Sunday Shortbread

The Fierce Five

  1. Ars Technica on the ghost of Jobs: Apple’s challenge to decide “what would Steve do?”
  2. The Powerbase: hp hiring 50+ engineers to work directly on webOS
  3. Neowin: Windows 8 Pro price listed at $188 through Volume Licensing

    and Razer’s “Project Fiona” Windows 8 tablet officially a “Go”

  4. Linux User & Developer’s GNOME 3.6 review
  5. Gizmodo: Classic iPod in your browser


  1. Ars Technica: Last Android vendor fighting Microsoft avoids sales ban
  2. Reuters: Foxconn denies China iPhone plant hit by strike
  3. Ars Technica: SHA1 crypto algorithm underpinning Internet security could fall by 2018
  4. Engadget has Space Shuttle Atlantis hands-on: a look inside (video)
  5. BCCHardware podcast


  1. Phone Scoop: AT&T chopping device return policy to 14 days
  2. Ars Technica: Leaked BlackBerry handset shows RIM is still trying

    to find its place and Galaxy S III will get its Jelly Bean update “soon

  3. WPCentral: AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 gets slight battery and talk time downgrade
  4. Ars Technica’s $159 Kindle Fire review
  5. BCCHardware’s Android app of the week: YouTube Remote

Software and gaming

  1. Ars Technica: Next Linux kernel release supports more ARMs with less code
  2. OS X 10.8.2 supplemental update
  3. OS X 10.7.5 supplemental update
  4. Gamasutra: Shaping the future of Facebook as a game platform
  5. Mists of Pandaria – patch 5.1 PTR coming soon


  1. Tbreak’s new Razer Blade review
  2. Tech ARP’s BIOS option of the week – DOS flat mode
  3. KitGuru reviews CM Storm Recon mouse
  4. ocaholic reviews Fractal Design Define R4 case
  5. Technic3D reviews Nanoxia FX EVO 120mm and 140mm fans (in German)
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    • willmore
    • 7 years ago

    [b<]Ars Technica: SHA1 crypto algorithm underpinning Internet security could fall by 2018[/b<] This reminded me of the passage from "A Fish Called Wanda": Otto West: Apes don't read philosophy. Wanda: Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it.

    • willmore
    • 7 years ago

    [b<]Ars Technica on the ghost of Jobs: Apple's challenge to decide "what would Steve do?" [/b<] Screw that, Apple, think of all the stuff you should have done that you *didn't* do because Steve and his 'visions' kept you from it!

    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Neowin: Windows 8 Pro price listed at $188 through Volume Licensing[/quote<] How could there be a "Pro" version of that PoS, why would anyone in their right mind use it in a business or school of any sort, and why would they pay $188 when you can get 7 Pro for like $120?

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Gamasutra: Shaping the future of Facebook as a game platform[/quote<] Let us be silent and allow Facebook to die its slow, horrible death in peace. We need not rub its face in its increasing irrelevance. Aw, hell, let's have a party!

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      Can’t come soon enough.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        Agreed, being how long it took myspace. Corporate control over your personal information is an incredibly stupid thing, but then again that’s the intended audience.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          Myspace tanked because there was a viable competitor that had a built-in audience that other people were attracted to. For Facebook to tank, someone else is going to have to fill that role. It’s certainly not going to be Google, or else Plus would have seen some signs of taking off by now. It comes preinstalled on every Android phone nowadays, you’d think someone might use it.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      what? you dont like bankers being in control of you cyber existence ?

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote< ]Ars Technica: Next Linux kernel release supports more ARMs with less code [/quote<] This is a very positive step, but just the beginning really. Unfortunately neither of the ARM chips in my cellphone or Raspberry Pi have been integrated with device tree yet, but it is a good start. Here are some stats about how things currrently stand in the kernel: du -csh arch/x86 9.8M arch/x86/ 9.8M total du -csh arch/arm 30M arch/arm/ 30M total Abbreviated output from the sloccount utility (

    For arch/x86:
    Total Physical Source Lines of Code (SLOC) = 189,598

    For arch/arm:
    Total Physical Source Lines of Code (SLOC) = 478,165

    That is *not* including the large amount of out-of-tree code that many ARM providers use to get their systems running, while practically any x86 that you can find from an ancient i386 up to an ultra-high end Xeon or Opteron will run using the x86 arch code in the Linux tree.

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]hp hiring 50+ engineers to work directly on webOS[/quote<] From the article: [quote<]it seems clear that HP’s goal here is to create a secure platform that they can sell to corporate environments and government institutions. Who else will compete with Blackberry directly in these space?[/quote<] Hmm, I'd rather see them buy RIM and merge the beauty of WebOS onto the power of QNX. Well, if they both go after the same market, that could still happen.

      • codedivine
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Hmm, I'd rather see them buy RIM and merge the beauty of WebOS onto the power of QNX.[/quote<] In an ideal world, sure. But realistically, it will create another 2-3 year delay to an actual working product while the merged company will continue to slowly bleed to death.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      And watch them destroy RIM’s value entirely like they have the former Palm? No thanks.

      They might be hiring more engineers but there’s still no clear game plan – at hp there hasn’t been a coherent plan since Hurd’s departure that made any sense. There was a time when RIM was interested and that time has gone. I actually trust Heins more than anyone at hp vision wise.

        • jpostel
        • 7 years ago

        I think RIM is doing pretty well at destroying RIM’s value all on it’s own, so they don’t need HP’s help.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Switching to a proprietary microkernel would be a huge step backwards to WebOS in it’s efforts of trying to establish itself as a true crossplatform OS. At least with linux they are able to benefit from the large array of hardware that linux supports and the large amount of 3rd party contributions.

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Razer's "Project Fiona" Windows 8 tablet[/quote<] Was this originally intended to be sold through HP?

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Linux User & Developer's GNOME 3.6 review [/quote<] You see! The Gnome guys came up with the idea of shoehorning an OS that is really designed for tablets into a desktop where it doesn't belong way before Microsoft! Oh wait, is that not a good thing?

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 7 years ago

      Gnome 3 was and continues to be a ******* disaster.

        • willmore
        • 7 years ago

        So it *is* like Windows 8?

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