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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

whoever57 Re:Fedora fork too (534 comments)

That just means that functionality has moved elsewhere. For example, the services that must be started before Postfix, the reload function, etc.

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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

whoever57 Re:Where are teh sditors? (312 comments)

The last line of this summery is just flame bate...Editors, please edit these things!

The Editor did edit the submission -- to add the flame-bait!

2 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

whoever57 Re:Perfectly-timed? (250 comments)

Take a look at Samsung's sales figures and profits. They're both tanking. I'm not saying that's a result of the iPhone 6 though, they'd already started doing that before the iPhone 6 launch.

For the most part, Samsung doesn't really compete with Apple, Samsung competes with the many other manufacturers of Android phones. It's only in the flagship products (Galaxy, Note) where there is competition with Apple, but I don't think that these represent the bulk of Samsung's sales outside the USA.

3 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

whoever57 Re: Perfectly-timed? (250 comments)

Apple hasn't really innovated much since Steve left the scene.

And for a long time before Steve left the scene. Apple has been a success by letting other companies release new types of devices and then execute their own version of that type of device. Apple did not create the first portable music player, the first smartphone, the first WIMP interface, etc.. Apple's success has largely been down to executing arguably better versions of devices that already exist in the marketplace. Now, Apple is also benefitting from being perceived as a luxury brand.

3 days ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

whoever57 Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

Here in New Jersey, we deregulated the energy industry 15 years ago. There are indeed many companies offering to sell electricity to me.

I think that you will find that the infrastructure owner is still regulated and required to cooperate with the generators of electricity (who are deregulated).

The situation that you have is very similar to what many people on /. have called for: companies can own and operate the local loops or provide Internet access (using the local loops), but not both. Alternatively the local loop owners should provide access to the local loops to competitive ISPs, who would ocmpete with the local loop operator to provide cable TV and Internet. This did happen briefly in parts of the USA, but the large cable companies were able to make the system break down.

5 days ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

whoever57 Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

That is how free markets work. When there is good competition, you have the highest available quality, and the lowest cost, the market will bear.

If you think that there is anything like a free market in providing TV and Internet to consumers, then I have a bridge to sell you. Other countries have forced the owners of the local loops to offer (at near cost) access to alternative suppliers. This has resulted in competition and far lower prices than in the USA.

Cable companies have received both direct and indirect subsidies to build out their infrastructure. The chance of an alternative (other than another incumbent) to that is close to zero.

Why isn't there another company offering to sell electricity or gas to me?

about a week ago
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Tech Workers Oppose Settlement They Reached In Silicon Valley Hiring Case

whoever57 Re:Take the money and run (54 comments)

He pointed out the defendant's legal budgets are essentially infinite, and they are more than willing to fight the case to the supreme court. Once you get there, a victory by the plaintiffs are not assured. Remember, these are the guys who handed down Citizen's United. Do you want a new TV now, or a very(!) small chance to get a new car 5-10 years from now? That's what it comes down to.

That's a very good arguement for why the lawyers don't want to argue this further. Not so much for their clients. $5000 is not very much money for each person affected by this, but the millions that the lawyers will get is a lot of money. Furthermore, the lawyers may have to put in 10x the effort to get 10x in damages, which means 10x the fees. As a lawyer, would you:
1. Take the money now and find another lawsuit to work on, or
2. Put in 10x the effort, for the chance of getting 10x the rewards?
Obviously you choose the former.

for the clients, though, the question is rather different: Would you
1. Take a small amount of money now, or
2. Gamble on getting 10x the money, just by being prepared to wait for the money?
That's a very different equation.

about a week ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

whoever57 Re:Why..... (259 comments)

National security letter shenanigans would mean that I wouldn't even have any management staff physically in the USA, there would be no staff in the USA to deliver a NSL to.

While NSA letters are bad, what make you think that the same (and worse) isn't already going on in most other countries?

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

whoever57 Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (405 comments)

Seriously - bring a package of cookies for the flight crew. .... And it's not a job that's appreciated terribly much - look at the comments in this thread, just for starters - so it goes a long way.

Beyond being polite to the attendants, I don't see any need for any more. It may be a crappy job, but it was their choice to do that job. There are vastly more applicants for the job than people hired.

... and will probably sneak you a non-alcoholic treat at some point during the flight

"non-alcoholic": wow! Actually, politeness may get you an alcoholic drink, but probably only on long-haul flights when the attendants are bored.

about a week ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

whoever57 Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

Criminals and the insane, for instance, are certainly persons, but may have many of the rights limited and some outright revoked

Or companies, which have most if not all of the rights of natural persons (except for the right to vote), and few of the responsibilities.

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

whoever57 Re:Changes require systematic, reliable evidence.. (336 comments)

These networks are owned by the ISPs. It seems to me that government, before it steps in and tells them how best to run their networks, should have the burden of showing how net neutrality is better for the network than prioritization schemes.

What you describe is exactly how it's supposed to work. If the government wants to control the hundreds of billions of dollars of network infrastructure that private companies have invested i

Except that those private companies have received 1. direct subsidies, 2. Free intellectual property usage (basic TCP/IP technologies) and 3. free usage of rights of way.

So, since we, the public, have heavily subsidised those privately owned networks, we should also have the right to regulate them. Finally, since the ISPs have been pushing for local monopoly status, they should accept that they are treated like a local monopoly (subject to regulation).

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

whoever57 Re:People (481 comments)

Face it: humans really are different from the other animals.

Oh, really?

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Docs Reveal List of 30 Countries Hacked On Orders of FBI Informant Sabu

whoever57 Re:The King Demands (78 comments)

"Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal,"

Nixon, 1977.

about three weeks ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

whoever57 Re:PIGS (72 comments)

My personal "aha moment" came when I was talking to a policeman that I knew in a social setting. I mentioned an article that the local paper had published. In the article, the reporters described their experience of going around local police stations asking for information that the police were required to provide under state law. In a few cases, the reporters were given the information, but mostly the responses ranged from "no" to opening an investigation on the reporters.

To get to the point -- the response of the policeman, of whom I had no knowledge if he was personally involved in failing to provide the information, was to go from pleasant conversation to *very* frosty. Why? Once can speculate, but perhaps most likely is simply that he considered solidarity with his colleagues more important than the fact that the police were routinely breaking state law.

about three weeks ago
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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

whoever57 Re:This sounds familar... (54 comments)

Pluto's designation is based on it's size, mostly

I thought that it had more to do with 2 factors: 1. Its composition (mostly ice) and 2: Its highly eccentric orbit.

There is a name for bodies which are mostly ice and have very eccentric orbits: "asteroid".

about three weeks ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

whoever57 Perfect example (72 comments)

If anyone ever wanted an example of why LEO agencies cannot be trusted, this is it.

about three weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

whoever57 Privacy implications? (153 comments)

What's in this for the NSA, FBI and other LEO?

Will the phone owner be able to turn it off?

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

whoever57 OMG!!!! Rapidswitch (302 comments)

I realized that I have a Virtual Private server that is hosted in the City of London. There must be countless others.

Imagine the things that they could be used for. Perhaps even watching UK television "catch-up" services. Or, actually running a website in this idiot's own turf. OMG. What should I do?

about three weeks ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

whoever57 Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

If the dealer requirement is removed so direct sells are allowed, expect an influx of inexpensive vehicles from SE Asia with no means of warranty repair or service. Yes, buyer be ware, but really, is it a good idea for the masses to be purchasing vehicles from Amazon?

Strangely, this anarchic sale of cars direct to the public by manufacturers that provide no after sales support has not happened in California. California would provide the best market for this activity, being on the west coast, with a large market.

about three weeks ago

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Google takes the fight with Oracle to the Supreme Court

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about two weeks ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Google has asked the Supreme Court to review the issue of whether APIs can be copyrighted. Google beat Oracle in the trial court, where a judge with a software background ruled that APIs could not be copyrighted. but the Appeals court sided with Oracle, ruling that APIs can be copyrighted. Now Google is asking the Supreme Court to overturn that decision. "
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Fuel efficiency numbers overstate MPG more for cars with small engines.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about two weeks ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "All official numbers for fuel economy in the EU typically overstate the miles-per-gallon figure that drivers can expect to achieve in typical driving. A recent study confirmed this once again. However, what the study also found was that MPG figures are more urealistic for cars with smaller engines than for cars with larger engines. Actual MPG figures achieved based on typical drives for cars with small engines could be as much as 36% under the offical number, while those cars with 3 liter engines would typically achieve 15% less than the official figure."
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The world of fan fiction

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 3 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The UK's Daily Telegraph has an interesting and somewhat balanced view of the world of fan fiction, providing an historical perspective, the different types of audiences and how different authors and publishers react to fan fiction. Of particular note, is how the author of Fifty Shades of Grey (originally a fan fiction based on the Twilight series) reacts to parties themed around the novel (not well). The article notes how some publishers and authors welcome fan fiction because it enables the original author to make more money."
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Layoffs coming at Microsoft?

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 3 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Shaun Nichols at The Register interpets Satya Nadella's open letter as "prepare for layoffs". The letter suggests radical changes are coming to Microsoft and, combined with duplication of functions because of the Nokia handset business acquisition, he thinks that layoffs are highly likely. Wes Miller, research vice-president at Directions on Microsoft, says that Microsoft is shifting from the Windows-everywhere approach, towards supporting productivity applications on different platforms. More details will be forthcoming from Microsoft on July 22."
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Yetis: close relatives of ancient polar bears

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 4 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A study of "Yeti" hair samples shows some interesting results. Most of the samples were not hair at all, some were human, some were from horses, some from known bear types but two samples showed a surprising match: a 100% match to 40,000 year old DNA from a polar bear. One sample came from the carcass of an animal killed 40 years ago in India and the other from Bhutan. The scientists report that: “It seems more likely that the two hairs reported here are from either a previously unrecognised bear species, or brown bear/polar bear hybrids.”"
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UK Government pays Microsoft £5.5M for extended support of Windows XP.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 7 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The UK Government has signed a contract worth £5.5M (almost $9M) for extended support and security updates for Windows XP for 12 months after April 8. The deal covers XP, Exchange 2003 and Office 2003 for users in central and local government, schools and the National Health Service. The NHS is in need of this deal because it was estimated last September that 85% of the NHS's 800,000 computers were running XP."
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NSA intercepts shipments of new computers and installs software.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 10 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "According to an orginal report in Der Spiegel, and
secondary reporting in the Washington Post, the NSA intercepts deliveries of PCs and installs logging software or hardware on them before the customer receives them. According to a document cited by Der Spegel, interception is one of the NSA's "most productive operations"

Der Spiegel also reported that the NSA intercepts and uses Windows crash reports in order to gather information that is used to develop new methods to crack Windows machines."

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Microsoft pulls update for Surface 2 after problems.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 10 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Decemer 10, Microsoft released a firmware update for Surface Pro 2. Now, due to widespread issues with battery life, charging, sleeping, etc., Microsoft has pulled the update. It appears that some of the tablets failed to completely install the update. The number of people posting about the the problem in the Microsoft Community site shows that there are at least hundreds of users with this problem. What propeortion of the Surface Pro 2 user base does this represent?"
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Why you should not talk to the cops, redux.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The technique most commonly used by police in the USA for interrogations produces a shockingly high rate of false confessions. People who have solid alibis tend to be found guilty purely because of their confession. This technique was developed by John Reid and the defendant who confessed in the case that made Reid's reputation was shown, years later, to be innocent. The technique discussed in an article in the New Yorker magazine (subscription required). The author of the article also discuses it in an interview on NPR's Fresh Air program. The underpinnings of the Reid technique have been shown to be based on pseudo-science. The UK police now use a different technique, which is not focussed on obtaining a confession, but rather eliciting information which may be used to show the guilt or innocence of the interviewee: the PEACE technique, which is closer to the way journalists conduct interviews. Good cop/bad cop doesn't seem to feature in any techniques."
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Nearly 150 years late, the Church of England apologises to Charles Darwin

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Almost 150 years ago, the Church of England rejected Charles Darwin's theories. Now, 150 years later, the church is comparing that rejection to the rejection of Galileo's work. The CoE will publish an apology, written by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the Church's director of mission and public affairs. The apology will be on a CoE website, going live on Monday, which will promote Charles Darwin's ideas."
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Team Oracle penalized for rules violations

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Saturday, Oracle Team USA and Team New Zealand begin racing for the America's Cup in the amazing AC72 boats. However, the Oracle team starts with a siginficant handicap. It was recently discovered that members of Oracle Team USA made illegal changes to the boats used in the Americas Cup Series (which is sailed in the smaller AC45 boats). After a hearing on Friday, the International Jury has decided on the penalty: Team Oracle will have to pay a fine, sail without some team members and more significantly, loses 2 points before starting the Americas Cup races against Team New Zealand. A tiny amount of weight had been added to the kingposts, in violation of the measurement rules for the class. This was reported to the measurement committee some weeks ago after its discovery by boatbuilders working for America's Cup Regatta Management (ACRM), not members of Oracle Team USA."
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The NSA can't search its own emails.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The NSA responded to an FOI request asking that the requestor narrow the information required because its email system is "a little antiquated and archaic". This followed a request for information on emails between the NSA and the National Geographic channel, following the latter broadcasting a documentary that was very friendly to the NSA. The intent was to investigate the NSA's PR efforts. Apparently the NSA can only search individual employees' mailboxes and cannot search all emails across the agency."
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No porn from public WiFi hotspots in the UK

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The Prime Minister of the UK is proposing that porn should not be available through WiFi hotspots in public areas. Exactly how this will be implemented has not been identified, even to the extent of whether the ISP or the hotspot operator should implement the blocking. The Children’s Charities Coalition has demanded urgent action on the issue."
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Explaining the persistence of Microsoft in the Enterprise

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Galen Gruman writes in InfoWorld about the persistence of Microsoft technologies in the enterprise. He notices that IT groups are the most likely buyers fro Windows tablets, despite their users preference for Android and IOS tablets. He blames this on "in-breeding" within IT groups — who simply expect Microsoft technologies "to extend into the newfangled technologies such as mobile and cloud". IT groups, he writes, will wait for Microsft to deliver the technologies that are already available from other sources. He summarizes the status of Microsoft's offerings thus:
"It's clear Microsoft's strategy is to withhold its better technologies to force users to stick with the inferior Windows platforms. IT is waiting for that magic day when Microsoft's Windows delivers beyond the legacy desktop.
Users, meanwhile, have moved on. They'll buy more tablets than PCs this year, and adoption will only accelerate as users start augmenting their PCs at work with tablets, not just buy them for home use as is usually the case today"
"

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European carriers complain to EU about anti-competitive contracts with Apple

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Several European phone carriers have complained to the EU about the contracts that Apple imposes on them if they want to sell the iPhone. Because the contracts stipulate a minimum purchase, and the carier must compensate Apple if they fail to sell through that minimum, it has the effect of forcing the carrier to promote iPhones ahead of alternative phones. The European Commission is monitoring the situation. Apple claims that its "contracts fully comply with local laws wherever we do business, including the E.U""
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Microsoft cuts the price of Windows 8 and Office in response to slow sales.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A report in ExtremeTech (quoting an article in the Wall Street Journal) details price cuts that Microsft has made for sales of Windows 8 and Office to OEMs in response to slow adoption. According to the report, the price of a dual pack of Windows 8 and Office for touchscreen devices under 10.8 inches has been cut to only $30 from the prior price of $120. The Wall Street Journal attributes the claim to anaonymous sources, hwever, other sites, including Digitimes report information that tends to confirm the original claim."
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Steve Jobs yacht held over disputed bill

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 years ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The yacht that Steve Jobs commissioned has been held over a claim that the architect's bill has not been paid in full. Co-designer Philippe Starck claims that Job's estate has paid him only $6M out of a $9M bill. The court of Amsterdam has allowed Starck's lawyers to impound the yacht."
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I finally did it: +5 funny with a one-word post!

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 10 years ago I finally did it, a one-word post was modded up to +5 funny! OK, so the title was 2 words, but there was only one word in the text -- read it here. If you don't think it is funny, then read the article text.

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