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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

sosume Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Do you really expect Betty from accounting to move her screen to another user's system? Jeez, I've been working with computers since the ZX Spectrum, I've used every OS flavor there is but for my desktop machines I still greatly prefer Windows over anything else. Other OSes are either unfriendly, cumbersome or missing lots of features. Why do you feel such a need to push the horror of user-friendliness that is Linux upon regular users? It will save you a penny in the short run but will cost you a boatload of money in lost productivity.

about two weeks ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

sosume Re:Cinavia? (112 comments)

Why, it seems you are implying that the presence of a BluRay player would mandate the use of Cinavia in all local media content playback. I really doubt that, since that would mean they're not doing a very good job protecting their license terms. The xbone is just a pc, so If the average pc can do it, the xbone can too.
Besides, we're talking Microsoft here, not Sony. They will just fork a random recent Media Player branch, which will be hard enough to maintain without the Cinavia protection scheme present. They don't care whatever you watch as long as you buy their machine and an XBL subscription.

about two weeks ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

sosume Re:Java ME vs. Dalvik (112 comments)

I wonder, given how Oracle abused its licensing position in Blu-Ray, if the next playback format will come with even stricter licenses. In whose interest is this exactly? (except Oracle's ofcourse) Time for consumer groups to lobby for banning such restricted products. You want to sell playback devices? Then they must be open.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

sosume Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

> There's enough bad history with westerners fucking around with Africa
You mean, like greatly extending the life expectancy of Africans and providing education regarding prevention and hygiene? Really, these Western people you speak of must be some wicked tribe! To be honest, sometimes I think that this has lead directly to the massive overpopulation we see nowadays. Should we have let Darwin in charge?

about two weeks ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

sosume Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Because when you are diagnosed with a terminal disease, with the outlook of having only a few days left to spend in agony, and a US drug company approaches you with an experimental treatment that may either cure you or kill you even sooner, are you going to reject?

about a month ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

sosume Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Except, at a large tech company such as Google, there are systems and procedures in place to prevent such tampering. You would have to hack yourself through the whole logging chain, which is virtually impossible. As an occasional server admin you may be able to completely erase your tracks on a single system, but when you're dealing with large cloud systems, you're going to have a hard time. I doubt even Google itself could do it without a trace.

about a month ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

sosume Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (166 comments)

Where did I claim that homeless person are 'lower beings'? Please speak for your self and refrain from that dick-headed prejudice.
You have to look at it from a purely biological standpoint. Completely different living and sleeping habits, food intake, body temperature control, and continuous exposure to the outside all result in different metabolism from the general population. That alone will not produce correct results when testing drugs targeted to the general population. Besides, having test subjects who are hardened by living on the streets means, that you have no idea whether you can attribute any of the observed side effects to the drug being tested. e.g. is the subject scratching himself because the medicine makes him feel itchy, or is it a rash from bad hygiene and low vitamin intake?
Is that so difficult to understand?

about a month ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

sosume Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (166 comments)

Actually, I would expect a homeless person to have a completely different metabolism. So yes, that would make them unfit for testing drugs for the general population.

about a month ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

sosume Re: Wow. (204 comments)

Have you seen the picture in tfa? It will be a nightmare to clean, unless there is an inner layer smoothing the surface. But that would not be very efficient.

about a month and a half ago
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Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

sosume Re:Answer: Both (126 comments)

Windows XP was officially supported for over 12 years after release. Apple usually supports its hardware until up to 4 years after release. Android support is usually only offered *before* release date and a few months after.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

sosume Re:Answer: Both (126 comments)

Neither please. Choosing between a big brother-like ad-riddled OS from Google vs a severely restricted vendor lock-in from Apple? I'd rather run my car on Windows than either of these.

about 2 months ago
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

sosume Millions of conventional TVs vulnerable too (155 comments)

"Researchers from Dickweed University's Network Security Lab discovered a flaw affecting nearly every TV on the planet. The flaw allows a radio-frequency attacker with a low budget to take control over tens of thousands of TVs in a single attack, forcing the TVs to turn on or off, or switch channels. The attack works by equipping a drone with a powerful universal remote, sending commands to all TVs in a broad range." It's even scarier like this!

about 3 months ago
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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

sosume Re:Drugs can be bad mmkay! (164 comments)

I don't expect that you will be allowed to have such a laboratory in your house anymore.

about 3 months ago
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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

sosume Re:Drugs can be bad mmkay! (164 comments)

Shulgin's work had nothing to do with weed, addictive drugs or getting a body high.
He invented and classified an entire new spectrum of chemicals closely related to the brain's chemicals such as serotonine. He tried to synthesize every possible combination, moving the amino groups around, substituting existing compounds with allyl or methoxy groups, and experimented with all these chemicals on himself with precise procedures to ensure his safety. These chemicals have proven to be extremely powerful consciousness-altering drugs, active at just a few milligrams, producing profound mind-bending effects and providing an unparalleled insight in the inner workings of the mind and its chemical balance.
He has provided the public with detailed descriptions of these chemicals, both synthesis and their subjective effects. He never profited financially and risked his life and freedom many times just to chase this knowledge. (And have great sex, as he states in his books). Alexander Shulgin was a genius, and the way society is developing there will probably never be a man like him again.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

sosume Re:Should solve water shortage issues... (784 comments)

Exactly. Employ large scale desalinization plants near the coast of western Africa and just keep pumping that water into the Sahara. Africa would have to be recolonized to make it happen in time though.

about 4 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

sosume Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

They will deeply regret this once a weird error on a critical system pops up in a few years time, and nobody is around to give support. Or when the laptops start failing. Or when they hire an incompetent admin from one of these small local companies. Linux is fine for running servers or machines with limited functionality (appliances). But for a full fledged desktop, Linux just doesn't cut it due to many reasons. WHy do you think MacOS restricts itself to a verry narrow hardware profile? Windows is the only complete system able to run userland on so many different configurations.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network

sosume Re:As long as the US doesn't reign in on monopolie (135 comments)

By your reasoning the US would have to be way cheaper. Still, I get 300/300 mbps, cable tv and telephone for 60 euro/month. Which is about 80 USD. No fast or slow lanes.

about 4 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

sosume Re:About time! (306 comments)

These addresses were allocated in the age before The Great IP Shortage. There were no signs that the internet would be used privately by regular people and many sysadmins were clueless as to how IP networking worked. NAT routers were incredibly expensive and the right way to go was to just buy an IP block, distribute it globally across branches and use the router to block traffic from other IP blocks. All major companies in the eighties bought IP blocks, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... . Ofcourse many more companies have settled with 'just' a bunch of class B networks as 64k hosts is not enough if you're aiming to dominate global business. I can actually understand companies like Ford or US Postal to register an A class. Others such as Eli Lily or the UK Gov Dept of Pensions really don't need so many adresses. But now the internet has changed and there are barely enough addresses for all existing devices. So these blocks should be revoked and private networks should be private.
Perhaps a nice rule would be : if you want to have a single public IP adress you will need to be online with it for at least 1% of a month. Failure to do so will cause the address to be revoked after 3 months. And for B and A classes. If the networks do not route and cannot be accessed through their gateway, the block grant should be revoked and NAT or VPN should be used instead. This should give us a few more years until we come up with a radical replacement of the current internet. Not that IPv6 crap..

about 4 months ago
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Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

sosume Re:how cool/innovative is that (160 comments)

No, it's now "With an IOS device". The phone related patent was claimed a few years back by a competitor, but clearly should not apply in Apple's case..

about 4 months ago

Submissions

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Apple patents Apple Store

sosume sosume writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sosume (680416) writes "Apple finally convinced the US Patent Office to grant patents for its Apple Store design. Despite many thousand years and forms of prior art, this seems like a new form of abuse of the patent system."
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Nature: global temeratures are a falling trend

sosume sosume writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "An article in Nature shows that the temperature in the roman times were actually higher than current temperatures. A team lead by dr Esper of the University of Mainz has researched tree rings and concluded that over the past 2,000 years, the forcing is up to four times as large as the 1.6Wm2 net anthropogenic forcing since 1750 using evidence based on maximum latewood density data from northern Scandinavia, indicating that this cooling trend was stronger (0.31C per 1,000years, ±0.03C) than previously reported, and demonstrate that this signature is missing in published tree-ring proxy records. This is a big setback for global warming scientists."
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Samsung Galaxy phones banned in EU

sosume sosume writes  |  about 3 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "A court in The Hague has ruled on a EU-wide sales ban for the Samsung Galaxy S-, S-II and Ace smartphones, beginning Oct. 13. Basis for the statement is an Apple patent that relates to browsing photos."
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Sony adds rootkit to latest PS3 firmware

sosume sosume writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "You'd think that Sony had learned from the rootkit-cd fiasco, but they're at it again. According to PS3 hacker Mathieulh the latest firmware contains a phone home feature which enables Sony to inspect all files saved to a PS3."
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Apple censors posts about consumer report

sosume sosume writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "If you were looking for a message thread on Apple's support forums pointing to Consumer Reports' article 'not recommending' the iPhone 4, it's not there any more. Apple's support forum moderators deleted the thread. Bing cached it."
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Journals

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sosume sosume writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Apparently, slashdot has had an achievement system in place for the last 2 years .. oops .. well here's my achievement for the journal poster

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