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The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

lilo_booter Re:Talking outta ass (260 comments)

The current generation of kids do, just as the current generation of parents and grand parents do. This doesn't seem to me like a mix that will survive long - FB will eventually split into an adult only thing with the following generation gravitating to something else, and thus will eventually whither and die.

I think the article is generally right - a large group will eventually split into many groups, be it by age, common interests or as a reaction to a lack of privacy and against the 'establishment' in general.

about 4 months ago
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Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?

lilo_booter Re:Still open legally (194 comments)

Yes, it was the latter I was referring to.

about 5 months ago
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Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?

lilo_booter Re:Still open legally (194 comments)

And on the other end of the scale, you can't ship closed source products with GPL. This kind of "restricted freedom" isn't purely a google thing, and nor is it all bad.

about 5 months ago
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What Are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

lilo_booter Re:The more..... (384 comments)

Definitely agree with this. Commented out code can be a severe aggravation, and not just for source control - searches can also bring up false positives. Better to clean it out entirely at the earliest opportunity.

about a year and a half ago
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Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

lilo_booter Re:Boatware (403 comments)

Because I would rather they supported Linux.

about a year and a half ago
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Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

lilo_booter Re:Boatware (403 comments)

Indeed. I don't see the problem anyway - just because it's based on free software does not mean it's free to produce a good product. I'm in the market for a new laptop and may even consider this one - but if it too comes with bloatware/shovelware, I'll probably avoid it...

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign

lilo_booter Re:FUD (304 comments)

For me, google docs provides a different service to Office - cross platform collaborative editing. That alone gives it an edge.

If anything, I hope they don't try to compete feature for feature with Office - as it stands, there's such a short learning curve involved to use it which is a great equaliser when it comes to working with people with differing skill sets.

more than 2 years ago
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Boot Linux In Your Browser

lilo_booter Re:x86 only? (393 comments)

Yeah, this was my first thought too - z80/6502 emulation should be a lot simpler and faster than x86 and could be quite useful.

more than 3 years ago
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Osborne 1 vs. IPad 2

lilo_booter Re:Ugh (249 comments)

There's a good way for your eyes to bleed?

more than 3 years ago
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iPad 2 Forces Samsung To Reevaluate Galaxy Tab

lilo_booter Re:Anyone know... (520 comments)

I'd guess that the hardware is subsidized by the increase in turn over from iTunes and the App Store - probably selling the iPad at close to cost price knowing that they'll make the money back through use.

more than 3 years ago
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Compared to a year or two ago, I find I'm printing ...

lilo_booter None (252 comments)

but my wife is on a mission to print the internet.

more than 3 years ago
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Laptop Design For Disassembly

lilo_booter Re:Apple, really? (188 comments)

Good to hear - the one I repaired was an A1212 - instructions here. Not much fun.

more than 3 years ago
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Laptop Design For Disassembly

lilo_booter Re:Apple, really? (188 comments)

Was thinking exactly the same thing - replaced a hard drive in an MBP last year, 32 screws... all Philips, except the last 4 were torx. Didn't have the right size, so had to go into town the following day to complete the job. At least it was a relatively standard size though, unlike the screws they're using on their newer models... Someone is selling the screw drivers here though.

more than 3 years ago
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USB Autorun Attacks Against Linux

lilo_booter Re:Thanks, Miguel (274 comments)

Yes, but he also shows how the vulnerabilities stem from libraries which the desktop uses, and how, potentially, there are vulnerabilities all the way down, right to the kernel itself. No simple fix - short of turning off all automatic execution of processes against any unknown source (which is what I have done for quite some time - I do have thumbnail generation on local files, but after watching that, I think I'll give that the boot too :)).

more than 3 years ago
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Aboriginal Sundial Pre-Dates Stonehenge

lilo_booter Stonehenge isn't even the oldest in the UK (145 comments)

There are older stone circles in the UK than Stonehenge. The stone circles in Orkney predate Stonehenge for example, though admittedly not by as much as those claimed here.

more than 3 years ago
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Prison Cell Phone Smuggling Out of Control

lilo_booter With apologies to Johnny Cash (428 comments)

I hear the phone a comin'
It's ringin' 'round the cell,
but I ain't seen the iPhone,
Since I don't know when,
I'm stuck in Folsom Prison,
Android keeps draggin' on,
But that phone keeps a-ringin',
On down to my old Samsung.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo?

lilo_booter Re:Open Platform? (459 comments)

Kies is the most annoying thing ever - windows only (so no upgrade path for Linux and OSX users via that route - and no, vbox doesn't work even with USB enabled), buggy, bloated and provides everything except the things you need (incremental backup is really the only requirement as far as I'm concerned). Really like the Galaxy S, but the Kies thing is a blight on an otherwise excellent product.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"

lilo_booter Re:Of course (267 comments)

In a closed room, a PS3 turned on for a while works almost as well as a space heater

Yeah, I was having a lot of problems with that - the fans kick in and roar like an engine (DVD play back seems to trigger it pretty quickly). Fixed it by balancing it on 4 empty beer cans. No joke - works like a charm - only side effect is that the beer cans get slightly warm...

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Slams Google Over HTML5 Video Decision

lilo_booter Re:A Men In Black reference? (453 comments)

Everything is different, but the same... things are more moderner than before... bigger, and yet smaller... it's computers... San Dimas High School football rules.

more than 3 years ago

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