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Is Apple's Attack On Flash Really About Video?

zeromorph Oh, Jamie, oh Jamie (595 comments)

Either a strange coincidence or an badly disguised case of self-promotion:

jamiegau writes:"Here we have ... The writer concludes ..."

and the blog's name is "JamieG Analysis".

If you submit your own article why not say it?

more than 4 years ago
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China's Great Firewall Infects Other Countries

zeromorph Re:The Swedes (178 comments)

the swedes, troll ... oh, sweet irony

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Goes After Greasemonkey Script Developer

zeromorph Re:Is it even needed? (375 comments)

Well, it does not block that the applications write on your friend's page ;-) It blocks that this appears in your news feed on your page and that is an enormous relief.

more than 4 years ago
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German Data Retention Law Ruled Unconstitutional

zeromorph Re:The Free World or the Corporate World (129 comments)

Although I sympathize with your view on the role of corporations in politics. In this specific case it is all about independent and reasonable judges. Also something to cherish.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Go Capturing Developer Interest

zeromorph Bright future to go. (434 comments)

It is an interesting concept for a low-level language and could be pretty important. And since the gccgo compiler has been accepted by the gcc steering committee (link), I am expecting Go to stay and prosper.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Bans Jailbreakers From the App Store

zeromorph Closed Ecosystem (507 comments)

That is one of the huge drawbacks of such a closed ecosystem.

However, the original post is less agitate than the summary:

Is Apple starting to ban those associated with jailbreaking?

The answer is probably not. [...] however it definitely would put an iron grip on those who pirate free software. The details of what is going on remain extremely murky but maybe they are taking down some of the bigger players.

more than 4 years ago
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Are All Bugs Shallow? Questioning Linus's Law

zeromorph Breaking News (596 comments)

Breaking News! Neat one line slogan not completely accurate! More in our special feature at eleven.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad

zeromorph Re:For those who didn't RTFA (503 comments)

It would have been interesting to here some of Gates' reasons behind his statement.

Indeed it would be, from TFA:

"You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that"

So he says that he believes in touch and digital reading, but voice, pen and keyboard will be the mainstream on that!?

WTF, seriously WTF! Either they mangled his statement beyond recognition or he has a very strange perception about what the iPad is, where digital reading is now (and what its problems are) as well as what most people do with their computers and smartphones

more than 4 years ago
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Anonymous Speaks About Australian Gov't. Attacks

zeromorph You are somewhat right and somewhat wrong. (235 comments)

Anonymous is a non-hierarchical group with no objectively defined membership and no legitimate representation, but saying that it is nonexistent is strange.

That would be like saying coffee-drinkers or speakers of American English are nonexistent, just because they have no representative and there is no objective way to determine who belongs to this group. (Does drinking a single cup of coffee once in your life make you a member or only regular consumption? And what qualifies as regular? ... )

Anonymous exists, it is currently troubling the Australian government and has troubled Scientology before. It seems to be hard to grasp - for some minds and prosecuters alike ;-)

However, for that reason it is a non-story. I totally agree with you there.

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

zeromorph Re:first post (684 comments)

And you failed. QED

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

zeromorph Re:Pilot's seat (549 comments)

OK, if we are nitpicking: Spreading (and flapping) your wings is the only way to fly. Everything else is merely operating an aviation apparatus (or having it operated for you).

But seriously: I will fly to Ulan Bator tomorrow. Has three meanings (at least):

1) I will spread my wings and happily flap my way to the foot of mount Bogd Khan Uul.

2) I grab my leather helmet and aviator goggles and steer my airliner to Mongolia.

3) I board an airplane to Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN) and watch boring movies on tiny screens for several hours.

All three are quite compatible with I will fly to Ulan Bator tomorrow. - at least for me.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Personalized News Lead To Ignorance?

zeromorph Other Consequences (396 comments)

It will affect social interaction in some way or the other, since you cannot be sure people heard something just in was in your news. This will lead to coordination problems due to the lack of common knowledge. (There is a nice book about culture, coordination, and common knowledge Michael Suk-Young Chwe.)

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source GSM Network At Dutch Hacker Convention

zeromorph Re:OpenBTS? (141 comments)

Because they are running Siemens base stations and for that Harald started OpenBSC. Both projects are under GPL and are in close contact as far as I know.

Harald had a talk at 25C3 about their project, and were running a small setup there in the basement. AFAIK, because all frequencies are sold in Germany - there should be at least one for independent testing, but they sold all to the telcos - maybe that's why they are running the larger test in the Netherlands now.

more than 5 years ago
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Opera Being Composed On Twitter

zeromorph Re:Twitter is a buzzword (99 comments)

Hey, relax! The twitter hype will pass and people will see it as what it is. It's like the 90s .com-hype - a lot of bullshit is thrown around, but it will pass, some things will stay, because they solve problems or enhance something, most will pass.

For myself, I can't see what is it about Twitter, doesn't do anything with me, maybe I'm to old or to whatever. Nearly none of my friends really uses it. But then, for a lot of people it seems to be the current thing, so what.

You and me, we poor souls are still clinging to /. - after all the years and all the bullshit here, that's pretty pathetic, too. (BTW I'm not as new as my number suggests.)

more than 5 years ago
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Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

zeromorph Re:Depending on who you believe (756 comments)

But on Biblical scale a few hundred years is quite along time. You know, it's not that Earth is older than 6000 years or so. - But then, what would Xenu do?

more than 5 years ago
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Even More Restriction For German Internet

zeromorph Re:Umm.. why? (330 comments)

Yes I think this is important, the law mimics laws in Scandinavia or Australia. Technically, it will be a blacklist for IP-addresses somehow connected with child pornography. I think it is a good sign for Germany that the debate is lively and the resistance rather fierce.

The German speaking Internet is all at rage:

There are songs on youtube, comedians are taking rhather hard on the minister, protest is organized on the net and in Berlin in September

The law is badly made, probably highly ineffective (just take a DNS-server outside of Germany, use Tor, whatever) and may have far reaching consequences. The resistance against it, however, is well organized and and I am rather optimistic that might have some effect, at least in the long run.

more than 5 years ago

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Google as a Venture Capitalist

zeromorph zeromorph writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zeromorph (1009305) writes "Businessweek reports that "Google is becoming a thorn in the side of venture capitalists", because the search/advertisement giant massively invests in tech startups.

From the article:

Google (GOOG) has begun making VC-style investments to the tune of about $500,000 or less in promising startups, often buying those companies afterward, according to partners at Silicon Valley VC firms who spoke on condition of anonymity. In an effort to keep spotting promising deals, Google has been hiring a stable of finance pros. And it has invested more than $1 million in a Mumbai-based investment firm called Seedfund to gain access to technology such as automatic translation software that could help spur growth in India.


(printer frienly version)"
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zeromorph zeromorph writes  |  about 8 years ago

zeromorph (1009305) writes "that BBC reports:
The code that prevents music downloaded from Apple's iTunes store being played on any portable player other than an iPod has been "cracked". Apple has not commented on claims that Jon Lech Johansen has "reverse engineered" the FairPlay system.
Jon Lech Johansen's company DoubleTwist plans to patent their code and sell it to other digital music player manufacturers. What do you think Apple is going to do now?"
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zeromorph zeromorph writes  |  more than 8 years ago

zeromorph (1009305) writes "There is an intereesting article by Ken Fisher on Ars Techica reporting:

Windows Vista will ship with anti-piracy technology that will lock down the OS if it has not been activated within 30 days of first use, Microsoft announced today. If the OS is not activated, Windows will switch to a reduced functionality mode that will cripple the OS. This is but one of many planned features of Microsoft's new Software Protection Platform (SPP), shared by both Windows Vista and the forthcoming Longhorn Server, due sometime late next year (at the earliest)."

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