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Possible Apple Class-Action Over Dying GPUs

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I received this comment earlier today:

You may be interested to know that a class-action is being brought against Apple for faulting GPU’s (again) in the 2011 15 & 17 inch models. Just Google it, we’re highly visible.

The URL provided was:

Now, I can’t verify that this is indeed a lawsuit in the works. I only see a link to a petition, not a lawsuit. That said, if only because I really hope it’s true, a lawsuit could still be in the beginning stages. Vet this one if you’re interested.

Update: The comment below says it all.


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Still Shameless After All These Years

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“I can’t believe that people aren’t rallying in the streets over how cool this is!”

I said these exact words yesterday while showing a friend my new 12.2″ Galaxy Note Pro.

While the Android platform has its issues, myself being one of its harshest critics, the multiple-window multitasking I found in the new tablet was beyond cool.  It was, quite frankly, the most awesome feature I’ve discovered since I began using Android about 5 years ago.  The ability to literally draw a square, and have a new application pop into that square, all without disrupting the current application, is just badass.

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Samsung’s Security Theater

Samsung's Security Theater

You want to know why so many websites are getting hacked these days, leaking your personal information to anyone and everyone?

Allow me to illustrate …

Yesterday, I tried to change the password to my Samsung account.  I’d changed it previously to a shorter password, and I had second-thoughts about doing so, so I decided to change it back.

I logged into my Samsung account and proceeded to change my password back to my moderately-secure, 11+ character password which has never been written down anywhere.

I couldn’t, though, because apparently, I’d used it before.

Fair enough, I went to a variation

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Duck Duck What?

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It’s easy to get into habits, and by doing so, failing to discover better alternatives.

Take search engines, for example.

I’ve been using Google since it was a cluster of Linux/Free-BSD boxes in the late-90’s.  In those days, Google was a scrappy challenger to then-dominant Yahoo, and when I told people that I’d switched to it, I was met mostly with snickers.

Alas, history is repeating itself, as it wants to.

Google was superior to Yahoo because its algorithm was right for the times.  Whereas Yahoo merely counted the number of times a search term appeared on a page,

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Beware Parallels Desktop 9

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My occupation requires that I write, test & support software on a variety of different platforms, and for the past couple of years, I have been pulling this off using virtualization technology … primarily the open source VirtualBox.

A Linux user since the early 90’s, I’ve always preferred open source solutions when reasonably possible. I still use Linux on all of my servers, as well as Open Office, GIMP, Eclipse, etc on the desktop. Over the years, my bias against commercial software has only increased with Corporate America’s increasing level of hostility towards consumers, as well as a general decline

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Farewell Android, Farewell

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It’s a tough time to be an American consumer.

It’s a tough time to be an American.

I always knew it would come to this, but being the Pollyanna that I am, I was hoping that it wouldn’t.

Two and a half years ago, I bought my first Android device, an HTC EVO, and even though it was a battery-draining, unstable mess … I sung its praises.


Because I saw great potential. A true multi-tasking kernel on a Linux core, open source code, a generous development platform, the ability to run non-pre-approved apps … the possibilities were infinite, and

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Et tu Java?

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Write-once, run-anywhere.

Native language of Android.

The most popular programming language in the world, finally surpassing C in 2011.

I just received notice that a Java update was available for one of our workstations, so naturally, I logged in to update it.

This time, however, I was paranoid. Cynical even. You know, what people have been calling me for the last 7 or so years.

“Come on, Rex, not everyone is out to get you. Sit down, have a beer, and stop being such an obsessively-worrying asshole.”

Alas, I never listen to those who try to tell me

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Gone in 45 Seconds

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That’s all it took to lose control over my own computer, and my own operating system.

45 seconds.

It’s actually been sitting unused on my computer for some time, but I scrubbed my old copy, then installed the latest and greatest version of Windows on my machine.

Lest you think I’ve gone squirrel-turd-nutty, I should qualify this by stating that I installed it in a virtual box, the only way I would deign install Windows on anything short of my worst enemy’s life support machine. In addition to Windows, I also have OS X 10.8.1, Ubuntu 12.04, and Cent OS

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It Just Works

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So, this is what it’s come to.

This is what the beginning of the end looks like for American technological supremacy.

Here we have the “world’s most advanced operating system”, a full decade into development, and backed by the nation’s wealthiest corporation; An operating system with a devoted, almost religious fanbase.

What is the world’s most advanced operating system doing in the image above?

Well, as you can see, it’s crashing.

Is it being crashed by a malicious program written by a KGB agent, backed by the ample resources of the entire Russian government?


Is it being crashed

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Flying The 787

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Yesterday, I took Boeing’s new flagship airplane out for a spin.

I hopped in the cockpit of a 787, took off from SeaTac, flew down to Olympia, cut back over Vashon Island, and came in low over Downtown Seattle before sticking a VFR landing at Boeing Field.

Now I know what you’re thinking … Rex is on another meth bender, but you’re wrong. That shit wore off hours ago, and when it did, I downloaded X-Plane’s new 787 model from the Android Market (technically “Google Play”, ick), and I spent a couple of hours putting the aircraft to the

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