthless as 20 year old gubment cheese, and they can't get a single government to give them a single penny for a stack of dollar bills? Then and ONLY THEN can you actually change the system and hopefully replace it with a better one. But any attempts now, with a system so rotten from decades of rampant corruption, regulatory capture, and the selling out of the country to the 1% is doomed to failure because you are attempting to win a crooked game, it would be like saying if you work REAL hard then you can win your money back from that guy with the three card monty table on the corner...you can't, the game is rigged, those that do the rigging make the rules and can change them at any time.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

hairyfeet Re:Whoa (132 comments)

Looks like YOU sir have absolutely no experience in dealing with customers as nothing will ruin your brand and piss people off quicker than a device that is RAM starved as hitting swap is like tying a boat anchor to your product, not to mention it will wear out the flash but quick. Dude its 2014, WTF you think you are gonna run on an HTML based OS with just 128Mb of RAM? Sheeeit even the stripped down Linux distros demand more than 128Mb these days and you are gonna try to run that with an OS that uses bloated as fuck HTML V5 for all its apps?

At the end of the day if you can't make a usable product? Don't go into business in that arena, simple as that. Hell they would be better off buying up the Android 2 smartphones that Straight Talk and the like give away for free than trying to put out such a crippled phone, as at least those have 512Mb of RAM!

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

hairyfeet Re:Duh (249 comments)

When the whole "smart ads" thing first started getting buzz I decided to test it by running my netbox with zero ad blocking for a few months and I found something interesting (other than the fact that surfing without ABP for any length of time guarantees a malware infection of course) and that was this...these ads should be called "ads for shit you wanted last month".

You see on the very first day I looked for a netbook..and after that every.single.page. I got had netbooks on them, the same was true of SSDs and GPUs, it didn't matter that I never clicked once on any of these ads, didn't matter that in the case of the GPU I was merely looking for a driver, because once I had dared utter a word on some list that was it, that was ALL I got. Ironically the only ones that managed to score any sales from me were plain old "dumb" ads based on the page, ads along the lines of me being at a gaming site and there being a simple JPG ad that said "Hey did you know GOG is having a sale?" or the basic TXT ad on one site hat read "Tigerdirect has a TB HDD for $45".

So based on my research as well as talking to customers all these corps are spending a ton on ads that aren't doing shit because they fail to follow KISS. Keep the ads simple, non annoying, and simply base the ad on the page they are looking at and you will be MUCH more likely to get a sale than with the flashy crap almost never has monkey squat to do with what I am actually reading. If I am on a gaming review site show me ads for GAMES not women's sneakers...is that REALLY so hard to understand?

about two weeks ago

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New Via quad previewed

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hairyfeet writes "HardOCP has a preview of the new Via Technologies quad core APU which purports to outscore the AMD Brazos in graphics performance while having just a 27w TDP. Most interestingly for possible server roles is it continues Via's support for hardware based AES encryption while being pin compatible going all the way back to the C7. So could this be the chip that gets via a place in your server room?"
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Tea Party cheers for letting uninsured die

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hairyfeet writes "At the republican debates Rep. Ron Paul was asked about whether an uninsured twenty something should be allowed to die and the audience cheered at the thought. As someone who considers himself pretty conservative I found that horrifying. Is this how greedy we have become? That it is better to let a young man die than pay any taxes? Is this REALLY what we want in America?"
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Google attempts buyout of Motorola

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hairyfeet writes "After claims that competitors of Android are abusing patents including Motorola who is attempting to collect patent royalties from Android manufacturers it looks like Google is deciding to fight back by offering 12.5 billion for Motorola and all the patents owned by the cell phone maker. Will Google be able to pull this off? Will this start a bidding war for Motorola? And will this combined with the Nortel patents give Google too much power in the mobile arena in the eyes of the DoJ and EU Commission?"
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Mono coms to Android

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hairyfeet writes "After releasing Monotouch for iPhone which allows c# development on iOS Novell has announced the availability of Mono for Android. Will this give us the "one language to rule them all" that Java failed to bring, or will the bad blood between the F/OSS groups and Microsoft make this a dead end?"
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Microsoft extends downgrade rights

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hairyfeet writes "For those worried about losing the ability to run XP, it appears your worries are over. Brandon LeBlanc has just blogged that Microsoft will be extending the Windows OEM downgrade rights saying "Enabling such rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle will make it easier for customers as they plan deployments to Windows 7." For those that still rely on WinXP apps, I'm sure this is welcome news."
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Linux package repos vulnerable

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hairyfeet writes "The paper submitted here along with the original PDF says these researchers have found a way to take over a repository without needing the private key. Is this a serious risk, or just more FUD?"
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More strangeness in the Windows "memory hog" case

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hairyfeet writes "After Windows 7 was declared a "memory hog" by Craig Barth of Devil Mountain software, who later turned out not to exist the story, which was quickly dismissed as scaremongering By Ars Technica has today taken yet another turn. ZDNet has analyized the Devil mountain software XPNet and written an article "Why We Don't Trust Devil Mountain software (and neither should you) which uncovers serious privacy issues, lies involving a supposed high profile customer that doesn't actually use their software, and the convoluted relationship between Randall Kennedy, his alter ego Craig Barth, and IDG. This story just keeps getting stranger."
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ASUS abandons Linux

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Computerworld has posted from a ASUS product showcase in Sydney that when asked why there were no Linux notebooks or Netbooks on display that according to ASUS representatives Linux is being phased out by the company across the board in favor of Windows. Considering that Ubuntu has confirmed that Linux has a 400% return rate when compared to Windows, and that Windows now own 90%+ of the Netbook market with an aging Windows XP, does this mean that the future of Linux in the Netbook/Notebook market is bleak?"
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HP and Symantec team up for new Secure Firefox

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "HP,Mozilla,and Symantec have teamed up to create a new version of Firefox,to be called the HP Firefox Virtual Browser and will first be seen on a new HP desktop called the HP Compaq dc790. Kirk Godkin, an HP senior product manager for business PCs, said "What we have created is a virtual layer where your browser runs and all the downloads, all the clicks, all the cookies and everything is placed within ... a virtualized run-time environment,With the browser, the user only has to click the mouse and it will reset the browser to its original state and all their favorites will remain the same."

With the browser arena getting more crowded by the day, with Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari all competing with Firefox for a space on the desktop it will be interesting to see how well this new Virtual Firefox measures up. For the complete story go to eWeek for more details."

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More woes for Nvidia as motherboards are pulled

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Hot on the heels of yesterdays reporting on Slashdot of Nvidia laptops chips failing is todays report by the Inquirer that several manufacturers have quietly pulled their Nvidia 790i boards due to a rumored data corruption issue. DFI, Foxconn, and Gigabyte have all quietly removed all 790i offerings from their product pages without explanation. After taking a 150 to 200 million dollar charge for the repair and replacement of the defective mobile chips this development couldn't have come at a worse time."
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Spam King kills himself and his family

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Edward 'Eddie' Davidson,the escaped Spam King first reported on Slashdot here,was found dead along with his girlfriend and 3 year old daughter in what is apparently a murder/suicide. The full details are posted here."
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New Trojan Leverages Unpatched Mac Flaw

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Showing that the Apple Macs increased popularity has made it a more appetizing target for hackers, The The Washington Post is reporting that a new exploit tool released recently to exploit ARDAgent has been distributed until earlier today through an online forum for Mac Hackers.

After analysis of the exploit code noted security researcher Dino Dai Zovi stated this exploit is designed to be bundled into any legitimate downloadable Mac program,turning an otherwise legitimate program into an exploit toolkit capable of turning control of the computer over to hackers. According to Mr. Dai Zovi the program tries two different exploits to install itself without requiring the users username and password, the above mentioned ARDAgent and a privilege escalation vulnerability pacthed by Apple in 2006. Once installed it drops a keystroke logger called logext onto the infected system,followed by installing a listening VNC server to allow the attacker remote access."

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Vista collapse means Yahoo required for survival

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald told a conference audience yesterday that Microsoft's Windows product is collapsing and must make radical changes to its operating system or risk becoming a has-been. They pointed out the abysmal adoption rate of just 6% for businesses and the huge size of the code base which means years to make changes and leaves only the most high end computers to take advantage of it anyway.


The real question isn't "What can Microsoft do to fix their Windows product?" but rather "Even If Windows and Office were perfect, would it be enough to keep Microsoft relevant in the medium term?" I think the answer to that latter question might be "nope." And that, of course, is why they want Yahoo so badly. Online advertising revenue is their only real hope of long term survival."
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Vista works,and it only took 16 months!

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Eweek columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported today that he finally got his Vista machine fully operational and it only took 16 months! While I don't normally take much stock in such stories, I do find this one compelling as it is from a person who has been hacking Operating Systems since the days of the CICS/MVS and has been using Microsoft products from DOS 1 and Windows 1 up. How are those that buy the upgrade to Vista after Microsoft stops selling Windows XP supposed to figure out how to get everything working if it takes an experienced OS guy 16 months?


I personally believe this is further proof that Microsoft needs to rethink the ending of Windows XP on June 30,at least until support for the basics like common on-board sound chips have been worked out. And to be fair and partial I'd also like to point out that yesterday the same columnist published an article pushing for the release for XP SP3.But after his Vista experience I can't say I blame him. What do you think slashdot? Is Vista ready to be deployed on the millions of machines out there running Windows 2000 and XP? Or should Microsoft wait to allow manufacturers more time to work out the bugs when it comes to drivers?"
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Hacker finds serious flaws in Windows Server 2008

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Argeniss founder Cesar Cerrudo has found serious design weaknesses that could allow a skilled hacker to take complete control of the Windows Server 2008. These weaknesses could allow a hacker to have complete control over the system and also affects Windows XP,Server 2003,and Windows Vista. To Quote Mr. Cerrudo "[We found] from design issues that were not identified by Microsoft engineers during the Security Development Lifecycle, and allows accounts commonly used by Windows services — NETWORK SERVICE and LOCAL SERVICE — to bypass new Windows services protection mechanisms and elevate privileges". He further stated that on Windows XP and server 2003 it is especially severe as "any Windows service, even when running under a low privileged account, can potentially break through the security protections and fully compromise the operating system.""
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Mozilla CEO has problems with Safari "update&#

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Do you use iTunes on Windows? If so you may be getting the gift of Safari from Apple whether you want it or not, and Mozilla CEO Joe Wilcox is not happy about it. After his daughter was offered Safari as a "bonus update" with a recent update to her iTunes software,Mr. Wilcox is quoted on his blog as saying "What Apple is doing now with their Apple Software Update on Windows is wrong. It undermines the trust relationship great companies have with their customers, and that's bad — not just for Apple, but for the security of the whole Web." He also pointed out the check box is already clicked when you go to update meaning you have to opt out,not in and that it lists Safari as getting an update even if you don't have it installed.


Whether you are a fan of Apple or not most would have to admit installing a new browser during an update to existing software is a not the norm. So is it simply a good business strategy? Or is it a case of Apple trying to use its existing software to help push its way into new markets? You can read and decide for yourself here"
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Windows Vista VS XP Deathmatch

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "As there are many of us choosing to skip on Vista(including me) Australian PC World has an interesting article with the slightly overblown title Death Match: Windows Vista VS XP. But while the title may be a little over the top, the article is actually thoughtful,in my opinion. It points out some of the things one should be looking at from a business point of view when deciding whether to skip Vista or not, such as support,security,reliability,etcetera. And for those who would simply like to read the article without flipping through four pages of ads, I humbly present the printer friendly version here."
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Bush on Teleco Immunity: No Compromise

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "President Bush has refused to budge on his stance for teleco immunity,vowing to veto any bill that contains FISA without retroactive immunity. Eweek quotes the House majority leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland in a statement that reads Republicans "prefer to have a political issue rather than a strong new FISA bill in place as quickly as possible. Certainly Republicans do not really believe that the role of the House is to simply rubber-stamp whatever bills the Senate passes." While the EFF, co-lead counsel in the nearly 40 pending lawsuits against the telecos,says that they broke the law by providing the NSA with the contents of billions of emails,text messages,and VOiP conversations,and that guilt should be decided by the courts."
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10 computer ads provide a look at the way we were

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "2spare has managed to compile a look back at how things used to be with ten ads from computing long past. Now we aren't talking the things we have all seen (or remember) like Apple's famous 1984, these start way back in 1971. I especially love the one bragging about 300Mb of storage for under $20,000. These kinds of ads remind me of how I paid $400 for a 1X DVD burner only to have 4X on sale at less than $100 a few months later. So Slashdot readers, how much did YOU pay for high tech only to have it obsoleted right out from under you?"
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In praise of e-cigs

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 9 months ago

I had tried everything. I tried the patch, the gum, the pill that made the smokes taste nasty, and nothing. No matter what I kept on smoking. Now after 30 years I FINALLY was able to throw away the cigarette...thanks to e-cigs.

For anyone who wishes to try quitting using e-cigs some advice. 1.- Do NOT use the ones that look like a cigarette, not only are the batteries VERY weak but trying to get one of those to drag like a cigarette will just leave you frustrated. 2.- Get what is called a "510 thread" or "Ego style" unit, these can be had for as little as $25 online. 3.- Watch some of the excellent tutorials to find which tips are right for you, a good place to start would be "indoor smoking" on Youtube.

Hopefully this will inspire at least one other person to give it a try and if this old dog can learn a new trick and give up the butts? Then you can too!

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Over 9000?

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 10 months ago

You ever wonder what would happen to privdog privacy guard if it went over 9999? Well if you want to see for yourself head over to "musicvideosthatsuck.net" as so far my privdog has managed to roll over TWICE and IT IS STILL GOING. I think I may have found the spammiest spammy spam of sites in all of creation. Anybody find any worse?

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Phone scams

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I know that we geeks tend to laugh at such things but PLEASE REMEMBER that just as many of us can't do open heart surgery or rebuild our car engines, so too is there many that don't have our experience with scams. Currently there are several "$1000 Gift Card" scams that are going around, Best Buy and Walmart are two of the biggest right now. Please warn your less tech savvy friends and family about such things and point out that a REAL winning entry in a contest would be contacted by something other than a txt. I have had to warn several older and less savvy customers in the past few weeks because of this scam so its going around pretty heavily. remember to use your computer savvy for good and help your fellow man keep from being ripped off.

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XSS or something worse?

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I have a customer that surfs those "porntube" style sites and I kept getting emails from him consisting of a single link, obviously randomly generated. Now since I had just cleaned this machine and knew it to be good I asked "WTH?" and he swore up and down that the ONLY thing he had done was watch some videos on those porntube sites. So I figured he was probably lying, so I figured "I've just made a disc image, have AV and NoScript, lets experiement". So I went to several porntube style sites, DrTuber,XHamster, etc, just clicking links to bounce from one to the other when sure enough about an hour later I started getting emails from myself along with everyone in my address book!

Now since it was the yahoo account that I only use as a spam dump I didn't care about that, what I DID care about is it looks like every. single. person. that looks at any of the porntube sites is vulnerable to having their Yahoo addresses stolen! I tried Chromium and FF 4, I tried with NoScript enabled, no matter what I did after surfing those sites for an hour or less, even after using CCleaner first to make sure there wasn't any info in the cache, there it was.

Now all I can tell you is that it doesn't seem to affect GMail or Live Mail, just Yahoo, but with Yahoo Mail it seems to be pretty damned consistent no matter what the user does! So has anyone else run into this, know how it works, or know how to stop it? I wish I could tell you the exact site but I was looking for the effect more than the cause, but if you start at DrTuber and XHamster and start clicking on video links leading to affiliates you WILL end up seeing it first hand, just don't use a Yahoo account you care about! Although since I saw the effect WITHOUT logging into Yahoo and WITH private browsing on who knows if you'll be able to stop it? I'm starting to wonder if the new yahoo beta isn't storing your address book unencrypted in the browser somewhere for speed. If it is the case we are talking a serious security flaw here folks!

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