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Google Seeking "Search Without Search"

kamochan Re:The next step is action (198 comments)

That, of course, is the whole point. They need users only to finance the activity and relax.

more than 4 years ago

What Software Specification Tools Do You Use?

kamochan Anything but (200 comments)

I'd go for anything as long as it's not Accept360.

more than 4 years ago

AMD Joins Intel's MeeGo OS Effort

kamochan Re:Desktop dinosaurs realize mobile cannibalizatio (117 comments)

Please note that the "amigos" are the reference UI graphics -- i.e., placeholders. The least a device vendor should be bothered to do is to provide their own visual style definitions and gfx to customize the platform before shipping products to customers...

more than 4 years ago

Andreesen Offers New Browser 'Rockmelt'

kamochan Re:Flock (185 comments)

Prepare to be left in the dust by the mass's desire to use our precious internet for what we perceive to be inane and pointless.

Ha! I've already been left in the dust once. This whole "web" thing is 99.9% protocol overhead, and 99% of the content is junk. I want my nn back, it had at least smaller overhead.

more than 4 years ago

How Not To Design a Protocol

kamochan Re:Why the hate.... (186 comments)

Ah, but take a look at RFC 2543. As long as the net-heads had the reins, SIP was still sane. Once the telco actors got in the game, SIP went to hell faster than you could compress the word "idiocy" in your SIGCOMP VM with the counterpart-provided bytecode decomp implementation.

more than 4 years ago

China's Official Newspaper Pans iPad — Too Locked Down

kamochan Re:Mods, +1 parent (319 comments)

This is also how Rome became the superpower of its time. They absorbed popular religions and trends from their newly-attached regions -- the Greek pantheon was adopted with suitable localization in Rome, for example. And later Christianity, with the Pope twist added for control.

The Chinese have done their homework...

more than 4 years ago

Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

kamochan Re:Anyone else noticing the CPU situation? (827 comments)

No, they will drop the SSDs from the rest of the MacBook line in the next refreshes.

That was the trick with the new Air's improved battery life: drop the casing from around the Flash chips and have them directly on the logic board. Saves space which you can use for e.g. more battery. I suspect they will use the same tactic for the rest of the line-up eventually.

more than 4 years ago

Ray Ozzie Quit... What Took Him So Long?

kamochan Re:That makes sense... (224 comments)

Sharepoint is still a fancy, runs-over-http version of a shared drive, whose main benefits are 1) for users it's like a shared drive, and 2) you get to manage users centrally in AD. Plus 3) you get script hooks for directory operations.

And it's complicated enough to earn many an IT consultant their daily bread for years to come :D

more than 4 years ago

Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland

kamochan Re:Church tax?!? (547 comments)

Which has been incredibly irksome when you have owned a company with other similar minded, left-the-church atheists for 15+ years. Despite having left and disavowed the institution, I've still had to pay their extortion money.

more than 4 years ago

Apple vs. Google TVs

kamochan Re:How easy are they? (403 comments)

Somewhat OT, but: what is your preferred solution for encoding DVDs into iTunes? (One of "many readily available tools".)

more than 4 years ago

Cisco Planning To Acquire Skype

kamochan Re:Cisco Planning to Squash Another Competitor (148 comments)

The same applies also in Europe, even if for slightly different reasons (labor costs and liabilities). R&D is expensive for big corps, and growth is expensive for small corps.

This leads to most start-ups having a business strategy of doing R&D with a skeleton crew, then getting bought by big corp X. Where X is often known from the moment the start-up is launched. Any business done before the exit stage is purely to prove the validity of the developed solution. A tech start-up without an exit strategy in the 21st century = doomed to fail.

This of course will lead to the MegaCorp world the GP envisioned. It's unavoidable.

more than 4 years ago

Homebrew Cray-1

kamochan Re:But (140 comments)

You misspelled ruin.

more than 4 years ago

iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems

kamochan Re:Steve responds (282 comments)

Sorry dude but it will be a few years before you can implant all of that Apple hardware directly into our brains.

"Oh, and one more thing", replies Steve. "Have you seen our new product, the iMplant?"

more than 4 years ago

Mandriva Up For Sale

kamochan Re:Poor Mandrake (167 comments)

apt-get :== yum
dpkg :== rpm

So it should read either:
> All hail the mighty apt-get!.....and screw YUM
> All hail the might dpkg!...and screw RPM

Which, imho, are both false.

more than 4 years ago

Legal Spying Via the Cell Phone System

kamochan Re:remove battery? (139 comments)

I have been demonstrated exploit code for the n900 which does that. Haven't heard of it in the wild, though...

more than 4 years ago

Why Linux Is Not Attracting Young Developers

kamochan Re:Linux? Yawn... boring... (742 comments)

It's probably not the best solution, but it will do, and it has the advantage that it's a workable-but-not-ideal solution everywhere you want to use it.

According to the Unix Hater's Handbook, that's basically the definition of unix.

more than 4 years ago

Oracle Wants Proof That Open Source Is Profitable

kamochan Re:Whose job is that? (393 comments)

*sigh* maybe it's just trying not to state the obvious. I hope.

Of course the reason to invest in open source development is to create an offering which will drive sales - of services or products. For this to succeed, your open source offering needs to be enticing enough to pull potential customers into your ecosystem, and your commercial offering must be enticing enough to generate sales. Having your stuff out there as open source has numerous side benefits, but that's the beef - it must drive sales into your direction.

Open source is primarily a sales strategy, with side benefits.

more than 4 years ago



Final Skynet satellite launched

kamochan kamochan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kamochan (883582) writes "If you are a fan of the Terminator series like me, this headline in BBC News sent shivers down your spine today. The idiots actually did it, the countdown has started!

What BBC claims the story is about: "An advanced satellite that will improve greatly the ability of UK military forces to communicate around the globe has been launched into space."

Quite frankly, that sounds scary enough as it is, but why the heck did they have to name it Skynet?"


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