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Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

symbolset Bing who? (64 comments)

What ever Bing is, they should be working on solving the "ability to be known" problem. Solving "right to be forgotten" is fixing a problem they don't have.

about a week ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

symbolset Paging Babs (163 comments)

Barbara Streisand to the white courtesy phone.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

symbolset Cloud (749 comments)

This should do wonders for the emerging cloud economy.

about two weeks ago
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Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

symbolset Re:Holy grey area! (159 comments)

Just take the GMO yeast to Montana and let it go in a barley field. THC will be in all the nation's beer shortly thereafter and impossible to remove.

about two weeks ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

symbolset Re:Bad programming (113 comments)

So you admit you are ignorant of the art of the day. BASIC was never intended for working code. This is given in the first word of the acronym: "Beginners"

about two weeks ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

symbolset Re:Bad programming (113 comments)

90's? Nope. Their software has always been utter crap.

about two weeks ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

symbolset Re:No-ip isn't shady (113 comments)

You might as well call DNS itself shady. 98% of malware networks use it to hide their tracks an keep their networks up.

about two weeks ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

symbolset Re:Microsoft have been abusing their position (113 comments)

They are always attacking the problem from the wrong end. They must. Once upon a time they did the right thing and tried to migrate to trusted repositories, but then they lost their nerve at the last moment and saved legacy app compatibility. Not that we trust them to fairly run the trusted repository either. They have not solved the problem because to them it is an intractable problem. The only effective solutions lead to Microsoft's demise.

about two weeks ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

symbolset Re:Americans don't care (201 comments)

So wait. You're saying China's most secure spy bureau does not subcontract their sysadmin duties to Dell, to be filled by an unvetted and frankly suspicious temporary worker? Not Iran, nor Syria either?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

symbolset Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (385 comments)

At this point all a new nuclear plant creates is a jobs program for lawyers. It would be more effective power generation to hook the lawyers to a windmill directly.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

symbolset Re: How about (385 comments)

The main purpose of government is to deplete the surplus productivity.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

symbolset Re:Flying car? (564 comments)

Our future does not hold hovercraft. It holds hoveround.

about three weeks ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

symbolset NSA doesn't care (206 comments)

They own the switches and the servers so where the user thinks his data is stored doesn't matter. They have versioned copies.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

symbolset ah (178 comments)

On trusting trust - K. Thompson, Bell labs. A classic.

about three weeks ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

symbolset Re:As a T-Mobile customer... (110 comments)

This was my thought. T-Mobile has always been kind to me.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

symbolset Re:to bad (681 comments)

And what if by then there is no decent choice.

about three weeks ago

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Ebola outbreak continues to expand

symbolset symbolset writes  |  yesterday

symbolset (646467) writes "In the realm of "stuff that matters", the current outbreak of the world's second deadliest disease continues to expand. 63 new cases are reported in the last week, and suspected cases far afield of the hot zone are reported.

Many reports of a lack of personal protective equipment and medical professionals abandoning their posts are in recent reports. The local populace is developing processes to prevent containment.

Ebola remains the second deadliest infection only because rabies victims have only one survivor reported after onset of symptoms, ever."

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Western Africa Ebola Outbreak Continues

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 2 months ago

symbolset (646467) writes "The ongoing outbreak, the first Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, continues unabated after four months. Today's report from Sierra Leone, where 8 patients were "rescued" from care this week and taken into the community: suspected cases have tripled in the last three days. All affected countries have new patients in this latest report."
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Google Fiber to expand in Kansas City area

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 4 months ago

symbolset (646467) writes "Google Fiber has announced plans to expand their footprint in the Kansas City area, and begun accepting sign ups. In addition to expanding the coverage area, 23 neighborhoods who failed to qualify in the first round are offered a second chance to rally enough interest. The rollout is expected to be completed by the end of this year — a much faster pace than has been seen previously. Google claims to have pulled over 6,000 miles of fiber in Kansas City at this point."
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Google working on 10Gbps fiber to the home

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 5 months ago

symbolset (646467) writes "Google CFO Patrick Pichette told an audience at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference that the company was already working on 10Gbps fiber for customers as part of the companys long term obsession with speed. Target timeline is three years."
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Flappy Bird author suffers from success, kills game

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 5 months ago

symbolset (646467) writes "The somewhat reclusive developer of inexplicable runaway hit Flappy Bird has announced that he "cannot take this anymore" and will be removing the game from app stores in 22 hours, as of 2:02 PM EST today.

The game purportedly only took a couple days to make and has been bringing in over $50k/day in ad revenue. What do you think — is too much success a bad thing?"

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Utah cable companies want to prevent broadband growth by law also

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 6 months ago

symbolset (646467) writes "On the heels of the smackdown received by cable lobbyists in Kansas, Ars reports out of Utah that the cable companies aren't giving up hopes of preventing competition through legislation. The bill called Interlocal Entity Service Prohibition would prevent a regional fiber consortium from building infrastructure outside the boundaries of its member cities and towns — a direct attack on Google's work in Provo and the UTOPIA network. Utah is the third state to be involved in the Google Fiber rollout of gigabit fiber to the home."
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Kansas to nix expansion of Google Fiber and municipal broadband

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 6 months ago

symbolset (646467) writes "Consumerist is reporting on a bill to restrict municipal support of broadband expansion. Purportedly to ensure a "level playing field" to encourage commercial expansion in this area, these bills are usually referred to as oligopoly protection acts. Everywhere they have been implemented expansion of new broadband technology stops. In this specific case no municipal entity in Kansas will be able to enter the same sort of agreements that enabled Google Fiber. From the bill:

Except with regard to unserved areas, a municipality may not, directly or indirectly: (1) Offer to provide to one or more subscribers, video, telecommunications or broadband service; or (2) purchase, lease, construct, maintain or operate any facility for the purpose of enabling a private business or entity to offer, provide, carry, or deliver video, telecommunications or broadband service to one or more subscribers.

More details at Muninetworks.org and GigaOM"
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Ball lightning caught on video and spectrograph

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 6 months ago

symbolset (646467) writes "Ball lightning has been reported for hundreds of years, and experimentally produced, but for the first time a natural will 'o wisp has been captured on video and amazingly, spectrograph, accidentally by researchers studying ordinary lightning."
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IDC: PC shipments decline worse than forecast, no recovery expected

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 8 months ago

symbolset (646467) writes "Zach Whittaker over at ZDNet covers an IDC report. In it the 2013 9.7% forecast decline in PC shipments is advanced to 10.1%. Further, IDC's longer-term forecast turns quite grim: contracting 23% from 2012 levels by 2017.

There is also a projection of future Windows tablet sales, and a statement that total Windows tablet sales for 2013 are expected to be "less than 7.5 million units"."

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Microsoft drops reviled "Stack Ranking" employee review system

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 8 months ago

symbolset (646467) writes "The Verge is reporting that in a company-wide email today Microsoft HR Chief Lisa Brummel announced a new employee review system that unambiguously drops the stack ranking system. The prior system had been widely blamed by analysts for counterproductive internal competition."
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Official: Microsoft to acquire Nokia Devices and Services

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

symbolset (646467) writes "REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland – Sept. 3, 2013 – Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions."

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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Leaking Out Of Control

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

symbolset (646467) writes "In a public press conference viewable on Arirang news Tepco general manager Masayuki Ono said today the situation is bleak: "We understand that this discharge is beyond our control and we do not think the current situation is good." As the groundwater the melted reactor cores are steeping in rises, the press expects the level to crest over the existing barriers and resume spilling into the sea in a matter of weeks."
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Prairie Village approves Google Fiber deal

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

symbolset (646467) writes "Last night the town of Prairie Village, Kansas voted to accept a deal with Google for Google Fiber Internet and video services. They are the 17th municipal entity to do agree to Google Fiber. Google Fiber is a service of Google which offers symmetric gigabit Internet service over fiber to the premises at very low rates."
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Hubble spots source of short GRB

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

symbolset (646467) writes "Researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope have imaged some evidence that the merger of neutron stars is responsible for producing a short-duration gamma ray burst. On June 3rd the Swift gamma-ray burst (GRB) mission detected GRB 130603B, a burst lasting only one tenth of a second nearly 4 billion lightyears away. Imaging with Hubble they located a small red dot which, over the course of the following two weeks dimmed. Cites an article in yesterday's special online edition of Nature."
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Asus CEO on Windows RT: "We're out."

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

symbolset (646467) writes "AllThingsD's intrepid reporter Ina Fried has an interview up where Asus chairman and CEO Jonney Shih says they will not make any more Windows RT devices until Microsoft proves demand for the product.

This leaves Dell as the only OEM who has not sworn off Windows RT. Dell is seeking to take itself private, relying on a $2 billion loan from Microsoft."

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$853 million revenues for Microsoft Surface

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

symbolset (646467) writes "Numerous sites are covering Microsoft's ordinarily dry 10-K report to the SEC today as it reveals more information about sales of tablets than previously disclosed. For the entire span of Microsoft Surface RT and Pro life so far, $853 million in revenues. As Microsoft has already written down $900 million in value of inventory on the Surface RT alone, this does not look good. Making it worse, additional advertising expense for Surface and Windows 8 come in at $898 million. If you're interested in directions in tech the 10-K is a long slog but worth the effort. Losses on the Surface Pro are yet to be revealed, and it is unknown whether Microsoft will be able to get the liquidation value out of their Surface RT stock that they expect.

Also in the 10-K: Microsoft doesn't want former Windows chief Stephen Sinofsky to work for Amazon, Apple, EMC, Google, Facebook, Oracle or VMware. The ban expires 12/31/13, so then he's free to do what he will."

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Mobile Slashdot is annoying

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 8 months ago

Yeah, I get it - you have to serve mobile kids too. I don't like that interface. Have been using classic on Android since I got it. I browse logged in. There should be configuration preference for "never show me the mobile site again".

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Backblaze Box 3.0

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

Apparently Backblaze has a third generation box out. Backblaze is a provider of online backup who has a fixed fee "all you can eat" price structure. Because of this they have to minimize the cost of providing their huge storage needs. They designed a 4U server to hold 45 drives some years ago and open sourced it. Netflix uses the design now for their CDN. Since then Backblaze has improved it some and it has been reported here.

Now there's a site where you can buy them for retail, and there's a new version out. If you want to put 180TB raw into 4U, there is no more efficient way to do it.

45drives.com

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It's about the people, stupid

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

In Star Trek they have a great deal of amazing technologies. Warp drive, transporters, phasers, replicators, lots of cool stuff. Some of these things have been realized at least partially with technology. Tech people love Star Trek mostly, and adore the tech. Some think that this is what Star Trek is about. This technology stuff is what makes Star Trek science fiction. This is not what Star Trek â" nor any popular fiction â" is about.

The tech in Star Trek has almost never been the story, and certainly never in a good episode. The tech is a method where the storyteller sets his story in a place just different enough from the current day that the audience can view the story objectively rather than subjectively. It is a prop. With this diversion the moral play becomes not a threat to the viewer's established prejudices because it happened in a mythical place far away in space and time, opening the viewer to alter their prejudices and experience (pleasurable) personal growth. Every Star Trek show is a moral play showing conflicts arising between people, and how they resolved them. It is about educating people about conflict resolution and ethical behavior. This and only this is why we watch. Roddenberry was shameless in re-telling all of the basic stories of the past in his postmodern future â" even Aesop's fables and Shakespeare. It's about the people because how people engage with other people is what we, as humans, connect with on an emotional level. That is what makes it a good story.

In the technology world we focus on the widget. What its gigawhats and megathings are relative to the one that came before. How many FPS it gets on TradeBench. This is entirely the wrong approach. The technology world is not about gigawhats. It's about people. People who have wants and needs, aspirations and dreams. To a certain extent we acknowledge this in the marketing department where the people who sell the stuff we make live and bring the money that buys our sweet engineering gear. Marketing understands this is how you sell things: You associate the thing in the customer's mind with a greater affinity with his family, the public, the world â" you empower and enable him to do what he needs or wants to do, to be important, or at least convince him you will, and he gives you his money.

Somehow a one-way conceptual firewall has been built between engineering and marketing where this idea cannot pass back to the people who invent stuff. Engineering doesn't respect marketing, and is living in its own Star Trek world where they invent ever more widgets they think are really cool and then fling them through the Barrier to Marketing to make of them what they can.

If you start instead at âoewhat do people really want and needâ and build that you don't need marketing much at all. People will beat down your door to get it once they know you have it. Make it your engineering goal to understand what people want and need at a basic human level, and focus on inventing stuff around enabling and empowering them to have that.

So what do people want and need? After air, food and shelter they want to connect with their fellow humans, to share and partake of sharing of each others' lives. This is why Facebook and Twitter are so huge. They want to relax and enjoy life, and enjoy songs and stories â" so, Netflix and Pandora. They want fame and recognition, so: Facebook and Twitter. Notice Facebook doesn't have a âoedislikeâ button? Know why that is? Because the fear of negative feedback would ruin the sharing experience by including the risk of rejection. They want love without fear. Give them that and they are yours.

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+5 Troll

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

Of all the achievements I've managed in my /. time, this one has escaped me: the moderation of +5 Troll. I believe this rare goal has been achieved, and would like a link to the incident.

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Shadowbanned?

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

I'm starting to detect some deviation from the former regime. Posts are no longer as controversial. My comments are not moderated as frequently - or at all. The front page is not as timely. There's a chance my idle maunderings don't even appear to most folk. The 16 hour outage of Hotmail and such remain unreported here. Something is amiss.

It may be time to take my leave of /. It was a long wonderful run but when it's over, it's over.

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The Heymann Petition has met its quota

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year and a half ago

The US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the professional prosecutor Steve Heymann both have petitions on the whitehouse "we the people" site calling for their termination in the wake of the Aaron Swartz scandal. The Ortiz petition was filled almost immediately, but the Heymann petition took longer. Today the Heymann petition is also filled.

The whitehouse has promised to give a response to petitions which meet these thresholds. Now we will find out what the response will be, and what the reaction to that response will be.

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Aaron Swartz: Steve Heymann needs to go too

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year and a half ago

There are plenty of signatures on the Whitehouse petition to fire US Attorney Carmen Ortiz but she's just a politician. The frontline prosecutor who drove this case was Steve Heymann. He needs to go too, but his petition isn't trending to enough votes to get it done. We need to be rid of him too.

So do your part and do him in: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/fire-assistant-us-attorney-steve-heymann/RJKSY2nb

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Is it a decade already?

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Just got notified that it's been 10 years since I created this /. account. Had a prior account long since lost, and lurked for a while before that. But wow. 10 years. Nerd world has changed a lot in 10 years. Should do a retrospective.

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Her name is Carmen Ortiz

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year and a half ago

The prosecutor who hounded Aaron Swartz to death, impoverishing his family and guaranteeing he would spend the rest of his natural days in federal prison because they had not enough to defend him properly: her name is Carmen Ortiz. She is the one who would do this to him - not for killing somebody, or stealing something, but for accessing information he was entitled to access manually in an automated way. Building scripts was his crime. Carmen Ortiz was his prosecutor. She killed him.

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Windows 8 falls behind Vista adoption pace at month 2

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Computerworld's Gregg Keizer reports that based on NetApplications current adoption statistics for Windows 8, the operating system is not achieving market share as fast as Windows Vista. At the 2 month point Vista was at 2.2% of all Windows devices. 2 months past Launch Windows 8 has achieved a share of only 1.6%. In a related note, Fujitsu President Masami Yamamoto has joined the chorus of PC OEM executives complaining of poor sales. Pointedly Yamamoto blames Windows 8 for Fujitsu missing their annual projected sales targets.

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voicefive.com is Comscore tracking

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year ago

The voicefive.com script that's taking forever to load on slashdot these days is used for usage tracking. It's harmless. But the server is so overloaded that it's taking pages forever to load.

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Making the turn

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year and a half ago

It's time to talk about the hard turn.

Change has been in the wind for a while now. The times, they are a-changing. We are going mobile. Windows PCs undersell mobile devices now by a rate of 1:2, and the change is logarithmic. This isn't some fad: real change is happening.

Some have read the weather well. Samsung especially, but Acer, Asus, Philips, Sony and Lenovo too. HP and Dell, not so much.

We're entering a new world now, that doesn't have legacy bindings holding us back. Let us make the most of it.

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The $100 Android tablet

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about a year and a half ago

In the run up to Santa season I see dozens of 7-9" Android tablets in the retail market with Android 4.0, capacitive touch screen and decent performance. A lot of them now marked "sold out". I think it's amazing that so much technology can be made so cheaply in such a small package. This is awesome.

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Intel, AMD "Windows only" chips are about software patents

symbolset symbolset writes  |  about 2 years ago

Both Intel and AMD came out last week with chips that are focused on "Windows 8 first" and don't even pretend to be openly documented or available to all. That both would so suddenly reverse course on being open was a surprise. There are good reasons why Microsoft needs advanced access to integrate their software with innovative new processor technologies, and why AMD and Intel might be persuaded to cooperate. Together they are defending the "Wintel PC" ecosystem against the world's largest corporation by market capitalization, Apple, who is engaging in "vertical integration" by designing software and processor and other platform technologies together in a way that optimally balances the tradeoffs between what hardware best does and software best does. That is powerful leverage. But for Intel and AMD - and you and I - this is a trap and the consequences of this solution are dire.

It's about software patents. By Microsoft convincing Intel and AMD to focus on Windows only for the launch of these new power technologies, to secretly work with Microsoft on development, Microsoft get a jump start on the software patents. While the hardware interface is obfuscated Microsoft has six months to a year to file for patents on every possible software use of the hardware interfaces they can think of to use it. You can bet they're churning out patents by the hundred as I type this on things anybody reading the plain specifications would find obvious but the patent office will not. Microsoft will own utterly all the software uses of this hardware innovation, and by extension prevent all progress it enables that Microsoft does not control. Because of the ridiculous way patents work, this hands Microsoft complete control not only of these innovations but the entire systems which use them, of which they compose only a miniscule part.

Then when the facilities are openly documented and the open systems come out that leverage these technologies: BAM! Software patent lawsuits out the wazoo, and the Windows monopoly is protected against competition and progress for another human generation - unless Intel and AMD are killed utterly. Much like Samsung makes the touchscreen and owns huge patents on the technology, and then Apple and Microsoft sue Samsung for making devices incorporating touchscreens because they patented software that interprets certain software implementations of swiping and tapping.

As an unintended consequence Intel and AMD -only- get to move forward if Windows moves forward since Microsoft has all the patents on using the technologies they invented. By selling Microsoft this advantage for whatever they got in return, they've mortgaged their future to a single vendor and lost their ability to compete in open systems against ARM and Android. They've sunk their own boat. They can expect that Microsoft will use that lever to best advantage against their "partners" Intel and AMD, as Microsoft never misses a trick in that regard.

Intel has announced that "future platforms" with their technology will be open to Linux. AMD has announced that "Hondo" is being retrofitted with Android. Unfortunately, it is already too late. They have been cooperating with Microsoft secretly for many months before these announcements. The first patent applications on the most obvious uses of this hard-won hardware innovation are almost certainly already filed, with more to follow.

Don't pay to make yourself a victim again. Avoid these chips and anything tainted with this technology. Make AMD and Intel start from scratch, open from the start, if they want your money. At least then the open software implementations have a fair shot at establishing free and open prior art before Microsoft's lawyers have a chance to file their stupid software patents. Only with open hardware with well-documented interfaces available from the start can progress move forward, and even then only if the people who want to do interesting useful stuff step up and publish at least one way to use it before somebody who wants to control it utterly and prevent others from using it can whip up their patent thicket applications and beat them to the patent office.

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Stopped they must be; on this all depends.

symbolset symbolset writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've just posted this submission.

Reddit is going dark January 19th in opposition of SOPA/PIPA.

If you like the submission, it would be nice if you helped bump it up the firehose. If you don't like it, but want to help then please submit a better article.

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Slashdot has a tyrant

symbolset symbolset writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I adore /. for its purity of thought, its perfection of moderation that lets me see all the words writ by any who would write, even though most have little useful to say.

The egalitarianism of the moderation system is perfect in its design and execution. It's a beautiful thing. Some seven years I've read and subsumed every comment reading at -1, and learned quite more from the -1's than the +5's. Among other things I have the 2^8 days read in a row achievement, and that was just when I was logged in. You can be assured that if you've writ a comment on /. in the last seven years, it's likely I've read it. If you've been wondering if anybody bothered to read your work, rest easy.

Even though I've posted things when I was a drunk ass and would like to erase them, I appreciate that you can't take /. comments back or edit them once posted, and worked that to my advantage.

Today though, I have a different issue. Once upon a time at /. there was a particularly difficult user: twitter. Twitter's a guy. He's got issues, but he knows his shit and he's tapped into the tech vein that we crave.

/. is a good thing, but it has one thing I cannot in good conscience bear. Somebody on the /. staff has it in for the user "twitter", and unlimited modpoints such that even referencing the name "twitter" is proscribed. I'm not OK with that. twitter was an idiot sometimes, quite open about his sockpuppets, and gaming the /. system. He was also one of the most prolific posters of timely and interesting articles. Whether he was good or bad is irrelevant to me - that some moderator can transparently banish him so thoroughly that I dare not mention him for fear of being modded instantly from +5 to -1 just for mentioning him, is.

I'm an American, and this looks like prior restraint of speech to me.

I love me some /., but this is a game I won't play.

If /. can't bear the mention of twitter, maybe I should try Reddit. I hate the Redditor thing, but maybe it's better than a site that pretends to be purely open except that it can't bear "twitter". Reddit looks to me like a site more open to dissent than one that can't bear a twitter.

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The +5 comments achievement

symbolset symbolset writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I'm really getting annoyed by the +5 comments achievement thing. A long time ago I hit 2 to the 7th +5 comments. I'm sure I've had 128 more since then. Why don't I have the 2 to the 8th achievement? Is there a cap?

The new user interface increased the difficulty level considerably, but I think I've earned that 2 to the 8th achievement and I want it NOW.

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Congratulations Hemos

symbolset symbolset writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hemos, a co-founder of slashdot.org started his new job on 8/15 as a program manager at Google. This according to his Twitter

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Apple tops the S&P

symbolset symbolset writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Today at the close of the market Apple became the largest publicly held corporation by market capitalization. At $337.17 billion Apple's market value came to more than the prior number 1, Exxon which closed the day valued at $330.7 billion. Apple has had an amazing run up in the last few years, growing over 320% in the last 32 months. Most attribute this to the strengths of new products the iPhone and iPad, which between them account for two thirds of the company's revenues.

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