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Hedge Fund Offers $2 Billion For Novell

rs232 Re:Interesting how fortunes turn (144 comments)

i still deal with UNIX people sometimes and they want to write scripts for the simplest things that Windows will let you do in a GUI in seconds

Yea, these uNIX people don't know nothing .. but how long did it take you to read this one hundred page document. And what would a 'UNIX/Novell admin' be even doing migrating to a Windows box. And why can't you type the personal pronoun in upper case. It gets curiouser and curiouser .. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Jeremy Allison Calls Microsoft Dangerous Elephant

rs232 most reliable companies on the planet (306 comments)

"If I were, however, a little girl who felt betrayed by my corporate overlords making a deal with one of the most reliable companies on the planet, thus giving me and my fellow employees more job security, so I quit and .."

Novell gave away the family silver for a buch of vouchers. They also took to uttering vague IP protection threats against the Open Source community on their web site. They also stoped promoting their own desktop and recommended Windows instead. At least one of their technical people has the personaly integrity to resign. Person abuse from some a******e is not required.
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reliable at what exactly?

more than 4 years ago
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Office 2003 Bug Locks Owners Out

rs232 certificate expired throw error (247 comments)

"I blame this kind of error messages on programmers .."

I blame the people who designed a system where an expired certificate throws up such an error msg ...

more than 4 years ago
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Documentation Compliance Means MS Can Resume Collecting Protocol Royalties

rs232 Microsoft undocumentation :) (139 comments)

"OK. So the government order Microsoft to document the protocols. Microsoft then does what the government asks. Now the government acknowledges that Microsoft has done what was asked. Somehow, the comments here make it seem like Microsoft made yet another mistake. Wasn't this what they asked Microsoft to do?

No, they were asked to open the specs not, after much delay, publish a mishmash of source code and API calls and then charge other compamies to connect their computers to their-own customers computers. What's difficult about producing an RFC. No doubt this undocumentation will be as deliveratly obscure as their previous efforts in that department ...

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T's Net Neutrality Doublethink

rs232 the debate about Net neutrality (215 comments)

Early on, the debate about Net neutrality centered on the issue of tiered or metered pricing .. The argument now is much more complex and centers on control of content and applications on both the wired and wireless Internet.

If a carrier can pick and choose among different types of content and different types of applications, its competitors (and, ultimately, the users) are severely disadvantaged.

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T's Net Neutrality Doublethink

rs232 the Internet Freedom Act of 2009 (215 comments)

Is this something like the canSPAM act, the one that didn't .. can spam that is :)

more than 4 years ago
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Net Neutrality Seen Through the Telegraph

rs232 the opposite of Net neutrality (249 comments)

"Imposing net neutrality may very well violate the takings clause of the US Constitution"

Net neutrality isn't about restricting the telecoms, it's about preventing them in restricting my rights under the US constitution. And 'net neutrality' came about in response to the telecoms attempt to close off access to the networks in favour of their own offerings. Blacking access to third party telephone companies, skype for instance.

"Spin on all you want about government subsidies to telcos, but the fact is those telcos went and spent their own money on their infrastructure, and based how much they spent on charging for traffic across their networks in certain ways"

Fair enough, the telcos build the infrastructure and we pay for it. We don't require them to decide how we use it. I pay for my electricity, but I don't let the power company decide what I watch on television.

"Now, if the government imposes net neutrality, the government will be significanly reducing the revenue-producing value of the telco's property"

It hasn't stopped them making money up to now. Indeed if 'net neutrality' was in place, the Internet/Web would never have come about.

"And never forget - the only one who will win if net neutrality is imposed are the lawyers"

And never forget how the teleco lawyers are attempting to spin the term 'net neutrality' into something that means the exact opposite. A bit like the canSPAM act, that didn't :)

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Disputes Editor Exodus Claims

rs232 Re:Wikipedia Disputes Editor Exodus Claims (207 comments)

[Citation Needed]
A more robust citation is needed. Marked for Deletion.


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You have violated Wikipedia posting standards WP:NPOV, WP:NPV, WP:NEU, your account is hereby deleted.

signed ~~~~ some smug-self-absorbed-know-it-all-with-no-social-life

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Disputes Editor Exodus Claims

rs232 Re:My own experience. (207 comments)

"After a full day of back in forth with an editor deleting whatever I had just added"

I sympathise with your experience. Myself gave up after repeated abuse from the so-called unbiased editors (after a simple request for some citations). One even posted a private email from me to the forum in order to deride it with a fellow unbiased editor. Wikipedia, a heap of self-serving corporate propaganda and free advertising pretending to be an Encyclopedia ..

more than 4 years ago
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Security Firms Can't Protect iPhone From Threats

rs232 get solution here (137 comments)

"F-Secure researchers are calling attention to the fact that it's impossible to run third-party anti-virus on iPhones, because the SDK doesn't allow for it. It's a problem, as they claim malware will start to target the phone"

Why not use the same method the mawlare writers use. Oh, wait, it isn't possible unless the user explididly jailbreaks the device and uses the default password in SSH ..

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Cashback Can Cost You Money

rs232 Re:Retailer's Fault ? (333 comments)

"The retailer is the one raising their prices if you have certain cookies ..."

Where does it say anywhere that the retailer set different prices? Does ButterflyPhoto deny or confirm this is the case ?

about 5 years ago
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Bing Cashback Can Cost You Money

rs232 confused .. Re:Hello? Anti-Trust... (333 comments)

"fucking with someone just because they are known to pay attention and actually try to take advantage of such schemes (Bing cookie present) is slimy business practice, to say the least"

Who is doing the 'fucking', who is the recipient fuckee ?

about 5 years ago
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English Shell Code Could Make Security Harder

rs232 some real world examples (291 comments)

Did they include links to some real world examples of this shell code and can it be executed by clicking on an URL or openong an email attachment.

about 5 years ago
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Federal Judge Says Corps of Engineers Liable For Katrina Damage

rs232 lack of logic (486 comments)

'This was not-so-widely reported during the Katrina situation, because people were too busy jumping on the "Katrina is Bush's Fault!" bandwagon. Funding was funneled away from the levees and put into other projects'

If Bush cut funding, how isn't this Bushs fault ?

'That isn't to say that the ACE isn't at fault either; some of the levees seem to have been poorly built, but I am not convinced this is due to malicious intent'

Yes, the construction was flimsey, because of lack of funds.

about 5 years ago
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Federal Judge Says Corps of Engineers Liable For Katrina Damage

rs232 Re:This was known for some time (486 comments)

"While Katarina was ongoing, there were plenty of independent news outlets running video footage of professionals warning what would happen. It made the Bush mantra of "No one could have predicted..." out to be just as much of a joke as the "No one could have predicted..." 9-11 version. (And then the Aug 6th PDB title was released.)"

Exactly, so how a Judge could belatedly blame the Army Corps of Engineers, defies logic. Of course he couldn't every state the real reasons. That the levees failed because of their flimsy construction and funding was denied to pay for Bushs war in Iraq. Not only that Bush was warned in advance about Katrina, but took no action.

"President Bush is expected to shift $1.3 billion away from raising and armoring levees, installing floodgates and building permanent pumping in Southeast Louisiana in order to plug long-anticipated financial shortfalls in other hurricane-protection projects, a move Sen. David Vitter describes as a retreat from the president's commitment to protect the whole New Orleans area"

about 5 years ago
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Ask Sam Ramji About the CodePlex Foundation

rs232 SourceForge.net (77 comments)

Why not contribute to SourceForge.net instead of unnecessarly duplicating it?

about 5 years ago
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Fedora 12 Released

rs232 RH backporting debacle .. (236 comments)

"-Fedora is 'too' comfortable with cutting edge changes, even to the point of releasing versions ahead of upstream *or* backporting .. This has been a longstanding tendency with RH (everyone probably remembers the gcc 2.96 debacle)"

I honestly don't, do you mind providing a link. Did people come in one morning and find their gcc 2.96 had automatically upgraded itself?

"something about the Ubuntu desktop feels, subjectively to me, more whole rather than merely a conglomeration of the parts. This may simply be a matter of certain tastes they appear to me, because I can't nail it down"

You gets what you pay for. But to answer why Ubuntu is more whole, maybe because there is Canonical behind it. But then again I have been a user of openSuSE, and while all the parts were there, they weren't as polished as a Ubuntu distro. I guess it's what you're used to and besides no one is forcing you to upgrade ...

about 5 years ago
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Become Your Own Heir After Being Frozen

rs232 waking up in the future .. (375 comments)

"you can look forward to waking up one bright future morning from cryopreservation the proud owner of a bank account brimming with money!'"

Like how, once all electrical activity ceases in your brain, so do you ...

about 5 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

rs232 Cuban (773 comments)

Does this Cuban have shares in MICROS~1

about 5 years ago
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Free Software For All Russian Schools In Jeopardy

rs232 insert astro.bs .. (265 comments)

'One of the great strengths of the Windows platform is that it has always been licence-agnostic', westlake

as long as it isn't the GPL ..

'The system never frets or complains when you try to install an app that doesn't meet Microsoft's standards of political correctness', westlake

Except with WGA, Microsoft can remotely disable your desktop if it deems it 'unlicensed' and they don't give a toss about unlicensed third-party software.

'The Linux distro can make you jump through a hoop or two or three before you get to that closed source app or binary driver', westlake

Except, a certain software company keeps threatening codec developers with litigation, therefore such codecs have to be supplied seperately. If such a 'closed source app' exist do you mind telling us what it is. And if a binary only driver is available, then that's down to the supplier of the hardware, in'it?

'Windows does like to see a signature', westlake

Microsoft gets to approve what gets installedon my computer. Besides they are now selling a 'crapware' free computer, that's software from third party developers I assume.

"We think we're really unlocking the potential of Windows 7 "

OLPC ran into trouble because of its "all or nothing" attidude, westlake

bs, there was much machinations behind the scene. In fact MS was initially going to join the project to 'help' it get better .. :)

'The meeting begin with a question by Marcelo on wether Microsoft felt the OLPC project would be successful without its involvement '

MS even wanted to get a license for the "open source hardware"

'Remember that a key part of our strategy is to create a situation where even if Nick rejects us for philosophical reasons there is a long and visible history of our attempts to work with them and then we have to ask to get a license for the "open source hardware" and we will make our own offering on the commercial side'

If that didn't work, then they proposed creating their own 'open source' license and naming it "Education Open Source" or some such ..

'I think we should name our new open source license and romance its creation. "Education Open Source" or something like that'

'When the minister took his business elsewhere there was suddenly room in OLPC for XP and MS Office', westlake

You're comments are becoming ludicrous here ..

about 5 years ago

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Women Fed Up With Open Source Community Creeps

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rs232 (849320) writes ""A feminist programmer describes the culture of the open source community as fraught with sexism and discrimination against women programmers .. Valerie Aurora (seen here) presents excerpts from interviews she conducted with nine other women in the open source community"

Are there any reliable statistics regarding the number of women in Open Source that have experienced sexual harrasment. Nine hardly seems representitive .."

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yet more anti Wikileaks propaganda

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

spook (849320) writes "`One of the early members and co-founders of the tight-knit, secretive WikiLeaks operation charged today that the website and its co-founder, Julian Assange, sold intelligence information the site had obtained .. "I think it is a money-making operation, no doubt," Young said of WikiLeaks'

"Young said he left the site in 2007 due to concerns over its finances and that WikiLeaks was engaged in the selling of documents"

`Email: cryptome[at]earthlink.net
Mail: John Young, Cryptome, 251 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024
Checks/Money Orders: Make out to "John Young"
Telephone for messages: 212-873-8700' link"

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UK SOCA ask for new WikiLeaks arrest warrent

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

spooksRus (849320) writes ""The Swedish authorities today issued a new arrest warrant for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, following a request by the UK's Serious and Organised Crime Agency" link

"We had an understanding with Scotland Yard of long standing that in the event they wanted to contact Julian Assange they would come to us and we would facilitate a congenial and convenient meeting .. I hope the police remember their undertaking. I've had no indication that anyone wants to talk to Julian at this moment in time; no member of his legal team has had a call from any law enforcement agency" link

"SOCA operates from at least 40 offices across the UK. SOCA officers are empowered to perform a number of surveillance roles traditionally associated with British intelligence services such as MI5, although, unlike MI5 officers, some designated SOCA officers enjoy powers of arrest. SOCA is exempt from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act" link"

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TSA confiscates armed soldier's nail clippers

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

achmeDtheDeadTerrorist (849320) writes "`"It's probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons," Despite having already been vetted, when the soldiers tried to re-board the plane they were subject to TSA checks. And one soldier was stopped and told he couldn't take his nail clippers on board'"
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running Mono directly in the browse

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tux (849320) writes "Perhaps the time has come to experiment embedding the ECMA CLI inside the browser. Not as a separate plugin, and not as a plugin island, but as a first-class VM inside the browser. Running side-by-side to the Javascript engine. ...

We could do this by linking Mono directly into the browser. ...

The only question is what browser to target first Firefox or Chrome."

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Can Linux Adoption Ever be Accurately Gauged?

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

richie (849320) writes "When discussing Free software, the term "installed base" seems rather popular. It is installation, not embedment or preinstallation, that tailors a product to the owner's personal needs. Unfortunately, installed base, as opposed to market share, proves to be a tricky thing to gauge"
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Microsoft tests browser compliance

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

timeshuffle (849320) writes "Test browsers, except for their current version, Interent Explorer 8 .. "Download the latest Windows web browser". Is it fair testing a future release against the current versions of the rest ? Also the original stand alone SVG files appear to be missing.

"This website contains several collections of test pages that were developed in conjunction with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) working groups. These tests make it possible to validate a browser's compliance with specific web standards"

See also SVG Demo"

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The new rulers of the world

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

noamsky (849320) writes ""Never before has the gulf between rich and poor been so vast and inequality so widespread. The facts of globalization are revealing. A small group of powerfull individuals are now richer than most of the polulation of Africa", John Pilger

'The limits of tolerance are past when protestors in the name of some spurious cause seek to inflict fear terror violence and criminal damage on our people and property', Tony Blair, 5:20, part 6 .."

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US secret report on Wikileaks leaked

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dannyEllsberger (849320) writes "(U) Wikileaks.org — An Online Reference to Foreign Intelligence Services, Insurgents, or Terrorist Groups?

"Wikileaks.org, a publicly accessible Internet Web site, represents a potential force protection, counterintelligence, operational security (OPSEC), and information security (INFOSEC) threat to the US Army. The intentional or unintentional leaking and posting of US Army sensitive or classified information to Wikileaks.org could result in increased threats to DoD personnel, equipment, facilities, or installations"

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Apple uses child labour says Guardian

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bobbyfud (849320) writes ""Was your iPod built on the back of child labour? That's something everyone should be wondering after Apple said an audit of factories highlighted numerous failures at factories that supply it — and other companies — with electronics."
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The Guardian tech blog gives media whores a bad name. When they're not trashing Google or Apple they have their collective tongues firmly inserted up his Billnesses rectum ..
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lack of transparency ACTA

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Mr. Warrenn (849320) writes "EU Data Protection Supervisor Warns Against ACTA

Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor, has issued a 20-page opinion expressing concern about ACTA. The opinion is a must-read and points to the prospect of other privacy commissioners speaking out. Moreover, with the French HADOPI three strikes law currently held up by its data protection commissioner, it raises questions about whether that law will pass muster under French privacy rules.

Given the secrecy associated with the process, the opinion addresses possible outcomes based on the information currently available. The opinion focuses on three key issues: three strikes legislation, cross-border data sharing as part of enforcement initiatives, and transparency.

ACTA discussed in INTA committee

nine questions about ACTA

EU Commission on ACTA – ‘There is no Treaty

ACTA's Internet Chapter Leaks

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement"
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fired worker calls Microsoft a lawless place

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

courthousenews.com (849320) writes "Calling Microsoft "a lawless place," a longtime worker claims in a class action that he was fired in retaliation for reporting supervisors' misconduct. He claims the company "routinely produces and/or condones deficient investigations, covers up alleged misconduct, mischaracterizes evidence, refuses to preserve or provide pertinent facts and data, protects the perpetrators and retaliates against victims.""
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does a Mac need anti-virus protection?

rs232 rs232 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

macvirus (849320) writes "I don't know of any live malware attacking Mac OS X, so you probably don't need either anti-virus or anti-malware software at the moment. However, this does not mean you shouldn't run it. If you are a home user, you don't have to care what happens to your data, but business users do. It may be wise to take precautions, even if they don't appear to be necessary ..

Graham Cluley .. had tweeted about some videos "of Mac OS X malware spreading in the wild .."I've added one above. It shows a social engineering approach where users may install Mac OS X malware deliberately because they think it's a codec, an HDTV player or other bit of useful software. It's not a self-replicating virus, but then again, it is exactly the same as a lot of Windows attacks."

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