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Linux 3.4 Released

linhux Re:btrfs needed the work (385 comments)

This doesn't sound right. OS crashes should be very uncommon and thus you shouldn't design your software around them. Much more common is that Firefox itself crashes, or X11, in which case the data will be there even if the process didn't sync. If your computer crashes, you usually have bigger problems than a bit of lost browser history (not that I've ever seen *hours* of uncommitted data being lost due to a computer crash).

more than 2 years ago

Apple Gives In, Drops iPad '4G' Tag To Avoid Lawsuits

linhux Re:Consumers need to do some research too ... (197 comments)

The article you link say:

"Since the above mentioned first-release versions of Mobile WiMAX and LTE support much less than 1 Gbit/s peak bit rate, they are not fully IMT-Advanced compliant, but are often branded 4G by service providers. On December 6, 2010, ITU-R recognized that these two technologies, as well as other beyond-3G technologies that do not fulfill the IMT-Advanced requirements, could nevertheless be considered "4G", provided they represent forerunners to IMT-Advanced compliant versions and "a substantial level of improvement in performance and capabilities with respect to the initial third generation systems now deployed"

I get 20 Mbps actual sustained download speed with the 3rd gen iPad (on a non-LTE network), which is substantially faster than what I've had with any previous "3G" devices I've used. It's almost as if it would fit the ITU definition of "substantial level of improvement" mentioned

more than 2 years ago

Expect Hundreds of Thunderbolt Devices, Says Intel

linhux Re:So three monitors and ninety-seven hard drives? (351 comments)

I guess one point is that most people hooking up monitors to their Macs are in fact hooking up Dell monitors using DVI and a dongle, thus terminating the chain. Nothing that can't be fixed, of course, but that's how it stands at the moment.

more than 2 years ago

Swedish Teleco Firms Looking Into Block VoIP Claiming Losses In Earnings

linhux Re:Also in Finland (151 comments)

The funny thing is that it's only TeliaSonera contemplating on doing this, all the others are more than fine with the situation as it is, and are even actively promoting unrestricted mobile broadbands.

In Finland, perhaps, but in Sweden basically all the operators have been considering blocking VoIP for quite a long time (article in Swedish, apologies).

more than 2 years ago

The webOS Features Other OSes Should Steal

linhux Re:Cards & Multitasking (142 comments)

Check out Nokia N9, it wins this game hands down.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History

linhux Re:Who Cares? (761 comments)

Don't forget that Apple got their OS for free too (most of it, anyhow).. since its primarily based on BSD

Can you define "primarily based"? The BSD subsystem may be an important part of Mac OS X but it is relatively small in terms of all code that makes up the operating system. It is just over 50% of the xnu 1699.24.8 kernel source code (25 MB out of 47 MB), but what a normal Mac program sees is mainly the Cocoa runtime, which is quite far removed from BSD and is many times the BSD subsystem in size. Kernel drivers and low-level software interfaces with IOKit and the Mach subsystem rather than the BSD parts.

more than 2 years ago

The Pirate Bay To Stop Serving Torrent Files

linhux Re:For what (377 comments)

No, magnet links (not ".magnet") eliminates the need to host a .torrent file, they don't eliminate the need for a tracker. Other technologies may do that, but magnet links only replaces the .torrent download with a P2P discovery and download mechanism that downloads the same .torrent file from the P2P network instead of (for example) TPB's web server. Once you have the .torrent file, downloaded using a magnet link, things work just like before, including using the trackers listed in the .torrent.

more than 2 years ago

Sweden Experiments With Public Twitter Takeover

linhux Re:Typical Twitter (64 comments)

Apart from your strange definition of "douchey", you obviously didn't look very far. The whole point is that there are many different kinds of twitterers, and if you don't like this week's twitterer, maybe the first one will be more to your liking. Example tweet: Wasting a day on pizza and BF3 is like masturbating: feels great while you’re at it, but later you’re like “what am I doing with my life?”.

more than 2 years ago

Hard Drive Makers Slash Warranties

linhux Re:Well this is disturbing. (445 comments)

(24" iMac though was a very expensive and notable exception)

How did you manage that? I mean, if the HDD in an iMac breaks within a year it's covered by the computer's warranty. Your nearest Apple shop should just fix it.

more than 2 years ago

Inside the World's Largest LAN Party

linhux Re:120 gbps (199 comments)

You didn't specify what you were referring to, and I think that when people discuss the "size" of a party they generally refer to how many votes or parliament seats they have received. I believe membership is largely irrelevant when it comes to the political importance of parties, at least in Sweden (for example, some unions automatically joins their member to their peer political party (typically the Social Democrats), while most people don't care to join a party even if they're very loyal voters). It is of course impressive that the Pirate Party has gathered so many members, but it doesn't say much about their political clout or their influence on society - it just tells us that they have a high number of members in relation to their voters.

more than 2 years ago

Inside the World's Largest LAN Party

linhux Re:120 gbps (199 comments)

I remind you that the Pirate Party is the third-largest party in Sweden

I'm sorry to tell you that you're very misinformed. The Swedish parliament is made up of 8 parties, and none of them is the Pirate Party. They received 0.65% of the votes in 2006 and 0.63% in 2010, and 4% is required to get a seat in the parliament, making them very far away from that. (check this:

They did however do much better in the 2009 elections for the EU parliament, where they received over 7% of the Swedish votes (making them the fifth largest party). I would speculate that this is largely due to the much lower participation (~45% in the EU election versus ~85% in the national), making the EU parliamentary elections much more prone to small parties getting an disproportionate amount of votes compared to the national parliament elections. (And I'm very happy for that, I think the Pirate Party provides some clue in areas that other parties are completely clueless about - however, in the big EU issues they anyway tend to side with the green parties, who usually also have a similar stance when it comes to tech-related politics.)

more than 2 years ago

Will Apple's Lion Roar For Business?

linhux Re:pc authority, no mac authority (340 comments)

What's more, you can just copy the Lion application bundle after downloading it through App Sture (before installing it), and install it on any number of computers, distributing it using whatever tools you like. The installer has no key code or Apple ID requirements. Of course, anyone can find that out by going to Apple's web site.

more than 3 years ago

Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

linhux Re:Underwhelming achievement (674 comments)

Easy doesn't mean little labour. Just because it's easy to build a brick wall doesn't mean doesn't take a significant amount of time and resources to do it. It still only makes sense to build one if it adds something of value proportional to the amount of work required.

more than 3 years ago

Swedes Show Intel Sandy Bridge Running BIOS-Successor UEFI

linhux Re:Diagnostics, system configuration, etc (216 comments)

The problem with having a totally inaccessible one like Apple does is that if anything goes wrong or you need to change something, well then you are fucked.

How is the Mac EFI "inaccessible"? Just put your EFI extensions (for example rEFIt or an EFI shell) on any disk with an EFI partition or a HFS+ volume with the appropriate blessings. The disk can be CD, USB or FireWire.

Of course, it is not often you need to do this, since it's very rare to see a Mac that doesn't boot OS X from any device. In out Mac cluster at work, we can almost always netboot the machine and diagnose from there, when the OS X install DVD won't boot.

more than 3 years ago

Your Computer Or iPad Could Be Disrupting Sleep

linhux Re:f.lux (351 comments)

It has an easy access temporary disable feature for this reason. Also, during office hours it will be automatically disabled anyway, so try to keep your work hours sane and you'll be fine. :-)

more than 4 years ago

iPad Review

linhux Re:Location without GPS (750 comments)

It works for me in Finland, Sweden and many other European countries I've been to. I can't recall having tried it in other parts of the world, though, but I wouldn't be surprised it worked in most urban areas.

more than 4 years ago

China's Great Firewall Infects Other Countries

linhux Re:hacker attack (178 comments)

If they hack the DNS servers, we're talking about a massive ability to steal passwords, since https is based on domain name and not IP address.

SSL uses domain names for verification, but it does not rely on them for authentication. If you hijack an SSL-enabled website, you would also need to steel their private key.

more than 4 years ago

Jobs Finally "Happy" With Unannounced Apple Tablet

linhux Re:Tablet Prediction: (303 comments)

Google it before you comment.

I tried and failed (googling iphone and sexy doesn't really give the results I want in this case). Care to hand out a link or two?

more than 4 years ago

Legislator Wants Cancer Warnings For Cell Phones

linhux Re:Idiotic (314 comments)

Your state has invented the IRL EULA. Congratulations!

more than 4 years ago


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