* Posts by Jordan 1

27 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Oct 2011

White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

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Re: interop and fair use

Being Obama's "finest legal mind" doesn't make him right.

Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: That's going to cause some problems

The keyword being "non-technical consumer." What practical difference is there between the only driver the user knows about bricking the device and the only driver the user knows about not working? A useless device is a useless device. A simple warning message accomplishes nothing.

Boycott Firefox, gay devs urge as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: Shakes Head

There's a religion that requires gays to get married? I've never heard of that.

Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Re: Rule No. 1

Or, to put it another way, if someone was doing something that provided an elevated risk, and something other than rape happened to them, who wouldn't say that he/she was "asking for it [trouble]?"

Late with your ransom payment? Never mind, CryptoLocker crooks will, er, give you a break

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Re: Had one today - on a Mac

I doubt that would work if he shared a folder between the two.

GitHub wipes hand across bloodied face, stumbles from brutal DDoS beating

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Re: @Frumious Bandersnatch

4.3 billion IP addresses ought to be enough for everyone.

NSA coughs to 1000s of unlawful acts of snooping on US soil since 2008

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Re: Fetch my paintbox ...

I didn't know bears shit from trees.

Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

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Re: "A really good Error 451 message..."

That's a good argument for not making it an HTTP error at all. It's not an error (not a technical one, anyway). That's probably why the IETF rejected it.

GitHub code repository rocked by 'very large DDoS' attack

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Re: Safe in the 'Cloud'

Since when is GitHub part of "the cloud."

YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Re: @ Tyrion Some toy throwing going on here.

Yes, Google is clearly using their APIs to gain an unfair advantage in...providing free YouTube viewers? Gosh, they must be evil!

Tick-tock! 40% of PCs start Windows XP malware meltdown countdown

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You can dream...

...if you don't mind your mind being sent DMCA messages.

Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Re: The welsh lobby

The dfference is that learning the Queen's English as a first language isn't a barrier to communicating with Americans (or Canadians, or Indians, or even Australians). Having your first language be something that is spoken by fewer people than the population of a decent sized city is.

It's great to keep a language alive, but most communities do it by creating more and more works in it, to pick up momentum. The only time I see the Welsh language is in posts complaining that various sites don't offer a version in their language.

P.S. - English imperialism is not dead, and even if it was, it's hard to blame it for killing a language (unless they killed all its speakers). There are 2 million Irish Gaelic speakers, 545 million Hindi speakers, and 18 million Malay speakers. Scots Gaelic is mostly dead, but I suspect that's because Scottish people don't care, because at the end of the day they still have to live in Scotland.

Dolly the Sheep creator scientist Keith Campbell dies

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Re: Umm,

He was probably a clone himself. That would explain the decreased lifespan, if they were able to solve the telomere length problem.

Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

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The only thing scarier than the thought of liberal Democrats reading my email while claiming not to is the thought of conservative Republicans reading my email while claiming not to.

Valve: Games run FASTER on Linux than Windows

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Re: 2500 Apps in their app store

There's no need to "anoint" one distro. Only lazy fuckers like Oracle do that. All the major distros use the same or similar library versions; once compiled it should run "everywhere". A simple script would then pack it into a DEB/RPM/tarball file that should take car of 99% of Linux users right off the bat. Steam would probably have its own libraries anyway, so bundling a copy of the library versions they prefer would make even dependency tracking a non-issue.

US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet

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Re: We have to ask ourselves

If he uses BeOS, most of us are fucked.

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Re: Great now I feel safe

1.) Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs **IS** Windows XP. Running Windows FLP when the system supports Window XP provides no real advantage.

2.) No, you do not have to distribute the source code when you make modifications to programs you don't plan on sharing.

There are moles in every government. The choice of operating system does not change whether someone will try to leak information. If anything, using Linux makes it less likely that anything that was leaked would be useful, since the source code to Linux has been publically available for years, with relatively few holes found.

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Re: linux gpl

Their drones probably require a proprietary blob that isn't available for BSD and can't be effectively wrapped.

Imagine if one of those things crashes. They'll pull the black box to see what happens, and all they'll see is:

[20.209801] rudder: module license 'NORTHRUP' taints kernel.

[20.213241] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint

Canonical kicks Kubuntu to the kerb

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Re: correction

Then may I be the first here to thank you for your work? Kubuntu was the first Linux distro I found that I really liked (way back in 2007), and I use it as my primary desktop distribution to this day.

Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'

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We all have to start somewhere. Not all of us were born in the days before generic whitebox PCs. I bet 99% of the people who use Linux now first tried it on a Dell, or an HP, or a Toshiba. This is about adding a barrier to entry. Lots of people might try Linux if all they have to do is put a CD in their computer and reboot. Not as many will try if they have to enter in a new signing key.

Builidng your own computer (or paying someone about as much as an off-the-shelf computer would cost anyway, what with the cost of Windows to OEMs) won't stop you from having to enter the key. What motherboard manufacturer isn't going to want their motherboard to be certified for use with Windows?

Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(

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I like these better

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Google's Siri-a-like to be named 'Majel' after Trek actress

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A company (CereProc) was doing something similar for Roger Ebert, who is still alive if somewhat toothless. It's probably quite possible.

Rooting Kindle Fire bricks videos

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If someone sells me shoes without strings attached I'll be mighty PO'd.

'Occupy Flash' web hippies aim to rid world of Adobe plugin

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The people campaigning for the removal of Flash are the 1%.

Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever

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That's great in theory. Unfortunately it would mean having to download a DVD image instead of a CD, having to "officially" support more desktop environments (Xfce and Xubuntu are actually community sponsored), and make it harder to give somebody instructions on how to do something.

FSF takes Win 8 Secure Boot fight to OEMs

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It doesn't take that much skill to stick a CD in a drive and reboot the computer. It might take a bit more to press Ctrl+Delete at boot up and then type in something like "set EFI_SEC_BOOT 0" and then "nvram update" (or however EFI does things.) Many people who would otherwise be more than capable of installing an alternative operating system will probably avoid an EFI shell or menu for fear of breaking something.