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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Microlith Re:Double standards (533 comments)

most conservatives don't claim to be open and inclusive

All the more reason to ignore them. You can't run a country when a group that is finding itself headed towards being a minority wants to exclude the rest of the country.

Liberals do, and then bash anyone with different ideas or beliefs as neo-conservative warmongering science-denying ultra-fascist teahadists.

And "conservatives" like to pigeonhole anyone they disagree with. Of course, "conservatives" have a problem with their side being actually full of the people you describe.

It's perfectly possible to be open to ideas from both sides of the spectrum.

True, but that does not mean all ideas deserve equal consideration.

It's called being a moderate.

Being a moderate doesn't mean you have to listen to and accept every idea that comes across your radar. And very little out of the Republican party these days is truly worth consideration by any moderate.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Microlith Re: Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

So the credit rating was lowered because the Republicans eventually capitulated, not because they "shut down" the government.

Not because they "capitulated," but because it was obvious that they'd play stupid games like that without actually making useful moves towards controlling the debt. Make no mistake, the GOP didn't cause the shutdown because they were concerned about the debt. They were annoyed that they didn't get their way to the exclusion of all others.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

Microlith Re:So who is behind this? (112 comments)

This isn't going to take away your precious, no need to get your panties in a knot.

You say this as we watch a train wreck of unintended consequences fall out from a 21 year old law.

about a month ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

Microlith Re:Really? (293 comments)

And, cleverly, not a single link to substantiate the claim. Really, is it so hard?

about a month and a half ago
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Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled

Microlith Re:Politics (139 comments)

they are more apt to paint a negative image to the Tea Party without trying to show their virtues.

That would require the Tea Party to reveal and promote its virtuous attributes, rather than stumping for candidates that advocate for killing gays as if we were Saudi Arabia or some other theocratic shit hole.

about a month and a half ago
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Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled

Microlith Re:Politics (139 comments)

aying there's "no evidence" is a stunningly strong claim. Impressive citation needed.

You implied that somehow her immigrating illegally had an impact, but no evidence was provided that suggests that there was any actual connection.

I believe most or all jobs require that an employee submits a SS# for tax purposes. So are you saying illegal immigrants (a) don't work, or (b) somehow obtain valid SS#'s, or (c) something else?

A lot work without any valid documentation and are paid under the table.

Say that to someone looking for an over-the-counter job in construction or restaurant work.

Then fix the laws. Oh, no, we can't have that. We can't let any bills get passed while Obama is in office!

Again, it's a very strong claim you're making, and I don't believe your post adequately supported that claim.

And your post lacked any substantiation of the points you made.

about a month and a half ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

Microlith Re:Sorta plausible (346 comments)

No offense, and I guess this goes to the rest of Slashdot, but if you're going to link to an article and it's from the Daily Mail or (worse) Free Republic, find a second source for it and link that instead. Neither the Daily Fail nor Free Republic carry any credibly as they write things explicitly to enrage and inflame their readership.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Microlith Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

Firefox may bring the EME interface to Linux, but it's up to Adobe to make the CDM work on Linux. I suspect they won't be allowed to due to the lack of platform level DRM.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Microlith Re:Silver lining? (202 comments)

The module will undoubtedly enforce the use of Microsoft's Protected Media Path to try and protect the buffer. At least on Windows.

about 2 months ago
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A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

Microlith Re:Replicant (105 comments)

Things like graphics drivers, for example, are often only available for Android because they link against Android's libc. This tends to be true of any userspace blob on mobile devices.

This is why Jolla developed libhybris and why Canonical is using it. Samsung, at least, might be able to deliver glibc userspace binaries.

about 2 months ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

Microlith Re:Data loss due to accidental navigation (225 comments)

Except that in Firefox, when your focus is a text box the backspace key will not attempt to take you to a previous page. I am also extremely skeptical that Chrome does this.

about 2 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

Microlith Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

No timetable. Wayland is a protocol between applications and the compositor, so remote support depends on the compositor. It's already being tackled, so I would be surprised if it didn't happen shortly after Wayland was rolled out on desktop distros.

There are certain environments where remote display is the *only* display, so if Wayland doesn't have it, Wayland doesn't go into those environments.

Then in such a case I would say two things:

First, why are you using a GUI in such a situation?

Second, X11 is not going away immediately, and no one expects it to. Qt and GTK+ will remain compatible with X11 for some time to come precisely because of this. And you'll still be able to access those remote X applications via XWayland.

about 2 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

Microlith Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

Basically all that. Even over GigE simple things like gvim are a dog.

If I can stream a game from my desktop to a tablet and play it with virtually no latency, on Windows it should be possible for something implementing Wayland to stream individual application frame buffers across a network effortlessly - hell, it could do it with applications that are live on a remote screen and keep them alive if the remote server disconnects, something that always annoyed me.

about 2 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

Microlith Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

Wayland will never support remote display because that's not not it works.

Wayland does not work over a network inherently, but there's no reason you couldn't forward the buffers over the network and have them composited remotely.

Someone could write a compositor that does the job, but the best anyone has come up with is VNC... ...which, IMHO, makes X11 look like a snappy protocol.

Except that X11 over the network with any modern toolkit is already effectively forcing X11 to do what Wayland will do - only X11 does it badly and without compression. And VNC sucks because it has to poll the whole desktop - Wayland could forward individual applications.

about 2 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

Microlith Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

It's highly likely that Wayland's remote display will beat X. Virtually none of the features (remote drawing) that X provided over the network are used today (line/polygon drawing) and tool kits like Qt/GTK+ have you shipping framebuffers across the network, something built around manipulating frame buffers should be able to stream them over the network, individually, to a compositor on your system.

about 2 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

Microlith Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

Wayland is critically important, which is why (unlike Pulseaudio) it hasn't already been rolled out yet. Qt has integrated it, Gnome has, KDE is porting KWin to implement it. There have been fairly few technical criticisms, the only one I've seen made with any muster has been network transparency - but even that could be solved rather easily given the way Wayland works with framebuffers.

On the flip side, Xorg has you dragging around unused cruft and the way it interfaces with the kernel forces some possible security holes be left open, holes that Wayland will fix.

about 2 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Microlith Re:Translation: (361 comments)

They deferred on that to the platform. And stuff being routed to the CDM won't be handled by the browser anyway.

about 3 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Microlith Re:Ayn Rand Quote Time (361 comments)

These licenses, by allowing in the "little bit of evil" that is represented by allowing their use in commercial proprietary contexts

Fixed that. Now this sentence is true.

The more compromising stance of organizations of MIT, Berkeley, Apache, and Mozilla -- and the myriad software projects that followed their lead -- is what changed the landscape.

Unfortunately you can't really assert that any of what you said is true. There are GPL projects that are equally, if not more, successful than equivalent projects under those licenses.

about 3 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Microlith Re:Isn't hard drive access desirable? (361 comments)

That's why they are only permitting the DRM module the bare minimum it requires to do it's job. Thus protecting your system from unauthorised access by the DRM module.

And I don't believe for a moment this is possible. Not by fault of Mozilla, but by what is necessary for the CDM to function and enforce the DRM protections.

The moment a browser (or OS) tries to put in technological measures to defend against the owner, your computer is not yours.

about 3 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Microlith Re:Isn't hard drive access desirable? (361 comments)

It's not really the job of browser vendors to make sure you can be a freeloading shithead is it?

It's not really the browser's job to defend other processes from your assault, now is it? We'd call that malware in any other context.

Anything other than that is freeloading off those of us who pay.

No offense, but the industries in question are making money hand over fist. No real loss is occurring.

about 3 months ago

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Microsoft Taking Aggresive Steps Against Linux on

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security.

Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enable." which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: "Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems" to prevent you from booting any other OSes."

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No Custom ROMs for DROID X, 2

Microlith Microlith writes  |  about 4 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "According to Tom's Hardware, the bootloaders for the DROID X and DROID 2 will be encrypted and signed, much in the same fashion as the Motorola Milestone (GSM DROID) as well as their other handsets. If they cover their bases, unlike last time, this will bar owners from installing 3rd party ROMs."
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