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Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign

hitmark Re:Stay Classy Microsoft (304 comments)

except that the kind of "marxism" that they tried to implement in Russia and elsewhere (honestly, China and later are reinterpreted "Stalinism") may well be quite contrary to what Marx actually envisioned.

First off, the envisioned a nation like Germany, that was heavily industrialized via capitalism, to be the starting point. Not Russia that at the time was mostly still agrarian.

Also, he did not envision centralized state control. More likely he envisioned worker run factories and such. That is, the board room was not filled up by shareholders and venture capitalists, but the actual workers of the factory, bank and so on.

So in essence the transition would be form a capitalist run work environment to a worker run work environment. That is, the workers would be working for their own benefit, not some suit and cigar overlooking it all from a posh office.

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AMD: What Went Wrong?

hitmark Re:They woke the sleeping giant that was Intel... (497 comments)

Actually, MS more or less invented the tablet PC. Gates seems to have had a old dream about pen based computer input, and so they came up with the UMPC and tablet pc concepts and presented them around 2001. Problem was that the CPUs at the time too power hungry, and so one could not really get any work done. There was also some resistance from inside MS, resulting in MS Office lacking integrated pen support. So rather than notating directly into Excel or Word, people had to make do with a input box that was really meant for "legacy" programs.

And i think OSX picked up steam in CS and various science fields because of the UNIX/BSD core. This especially once it ran on x86.

more than 2 years ago
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Kenyan Chief Foils Robbery Via Twitter

hitmark Re:I can relate (50 comments)

Then find someone else to follow.

Still, it seems most of the tech heads are moving to G+...

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

hitmark Re:Products (497 comments)

It is if they drop the cost below expenses to keep the competition out of the press.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

hitmark Re:They woke the sleeping giant that was Intel... (497 comments)

Mac at the time was using PPC, not x86. Also, Mac in the classroom was (tho this may be changing with the ability to dualboot and the increasing awareness of the Apple brand in consumer electronics) basically non-existent outside of USA (various media and digital art studies excluded).

The thing was that you could take your existing hardware, the real big cost in acquiring and maintaining, and pop Linux on top of it. This then replacing Windows, and then potentially extending the lifetime of the hardware.

If MS did not consider Linux a valid threat, why did they bend over backwards to get XP onto netbooks? Remember that the original Asus eeepc came with a Linux distro installed. And Acer followed suit with Linux on their Aspire one (never mind the OpenSuse install on the MSI wind and its various rebadged variants). XP was destined for retirement, yet MS held on to it rather than giving up netbooks to Linux.

Hell, they had for years up to that point called Linux all kinds of things (including at one point cancer).

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

hitmark Re:They woke the sleeping giant that was Intel... (497 comments)

We can see some of the same behavior with MS, where they basically stopped doing anything with IE and slowed down considerably the Windows development in the 2k/XP run. Then all of a sudden they find that Mozilla and Linux can be credible threats on the casual home market, their traditional marketing leverage vs corporate office sales. Just consider the quote from Gates about him preferring people pirating Windows than considering alternatives. The central issue is one of mindshare. If a potential employee already knows the product from home, MS can claim that there will be little to no training time once hired.

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AMD: What Went Wrong?

hitmark Re:It's not so much AMD failed (497 comments)

In essences what AMD was evolution vs Intels attempted revolution. They evolved x86 with a 64-bit extension rather than attempt to revolutionize like Intel went for.

Now however the roles have switched. Intel goes for a evolution, while AMD tries for revolution with their APU concept of shifting floating point onto the GPGPU.

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AMD: What Went Wrong?

hitmark Re:Products (497 comments)

Heh, i recall reading about those "exploding" AMDs. Tho i wonder how much of that has changed in recent year, similar to how more than a few arguments against Linux are 10 years old, or more, but never checked to see if they are still valid.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

hitmark Re:Products (497 comments)

This seems to be a repeating pattern in both hardware and software.

Some big name entity makes noise about going with the "little" man supplier, and then their old compatriot casually pass them a back room deal to make them stick with the old compatriots products. I swear, corporate contracts really need to be out in the open, or else they undermine democratic principles.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies

hitmark Re:In Denmark (825 comments)

Norway is dropping the 50 øre this year, and i think the 25 øre went out of circulation in the 80s or 90s.

I think there was some musing about turning the 50 kr bill into a coin as well, because they get worn out so quickly. Never mind that we already have a 20 kr coin that makes it surprisingly easy to have several 100 kr rattling around.

more than 2 years ago
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Double Fine Adventure Will Be Available DRM Free For IOS, Android

hitmark Re:Traditional Publisher (117 comments)

I suspect that came about because at least one guy was doing just that up and down the Mississippi, only later to be found out to have sold well beyond 100% of some riverboat or something.

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Yet Another European Government Drops ACTA

hitmark Re:Dope! (117 comments)

Maybe they find UCAS as a concept appealing?

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Yet Another European Government Drops ACTA

hitmark Re:Dope! (117 comments)

I am tempted to extend that to any political party in any nation on this planet.

more than 2 years ago
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WindowMaker Development Resumes, Has First Release Since 2006

hitmark Re:Sweet (192 comments)

XFCE can also quickly be made into a Win9x clone. It is how i run it right now in fact.

more than 2 years ago
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Booktype: An Open Source, Cross-Platform Approach To E-Book Publishing

hitmark Re:LaTeX? (87 comments)

The shift came with the change from talking about pages to talking about sites.

With that came the shift to thinking about html in terms of user interfaces rather than documents.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies

hitmark damn... (825 comments)

the gold bugs are out in force...

more than 2 years ago
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Small, Modular Nuclear Reactors — the Future of Energy?

hitmark Re:Distributed Grid (314 comments)

My understanding is that early reactor designs were navy designs (destined for submarines and such) that was scaled up to gain a favorable ROI. As such, they were never really designed to be operated at that scale.

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Stealing Laptops For Class Credit

hitmark hehe... (138 comments)

Reminds me of the early days of computing, where often a student that was found able to break school system security was often given tasks by the IT admin.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Killer Tablet Opportunity

hitmark Re:UI variance ? (282 comments)

I just wonder if we will see someone taking the WoA requirements, skip the "secure boot" requirement and sell it with Android or Linux (Say Plasma Active, WebOS or Boot2Gecko). Hell, things seems to be happening in interesting ways right now. First there is the Spark tablet. And now i read that a company has started selling a hacker (classic sense) friendly set of tablets (7" and 4:3 10") for developer preview. In either case there are some driver issues tho...

more than 2 years ago

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general purpose linux distro?

hitmark hitmark writes  |  more than 8 years ago

do that beast exist? or is it a evolutionary dead end?

sure you can use the same basic distro for a workstation install or a server install. but thats for office use where you have a dedicated admin that you can turn to. a user in a office enviroment have to reason install stuff on their own.

but on the home desktop box this is a diffrent story. 99% of the time the admin is the user and will therefor spend a lot of time trying to set the box up and installing software.

and the last point is where i worry. the thing is that 99% of the problems i see come from people that want to install stuff after they have gotten the box properly set up.

sure they can use the distros install system and wait for the vendors package server or some contrib server to get hold of it. but often this can take time, at times very much time. so what then? install from source? maybe, but its not as easy as it sounds (go away you longbearded assembly reading code-wizards, i know your rant) for someone that may find a electronic version of solitaire a challange.

so maybe they should not install, but thats the office admin speaking. and from my experience they look down on anyone that dont have root (some even look down on anyone they have to share root with).

but remeber that at home the user most often is the admin.

so is there a distro out there that is desktop simple but allso server safe? im starting to think its a engineers dream.

so to all you that look down on the gobolinux distro, have you stopped and taken a look at what its attempting? its not trying to make the next workstation or server distro. they are working on a distro that they themselfs want to use on their desktops, one that give them minimal amounts of trouble when wanting to install something.

one thing that they could maybe do better tho would be to combo in the rootless system that was the basis for the distro. this so that a user can install a app into their home folder for personal use and maybe into a shared folder that dont need root access. oh, wait. just pop the user into the right group and get sudo going, my bad ;)

and why im not doing the easy thing and telling them to go mac os x (even more so after apple have gone intel)?

1) its not a linux distro, its at best a *nix distro :P

2) even with a intel cpu you will still need a specialy chiped motherboard to get the os going on your hardware. and the only company thats going to sell machines with that motherboard is apple.

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micro computer resurrection?

hitmark hitmark writes  |  more than 8 years ago

or maybe turn next gen consoles into it?

lately i have become more and more troubled with the state of the it world.

the os's have become harder and harder to config and maintain.

so how about going back to the days of the amiga or even the c64? basicly instead of having the os stored on a hardrive one stuffs in something like a live cd (or maybe loads it read only from a chip. maybe make the chip a flash for upgrade ability but allso keep a second rom chip arond so that you can re-flash if something tryes to insert something) and then have the user run software from some source or other as self contained ro packages. this will make it very unlikely that a virus can get a foothold on the system.

user data and configs can be stored on a flash device.

every addon to the system (baring memory, or hell, even that) should be inserted into outside ports. and given the size of current firewire and usb ports one can fit a nice number of them on the base unit. even better is that with usbs you can expand the number of ports with hubs, and with firewire you can chain the devices together.

another thing is xen. put a bare bones linux as the base system onto a flash. then boot a secondary system of a xen image onto this. with the right setup one can have the linux system do a mem dump to a external hardrive or something if you tell it to suspend the session and then you can bring the same hardrive over to a diffrent computer and resume the session there.

2 or more users on the same system? seperate xen images. totaly seperate enviroments. no real need for logins (alltho having the ability to password and encrypt sensitive user data is advisable).

application can have full access inside the xen image its living in so basicly its dos/windows 9x days again (simpler for the user that way). only that you cant do anything more then screw up your "virtual" computer. and as the image is read only you can do a virtual reset by having it discard the current state and re-read the base image.

another thing is to keep the startups simple. like autoexec.bat/config.sys simple. the commands and done, one at a time from the top down. want to bring up the network with a special config? insert a line into the boot file that defines the parameters and store it in your user files, bash.rc like. all config files should be ascii and human readable.

ok so there is a way to insert a trojan in this. when it get inside it puts itself somewhere and insert a boot line for itself into the boot file.
still, cleaning it out should be no worse the accessing the user files as a removable media from a controled enviroment (preferably a rescue boot/live cd) and then delete the entry and so on.

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