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Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

petsounds Re:next they will say Mac's get viruses (220 comments)

That there's no relationship AT ALL between the OS's?

While OS X is based heavily on NeXTSTEP (and most developer API class names on the Mac are prefixed "NS"), I wouldn't go so far as to say there is no relationship between the "classic" Mac OS and OS X. OS X's standard filesystem is HFS+, which was released in 1998 with Mac OS 8.1, and which shares the same format as its predecessor, HFS. And decisions and limitations from those days still unfortunately put their marks on OS X. For instance, the Labels feature from Mac OS which was bolted back onto OS X (after much public outcry) are still stored in the same place on the filesystem, and in the same format (bit fields), as they were in 1988! And the new tagging feature introduced in Mavericks, for the sake of backwards compatibility with Labels, uses this same area and format to record Tag information! And of that, only three bits are available for storing color information on HFS+. This is why Labels-cum-Tags are limited to the same seven damn colors Mac OS had when Ronald Reagan was still president of the USA.

about 5 months ago
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20 Freescale Semiconductor Employees On Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

petsounds Re:And this means...? (190 comments)

According to Freescale's statement, eight of the individuals were Chinese employees and twelve were Malaysian. My guess is that they were probably management and Process Engineers traveling to a factory in China to oversee production of a new product.

about 6 months ago
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Dinosaurs Done In By... Dark Matter?

petsounds Space bees (135 comments)

"So what if there was this giant swarm of space bees, and every 35 million years our solar system–"
"Wait. Wait, hold on. You're suggesting space bees killed the dinosaurs?"
"Not directly! These bees are huge. Moon-sized. And they live in the interstellar gaps between stars. I calculated that if their swarm passes through the Oort Cloud, they would get really upset and buzz around, and their gravitational forces would fling asteroids and comets into the solar system."
"How did you calculate that the Oort Cloud makes your hypothetical space bees angry?"
"Well it's a lot more plausible than your hypothetical invisible aether making the sun go wonky."

about 6 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

petsounds Re:Sticking w/ 10.6.8 (241 comments)

Hey, I do understand the feeling of nausea at the thought of using Illustrator, or any Adobe product for that matter, but you say it's "simpler" to stick with Snow Leopard. From the perspective of sustaining productivity inertia, that's probably true. But where security is concerned, "simpler" usually means "vulnerable to attack". And if Snowden showed us anything, it's that these security vulnerabilities are not just applicable to silly people who get fooled into running malware -- they are red alert warnings that your government spy agency of choice, NSA/GCHQ/etc, is probably already exploiting these vulnerabilities.

about 6 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

petsounds Re:Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

To use your restaurant metaphor, it's more like taking a classy pub and turning it into a 7-11 convenience store.

Slashdot is a place for nerd/geek discussions on topics curated by "editors". The problem is that DICE is a company whose product is ads. When your product is ads and not user discussions, the site will be changed to make ads the focus.

Slashdot should have been taken in the *opposite* direction – towards better curation, towards longer-form tech articles and original content, and towards keeping the level of discourse high. Because slashdot was never about news scoops -- it was about the interesting melange of tech industry people, scientists, academics, geeks, and cultural misfits discussing interesting things and having interesting things to say.

about 7 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

petsounds Re:Dreaming of code? (533 comments)

That really depends on whether materialism drives your life or not. My only purpose for money, other than to sustain a moderate lifestyle (place to live in a low-crime area, healthy food to eat, a nice bottle of bourbon/wine/beer now and then), is to give me enough financial independence to concentrate on projects which matter to me, but are not likely to generate revenue. My aspirations run higher than my current net worth, but they cap out much lower than someone who finds happiness in life through the acquisition of things.

about 7 months ago
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Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

petsounds Re:Samzenpus headline (239 comments)

Which was the moot point when the FIA series ended. To much power, too difficult to maintain control. Probably the first time any racing series achieved the upper limit in power.

I would argue that the 1967 Formula One season was the first time a racing series had cars that were too powerful to control. 400-500bhp V8 and V12 engines attached to four wheels and a gas tank, sitting on old-style treaded tires with no downforce wings. In fact, the two fatalities during this season (including Lorenzo Bandini's horrendous accident at Monaco) forced the FIA to mandate new safety features, such as requiring wings on the cars.

about 7 months ago
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Evad3rs Announce iOS 7 Jailbreak For Latest Apple Devices

petsounds Re:Jailbreak with broken Cydia and Mobile Substrat (110 comments)

Because they are installing the Chinese store with root access, meaning the code can do whatever it wants with the information on your device and send that information to wherever they want. Jailbreaking always comes with risk, but this basically compromises your device with unknown and unreviewed code. But hey, if you feel like dancing with the devil, go for it.

about 8 months ago
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Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

petsounds Re:supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults (554 comments)

Iceberg lettuce is very low in nutritional content. At least use romaine lettuce. You'll get more flavor and definitely more nutrition. Most stores sell pre-chopped/washed romaine and arugula, if you don't want to bother with the prep work.

about 8 months ago
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Creative Commons Launches Version 4.0 of Its Licenses

petsounds Re:BSD-bad, MIT-good (47 comments)

Just like a mechanic does: You want to make money. You do a bid for a prospective customer. You agree on a price. You do the work ONCE. You get paid for the work you did ONCE. The difference is that a mechanic's work benefits one car, and one driver; The whole world can benefit from your efforts if you create free software. Note that there is no coin slot on your ignition switch so that the mechanic can extract a fee for each time you benefit from their work...

The only time a software developer is getting paid by a single entity for spec work is the case where a business is paying a developer for the work, and in that scenario the business certainly doesn't want their proprietary code out there for everyone to see and copy.

In most cases, a software developer spends money/time to develop a product and sell it. The cost of develop + some profit is factored into the price, based on some estimate of how many copies will sell. But under your philosophy, only one copy should be sold, which means that one person would pay for the total cost of development + profit, and then every other person on the planet could get it for free. It would be like the game X-COM being sold for $3 million, and when some chump bought the game for $3 million, then they'd release the GPL'd code to the public. The only way this setup would work is via a mechanism like Kickstarter, where the funds for the work are donated up-front so that development costs and profit are recouped before the code is delivered.

about 9 months ago
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

petsounds Re:Stupid judge/jury. (324 comments)

Or we could just encourage Texas to follow through on their threats and secede from the United States. Problem solved!

about 9 months ago
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Sears To Convert Old Auto Centers Into National Chain of Data Centers

petsounds Re:Trying a new business model (167 comments)

My grandmother has some Sears catalogs from the 1800s. The 1800s! I mean, they made it a hundred years doing fairly well, but they couldn't seize the opportunity of the Web that they -- more than any other company in the USA -- were positioned to grab. It makes me kind of sad, not that I have any great affinity for Sears, but that it was a national institution throughout the 20th century (at least until the 70s where they started to decline) and they just couldn't adjust to the march of technology. But I guess you could say that about a lot of well-established American companies; resting on their laurels until resting turned to rusting.

about 9 months ago
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Apple II DOS Source Code Released

petsounds Re:Atari would have kept their secrets if possible (211 comments)

Atari lost the computer war because they had no mindshare. I was the only kid in school I knew with an Atari computer. Everyone else had Apples and C64s. To most people in the early 80s (which is when I had my 800), Atari was a brand associated with an aging game console, not computers. Between that and the lack of quality software as compared with the Apple ][, it was a doomed system.

about 9 months ago
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Apple II DOS Source Code Released

petsounds Re:Atari would have kept their secrets if possible (211 comments)

The Atari 800 was my first computer, and it was simply awful. As far as I remember, the manual was a joke and I had to learn BASIC through magazines and good ole trial and error. The available software was a slim selection, and the cassette drive I had to load programs -- while novel in that it could play audio from the tape in conjunction with program execution -- would get out of alignment or simply stop working constantly. The Atari 800's system of cartridges used to expand RAM was quite elegant for its time, and you could probably use the chassis to stop bullets, but that's about all the kind things I could say about it. I have a feeling that opening up the software back then wouldn't have done much to reverse their fortunes or increase their share of the market. My best friend had an Apple ][c at the time, and man was I envious! It was really night and day, comparing those two.

about 9 months ago
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Music Industry Issues Take Down Notices to 50 Major Lyrics Sites

petsounds Re:I never understood the vendetta against lyrics (281 comments)

Lyrics are protected under copyright in the same was as poetry and prose are. Reprinting (in its entirety) a poem from Yeats or a novel from Haruki Murakami is an equal copyright violation. It has nothing to do with the music portion of a song's copyright.

about 9 months ago
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Music Industry Issues Take Down Notices to 50 Major Lyrics Sites

petsounds Re:Why? (281 comments)

The artists may provide lyrics, but they are the ones who put the songs under copyright via ASCAP or BMI, not the labels (assuming the artists actually wrote the song). Just because they printed them on a CD booklet or vinyl insert for the benefit of fans doesn't mean that the fans now own the lyrics. This is no different than if someone put up HTML versions of the Harry Potter books on a site and placed ads on every page.

I would also draw a difference here between fair use for non-commercial purposes, and the 99% of the lyrics sites out there who are trying to make a business out of reprinting someone else's copyrighted work. IANAL, so I don't know if fair use would really cover a non-commercial site of lyrics, but I'd have a lot more sympathy for that use.

If they want to make this thing legit, they should set up a lyrics site where a portion of the ad revenue for each artists' lyric pages goes back to them.

about 9 months ago
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"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

petsounds Re: Furloughed workers (346 comments)

They must've changed the unemployment caps in the last few years then. Sorry to hear about your difficulties, and hope you get back on the horse soon.

about 10 months ago
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"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

petsounds Re: Furloughed workers (346 comments)

During the first dot com bomb I lived on CA unemployment for about 6 months. If memory serves, my payment checks were about 75% of my previous income, which I don't really remember, but I think it was $60-70k at the time. Barely subsistence living? I mean granted I was living in a rent controlled apartment (back before the apartment owner lobbyists fucked everyone over and got the state legislature to get rid of rent control), but still, that's a completely reasonable middle-class salary. You must have been living pretty high on the hog before you became unemployed, so maybe there is a payout limit I never hit back then, but don't act like the payout is minimum wage.

about 10 months ago
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A Playstation 4 Teardown

petsounds Re:Progress!? Who needs it? (254 comments)

The optical format is mostly irrelevant; the Cell processor in the PS3 is a *completely* different architecture than the PS4, as well as being very byzantine and complex. It'd take them a lot of time and R&D to create an emulator, and even then it probably wouldn't be 100% compatible with old games. They might be able to put a Cell processor in there, but that would bump up the cost of the console considerably. This is a very different situation than say the Wii being able to play Gamecube games, because the Wii was basically just a souped-up Gamecube from a hardware POV.

Yes, in a perfect world everyone would love to keep their PS3 games, but Sony made the right choice by going with a more standardized architecture, even if it meant sacrificing backwards compatibility. The PS3 will still be there to play your old stuff.

about 10 months ago
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Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

petsounds Re:almost could have been like 48 B.C. (104 comments)

They also archive public-domain films (and possibly other things). Additionally, the Way-back Machine sadly only started archiving sites a couple years after the web was already being used. So one would hope a few of these pioneering sites are still out there on backup tapes, somewhere.

about 10 months ago

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