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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Kjella Re:Already everywhere in France (587 comments)

I went to a McDonalds in paris, france 9 years ago so old school ordering. It was a TOTAL MESS. Busy and NO ONE formed lines like in the USA. It was completely disorganized. I was like wow in the US we have a distinct 1 line per register and people are always cautious asking "are you in line?".

That's because you don't want to get between a land whale and his supersized Big Mac with extra cheese and bacon, double onion rings and bucket of Coke.

7 hours ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

Kjella Re:Criminals are dumb (60 comments)

So what? Since there's no central authority to block transactions or seize funds they'll simply be passed around until any relation with the crime is meaningless with almost everybody in the transaction chain is blissfully unaware that somewhere they were stolen. Then what? If you find the person behind the wallet and seize the "stolen property", you introduce a massive transaction risk that totally undermines the cryptographic guarantee that the transaction is final and irreversible. Imagine the following scenario, you sell a car for bitcoins. The bitcoins come in, transaction is verified, you hand over the keys. Then you try to spend your bitcoins only to be told that they're stolen, we have the serial numbers and is returning them to their rightful owner. Now you have no bitcoins and no car and good luck recovering it.

Imagine if cash was that way, every time the grocery store tried to despoit money at the bank the bank would say "oh no, this and that bill came from a gas station robbery two years ago so we'll return it to the gas station and deduct it from your deposit. The system would crumble as cash couldn't be trusted to really have the cash value it says, even if it's a genuine bill. Everyone with money of questionable origin would pass it off to others who can't and won't verify their legitimity and let others pick up the tab. By all means, if the cops can uncover a whitewashing operation that's fine but once it's passed back into normal circulation again you can't suddenly take away that value.

9 hours ago
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

Kjella Re:Hindsight (81 comments)

If there was 137 more working Apple 1, they wouldn't be worth that much.

No, but there's 137 people who can each legitimately say "If I hadn't put my machine in the trash, I'd be $900k-ish richer". And I'm not sure how quick the value drops off but I doubt going from 63 to 200 machines (about 3x) would be worse than inverse square so (1/3)^2 * $900k = $100k/machine, that's also a nice chunk of cash.

yesterday
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Kjella Re:That's An Ambitious name? (105 comments)

If "Utopic Unicorn" is an ambitious name, I'm afraid to see what comes next.

utopia = ideal, perfect state
unicorn = magical, legendary creature

I think you'd roll your eyes too if Apple or Microsoft came out with OS X 10.10 "Magic Perfection" or Windows 10 "Magic Perfection", respectively. It's the kind of name that makes you go "Okaaaaaaaaay, are you overcompensating for something?"

yesterday
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

Kjella Re:We had a distributed social network (252 comments)

Not a whole lot of people I knew and having your own hosting and domain costs a bit, most used third party blogs and forums anyway. And it all lacks authentication and aggregation. Sure, you could set up users and accounts and manage all that but people wouldn't bother to manage 100 separate accounts the way they have 100 friends on one Facebook login. And unless every site it set up with an RSS feed there's no easy way to aggregate lots of blogs and give you one dashboard of what your friends are doing. Nothing really unsolvable though, you could have self-hosted for yourself and third party hosted nodes for other people but there'd have to be a business model for the hosting companies. People generally won't pay when they can get a "free" account on Facebook so then most are really back to ads or data mining for most people anyway.

yesterday
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

Kjella Re:Is it open source yet? (122 comments)

Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

They all have your data, they can do whatever the f... they want with it. Unless you're talking about a client backdoor to access all the other files you didn't want to share with the cloud, but I don't think any of the others are any better. If you want real control, it's ownCloud or no cloud I think...

2 days ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

Kjella Re:I didn't lie, I just gave false statement (91 comments)

Wow, the ability to come up with "he did it, but it' wasn't bad enough to warrant legal action" excuses has had a huge renaissance.

More like you accuse someone of defamation and it's the difference between "He told people I'm an asshole" and "He told people I'm a child molester". Both are defamatory statements by definition "1. (Law) injurious to someone's name or reputation)" but only one is actually illegal. Even if you're selling a polished turd you can make a lot a objectively highly questionable praise, misleading statistics and lies by omission without actually incriminating yourself. Like the defamation example above, you usually have to be caught in a factual lie in order to be convicted. Every sales pitch strategy I've been involved in involved pushing our strengths and concealing our weakness, if that was illegal we'd have to put all of marketing and sales in jail. And every person who went on a date ever. Meaning /. won't change much, I guess.

2 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

Kjella Re:Wired Access Will Still Be Standard (99 comments)

Assuming the need is infinite, if your demands are satisfied you might turn to flexibility and convenience. Last quarter we here in Norway saw a tiny dip in fixed residential broadband for the first time ever, whether that's a fluke or not is uncertain but business lines have been on the decline for some time because small 1-5 man shops use 3G/LTE to check their mail rather than having a dedicated broadband line in the office. It's just an extension of that most "normal" people I run into use wireless now instead of wired networks because it's capped by their Internet speed anyway. And even if you gave them gigabit Internet, they'd probably still feel wireless was fast enough.

2 days ago
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The Future of Stamps

Kjella Re:What future? (130 comments)

This. Actual stamps is mostly a consumer thing, I just checked our commercial postal service and they recommend a "stamping" machine if you send more than 40 letters/week where you charge it up like a prepaid cell phone, same thing for packages except there they normally print to labels they slap on the package. And for the big companies you get bulk pre-printed envelopes with logo that are collected at your place of business and charged to your corporate account, we have those at work. The potential for abuse is small since you can't drop them off at a regular mailbox and it'd be obvious who you're using to pay for your postage. A lot of the consumer-to-business mail is prepaid and rolled into the cost of business too, the few times I use stamps is to other people but most of that is replaced by email since you don't need a formal signature on anything. I guess there's the odd package, but if it's too big to fit a mail box you're going to the post office anyway.

3 days ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Kjella Re:Recognition (150 comments)

Nokia has more brand name recognition, so of course we won't use that.

Of the "let's frame it and put it on a wall" more than "I want one in my pocket" variety. I'll always have fond memories of Nokia 3210 and the state of the art in 1999, but it's not selling a new phone and it's not quite up to collectible/antique standards either. And Elop's little stunt sure didn't help Nokia's reputation as a has-been either. Not to mention that Nokia running Windows Phone might have some of the same hardware but there's very little in common between "old Nokia" and "new Nokia" anyway. I think this was a pretty easy call of Microsoft and would have happened regardless, if they'd ponied up a little more they could have gotten the Nokia name for good as it matters more to consumers than the commercial market the remains of Nokia serves.

3 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Kjella Re:Why worry about CFAA? (239 comments)

Because Facebook is really interested in their stock value and not kicking the DEA in the teeth? They're not going to win any favors with anybody for actively sabotaging a criminal investigation, even an illegally conducted one. They want to have the public on their side which is why we're hearing about this in the news, Facebook couldn't win an escalating conflict with proxies and whatnot. If this becomes a big enough PR problem for the police though, the practice might go away.

3 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

Kjella Re:Bigger fuckup than John Akers (84 comments)

3) Contractual obligations/customer relations, in the enterprise world people build systems they expect to last many, many years and not have the parts disappear on a whim. Which is is why Intel has launched Itaniums as late as 2012, whoever they suckered into buying it will get time to bail out. Don't underestimate the value of grudges in the enterprise, any executive who gets burned by IBM ditching it fast and dirty will be their enemy when the next big consulting/outsourcing contract rolls around.

4 days ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

Kjella Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (110 comments)

Except they're not chasing the mainstream, they're chasing the hype wave of Apple/Google/Microsoft trying to be the "big next thing" instead of what is actually mainstream today with Win7/OS X. Instead of picking a market and staying on target to finish the job they still haven't finished on the office desktop from 1999 or the laptop from 2004 or smartphone from 2009 or tablet from 2014. And at this rate I don't think Ubuntu will stay in one place long enough to be relevant to anyone outside the ~1% of the desktop market Linux owns today.

4 days ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

Kjella Re:Incomplete information (110 comments)

While there'll always be exceptions I imagine it's usually a very short list of persons who want any one article removed, blowing the whistle saying "someone is trying to bury this article" should have the intended effect anyway.

5 days ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

Kjella Re:Is D3D 9 advantageous over 10? (54 comments)

Games only started using D3D 10/11 *very* recently -- the back catalog this could enable is huge, and D3D 9 games are still coming out today. It'd say it's very important to support.

Bullshit. Almost all games have had an D3D 9 rendering path since XP has been so massively popular, but a whole lot of games has taken advantage of D3D 10/11 where it's been available. It's very important to the number of games you can run on Linux, but it does not represent the state of the art. Speaking of which, WINE's support of D3D 9 through an OpenGL has been pretty good. Or rather my impression has been that if they can figure out what DirectX is doing, there's usually a fairly efficient way of doing in OpenGL. The summary tries to paint it as if OpenGL has been a blocker to DirectX support, my impression is quite the opposite. A gallium3d implementation is closer to the hardware and "more native" than a DirectX-to-OpenGL translation layer, but while it might boost performance a little it won't fundamentally support anything new.

5 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

Kjella Re:Definition of ClickBait (238 comments)

It all depends on you definition of clickbait.

Excessively vague/misleading headline which you wouldn't have bothered to click if they'd made it informative? It's not bait if it's not a trap of sorts.

about a week ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Kjella Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (347 comments)

Does he mean a transient reaction in the test set-up that produces the byproducts of fusion, but not long enough to generate useful power?

A transient reaction that can't be reliably reproduced despite recreating the same conditions to the best of our ability. Which might be because the conditions necessary are so extremely specific that they only got them right once by accident or because of some contamination or malfunction that somehow produced the necessary conditions yet attempts to recreate them fail. Or the results of the initial experiment were wrong, but here they've clearly put their desire to believe it was real over their good judgement.

about a week ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

Kjella Re:But the ID shouldn't have to be secret (59 comments)

Except authentication is usually not username+password or digital signature, it's identification+official paper saying you're that person. Everywhere your use your passport, driver's license or any other photo ID you're relying on three things:

1) The difficulty of acquiring the information to be on the card
2) The difficulty of forging the card
3) The difficulty of fooling the issuers into producing a fake card

The last one is often a sneaky one, enough ID info and you might trick one of them into believing you've lost your ID and issue a new one. But there's enough direct fakes too, if they have the necessary information that's half the way.

about a week ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

Kjella Re:I still don't see what's wrong with X (225 comments)

Except that's pretty much what all AJAX web apps do, they "export the UI through some generic mechanism" to the browser so I'd say it's very common. No need for roll-outs and patches, if the server now says there should be a new button there is a new button for everyone. The issue is that I find most web apps really suck compared to native applications so locally I usually want a native, non-web application.

What I'm talking about is a native toolkit that'd make the applications you normally use locally network transparent at the application level, not the display server level. Essentially a toolkit where the UI is always living in its own thread, asynchronously to the actual application. Network transparency just means that thread happens to be living on a different machine, drawing to a different display. And you could tweak it to handle that better, but you wouldn't have to it'd sort of run remotely without modification.

For example, I made a basic calculator just as a proof of concept. Connected locally (I still used a TCP connection just to localhost, better options are available) it looked and acted entirely as a native app you could use every day. It recorded buttons pushed, sent the push events to the back-end and sent updated display text back. I hadn't made it better, but I hadn't made it worse either. The cool thing though was that now I could connect to it remotely. Same calculator popped up, my button clicks go over the network, display text came back over the network. It's a working local native app and a working network transparent remote app. At once. Without any application logic in the client, just drawing tools.

about a week ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Kjella Sure they do (75 comments)

People would like a magic box that make them anonymous and secure on the internet while they log into Facebook, just like they want a magic diet pill while they continue to stuff their faces with sugar and fat. Or for a more relevant tech example they'd like a magic oracle to tell them if a website belongs to who they think it belongs to which is why we have CAs as the best approximation. It's never going to work that way, but there's a lot of money in selling snake oil...

about a week ago

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Microsoft bans Firefox on Windows ARM

Kjella Kjella writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kjella (173770) writes "In another case of "if you can't beat them, exclude them" Microsoft has decided to not allow third party browsers on Windows ARM. The reasons cited by Microsoft's Deputy General Counsel David Heiner are: "
  • ARM processors, which power virtually all iOS, Android, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets today, are different from the x86 chips that power PCs. The chips have new requirements for security and power management, and Microsoft is the only one who can meet those needs.
  • Windows RT — the version of Windows 8 geared for ARM devices — "isn't Windows anymore."
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Chrome beats IE for first time ever

Kjella Kjella writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kjella (173770) writes "Sunday 18th of March should go down in browser history. For the first in many years IE is no longer then #1 web browser, with Chrome narrowly beating IE with 32.71% to 32.50% while Firefox on third with 24.81%. As the figures are substantially higher for Chrome and lower for IE on weekends it's only for a day but it's another big milestone. While IE still is in a clear lead in North America and Oceania, it is tied with Firefox in Europe while Chrome now leads in Asia and South America and Firefox leads in Africa."
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French "three strikes" back thanks to Sark

Kjella Kjella writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kjella (173770) writes "A little over a week ago, slashdot reported that the EU would forbid disconnecting users from the Internet. But even after having passed with an 88% approval in the European Parliament and passing through the European Commission, it was all undone as the European Council, led by French President Sarkozy removed the amendment before passing the Telecom package. This means that there's now nothing stopping France's controversial "three strikes" law from going into effect. What hope is there for a "parliament" where there is near unison agreement, yet can be completely disregarded so easily?"
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Oil fall nets lame duck with free crossover wine

Kjella Kjella writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kjella (173770) writes "The good people over at CodeWeavers set up a challenge for King George to really make the most of his last days in office. The Lame Duck Presidential Challenges are to reduce the price of gas, reduce the price of food, create more jobs, rejuvenate the housing market and bring Osama bin Laden to justice. Noone realized just how he was going to do that as most of the goals were rather ambitious, but along with the doom and gloom of recession fears one of the criteria has been met. The price of gas is now back to $2.79 per gallon in the Twin Cities so break out your SUVs and party like it's 2006. For those of you instead looking to save every buck, today Crossover is giving away all their products for free, or at least gratis for the FSF fans out there. Already they're down to a light web page due to Digg, surely we can do better than that."

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