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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

Dolda2000 Re:Please change the name! (360 comments)

Do note how you can also read it as libReSSL, though.

about 5 months ago

AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

Dolda2000 Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

Yes, of course liquid cooling not magically going to make the heat disappear or otherwise violate the laws of thermodynamics. But it can transfer it to a place where you can have larger metal fins and/or better fans.

about 5 months ago

AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

Dolda2000 Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

Only to still replace it with air cooling further down the line.

Sure, admittedly so, of course. The point, though, is clearly to be able to use a larger or otherwise better air cooler in the end, which I can certainly see being the point in this case, seeing is how the PCI specification gives too little room for a proper cooler on the card itself, especially if it's going to fit in only two slots.

about 5 months ago

AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

Dolda2000 Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

The point with liquid cooling isn't to replace the metal in contact with the chip, you know. It's to replace the air that is normally cooling the metal.

about 5 months ago

Oracle Knew of Latest Java 0-Day Security Hole In August

Dolda2000 Re:What happened to Java? (265 comments)

It's mostly a matter of incompetence in the implementation, indeed. The Java vulnerabilities I have followed have always included calling some obscure part of the Java class library which is implemented using native code (mostly for optimization reasons) that happened to be buggy in some way.

It should be said in this case, however, that the new Java 7 dynamic language support infrastructure, which is one of the things Oracle added since they took Java over. Many of the things Oracle has done to Java lately (and especially as additions in Java 7) have struck me as poorly designed features that just allowed Oracle to check of some feature-lists to make Java appear as "feature-complete" as dotnet.

about a year and a half ago

Linux 3.6 Released

Dolda2000 Re:BTRFS experiences? (143 comments)

You don't normally use LVM for RAID1 (you can, but it kind of sucks and is a bit immature). Normally, you'd use mdraid for that, and then construct a LVM PV from the resulting mdraid device(s).

Neither ext3, LVM nor mdraid checks for silent corruption, however. That's strictly a feature of filesystems like ZFS or btrfs that explicitly checksum all data.

about 2 years ago

AMD Sale to Dell Rumored

Dolda2000 Re:Cue darth vader: (325 comments)

To be fair, the "dual suppliers" thing doesn't seem to deter government agencies from buying Microsoft products. I suspect they'd just ignore it the exact same way if Intel were to become the only x86 CPU supplier (which, of course, they wouldn't even, seeing how companies like Via still exist for that matter).

more than 3 years ago

Ballmer, Bezos Fund Effort To Undermine Bill Gates

Dolda2000 Re:Cry me a river, billionaires (866 comments)

But somehow you do need to be a libertarian to think that expecting those that have benefitted the most from society to pay towards its upkeep is theft.

How about contributed the most to society? If you look at it that way, you might start to wonder why they should have to pay extra for having provided people with their needs.

more than 3 years ago

Paul Allen Files Patent Suit Against Apple, Google, Yahoo, Others

Dolda2000 Re:Want to stimulate the economy? (219 comments)

Congress doesn't write laws. Corporate ghost writers write laws and Congress signs them.

I guess that's what you get for not paying attention to congressional elections instead of the, in reality, completely inconsequential presidential election which instead has become the only election anyone seems to care about in the US these days. The entire reason why your founding fathers designed the electoral college system is because there's really no need to elect the president popularly -- he is merely the chief of the executive branch, whose task it is to carry out what Congress decides. You're not supposed to elect him "for his political agenda" (if anything, that's what the congressional elections are for; though I'd argue otherwise in another rant), but for his ability to lead the government. Which is why he was supposed to be elected by professional electors tasked with the elucidation of such properties in people.

See, you're better off over there then we are here in the Democratic People's States of Europe precisely because you get to elect your congressmen personally, rather than voting for pre-selected party lists as we get to do under our varieties of proportional voting. It means that you actually can elect people on such virtues as incorruptibility and honesty, rather than the ability to climb the party ranks by spouting the party line.

Electing a president popularly based on "political agendas" is, if anything, directly undemocratic, since it implies that the entire nation has to elect as one entity, leaving the majority with no other choice than to oppress the minority (where, of course, the "minority" is 45% or so of the people).


about 4 years ago

Health Care Reform

Dolda2000 Re:Well, lets see (2044 comments)

Disregarding the facts that the healthcare/insurance and banking industries are so regulated that they can hardly be considered private enterprise, and that the blame for the recession lies, apart from the aforementioned regulation, with the Fed and the government-run banks like the FNMA; what strikes me the most with your post is this:

It kinda amazes me that people with a healthcare system that is useless in the middle of a global recession all under the management of private industry, then dare to ask whether government can run things.

If not that, then what do you suppose they should ask? Is not the determination of the means by which the ends sought should be attained, indeed, the foremost question that should be on everybody's mind? Should regulation just be tried at random just because anything might be better? If that is the mindset of the regulators, then I finally understand why laws look the way they do.

(By the way, I don't think the US healthcare system is such an utter failure as you make it out to be. You should try living over here in Europe for a while.)

more than 4 years ago

Correcting Poor Typing Technique?

Dolda2000 Re:Dvorak isn't better (425 comments)

(3) at least one study indicates that placing commonly used keys far apart, as with the QWERTY, actually speeds typing, since you frequently alternate hands; and

That point almost makes your study sound suspect, though, since one of the main points with Dvorak is supposed to be that the keys are placed so as to make hand-alternation is frequent as possible.

I don't use Dvorak myself, by the way. I just thought that sounded weird.

more than 4 years ago

Why Are There No Popular Ultima Online-Like MMOs?

Dolda2000 Re:Missing the point (480 comments)

Methinks that's missing the point. Judging by the summary, what his friend misses isn't crafting or just housing, but the opportunity to be a griefing fucktard with impunity. He doesn't miss just housing (which half the games have nowadays anyway), but more specifically thieving, which in the context of housing really boiled down to exploiting some clipping bug to nick someone's furniture that per the game rules you shouldn't have had access to. Basically he's missing a game that's equally half-baked, buggy, exploitable, and with equally piss-poor GM support, so he can be as big a griefer as in the good old days of UO.

As one of the writers of Haven & Hearth, I have to disagree. The reason me and my friend wanted to write the game is that we wanted a world where the actions that players can perform actually have an impact on the world itself, rather than just another theme park where you can just enjoy yourself withing the very strict frame set by the authors of the game; and those of our current players that seem to enjoy the game the most seem to agree with that. It leads naturally to a game world where the emergent phenomena become the most defining feature of the world, rather than the mechanics that we, as the game authors, build into it. The coolest thing about the world, if I may say so myself, is that there isn't a single structure in the world that hasn't been built by the players themselves.

It is true, of course, that theft and raiding are important parts of that, and the primary enjoyment of many players is the politics that arise out of factions competing with each other; but mind you that theft and raiding does not necessarily equal "griefing". In Haven, despite only having a few hundred players, there are actual wars being played out without us authors having to write a back-story for them. We don't have to write a back-story at all since that can be done entirely by players; and it also leads to a story that the players can actually care about since they are part of it themselves, rather than having had it pushed upon them.

I shan't pretend that Haven isn't buggy and exploitable, but those are things that we do plan to remedy before going into beta without having to rip out the most defining aspect of the game, viz., its mutable world. "Piss-poor GM support", as you put it, is an intended feature: We don't want to set the rules for the game any more than is necessary as a part of writing basic game mechanics, and in the end, we believe that it leads to a more meaningful player experience since players don't have to be bothered by any arbitrary rules of morality that we may set up. The point is that most of our players don't want to be "griefers" -- they simply want to be a meaningful part of the game world itself, which they cannot be in a theme-park game like WoW. I don't want to pretend everyone wants a game like that (there is obviously a reason why WoW has four or so orders of magnitude more players than we do), but it's not like it's just for griefers.

more than 4 years ago

New AES Attack Documented

Dolda2000 Re:Quantum Computers (236 comments)

If you can read this... 01110101 01110010 00100000 01100001 00100000 01100111 01100101 01100101 01101011

While you, on the other hand, would need to learn to capitalize and write proper sentences. And yes, I read that using neither a calculator nor an ASCII chart. ;)

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 3.5 Benchmarked, Close To Original Chrome

Dolda2000 Re:Another thread, another flamewar (338 comments)

AFAICT, the only reason we're all using Flash is that it was a stop-gap measure to deal with the fact that normal video support in web browsers wasn't what it should have been.

What I don't understand, though, is what was wrong with the <object> tag. It could be used to embed the client's favorite media player into the page to play a video over HTTP, could it not? What does the <video> tag do that the <object> tag couldn't?

more than 5 years ago

US Plans To Bulldoze 50 Shrinking Cities

Dolda2000 Re:3 more uses for parts of disused cities (806 comments)

Well, that still means that those living their will be living better than they did previously (or they wouldn't reasonably move there), and the city doesn't have to pay the cost for razing the stuff. Where, again, was the downside?

more than 5 years ago

Biden Promises 'Right Person' As Copyright Czar

Dolda2000 Context, please (492 comments)

For us on the other side of the ocean, what is this copyright czar you keep mentioning?

more than 5 years ago

Richard Stallman Warns About Non-Free Web Apps

Dolda2000 Re:Yes, but that's a lot more than just the GNU ut (747 comments)

You're just purposely trying to evade my point, rather than meeting it. Yes, there are alternatives to many of the GNU utilities. I, too, could probably name a dozen embedded Linux distros or so that don't use GNU code to any larger extent, but that's just besides the point.

The point is that the systems the vast majority of people use (say, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, &c.) are heavily based on GNU. So much so, in fact, that it if you really seek a single qualifier for it, it would be more appropriate to call it GNU than to call at Linux. At the core of the system lies all of the GNU system, including the coreutils, GCC, binutils, bash, texinfo, gzip, glibc, all the reimplementations of basic system tools like grep, sed, awk and what have you not. What you're normally actually using, as a user, is more often than not GNU code. (And that applies to very many GUI users, too, seeing how GNOME is part of GNU.)

Also, I'm not trying to force you to call the system GNU/Linux instead of Linux, honestly. I, too, usually call it Linux, but only because that's what I and others have become used to, not because I think that it is the most correct denomination to use. (Well, only when I speak with laymen, though, really. When I speak with my friends, I can usually leave out the "Linux" part of it completely and just say that I use "Debian".) On the other hand, I certainly have no wish to actively discredit GNU's extremely pivotal role in the system.

more than 5 years ago

Richard Stallman Warns About Non-Free Web Apps

Dolda2000 Re:GNU/Linux is not the official name (747 comments)

Linux is not a GNU project, though. It's a kernel made from contributed code from many different people. Their ideas, their expertise, not the direct result of GCC. GCC is just the program used to compile their ideas. You could build it with ICC and it still is Linux, but it doesn't turn into Intel/Linux.

Certainly so, but noone, not Stallman and noone else, calls Linux the kernel GNU/Linux. GNU/Linux is the term for an operating system based on the GNU userspace along with the Linux kernel.

more than 5 years ago

Richard Stallman Warns About Non-Free Web Apps

Dolda2000 Re:Again, that argument is equally valid for the r (747 comments)

It's entirely possible to boot a Linux system with binutils or BSD userspace utilities.

Well yeah, sure, that's possible. Do you know anyone who uses such a distribution? I'm pretty sure RMS speaks of GNU/Linux because that's what people actually use.

Even if you say that the line between applications and operating system is fuzzy, I do think we can both agree that it is reasonable to count something which is required to build and boot the system as "part of the operating system", no? Especially so if we speak of the actual operating system distributions, like Debian or Fedora, which doubtlessly uses those programs for those purposes, and where it would require large amounts of work to replace them.

(Furthermore, I'm pretty sure Linux (the kernel, that is) requires GCC, GNU ld and gmake to build. I might be wrong about that, though.)

more than 5 years ago



Dolda2000 Dolda2000 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dolda2000 writes "In their next righteous move against piracy, the RIAA now offers advance settlement to all parent of children under the age of three. FTA: "'Our goal is to make this easier for parents,' said RIAA President Cary Sherman. 'Everyone knows that in this era of increasing hard drive capacity and new digital media technologies, it is inevitable that every child in America will infringe copyright sooner or later.'""

Dolda2000 Dolda2000 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dolda2000 writes "Hitachi recently unveiled their newest RFID product: a 0.05 x 0.05 millimeter "powder type" RFID chip (for you barbarians in the west, 0.05 mm is roughly 2/1000 inch). From the article: "Like mu-chips [...] the new chips have a 128-bit ROM for storing a unique 38-digit ID number." and "But since existing tags are already small enough to embed in paper, it leads one to wonder what new applications the developers have in mind.". It seems they hope to get them to market in 2-3 years."


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