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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

GuB-42 Re:Agile can fuck off. (235 comments)

"Agile" is just a buzzword, like "synergy", it means absolutely nothing.
Good management is good, bad management is bad, whether or not they use the "agile" tag is irrelevant.

yesterday
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

GuB-42 Re:Zero sum (537 comments)

Without ads, the manufacturers will probably do pass the lower marketing costs to us. Not because they want to but because without ads, a lower a price will probably have a bigger influence on the buyer's choice. People will also have a little less money due to the "no-ads tax", meaning that if manufacturers will have to reduce their prices to match the customers purchasing power.
Manufacturers that publish ads are not the ones who are in power. You, the customer, are. If you had no choice but to buy their products at the price they fixed, they wouldn't need ads in the first place.

But the real reality is that this scenario will simply never happen.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

GuB-42 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (690 comments)

Implying the Windows driver model is flawless.

Not at all, there are also many points where the Linux model is better : http://www.linuxfoundation.org...
I think that it is related to the monolithic vs microkernel debate. Each model has its pros and cons, and a lot of potential for flamewars too.

yesterday
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

GuB-42 Lithium shortage (142 comments)

Won't we run into some kind of lithium shortage if the demand for li-ion batteries raises ?
Or at least a increase in raw material price offsetting the decrease in manufacturing costs.

2 days ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

GuB-42 Re:Why such paranoia ? (297 comments)

So your situation is something you saw on 24?

Before Snowden we would have said the same thing about mass government surveillance.

Except that in this situation, we are not talking about surveillance, we are talking about bricking phones, which is quite the opposite.
Surveillance is about gathering as much data as possible. Bricked phones don't gather much data.
Plus, the kind of surveillance uncovered by Snowden is the of "spying" kind, where the goal is to make the targets unaware that they are being watched. In contrast, bricking phones is very obvious.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

GuB-42 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (690 comments)

In Linux, there is no ABI. Drivers have to be accepted and included in the kernel source tree. Yes really. It's that well thought out.

This means that you have to have code review from the Linux kernel team. And you have to divulge any amateur or buggy code embodied in the source. Which may compromise the imaginary advantage your marketdroids think they have on other platforms.

That's linux stance, which is consistent with both the monolithic design and open source philosophy.
However, this is not without problems.
First problem is that some drivers can't reasonably be opensourced as they offer a real competitive advantage to the companies writing them. Or they may use licensed code that prevent them to go opensource.
Second problem is that it relies on "kernel developers" or "the community". We shouldn't forget that these are made up of people with limited time and resources and chances are that they won't bother with your obscure long tail device* which mean that you'll have to constantly maintain your driver for every changing kernel version.
Third problem is that stable linux distros are commonly build around a specific kernel version. If, for some reason, you need use hardware that is too recent you can't easily add support without changing the whole kernel.

(*) : no, I'm not talking about a black cat

2 days ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

GuB-42 Re: Unconstitutinal (376 comments)

Put in a 2 second delay between one road getting the red and the other getting the green. Done. Do people still rush lights? Yes they do....but.... a lot less collisions.

Well, where I live, it is already the case. I thought it was the same everywhere...

3 days ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

GuB-42 Re: Amost sounds like a good deal ... (376 comments)

There is nothing special about positive and negative in formal proofs, in fact, using contraposition, they can be seen as equivalent (A->B !B->!A !A|B).

It only matters in law due to the presumption of innocence, and even then it isn't absolute, otherwise the judicial system would be pretty much powerless. The idea is that the accusation only has to prove that you are very likely to have committed the crime. After that it's up to you to prove that you didn't do it. Defense is a negative proof.

3 days ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

GuB-42 Re: Unconstitutinal (376 comments)

- Red light cameras are not at all red lights, only on random "profitable" red lights
- There may or may not be signs on red light cameras, same with speed cameras
- Rushing a red light is bad, but it is not always more dangerous than exceeding the speed limit. Crossing when the light just turned red or during traffic congestion is more of an annoyance than a real danger. And while you are clearly at fault if you get T-boned because you rushed a red light, it may not have been deadly it the other guy obeyed the speed limit. Excessive speed not only causes accidents, it also makes accidents worse even if you are not the one who caused it.

4 days ago
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

GuB-42 Logical conclusion for founders (98 comments)

If you are a man and your have a women in your team, put her in front, whoever is the actual leader. Or maybe at least let your wife/GF/sister/whatever do the advertizing.
I believe it should better if she is hot (but not slutty) as it should work on both men and women.

This is assuming of course that the study is unbiased and that gender really matters (i.e. : causation, not simple correlation).

4 days ago
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Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

GuB-42 Re:Makes sense (144 comments)

Fax was much more popular in Japan than it was in the west so it's no wonder that it is still in use today.
One of the reason for the popularity of fax, in addition to writing, are maps. Japanese addresses have no street names, they use a combination of district/block/house numbers which is very effective at losing people. As a result, it is common practice to send a map to mark a meeting place.

about a week ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

GuB-42 Re:Government selection of connector technoglogy. (191 comments)

Wireless charging is not that good. It is energy inefficiant and you can't move your phone while you are charging. As for data transfer, wires are more secure and more reliable.
Mag-safe type connectors are excellent for frying pots (that's were they were first used) and good for laptops but mobile devices are too light for mag-safe to offer a meaningful advantage.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

GuB-42 Re: What for? (191 comments)

I think they can get away with it using better materials (thicker gold plating maybe) and electrical protection built in the cable electronics (lightning cables are active).
Remeber that apple doesn't have the same cost constraints as other manufacturers due to their ludicrous sale prices.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

GuB-42 Re: What for? (191 comments)

What you have to consider is that Apple devices are almost luxury items, which mean that they can get away using components that are too expensive for low-end devices.
USB is designed to be cheap and good enough, otherwise it couldn't be "universal".

about two weeks ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

GuB-42 Re:I love competition. (112 comments)

I thought that the 15-20 minute delay is simply because the cinavia signal is really low bandwidth (0.2bps according to wikipedia). As a result it takes a long time to check the key.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

GuB-42 Re:Stupid (557 comments)

This study is interesting as it doesn't show that affirmative action itself has a positive effect. The simple knowledge that affirmative action is in place is sufficient, like some kind of placebo effect.

The idea is : women can win if they try but they don't try unless we tell them they have an unfair and in many cases unnecessary advantage.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIAs 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

GuB-42 Is it about the CPU, or the OS ? (125 comments)

Buffer in the main memory, software that optimize most-used code. It looks like an OS job for me, something that could be implemented in the linux kernel and benefit all CPUs, provided that you have the appropriate driver.

According to the paper, it looks like biggest novelty is... DRM. The optimizer code will be encrypted and will run in its own memory block, hidden from the OS. It will also make use of some special profiling instructions which could as well be accessible to the OS. Maybe they will but they say nothing about it.

about two weeks ago
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Silent Circle's Blackphone Exploited at Def Con

GuB-42 Re:Direct user consent? (46 comments)

Yes, auto-backup-restore from a central server is the obvious solution.
However you have to do it properly, or else, it will become the weak point. You have to be careful of packet sniffing and man-in-the-middle attacks. Your server can be attacked too. And the more convinient you make your backups, the less secure they tend to be.

I think that the best compromise to turn on full disk encryption and that in case of anomaly (such as too many failed unlocks) the phone shuts down. Properly encrypted data are almost as good as a full (secure) wipe and better than an unsecure wipe.

about two weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

GuB-42 Missing the point (116 comments)

Personally I didn't find a correlation between how I struggle writing code and the number of bugs I produce. I'm not sure about why but it's probably because I'm more careful with hard problems.

Anyways, I think the worst bug-generator is code that is hard to test, or not tested enough because of time constraints or poor management. This can explain the correlation : complex code (lots of inputs, lots of steps) tends to make programmers struggle and is hard to test. Also, programmers having a hard time tends to drive the project over budget, and when this happen, testing is commonly sacrified in a misguided attempt to recoup the goals.

I think that if we see developers struggling, instead of trying to "improve" the developers (the hard problem they are solving right now is actually what makes them better), it's better prepare to ramp up the testing budget, and maybe do a bit or code refactoring.

about two weeks ago
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Silent Circle's Blackphone Exploited at Def Con

GuB-42 Re:Direct user consent? (46 comments)

You have to balance things somehow. I'm not sure many people will want their phone to be wiped just because someone looks at it funny.
If you make it easy to inadvertantly wipe data, you also need to have easy to access backups and these can be a security issue in their own right.

about two weeks ago

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