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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

the_B0fh Re:It helps to actually use the thing. (141 comments)

Right... Then you should be happy that you can still sell your Mac for some $$ which will cover your next windows laptop.

6 hours ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

the_B0fh Re: I don't follow (369 comments)

Whereas many of the Apple fans, old and new, seem to like the way Apple/OS X works over both Linux and Windows.

It's not as if there's no cheap(er) Windows options out there, or more expensive Windows options out there. How come Apple's marketshare is growing YoY, especially in face of declining marketshare among general PC vendors.

And on top of that, the user satisfaction ratings are through the roof (heck, the iPad had a higher approval rating than Samsung's tablet *IN* South Korea last year).

It would appear that their choices are in alignment with their users more than anyone else.

3 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

the_B0fh Re:Set the record straight (107 comments)

But wait, I thought OP's stance was that Apple uses bog standard parts. Now you're claiming Apple use proprietary parts.

Which is it?!?!

4 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

the_B0fh Re: I don't follow (369 comments)

No no, this could turn out to be an HaterGate. Please do not try to bring facts into it! Let people who don't even use OS X come in and rant about the poor choices Apple consistently makes.

4 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

the_B0fh Re:Some Sense Restored? (519 comments)

So, how many systems do you manage where SELinux is actually in use, and by that, I do not mean enabled with a "allow all".

5 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

the_B0fh Re:GPS (86 comments)

You are missing a sarcasm tag, hopefully.

5 days ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

the_B0fh Re:No technical solution for a social problem (210 comments)

Sure. But, encryption of in-flight and at-rest data thwarts both passive and dragnet surveillance. This is *exactly* the thing that we've been screaming about for the past year or so.

Uh, no. What has been screamed about is that meta data collection is happening on a broad scale

Methinks someone doesn't understand what dragnet means.

about two weeks ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

the_B0fh Re:Shellshock is way worse (94 comments)

Reading's over rated if all OP wanted to do was rant and dump on Linux...

about two weeks ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

the_B0fh Re:What do you expect? (367 comments)

You don't know how long a pop up window is active without a key logger? You kidding me?

My god, how do people even make excuses for shit like this?!

about three weeks ago
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Interview With Facebook's Head of Open Source

the_B0fh Re:I wouldn't cite those projects if I were you (29 comments)

You do realize their implementation of PHP is the only secure form of PHP out there? The one they released as a virtual machine?

about three weeks ago
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Interview With Facebook's Head of Open Source

the_B0fh Re:I wouldn't cite those projects if I were you (29 comments)

Are you fucking shitting me? It's an open source license. That means you can fork it at will if they screw with the license. Is this what passes for critical thinking around here, or is it just bash anything at will?

about three weeks ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

the_B0fh Re:yeah! ceo pay is it! (200 comments)

Stop trying to make sense on the Internet!

about a month ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

the_B0fh Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

I'm not sure you understand how debating works. OP made a claim. I asked for evidence. The onus is on OP to provide the evidence.

If you have evidence to back up your position, by all means, please do share.

about a month ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

the_B0fh Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Uh. Help me out here. You wrote:

The classic "wage gap" complaint has always been based on ignoring the "hours worked" gap.

and as evidence you pointed me to: http://online.wsj.com/articles...

which does not discuss this at all. How does the article back up your argument again? Would you like to find another article from a reputable source or a peer reviewed journal?

Also, you claim:

It's comparing equal pay for equal work and education.

and the article you are using as evidence says:

At every education level, from high-school dropouts to Ph.D.s, women continue to earn less than their male peers.

I am unable comprehend how you managed to read "equal pay for equal work and education" from "At every education level, from high-school dropouts to Ph.D.s, women continue to earn less than their male peers."

Thanks.

about a month ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

the_B0fh Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

So, did you read just one paragraph and miss out the rest of the article? A 33% gap does not appear to be "equal" in my dictionary.

While these particular women earn more than their male peers, women on the whole haven't reached equal status in any particular job or education level. For instance, women with a bachelor's degree had median earnings of $39,571 between 2006 and 2008, compared with $59,079 for men at the same education level, according to the Census.

At every education level, from high-school dropouts to Ph.D.s, women continue to earn less than their male peers.

about a month ago

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LibreSSL released!

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 3 months ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "LibreSSL Portable has been released for Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X and FreeBSD. This is a drop-in replacement for OpenSSL, and is written by the team that wrote OpenBSD and OpenSSH which the entire Internet uses. I hope to see LibreSSL take over from OpenSSH.

Donations are appreciated: http://www.openbsdfoundation.o...

Downloads at: http://www.libressl.org/

http://undeadly.org/cgi?action..."

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LibreSSL Update

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 5 months ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "Bob Beck reports on the progress the OpenBSD team has made on LibreSSL. Some highlights:

Code was horrible. Nobody wanted to touch it. OpenSSL Foundation appears to be a million dollar a year for-profit company doing FIPS consulting. Bugs rot for years in bug tracker. ROP coding function — allows you to jump to any arbitrary address — ROP coder's wet dream! Current third party ports are all insecure. Need funding. Linux Foundation has not committed to support LibreSSL."

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Apple demonstrates leadership

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 8 months ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "NCPPR pushed for a shareholder proposal that Apple only commit to doing things that were profitable — a position rejected by the majority of Apple's stockholders, receiving only 2.95% vote.

Tim Cook responded by saying, "When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don't consider the bloody ROI," and said the same thing for environmental issues, worker safety and other areas where Apple is the leader.

"If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock."

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo..."

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High End Mac Pro is 40% cheaper than what you can build it for?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 9 months ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "That is interesting. Apple is the value proposition. Building your own high end Mac Pro would cost you $14,300. From Apple, it costs just a tad under $10k. If you can even find a PCIe 1TB Flash drive.

And of course, you lose things like the beautiful case, Apple's AppleCare service, the 6 Thunderbolt2, OSX, etc.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/12/24/apples-new-mac-pro-a-better-value-than-the-sum-of-its-parts"

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Is Democracy possible in Malaysia?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "ay 5 was the national election day in Malaysia. The people are very unhappy with the government. Over $1.5 trillion was stolen through corruption in the past 30 years. The prime minister is alleged to be involved in a cover up of the killing of a Mongolian model http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Shaariibuugiin_Altantuyaa to hush up the corruption case in the purchase of French submarines — http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/scorpenes-sting-liberation-publishes-expose-re-malaysias-bribery-murder-scandal-05347/"

Now, there allegations of widespread election fraud, tampering with votes, bringing in foreign nationals to vote, paying for votes, and outright fraudulent votes and ballot boxes being moved in during the counting period. Apparently there is wide spread electricity "outages", and after the power comes back on, new ballot boxes have magically appeared.

Does anyone, including the US government, have the power to intervene and force a clean election? Or will the ones in power continue to abuse and corrupt the process in order to stay in power/ Will the citizens of Malaysia be strong enough to stand up for themselves? Will Malaysia experience the Malaysian Spring and overthrow a corrupt government?"

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Is democracy possible in Malaysia?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "May 5 was the national election day in Malaysia. The people are very unhappy with the government. Over $1.5 trillion was stolen through corruption in the past 30 years. The prime minister is alleged to be involved in a cover up of the killing of a Mongolian model http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Shaariibuugiin_Altantuyaa to hush up the corruption case in the purchase of French submarines — http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/scorpenes-sting-liberation-publishes-expose-re-malaysias-bribery-murder-scandal-05347/"
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Did Samsung pull dirty tricks on Apple?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "Samsung admitted to paying college students to report fake problems with their HTC phones in Taiwan. Turns out that Samsung also hired a marketing agency to create fake blogs in UK and Sweden:

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/04/21/apple-samsung-agent-provocateurs/?iid=HP_LN

http://brianford.newsvine.com/_news/2012/08/12/13234078-samsung-hired-a-marketing-agency-to-fake-blog-about-its-products

http://www.kullin.net/2010/02/samsung-caught-in-fake-swedish-viral-campaign/

So, the question is — how much of the current anti-Apple campaign by rabid Samsung fanboys are actually paid advertising...?"

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Is it inevitable that smartphones will copy each other?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

the_B0fh writes "Is it inevitable that new and useful features will be copied from competing smartphones? Even if features and functions are copied, is it OK to mimic it all the way down to the icon?

Samsung seems to be very blatant in copying Apple's passbook over here..."

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STUPID SECURITY POLICIES AT BLIZZARD

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the_B0fh writes "Blizzard locks your account everytime it detects an IP address change. My ISP changes my IP address more often than some of you change underwear.

I haven't played a blizzard game in a while, and within the past couple of days, I had it locked, and each time, it is a pain in the ass to get it unlocked — because I did not register with my real name.

1) Why do I have to login *ONLINE* to play StarCraft 2 or Diablo 3, which are offline games?
2) Why are they locking accounts based on IP address changes and *FORCING A DAMNED PASSWORD RESET EACH TIME TO UNLOCK IT* — It's a damned pain in the ass.
3) Why all the damned security theater, especially for people who don't care to play online, you damned idiots.

This is pissing me off so much that I'm seriously considering not buying the next SC2. *GAH*"

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Google deletes G+ emails out of INBOX without consent?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the_B0fh writes "Make sure you enable emailed notification in G+
Create a public post on G+.
Have a friend post a comment.
Check your INBOX — see the comment.
Have friend delete comment.
See that email disappear from your INBOX.

Isn't that a pretty major violation of trust?"
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ACM performing character assassination

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "This is fucking embarrassing. The Association for Computing Machinery is performing character assassination based on falsehoods.

Here is the basic issue. Cisco obtained a patent for VRRP, and licensed it under RAND. The BSD license does not allow RAND licensing (constraints). Theo/OpenBSD tried to work with them, and they said — go away.

IANA, the people responsible for assigning IP protocol numbers basically said you have to bend over and we don't use lube.

So, OpenBSD, after 2 years of trying to work with them, released their own implementation called CARP.

And someone this one FreeBSD developer thinks it's all OpenBSD's fault? Do you even understand how the BSD license works?

ACM — *SHAME ON YOU* *SHAME SHAME SHAME*

http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&m=133832434412686&w=2"

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Why does a 5 year warranty suddenly disappear when you get a replacement drive?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the_B0fh writes "I have some drives that are having problems, so I sent them back to the manufacturer. The original drives had various warranty end dates from 2013 to 2014.

The replacement drives that came back all had uniformly warranties that ran out in a few months (something like 90 days).

Shouldn't the warranty last as long as the warranty on my original drive?"
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No good cheap disk enclosures?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "OK, 3TB drives are now out. Rather than building a zfs server in the basement and be limited by wireless, I've been considering just putting some drives in an enclosure and then hooking up a firewire (I have a macbook pro, and prefer that to usb, thank you very much).

Why aren't there any external disk enclosures that just holds a bunch of drives and connect via firewire? I don't want your raid or anything else, I just want firewire, sata backplane, power, and that's it.

MacZFS works fine, and with Tens Complement coming out soon (fingers crossed), I'll have all the ZFS goodness that I can need."
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IBM Tivoli Identity Manager *REQUIRES* RLOGIN?!

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "It's 2011 — why does the Tivoli Identity Manager (TIM) agent *REQUIRE* rlogin to function!?!?

The bigger question — WHY HAS NOT ONE CUSTOMER COMPLAINED ABOUT IT?!??!?!"
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Stupid defaults

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "Been doing some searches in Outlook. Why are the defaults so stupid? Why does it not default to search all subfolders? And there's no option to change that as well!

I'm doing a search. That means I'm trying to find something. That probably means it's here, or somewhere in here....

Another stupid design — why does the "search" menu item disappear and reappear? WHY DO I HAVE TO START A SEARCH SO THAT I CAN GO INTO SEARCH TOOLS TO LOOK AT THE INDEXING STATUS?!

bloody morons designing crap. And lets not get into how they don't understand what a message-id is."
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How badly can hardware vendors suck?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "Adventure in sucky vendor land. Apparently some vendors timebomb their debug firmware — the firmware they ask you to run, to help them, on the hardware that *YOU* own, reducing it to... a doorstop.

Is this malicious? Can it be considered malicious? Or merely incompetent?"

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social network games have no customer service?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "OK.... question — should players of "free" games such as Mafia Wars by Zynga, and so on, be able to expect to get customer service, when the games have bugs and causes the characters to have issues?

Here's my issue — I have been addicted to Mafia Wars on facebook, by Zynga. Last November, Zynga had some "minor issues" with some users, and unfortunately, I was one of them. My char was reset to 500k exp (level 250-300 or so), and the next level up exp was 1.05mil exp (level 409).

I was patient, and waited for them to fix the problem. They claimed to have fixed it, but, apparently didn't fix my char. I wrote to them. Got ignored. Wrote again. Got ignored. Wrote 4-5 times. Keep getting stupid form letters asking me for OS version, how much ram do you have, what browser, etc etc. Sent a screen shot showing them the exp needed to level was too much (average of 4000 exp to level, not 500,000).

Customer service prefers to sit on their ass and keep asking stupid questions, and sending out useless FAQs.

So, my question is — does Zynga have an obligation to me? Am I not a customer?"
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facebook disables because I said IE was crap?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

the_B0fh writes "My facebook acct just got disabled. Barely 5-10 minutes ago, I commented to someone that IE was "[[soapbox]] crap" and they should use firefox + greasemonkey + facebook invites if they want to add friends to their mobs in facebook games.

And suddenly, without any warning, my facebook acct was disabled. Of course their FAQ tells you nothing. And yes, I reported it to disabled@facebook.com, but you don't even get a response email back.

And so, all of a sudden, I just lost contact with a whole bunch of friends. This sucks. Should facebook have full disclosure on the reason why an account was disabled? Can they disable accounts for no reason at all, or because someone reported you for saying "Internet Explorer sucks"?

At least that's what I think the reason was — when you report your acct being disabled, *YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO TELL THEM WHY YOU THOUGHT IT WAS DISABLED?!?!* WTF?!

Where's the appeals process? Why isn't the appeals process more open?

Disclosure: A friend got me hooked on Mob Wars, and I'm playing a bunch of other facebook sanctioned games. They all want you to invite more and more friends into your mob, so I do it every now and then. And stop sending invites out whenever I hit their warning. The most recent warning a few days ago, so that shouldn't be it.

ps: send invites to http://www.facebook.com/goodb0fh if they turn me back on! :)"

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