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This is the actual image used to represent non-Mac network PCs in OS X.
If you talk to any critic of Microsoft, any Apple or Linux fanboy, or even any random non-PC user and ask them why they don’t use Windows, they’ll tell you of the Blue Screen of Death. PCs always crash. Why? They just do! In fact, Apple uses the above image to represent PCs on a network in OS X. (Actually, it represents non-Macs. A Linux running computer will be represented by the same picture above on a Mac — A PC showing a Windows 95 era BSoD.)
Actually, in my 20 years of using PCs — from Windows 3.1 ...

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I’ve already discussed this article in the Stream, but it seems to merit its own FUD tracker piece, so here goes…

This is the Windows 8 edition of the FSF’s standard anti-Windows campaign. This time around, they have a couple of infographics that parody Microsoft’s 'modern’ aesthetic, and three main talking points:

“Windows 8 is Locked from the Outside”

This has been done to death. The FSF’s current stance is that SecureBoot™ is a good thing, but they take issue with certain implementations of the concept. It follows from this stance that whether something is “locked ...

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Ha ha ha ho ho ho hee hee hee.

Sorry. I had to get that of my chest. Now, let’s be serious about this.

It’s not remotely funny. (Quiet at the back there.) I feel a certain sympathy when I watch simpletons going through the motions. Said motions follow:

For starters, as expected, Valve will supposedly reveal a reference design on Wednesday, not a complete out-of-the-box console.

That’ll be interesting. Would the “reference design” be an actual bit of hardware? Or would it be the sort of “reference design” that, say, W3C has been promising us forever ...

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Stallman has recycled this particular jeremiad several times, so I just picked this instance at random. It begins plausibly:

Who should your computer take its orders from? Most people think their computers should obey them, not obey someone else.

Well, sort of plausibly. I don’t imagine that “most people” give the matter a second thought. And the less technical amongst us probably already harbour a suspicion that their computer doesn’t obey them … even when it does. A decent start to an essay, though. After this, the thing degenerates somewhat.

In the past, these were isolated incidents. “Trusted computing ...
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Poor bastards.
“In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level.”
Good luck with that. I sense yet another graphics stack & sound API on the horizon.

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Another Happy Linux Convert

Linux has made the operating system fight into a “two-horse race”, the head of the Linux Foundation told the opening of the annual LinuxCon conference.

In the only way they knew how — by dying.
It’s “the end of an era” for Microsoft’s Windows, Jim Zemlin, executive director, Linux Foundation told the New Orleans gathering of developers and vendors this morning. Web-based and cloud computing is exploding and making the shift to open source operating systems and software easier.

Oh, it’s going to be one of those articles.
“Linux is at a tipping point.”

As head of an ...

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To those not familiar with the fact that Unix devotees tend to live in a bubble, this article demonstrates why.

Veteran Unix admin trait No. 1: We don’t use sudo

Immediately you are greeted with a statement that has “security risks” written all over it. “su – “ implies using a shared account, and the problem with shared accounts is, aside from giving the same privileges across the board, that they tend leave poor audit trails – that is, the likelihood of you uncovering from whom nefarious activities originate is less with a shared account than a non-shared one.

The use of ...

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Read through this excelent post, and what do you see? Unix. The command line. Shell scripting. C. Calculus. No m$ winders or any other form of enslavement. Face it winbreds, the whole industry recognizes M$'s coming demise.

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Who else but SJVN? The link provided by Pumpkin-Head, who for some reason believes that the education provided is equivalent to his year-long tuition in how to clean fluff out of fans on dumpster-dived machines.

And for all I know, it is.

This here stupidity is multi-layered stupidity, so let’s first dispense briefly with SJVN.

A recent Dice and Linux Foundation survey found that 93 percent of employers were looking to hire Linux staffers in the next six months.

My anecdotal evidence against his. (BTW I qualify for a lot of Linux jobs.) Searching for jobs in Birmingham today ...