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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm To Launch Dec. 7th

velen cha-ching! (431 comments)

The next best thing to happen since sliced bread? :p Speaking from Blizzard's perspective; of course.

more than 4 years ago

Fragmentation vs. Obsolescence In the Android Ecosphere

velen Re:This is Apple's most successful FUD astroturf (315 comments)

It has little to do with Apple. People are used to having their software up to date when they use smart phones. Android has plenty of defects in the earlier iterations that you need to develop work arounds for. The newer versions give much better functionality and performance, but if you are not able to develop your application for the newer platform, none of the benefits will pass on to the end user. While the iPhone apps keep getting better, Android developers will be catering to the least common denominator.

more than 4 years ago

This Is Apple's Next iPhone

velen oh really? (492 comments)

I bet it is a i9+++ phone.

more than 4 years ago

IBM Breaks Open Source Patent Pledge

velen Re:IBM is not suing the project. (359 comments)

From Ars Technica

"In many ways, the project arguably benefits IBM by encouraging interest in the mainframe platform. That is largely why IBM has shown no hostility towards Hercules in the past. In fact, IBM's own researchers and System Z specialists have lavished Hercules with praise over the years after using it themselves in various contexts. The project was even featured at one time in an IBM Redbook. What brought about IBM's change in perspective was an unexpected effort by the TurboHercules company to commercialize the project in some unusual ways.

TurboHercules came up with a bizarre method to circumvent the licensing restrictions and monetize the emulator. IBM allows customers to transfer the operating system license to another machine in the event that their mainframe suffers an outage. Depending on how you choose to interpret that part of the license, it could make it legally permissible to use IBM's mainframe operating system with Hercules in some cases.

Exploiting that loophole in the license, TurboHercules promotes the Hercules emulator as a "disaster recovery" solution that allows mainframe users to continue running their mainframe software on regular PC hardware when their mainframe is inoperable or experiencing technical problems. This has apparently opened up a market for commercial Hercules support with a modest number of potential customers, such as government entities that are required to have redundant failover systems for emergencies, but can't afford to buy a whole additional mainframe."

more than 4 years ago

IBM Breaks Open Source Patent Pledge

velen IBM is not suing the project. (359 comments)

IBM is suing TurboHercules who are out to make money out of the Hercules project.

From the TurboHercules website.

"The TurboHercules Niche
TurboHercules is looking to carve out a commercial niche that complements—not competes with—the IBM mainframe.

The niche we see for TurboHercules is to focus on ancillary workloads such as mainframe education, training, demonstrations, pre- and post-processing, data preparation, archiving, development and testing. However, IBM has restricted the use of its operating system software to IBM mainframes only.

But, there is an exception. The worldwide IBM Customer Agreement clearly states that “if the designated machine is inoperable, the customer may use another machine temporarily.” Disaster recovery / business continuity is an ideal fit for TurboHercules since the backup and related communications occur without the need to run any IBM software on the TurboHercules machine.

For an overview of our disaster recovery offerings, please visit our DR Solutions page."

more than 4 years ago

The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans

velen Re:FOSS (945 comments)

Android called to let you know that despite the hype, it is trying to appease too many mobile operators with vested interests.

about 5 years ago

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project

velen Re:Talk about overreacting (687 comments)

As a kid I played killing people. It was either cowboys and indians or police and robbers. But now apparently kids need to be cocooned till they are 18 and then must know everything at once. No time to learn what is right and wrong.

Of course, if they allowed people to get smart, the army wouldn't get recruits for the war on terror.

about 5 years ago

Google Eliminates Gizmo5 Client For Linux

velen Gizmo is being re-evaluated and may go extinct (176 comments)

From the TFA.


Google welcomes Gizmo5
Thursday, November 12, 2009 | 2:30 PM
Today we're pleased to announce we've acquired Gizmo5, a company that provides Internet-based calling software for mobile phones and computers. While we don't have any specific features to announce right now, Gizmo5's engineers will be joining the Google Voice team to continue improving the Google Voice and Gizmo5 experience. Current Gizmo5 users will still be able to use the service, though we will be suspending new signups for the time being, and existing users will no longer be able to sign up for a call-in number.

We've acquired a number of small companies over the past five years, and the people and technology that have come to Google from other places have contributed in many ways, large and small, to all kinds of Google products. Since the GrandCentral team joined Google in 2007, they've done incredible things with Google's technology and resources to launch and improve Google Voice.

We welcome the Gizmo5 team to Google and look forward to working together to bringing more useful features to Google Voice.


The future of Gizmo is being evaluated. It is not just the Linux client we have to worry about.

more than 5 years ago

OpenSSH Going Strong After 10 Years With Release of v5.3

velen Re:I know I'm not alone in this... (249 comments)

Life with openssh is hard to imagine. We use it without a second thought these days. A very big thank you to all those who contributed to it.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Pushes Unwanted Software To PCs, Again

velen Re:Not really... (267 comments)

I second that. iTunes needs to be broken up into a media player and the rest of the syncing apps should be separate installs that plug into iTunes or run with their own GUI.

more than 5 years ago

NCSoft Drops GameGuard From Western Launch of Aion

velen From the TFA (104 comments)

September 17, 2009 4:34 PM

As we draw closer to tomorrow I wanted to give everyone a brief update on the progress of our live version. We are excited to announce that we will be serving out the final update for you to patch within the next few hours. You will be able to use this version for both our Preselection and our Head Start. We are very excited with our final product and think that you will be as well! Below are the release notes for the patch you will see later today:

- Aion now features all three languages French, German and English. To select your language simply right click on Aion within your launcher and go to Properties->Language Options. Please select which languages you wish to download and which you wish Aion to display.

- After analyzing our open beta test results Aion will not feature GameGuard at launch. We will however continue to pursue ways to effectively utilize GameGuard within Aion in the future. Right now we're focused on providing players with the best possible Aion experience.

- The level cap is now level 50 (previously 45).

- Players will be able to reserve 2 character names during Preselection and create 8 characters in total once Head Start begins and beyond.

- Channels will be set to 10 instances for the beginning 2 zones of each faction. Please note that these will be lowered as characters progress and spread throughout Atreia.

Aion Producer


So they will introduce it in the future.

more than 5 years ago

Spyware Prank Exposes Hospital Medical Records

velen Re:Couldn't happen here... (319 comments)

Great. Now get some of those vendors to translate their solutions to English and post it for sale outside of Belgium. Software in Dutch for Linux, hmm...

more than 5 years ago

iPhone Gets .Net App Development

velen whats the point? (327 comments)

You still a Mac to develop this. It is very specific to the iPhone. The delegate model closely mimics the Objective C libraries. You still need to pay the Apple developer license for testing and deployment. It still uses XCode (which is free). It costs a few thousand dollars for the enterprise version in addition to the Apple fees.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft: Windows 7 Upgrade Can Take Nearly a Day

velen terrible waste of time to baby sit a computer (706 comments)

Why can't the indexing service work in the background while you use the computer for something else? It can just move the files to the new directory structure and index it later.

more than 5 years ago

Father of Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug, Dies at 95

velen Re:Now we know who to blame for... (227 comments)

Then again, if they're advocating committing mass murder or genocide for the sake of conserving resources.

I thought a future variant of the H1N1 that doesn't have a vaccination was supposed to do that as per the illuminati's master plan.
/tinfoil hat /popcorn

more than 5 years ago

EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

velen fix the damn title (538 comments)

It is not suicide, it is euthanasia. Big !@#!@# difference.

more than 5 years ago

OS Performance — Snow Leopard, Windows 7, and Ubuntu 9.10

velen 10.6.1? (688 comments)

Going by the Phoronix report, it looks like we need to wait for 10.6.1 or 10.6.2 for the graphics engine to be fixed. It is apparently slower than 10.5 right now.

more than 5 years ago

Suitable Naming Conventions For Workstations?

velen Not a stupid question after all, eh? (688 comments)

Looking at all the replies and the discussions, the OP didn't ask such a bad question.

more than 5 years ago



Service pack download sizes

velen velen writes  |  about 7 years ago

velen (1198819) writes "Vista SP1 download is approximately 50MB. Leopard 10.5.2 is approximately 450MB. How does this reflect on the QA done on products before they are released to the consumers? Why is it acceptable for software products to be beta tested by the end consumers? If you look at it, both Vista and Leopard 10.5.0 had defects that could result in data loss. Isn't this sufficient ground for taking action against these organizations? A smaller software company with this level of bugs in their production software is likely to get sued."


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