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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

BitZtream Re: "Two" times, not ten times (201 comments)

... Again, this is a defined term.

It would look the same or very close to the exact same as before it deformed.

Exactly what you want it to do, bend instead of break, then go back to its original state

4 days ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

BitZtream Re:Back to Thunderbird? (161 comments)

Stop using shitting plugins with it. Probably because you installed the LinkedIn data theif or the shitty Adobe PDF plugins which crash everything they touch.

about a week ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

BitZtream Re:Who cares (161 comments)

Gee, the people who ran Netscape in the ground leave when thrown out of Sun ... and milk the name and open source buzzwords ...

SHOCKING!

Mozilla is just another Netscape. Not impressive, just riding a wave, and falling behind. The only thing that gave them any hope was IE dominating and being that that is long over and everything Mozilla does is done 10 times better by someone else ... well, the writing has been on the while for years.

Then they go and switch from the winning search engine to the biggest loser that hasn't yet completely went out of business ... yea, brilliant leaders, this will end well.

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

BitZtream Re:Migration away from Google? (397 comments)

Yes, theres a trend of failing companies who make stupid decisions to make stupid decisions.

While there are plenty of great reasons to leave Google's services, both of your examples left Google for an inferior competitor because the competitor, who is also failing and/or pretty scummy paid them to do so.

They didn't leave Google because the competition was better.

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

BitZtream Re:Which party is scummy? (299 comments)

It's such a F'ing gamergate attitude. Female journalist finds something you do sexist? Reveal details of her personal life - that'll teach the f*ing c*** to shut up, right?

Maybe, it kind of depends on if she is or isn't a f*ing C***. It is entirely possible that she is. I have no idea, I know nothing about her beyond this slashdot page ... which means I know nothing about her.

We can establish that she, assuming she deleted her app because Uber hired a French escort service, EXTREMELY biased and unbalanced. She didn't delete the app because they were forcing people to be sex slaves. She deleted the app because she doesn't agree that a certain group of people are performing a service, of their own consent. Why does she not delete the Uber app because they hired a people to do background checks? Why does she not delete the Uber app because they use web developers? She doesn't think its okay to work for an escort service, she is imposing her personal opinion on other consenting adults.

That costs her A LOT of credibility. It brings into question her motives and personal bias. We're not talking about exploiting women and more than she exploits the people (women and men) who make her website work.

If the dirt that they dig up is that this lady was formally an escort and was fired because she just wasn't worth a shit as far as the company she provided, then I'd say he's right, she's a f'n c*nt. If the dirt they dig up and publish is that she was raped, then I'd say its time to boycott Uber and put the bastard in jail for doing so, and she just needs to be ignored in this matter because she's had personal trama and as such her opinion may be a bit unbalanced.

Does she deserve to have her social security number, telephone number, address, and bank account info published? No, though if someone noticed her bank account swelling drastically and checks from Lyft being the reason, I might modify that a bit about the bank account, but the rest of her information, NO, never.

Again, I know nothing about her, but her rage delete immediately makes me think she has an agenda that I don't agree with. She's intentionally trying to not only harm Uber but also intentionally harm the people working at the escort service because she thinks they are victims.

On that same note, it sounds like both Sarah Lacy AND Michael are sexist pricks, and both deserve what they get from each other.

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

BitZtream Re:Buyer Beware (473 comments)

, it's financial backing of a project.

No, its not.

Its a gift. Acting like it is anything else is just ignorance. Calling it financial backing implies that it comes with certain privileges that Kickstarter does not actually afford, like the ability to complain when they change their minds.

about two weeks ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

BitZtream Re:Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

Currently, it is not known if Tollef will cease contributing to Debian altogether.

Second to last line in the current summary.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

BitZtream Re:Summary is misleading, you can work around (327 comments)

You don't need the source to sign the driver after modifying it.

You just need to sign it with a cert that is on the system keychain, or a developer cert from apple should work just fine as well.

Which is also the reason why there are no trim drivers available from hardware manufacturers like Samsung, etc. No access to Apple's driver documentation - no signed trim drivers.

Uhm, the kernel driver interface is well documented, there are open source drivers for all sorts of things distributed by Apple, including firewire disks on the Apple open source page, all the way up to 10.10. The freaking ZFS driver is open source FFS.

Samsung could spend 3 days and have a driver if they wanted to.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

BitZtream Re:Summary is misleading, you can work around (327 comments)

The article paints this as a huge security issue, but why? Anyone putting in a custom SSD is also probably technically astute enough not to download a KEXT that ostensibly puts a cat following your cursor or what have you.

Yes, because this isn't part of a layered security approach or anything. It disables checks for all drivers, meaning a clever trojan can sneak in an unsigned driver.

Also - couldn't you actually just sign the drivers that are needed for trim? What prevents that?

Yes, all you need to do is become an Apple developer and pay the $100 for a dev cert if you want to take the easy way, or spend an extra 5 minutes and generate your own cert for code signing and add it to the system keychain. Neither are particularly difficult for a developer type of person to do, probably a little beyond the scope of your average desktop user though

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

BitZtream Re:Depends on the SSD (327 comments)

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You have no idea how SSDs work do you? TRIM is an absolutely shitty hack.

The compression portion is just a free performance enhancement, send the drive entirely random, incompressible data and it will still perform great and that has no affect on trim like properties at all. Its stupid NOT to do compression. You can compress with an optimized controller a few orders of magnitude faster than you can write that same data to disk. Again, its stupid NOT to do compression.

Your SSD controller ALREADY has to intelligently move data around to different blocks when its writing, its called wear leveling. Not doing this will destroy parts of the drive far faster than need be and result in a broken drive sooner rather than later. This process means you WANT reserved space so the drive can move data in the background without affecting the filesystem itself or needing to cooperate with the OS.

While the drive is doing its standard wear leveling in that nice extra reserved space, it can accomplish the EXACT SAME FUNCTIONALITY as TRIM, without the extra overhead in the OS sending the TRIM command for each block, storing the list of TRIMable blocks, and then going back and trimming them when it actually has the spare time to do so.

The OWC SSDs are very well designed and thought out devices that perform significantly better than any other SSD I've dealt with in the same price range. Note: I ONLY use SSDs for live storage, HDDs for back ups, I have a bit of experience with SSDs to make these statements from.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

BitZtream Re:Depends on the SSD (327 comments)

Apple *should* have provided a better upgrade experience so that users wouldn't be surprised, or end up with unbootable systems

Users weren't surprised by unbeatable systems ... the upgrade overwrites the original hacked driver with a proper factory fresh one. It isn't until you reapply the hack, which modifies a signed driver without resigning it ... (dumb fuck move there) that you run into problems.

So in reality, its working EXACTLY as its supposed to.

If you're fucking with your drivers by making binary edits to them, you should know what you're doing and not be surprised when it blows up in your face.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

BitZtream Re:Ancient news (327 comments)

You can always sign the kext yourself. You don't need an apple signature even, you just need a certificate chain thats in the system keychain.

If done correctly, you maintain security completely.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

BitZtream Re:Queue the Apple apologists (327 comments)

Turn off the driver signing requirement in Yosemite, problem solved, your hack still works and you're in the same condition you were in Mavericks.

They didn't 'block trim' they blocked your hack to make the driver do something it wasn't intended to do.

The only thing needed for your random SSD to have trim support in OS X is for the manufacture to release a driver for their drives, with trim support ... and considering the Apple driver for AHCI isn't exactly hard to find the source for, its not even much more than compile and distribute.

We could debate why Apple doesn't support trim outside of their own drives, but its hard to argue that its their fault for not supplying a driver for your third party hardware.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

BitZtream Re:This isn't new (327 comments)

And more to the point, this is nothing new and it has ALWAYS been this way.

Apple has ONLY EVER provided trim support for SSDs that have Apple in vender name of the drive as returned by whatever the IDE command is that returns that info..

The difference here is that the author apparently just discovered that drivers in OS X are now signed, as such you can't use the old HACKs to enable Trim on non-Apple SSDs. The hack simply edits the Apple AHCI driver to look for a different string in the vendor name, which will then enable trim for that other type of drive. At no point did Apple sanction 3rd party SSD usage or support trim on those drives.

This isn't even new to Yosemite, Mavericks had driver signing as well. The only difference is that Yosemite switched to require signed drivers by default ... you know, LIKE EVERY OTHER SANE OS ON THE PLANET.

The very simple solution is to just provide your own signed driver if you REALLY want your 3rd party SSD to support trim on OS X.

This really only affects people who want to go buy an Intel SSD from some cheap place and slap it into their OS X machine. If you're buying an SSD from the one place to buy OS X SSDs that are 'supported' by the vender ... you go to OWC ... who uses SSDs with Sandforce controllers ... that don't need trim in the first place due to their intelligent way of doing garbage collection and keeping a portion of the drive reserved for this purpose.

Yes, buying anything with Mac support is more expensive. Don't like it? WHY THE FUCK are you buying a Mac? Macs are not for cheapskates, and never have been.

about two weeks ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

BitZtream Re:AppleGL? (89 comments)

WGL and AGL are the Windows and Apple (respectively) are the glue APIs that allow you to setup and work with an OpenGL context and surfaces.

You can't render OpenGL commands using the native drivers without first setting up an OpenGL context with these APIs.

The ignorance here is that you know so little about programming, and OpenGL in particular that you don't realize that AS PART OF THE SPECIFICATION, EVERY OS HAS THESE LAYERS between native windowing system and platform independent OpenGL API.

For X11, you might have heard of ... glx ... Which is the equivelent.

about two weeks ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

BitZtream Re:FreeBSD (121 comments)

... Freebsd.org itself was registered in 1994, and has roots in the original Berkley Software Distribution which is what it started from. BSD started in 1977, which was 37 years ago. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

Its pretty difficult to get another large OS with the history that FBSD comes from, even counting Windows.

Ironically, archive.org ... was registered in 1995.

Yes, the FreeBSD domain is older than the site you're trying to use as a reference of saying that its not old.

about two weeks ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

BitZtream Re:Kernel mess (121 comments)

... speechless incompetence is right. You're ranting about change that occurred in and cause problems because your customer skipped 3 versions of the OS and 6 years of updates ...

I'd say speechless incompetence would be the guy who didn't do proper testing.

I'd love for you to point out this change you're referring though since this pretty much sounds exactly like the sort of thing FBSD is known for NOT doing.

about two weeks ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

BitZtream Re:Kernel mess (121 comments)

Do you ever say anything with any truth in it? The 4.x series was the worst in FreeBSD history as they switched on all the horrible SMP bits. No one used 4.x on anything that required stability.

I'm not sure you've used OpenBSD either by the words of your post.

Troll harder, will ya?

about two weeks ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

BitZtream Re:I Switched To FreeBSD (121 comments)

OpenBSD is good for a firewall with specific hardware that performs well on OpenBSD.

Outside of that FreeBSD is far more likely to be what you want to use. OpenBSD is kind of like Oracle DB. It can serve its niche REALLY well, but using it feels like you're stuck in the 70s with some of the archaic crap it does. Due to its security related background, they don't do anything they don't have to. Which is fine, and the only way to go when security is your main concern.

Or you can run FreeBSD, which isn't cut down to the bone, really doesn't have any more major problems security wise than OpenBSD, and is about 4 orders of magnitude more 'user friendly', where 'user' means 'systems admin'.

Performance wise, FreeBSD still maintains the fastest network stack on the planet, so if you need to move packets, you're going to want to be running FreeBSD, and since it can do so with PF, it makes OpenBSD less attractive as a firewall in all but the most sensitive installations.

OpenBSD isn't better because its simplistic, its simplistic by design but not 'better'. 99.999% of the systems on the planet don't need to be like OpenBSD, and FreeBSD makes very sane trade offs in what they do to be way more usable.

Calling FreeBSD a desktop BSD is really really silly. Linux is a desktop Unix clone (and can be a fine server). FreeBSD is a server BSD that will run X and some desktop UIs, but its not a desktop UNIX, you're thinking of OS X.

about two weeks ago

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FTC Offers 50k for an effect way to block robocalls

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution.

Apparently mandating that telephone companies filter invalid caller id data from their customers and prosecuting the violators of robocall laws is too much effort."
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Mozilla partners with Microsoft Bing for a special

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Mozilla has officially sold out, this follows on the heels of the revenue sharing agreement with Twitter. Mozilla now has an official distribution that defaults to using Bing for the search box and home page."
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Office 2010 Beta Released

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  about 5 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Microsoft has begun notifying people about the availablility of the Office 2010 beta. Don't bother trying to download it with anything other than IE however, it would appear at least for the moment that Safari on OS X (With Silverlight) and Google Chrome on Windows just sit at a page with a twirly when attempting to download after signing. IE on the other hand works instantly so it doesn't appear to be a load issue."
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Google Chrome is out of Beta

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably Video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parts. The original Google blog post can be found here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-chrome-beta.html"
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BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "I'm curious as to how slashdot readers would handle my current situation.

I ordered a Wii bundle on June 6th from ebgames.com and paid the extra for overnight shipping. On June 8th the Wii product page said: Orders placed before 6/8/07 will be shipped on 6/11/07.

On June 11th, nothing happened on the ebgames.com status page for my order so I emailed them. The response was typical:

We apologize for the shipping delay this order has experienced. We are
currently investigating the problem; we will fix the problem and get
this item shipped out as soon as possible.

Later that evening my order status changed to 'Processing'. It hasn't changed since. So today, (June 13th) I called them twice. The first time was around 5pm EST and I was told the order had shipped and I will get it on the 14th. So I wait till this evening, around 9pm and call back to get a tracking number since I'm a bit skeptical. Now I'm told my order has not shipped, and it will be shipped tomorrow and I will get it on Friday, the 15th, at which point I promptly state that I expect my shipping charges to be reduced. No deal, they won't do it. Okay, cancel the order, the won't do that either.

This is entirely unfair in my eyes. I can drive to the local ebgames store and buy a Wii right this instant, but then I'll end up with two and have to go through the process of selling one.

I have very little faith that I'll get it on Friday now since they've obviously lied about it being shipped once already.

My question is simple, is there anything that I can do to get out of this deal other than contest the charge with the credit card company since they already have my money?"

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