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Qualcomm joins Microsoft in smartbook fantasy


Snapdragon is great

The currently available Snapdragon system-on-a-chip uses a custom 1.0-1.3 Ghz ARM processing core (ARMv7 instruction set) with a 600mhz DSP and dedicated video encode/decode logic. the CPU core is a next-generation design that uses the ARMv7 "Cortex" generation instruction set. It it said to be very similar to the standardized Cortex-A8 core, but a bit faster

Overall, the processor is similar to the highest-end Texas Instruments OMAP3 series.

The future Snapdragon that is sampling in H2/2009 is a dual-core MP CPU running both cores at 1.5Ghz. T.I.'s OMAP4 is also a dual-core Cortex-A9 architecture, though the fastest in the series runs at 1.0Ghz.

IBM goes judicial over second strategic exec exit


Yeah, right!

<quote>The suit was settled in January, with the companies agreeing Papermaster "shall not use or disclose any IBM confidential information."</quote>

Fox terminates The Sarah Connor Chronicles



fox are notoriously short sighted - just look what happened to futurama

Unsafe at any speed: Memcpy() banished in Redmond

Gates Horns

What's new in this?

I thought as a industry we banned all unbound buffer copy (e.g. using strncpy() instead of strcpy() etc.), and the POSIX version of memcpy() has length of buffer as a third argument


I guess, M$ is still behind the curve. Welcome to secure computing!

Twitter overrun by weekend of powerful worm attacks

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The sooner this self obsessive pile of wank is obliterated, the better. Twatter is everything that's shit about the internet.

A grim day for browser security at hacker contest


Yeah but...

I bet none of them have ever kissed a girl.

DellHPSunIBM unmoved by Cisco blades



Thought blades were power hungry beasts that you only installed when electricity was free and your colo charged by the U?

Ryanair trades blows with 'idiot blogger'

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Oh dear God

I'm not sure I have ever seem such an embarrassingly pathetic load of illiterate drivel in my life. Did these people go to school? Were they taught even the most basic spelling or grammar? How do they get jobs when their level of literacy is somewhere below that of a brain damaged slug? Come to think of it, how do they manage to dress themselves?

Sweet suffering christ, they're thick.

Red Hat cranks virtualization power play


Hardware support?

my understanding is KVM needs hardware support compared to xen paravirtualised hosts which will run on anything?

Red Hat searches for mainstreet in the City of London


ah the future

we will be back to chroots before 2010....

MySQL creator kicks MySQL 5.1 team in the teeth


$1bn - seriously?

I doubt this was based on the conservative 3 x profits + 'real' assets - what is wrong with the idiots in finance these days - oh wait...

Happy Birthday, Turing's universal machine



> At the start of the twentieth century deep questions were being asked about science and the tools used to think about scientific problems. In the same way that Einstein's work had challenged orthodox views of physics, so Hilbert and others questioned mathematics.

Hilbert's list of 23 questions came in 1900, a year before Einstein's first published work.

Gartner: open source software 'pervasive'


Better than nothing?

> But sometimes a skinny bit of survey data is all you have to start with, and that data is better than no data at all

Actually, if the small sample you have misrepresents the population, it's actually WORSE than no sample at all. And of course there's no way of telling, without a bigger sample...

BT threatens to pull plug on better broadband


last mile fiber - do we need it?

24mbs on dsl (still waiting on this BT!) should be enough but really the exchanges can't cope with 100s or 1000s of customers using that level of bandwidth.

I'd rather have better capacity infrastructure within the exchange and upstream links / backbone rather than the last mile. If we really need it now fibre to cabinet level might work ok but fibre to the home can wait until we REALLY need it - allowing BT to take advantage of future advances, cost reductions etc

Martial law planned for Craigslist's red-light district

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"GFE"- @AC

I saw Genital Frolic Experience at The Forum last april, they were playing support for Coldplay.

Defra drafts proper pet practice for the daft


keep indoors

How about: Don't let your cat out of the house. If you do it will prey on songbirds, and be preyed upon by foxes, hawks, owls, etc. But that means going to the trouble of housebreaking the critter. Who can be bothered with that?

Shuttleworth on Ubuntu: It ain't about the money

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Well, thanks, Mark

Umbongo's nice, it works. It has knocked a few of the rougher edges off the presentation of Debian, and allowed you to sidestep some of the Debian project's spottier fanboys. The net result is that you get something approximating the best of both worlds. I have some Sun boxes, some *BSD, 'doze, Mac etc., and I have to say that the Umbongo boxes are the least hassle of all of them. Stable and usable- and free. At this point, even when someone is offering to pay for commercial OSsen, Umbongo or maybe Debian will be my first port of call for everything except odd specialist tasks like Photoshop/audio production.

It's unlikely that I'd ever need to pay for support, so I get exactly the same amount of free support I get for windows- none.. However, I wish Canonical and by extension, Mark Shuttleworth luck. I like his distro, it works. Hope he does well. Proof of the pudding's in the eating.

Paris, 'cos she doesn't give it away, give it away, give it away now.

Man threatens lawsuit after negative eBay feedback

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Just BAD

So Is suing your customers also "Good Customer Service" ???? WTF !!! If you don't like negative feedback on eBay, then you shouldn't be using eBay. This could also set a dangerous precident "forcing" everyone to give good feedback, or risk being sued; even if that person's goods are damaged, or the seller is a scam artist. eBay should alter it's Terms of Agreement to basically say that if you use their service, you can't sue people for Negative Feedback, etc.

I bet this guy looks like your Evil Steve Jobs avatar.

Net Suicide Bill would breathe life into government censorship


banning book?

Are they planning on banning the book "Final Exit" by Derek Humphrey and the Hemlock Society? It recommends using alcohol to aid hypothermia. Happens by accident many times each winter anyway.

David Blaine does a Benito Mussolini


Too bad

The gitwizard streaked with his own bodily fluids would have been fitting.

HP loads PC with nonexistent web browser

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..and everything under the sun

Not new- some existing implementations are:



doesn't mean it's not a good idea, though :)

BOFH: Remote access malarkey

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So different, so very different from the home life of our own dear queen

I've had this precise conversation with hapless users- and one in particular, who was a dead ringer for a prototype Nathan Barley. He seemed most offended when I asked what made him imagine that anything he could do, say or know would be of sufficient interest for me to spend time poking through his email, or his machine. I also pointed out that the location of his porn stash was relatively common knowledge, such that you didn't need root-level access to find it anyway.

Suffice it to say that he performed a deeply splended mime that reminded me of a goldfish, leaving me free to take advantage of the freshly-brewed coffee that someone with an above room-temperature IQ had just prepared to get us through the morning.

(Paris, because maybe her data might occasionally be interesting)

Noel Edmonds defies BBC's jackbooted enforcers


So much for confidentiality

A TV Licensing spokeman said: "TV Licensing has checked its records and can confirm we have a valid current licence on record for his address."

That's none of our business, and the BBC's money-with-menaces department has no right to make this information public. Data protection, anybody?

No pr0n surfing for Qantas A380 passengers


unfiltered office connections?

Most offices are filtered, if you need something basic (yeah you can work around it) opendns is a quick and easy first stage solution.

OMFG, what have you done?

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what happened to serving different themes to different users to test results - in most cases ad revenue vs theme vs length of stay.

PS the fonts are ugly

MySQL daddy quitting Sun?

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best you can do, trollboy?

"Jesus, what faggots"- classy, really classy.

(Engineer at a globally-known outfit, doing envelope-pushing research, using linux as a platform.. We have the choice of whatever tools we want- this one just happens to be the one that works best. Must be our latent homosexuality)

Scottish beavers (and Cali cacti) get their chips

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It's easy enough to come up with a reason to not use chrome- having been horribly spoiled by Flashblock/Filterset.g and Noscript on Firefox, a browser feels incomplete without them. It's shocking what a twitching, flashing gyrating morass of crapola the web is- without the ads removed, it's pretty much intolerable. Sure, you can run a local filtering proxy, but that's a faff, especially on Windows.

Anyway, only my gaming machine runs windows, and most of my browsing is one on one of the linux boxes (at home or work), there isn't a native chrome build for penguinistas yet :-)

Otherwise, chrome looks nice, some good interface decisions. However, not for me, yet- until all the headache juice can be stripped out of pages on the fly.

Russell Crowe to play Bill Hicks?


Love and fear

Sigh, I hear kittens dying.

About the only person I could take semi-seriously as Bill is.. No, wait, there no-one. Maybe Chris Morris with a strap-on merkin accent, but even that's a stretch.

Sarah Bee:

I'll start the pump up, you drive your truck on around back..

(RIP Bill, you irreplaceable fucker)

Boeing chuffed with latest raygun-jumbo ground tests

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Doesn't need to work

Most weapons of this sort don't need to actually be effective, except in the official propoganda- they're an exercise in willy-waving. Remember the patriot system? Come on, they want to have planes with enormous fricken laser weapons- the psychological impact (even before some ill-advised use on some poor country that happens to be sat on top of oil) is the main thing.

Paris, because, well, she understands willy-waving.

Nike pulls Air Stab trainers




Jacqui Smith kick-starts yoof ID debate site, site kick stops


Where did Jaqui go

I notice Jaqui's front page video and associated comments lasted about 2 days.

Facebook value drops $11.25bn


What is facebook

And what do you do with it?

Are the ice caps melting?


Guys, grow up.

Guys, seriously, deal with it.

Its a reality and we can't afford to futz around. In fact even if the fiction that GW was untrue was itself true - its not a failsafe game, the failure mode is too catastrophic to be acceptable.

Stop pretending you can argue with numbers and facts, you can't.

And go and read up on Chaos Theory - the rising temperature itself is likely to be the least of our problems.

PayPal ambushes users with mystery Skype charges

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Cancel your Direct Debit with PayPal.

This is why I never leave an active DD with PayPal. I set it up if PayPal requires it for some step but promptly cancel shortly thereafter.

Allowing a shambolic company like PayPal to have full access (direct debit) to my bank account is very scary indeed.

At least with Credit Card I have some protection against dodgy transactions. Amex has been very good in 2 instances I have had with PayPal and put some pressure on them to resolve it.

Reg getting hold of a person: choose the option to report credit card fraud. this will get you to a person.

eBay told to stop forcing Aussies to use PayPal


@Eddie ,Johnson

73% of statistics are made up on the spot.

UK is not a surveillance society, MPs claim


"...more detailed plans for how it will make the National Identity Register secure."

"After recent government data losses it demanded the Home Office show more detailed plans for how it will make the National Identity Register secure."

Um (and surely this is the final point), how about detailed plans for making it not exist??

Vote these idiots out.

Organised crime law crushes animal rights duo


There is a very fine line between .....

There is a very fine line between government and totalitarian pigswill.


French court fines eBay for sale of counterfeit handbags


Both sides suck

1. Its Ebay, its like McDonalds - who cares how much they suffer.

2. What on earth are the french courts THINKING? This borders on Napoleonic Moronicness.

International copyright talks seek BitTorrent-killer laws

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Rant inc!

To the "I buy nothing" AC..

Yep, with you there.. I will (and indeed prefer) to pay a fair price for decent-quality media as long as it's not DRM-encrusted. I suspect that getting hold of a few mp3s works as a word of mouth sales tool for a lot of people, I know I have discovered interesting stuff from being pointed at an mp3- if I like it, it's probably enough to make me buy it, if I don't, I generally don't like it enough to keep it..

That said (beware, whinge incoming), I recently decided to be all numeejafuturetechnology/digital wotnots, and had a horrible experience. I wanted a particular game for the PC, went to the official site and snagged. a demo. All good, fantastic fun- so I decided that I wanted the whole thing. Remembering that the official site made much of the fact that I could buy it at direct2drive.co.uk, I decided to go for some near-immediate gratification. I bought a copy there, at nearly twice the price of the physical media, on the basis that I could probably have it downloaded by the next morning- much quicker than waiting for a delivery via Royal Phail (tm).

All I can say is ouch. Direct2drive don't "allow" refunds after more than 48 hours. The title was a 6 gig download. The fastest their site was managing was 100k/sec. The "support" site was insistent that people should get at least twice that. Checked out my connection in case of contention- 500+k/sec from various US, UK and euro sites. Tried d2d again, 69k/sec was the fastest this time. Urgh. downloads terminated early, stalled, you name it. Total crapola. The ticket that I submitted to "support" was answered with a single line which could have come from a badly-adjust Markov chain parser, four days later.

I could have ordered it from play.com, had it in two days for half the price. I could have grabbed a torrent and had it in a few hours for free. If this is the future, then I am adapting all my hardware to run on coal. Digital fulfilment must not be shoddy, to gain consumer trust- especially in these years after the deCSS/Sony Rootkit/DRM/random litigation and other loathesome media pimping company adventures. People are increasingly tiring of vat-grown product and soaring prices. Restrictions on fair use (remember the recent speculative attempts to brand ripping CDs onto your iPods as criminal, folks?) and insulting consumers with the taint of criminality might just be the final nail in the coffin for some folks. Treat me like crap, brand me a criminal and accuse me of stealing your stuff, and I just might do that.

Oh, gotta go, Soulless Hollywood Remake II opens tonight, and I have tickets!

Botnet sics zombie soldiers on gimpy websites


Thats it for IIS then?

Run a real web server with a real database and a real security pedigree that is open and peer reviewed and stop using this proprietary rubbish?

Just a suggestion. Thought those millions of $ might matter to you, is all.

Set-top box modders sent to prison


All misses the point.

All misses the point.

If you 'police' information dissemination like this you ARE the Thought Police. No government has the right to do this.

Pooor merchants losing money. Gods how my heart bleeds for them. Oh, sorry got that wrong, I meant to say STICK A PICKAXE THROUGH THEIR SPINAL COLUMNS.

Hollywood awarded $110m against TorrentSpy


"Publish your credit card numbers"

Thats personal information, not copyright. There is a universe of difference.

The MPAA and RIAA etc must be slowly bleeding to death - I wonder when Peak Blood (or should that be Trough Blood?) will occur?

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 sub-notebook


People do pay for pretty

Funny how people criticise the Macbook Air for being (in their opinion) priced high due to style over features.

Take a look the mobile phone market - 95%+ of it is style over substance. $500+ for a device used 99% of the time still to just make calls and send text messages. Yeah right. Peer pressure? Vanity anyone?

There's a place for for style and substance. If manufacturers can design with both in mind both and charge a reasonable price they will always hit the mark.

Welsh student exposed to nude webcam operators


Age discrimination

>I wonder how they cope with age/sex discrimination?

Anti discrimination doesn't guarantee a person will get a job if they can't perform at an acceptable level. This is why you don't see many people in wheelchairs digging up roads for the council. They could probably do it but the work rate would be too low to justify employment cost. The point is you can't decide *just* based on a persons age etc all other things being equal.

US student planned to ice Chuck Norris



Because 'zero tolerance' and 'intolerance' mean different things? Wouldn't be particularly helpful to use a word to mean something other than what that word means, would it?

'Bullying' Aussie high school stops fingerprinting kids


HOLY.....HOW did this sneak in????

How did a school sneak this in??

And why has it not been shut down pending an investigation??


Canadians go out clubbing


I think

I think they should feed them to polar bears then we won't have to worry about them gadding about on melting icebergs.

BBC races away with five-year F1 rights deal


Ad free?

F1 is expensive and mostly boring - very poor entertainment value for money.

As for Ad free? In Ecclestone's ideal world they would be racing transit vans providing much more advertising space on these moving billboards.

Yahoo! leaves! London!


no wonder

Running a business in the UK and having lived in Switzerland beforehand - I can totally see why they are doing it.

Based on corporation tax ireland seems to be the popular tech head office for europe destination.

Blame the government please.

Bill Gates goes to Washington, again

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sport fanatic nation

Duh! Where and when are we going to cultivate the needed engineers/scientist from the dysfunctional US pre-collage school system?

The emphasize on sport is troubling, schools spend more time and resource on sports program then the math/science.

Paris, because even she can figure this one out by herself.