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Yeah, right.

Did these idiots actually try to trace down the multiple security failures that Stuxnet depended upon?

Who cares?

Stuxnet! A Virus! With Scientists! Coming soon to a home near you!

Alternatively, nothing to see here, just walk on by. Ignore the dead corpses of once valuable journalists … it was the dreaded Stux wot done it, guv.

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So Sinofsky is forcing everyone to use the metro interface by disabling hacks used to get back the old start menu. People are going to be angry if they can’t get one shred of the Windows experience they’re used to. I predict the masses and big corps will stay with Windows 7 as 8 flops and MS gets their act together for 9.

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So says Chris Dawson, tech writer and host of Family Feud. He even has a ListOfFiveReasons™ why.

  • It’s cheap…

well, not now — which he concedes — but it will be soon, thanks to the Moore’s Magical Law, and they’ll take over the world, like Netbooks did.

  • It’s Google…

Dear technology writers, consumers do not have as big of a hard-on for Google or Apple or Facebook or any of your darling companies as you do, or as you think they do. Most Apple iPod/iPad users do not go all out and replace their entire living room ...

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Tricky stuff, security. You need to understand all sorts of things about the system access a particular command gives you.

On the other hand, there’s sudo, which only exists to give you root access to arbitrary system objects1. Spotting that sudo is a potential risk vector isn’t too difficult. So, obviously, the Loons have been extra-specially careful with it.

Then there’s complicated algorithms and hi-tech cryptography and what-not. None of these apply to sudo, so obviously the Loons are more than capable of locking it down.

Finally, there are obscure nooks and crannies of recondite languages ...

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It’s time for The Five. No, not Five Questions, the staple from the Craig Kilborn years on The Daily Show/The Late Late Show. No, not The Five from Fox News. No, it’s the Steven J. V-N Five. (Hmm, his last name starts with V, the Roman Numeral for five. Coincidence?!)

On today’s episode of SJVN5, we will get to our fallout shelters to protect ourselves from Windows 8, whose metrosexual interface may cause you to do crazy things like attend to your personal hygiene, wash your feet, wear clean clothes and shave that nasty beard that ...

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Our earlier Toy Story link proved so popular, it deserved a follow up. We answer hotly contested questions such as which command trashed Toy Story 2 (Answer: “rm -r -f *” or maybe “rm -rf *”), why the vaunted Unix/Linux permission system didn’t save them (Answer: because everybody is trusted with access to all files because it is a commune at Pixar, and not a computer science lab), what about the backups (Answer: they were bad — they discovered this a week later after discovering the movie was broken in odd, unpredictable ways).

Ironically, they would throw the entire movie away ...

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Posted for several reasons.

One: it will give Kurkos the ammunition he sorely lacks to attack Microsoft for “uncompetitive practices.”

Two: I can’t believe we missed it in the first place.

Three: it’s stupid. Almost everybody concerned with this piece clearly has no idea how standards bodies work, let alone how massive software projects are run.

Four: Comments are golden.

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If you’ve ever tried to develop an app for iOS, you’ll know that even the handful of devices it runs on makes for an often frustrating testing matrix.

You have varying feature sets, varying screen resolutions, varying speeds, etc. Still, the iOS ecosystem is fairly predictable, with most of the surprises coming from screen resolution differences from the iPhone to the iPad form factors.

By comparison, the Android ecosystem is the wild west. No two devices are the same; Wildly different screen resolutions and aspect ratios, unpredictable OS versions thanks to carrier control, speed issues galore, and a ...

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For your delectation and delight.

  • Single-Window Mode
  • Multi-Column Dock Windows
  • On-Canvas Text Editing
  • Separate Save And Export
  • Layer Groups
  • Cairo1
It’s Adobe PhotoShop that GIMP competes with, of course, and GIMP—short for “GNU Image Manipulation Program”—has won countless enthusiastic fans, including yours truly.

Kitzoid is a writer of huge talent, a technologist of proven genius, and also likes to dick around with tatty little jobs like airbrushing an image every now and again.

She can also count up to “countless” without even needing to take her support hose off.

Obviously the go-to person when you have ...

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RMS in the hospital gets me all excited. Adam is probably crying in his basement lamenting the health of his precious idol. I hope he dies, the fucking disgrace. Condemning people to work for free because of their chosen profession doesn’t make you Jesus. It only makes you a hippy with way too much fat.