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Google Chairman To Testify At Antitrust Hearing

ion.simon.c Re:why do people still use google, given tracking? (93 comments)

...however, the bottom line is nobody is buying what you are selling.

They're not buying it, 'cause it comes free of charge! ;)

Try Kubuntu, with Crossover Linux (née Crossover Office), if you must run Office. You're likely to be pleasantly surprised. (I type this while waiting Win 7 Pro to complete a five-minute software install for my MS LifeCam Cinema. This camera worked out-of-the-box with Kubuntu.)

more than 3 years ago
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Norwegian Police, Seeking Info On 2 Bloggers, Take Data From 7,000 Accounts

ion.simon.c Re:Possible? (100 comments)

That *is* cleverer. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Why Eric Schmidt Left As CEO of Google?

ion.simon.c Re:Nobody has spotted the obvious (378 comments)

And an official investigation of the same would be just as large a waste of money as the investigation into Google's activities. I'm surprised that you're not talking about the real issue.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Eric Schmidt Left As CEO of Google?

ion.simon.c Re:Nobody has spotted the obvious (378 comments)

Really? A company is under official investigation on three continents for the largest unauthorised capture of private information that has ever happened?

/me stares.
If I hire a million men to walk through the streets of every major city on earth recording the conversations of those that they pass by, is that a crime? This is *certainly* an unauthorized capture; but should one take issue it?

more than 3 years ago
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Norwegian Police, Seeking Info On 2 Bloggers, Take Data From 7,000 Accounts

ion.simon.c Re:Possible? (100 comments)

a) You can feed fake data to a GPS receiver, or fake receiver data to the running computer.
b) Moving a running machine from a wall outlet to a portable power supply is not hard. Think about the problem for more than two minutes and let me know what you come up with. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Why Don't We Finish More Games?

ion.simon.c Re:Repetition (341 comments)

*blink* What was innovative about BioShock? It seemed to me that System Shock 2 (and maybe 1, never played it) had already done the compelling story in a creepy atmosphere bit, as well as the and it feels that there have been many other games that have done the "mix this weapon with this portion of the environment to get an interesting effect" thing.

Well, I guess that BS had the randomly respawing monsters to give the feeling of the levels being more alive than they really were. (I can't remember if SS2 did that or not.)

I totally agree with the chain-link fence BS.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phone Permanently Modifies MicroSD Cards, Warns Samsung

ion.simon.c Re:How do you explain that, given the facts? (426 comments)

Microsoft is a very large company and to my surprise there is not nearly as much cross team communication going on as you'd expect from the outside.

It's worse than that. I have a friend in the Bay Area whose company was being courted by several big-name software companies, one of which was Microsoft. The big-wigs at my buddies company learned that each division inside MSFT is a company unto itself.
Additionally, each division is rewarded for periodic performance gains, even if those gains come at the cost of another division's progress. It was learned that the SOP inside MSFT was to treat other divisions as potential competitors, denying them access to information and resources from the people in your division, regardless if this collaboration would benefit the company as a whole.
I'd imagine that this makes for a poisonous workplace. :/

more than 3 years ago
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GE To Buy 25,000 EVs, Starting With the Chevy Volt

ion.simon.c Re:Here's (watt) you're missing: (301 comments)

You're already required to report odometer readings with inspections/registrations so that seems like a logical place to levy a fee when you renew your registration or whatever.

Not in Alabama, you're not. Perhaps things are different elsewhere in the country.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Open Sources F#

ion.simon.c Re:What is F#? (212 comments)

I've been using Eclipse Helios and the latest versions of the CDT for C++ development. The experience is on a par with Visual Studio 2008. I dunno how the support for CLR languages is, but I'd bet that I'd be surprised if it wasn't at least as good as CDT was three or four years ago.

more than 3 years ago
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NRO Warns They Are On Final IPv4 Address Blocks

ion.simon.c Re:Assignment efficiency (282 comments)

As of two months ago, Comcast's IPv6 trial program had yet to begin in northern Alabama.

Food for thought.

more than 3 years ago
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NRO Warns They Are On Final IPv4 Address Blocks

ion.simon.c Re:Someone help me out here (282 comments)

Was that in the great state of Illinios, or did Comcast gobble up the ISP that owned that block and move it elsewhere?

more than 3 years ago
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NRO Warns They Are On Final IPv4 Address Blocks

ion.simon.c Re:Someone help me out here (282 comments)

How long do you give it until ipv6 address space exhaustion?

more than 3 years ago
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Can Apps Really Damage a Cellular Network?

ion.simon.c Re:COME TO SOCIALISM BABY! (309 comments)

*blink*

Remind me again why neither San Francisco, CA, nor New York, NY have residential 1gbit symmetric fiber service, but Chattanooga, TN does? :)

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Labs Presents Seabird Concept Phone

ion.simon.c Re:Only a concept, will not be made (61 comments)

Well, it's like Google rolling out Gigabit broadband. They know that it's not going to work right now, the technology isn't there yet to do it in a way that is profitable.

This is in Tennessee:
http://chattanoogagig.com/

1gbps symmetric service for 350USD/month.
Split that with ten neighbors, and you almost beat the download speed (and absolutely crush the upload speed) of Comcast's best offering for far less than half their price.

about 4 years ago
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Review: Halo: Reach

ion.simon.c Re:Halo is About Multi-Player (191 comments)

I don't know about you, but my last 80286 didn't make it to 1990.

I had a Tandy 1000TL with a 20MB "Hard Card" (read: harddrive bolted on to an IDE expansion board) that made it past Y2K. I booted the fucker up after the turn of the millennium. There was nary a bug in sight. Midnight Rescue! and Castle ran without a hitch. :D

about 4 years ago

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