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FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

Nerdfest Re:Tempest in a tea pot (235 comments)

The cage always gets less and less shiny ... they usually don't realize that, and by then the door is closed.

about 5 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

Nerdfest Re:Well, I sued... (526 comments)

If you have the time, making a large company do the right thing is excellent entertainment, especially these days.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Nerdfest Re:It's been done (876 comments)

Why are we still writing books using text (for the most part)? Doing it with pictures or other methods is frequently not clear enough even for fiction. Text is concise, or at least more-so than other methods.

about 6 months ago
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Google and EU Reach Tentative Settlement in Antitrust Case

Nerdfest Re:Nice (45 comments)

Once again, I'm not talking about search results here. I'm talking about contracts that forbid you from using competing services.

about 6 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Nerdfest Re:Gnome 3 - Windows 8 for Linux (204 comments)

Isn't Unity built on Gnome3? You may mean Gnome Shell, which I find far more usable than Unity, but just as unstable. I've since moved on to KDE and can't see myself leaving unless I have an old machine where I'll use Xfce or OpenBox or something.

about 6 months ago
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Google and EU Reach Tentative Settlement in Antitrust Case

Nerdfest Re:Nice (45 comments)

I'm not talking about that stuff, as I agree with you. I don't like people trying to lock people out of using competing services. This stuff:

no longer to include in its agreements with publishers any written or unwritten obligations that would require them to source online search advertisements exclusively from Google ... [or] to impose obligations that would prevent advertisers from porting or managing search advertising campaigns across competing advertising platforms.

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That's just wrong and should be stopped.

about 6 months ago
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Google and EU Reach Tentative Settlement in Antitrust Case

Nerdfest Nice (45 comments)

Damn nice to see that last part about competing ad platforms. That sort of clause is the sort of thing I would expect Apple to do. It's pretty blatently ant-competitive.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

Nerdfest Re:Duh? (219 comments)

Pebble users would generally disagree with you. What they do, they do very well.

about 6 months ago
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Pending Apple Patent For 'Inferring User Mood'

Nerdfest Re:Your Move Patent Office (79 comments)

I know what copyright is for, but you're not allowed to patent algorithms. This more than most software patents is an algorithm with how to create a result from set of common existing sensor inputs. It should not be patentable based on that alone.

about 6 months ago
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Pending Apple Patent For 'Inferring User Mood'

Nerdfest Your Move Patent Office (79 comments)

Your Move Patent Office. Are they trying to patent an idea again? More precisely, an overly broad, idea that would be fairly trivial to implement using existing hardware. Given that, do they have even a working implementation? These are real questions, I haven't read TFA. These are the kind of patents that need to stop though. Copyright the implementation of your algorithm and move on.

about 6 months ago
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Proof-of-Concept Malware Captures Every Tap On Smartphones Or Tablets

Nerdfest Proof of Concept (39 comments)

I would guess that this could be snuck into some other appliction, possibly even through the Apple store if someone is very clever. It's just a proof of concept so far and Appple does not allow side-loading, while Android does, as do jailbroken devices.

about 6 months ago
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Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

Nerdfest Re:I'm somewhat disturbed... (264 comments)

or hipsters ... because ... ironic.

about 6 months ago
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Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance

Nerdfest Re:hero (388 comments)

Traitor to the NSA, hero to the USA, its citizens, and those of many other countries?

about 6 months ago
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UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

Nerdfest Re:Privacy Issues (273 comments)

For cost savings and flexibility, getting rid of office for a more open alternative is the first step towards being able to use non-Microsoft platforms for desktops as well. Once you're not tied to them you can start looking at Linux, OSX, Android, etc. The lock-in is gone. If Microsoft is paying attention, this should scare the crap out of them.

about 6 months ago
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UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

Nerdfest Re:So which is it? tens of millions of pounds" ? O (273 comments)

The ribbon also changes state depending on what you're doing. If you don't know what you're doing, this would be helpful if icons, etc were recognizable, but many are not. Menus, etc, ate stateless and are always in the same place. Shortcut keys are easy to memorize. With the ribbon I found myself looking for icons and actions that were there a few minutes ago, still apply, but are now somewhere else.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

Nerdfest Re:Unknown sources (281 comments)

... and every other console, which is effectively what iOS is. I'm not saying it's bad as such, it's just a limitation that some people want and some very much don't.

about 6 months ago
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Former FCC Chairman suggests going Nuclear on ISP's

Nerdfest Common Carrier (2 comments)

I'm assuming that title 2 is common carrier status? Does that mean they need to stop deep packet inspection, throttling, injecting ads, and spying as well .... because that would be awesome.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Joins Open Compute Project, Will Share Server Designs

Nerdfest Re:Cloud (90 comments)

Ask IBM. They make money hand over fist by charging people for the amount of processing power they use. The rates are extraordinarily high. You can reduce the cost by buying specialized processors for Linux, Java, etc, which are also incredibly expensive. There's a lot of money to be made by people if they can get people not stuck on the old mainframes to buy into the same trap.

about 6 months ago
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An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh In On Her

Nerdfest Re:Outsourcing (175 comments)

A little competition is always good ... people try harder.

about 6 months ago

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Senators Propose Bill To Shut Off NSA's Water Supply In California

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about 7 months ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "Disgruntled with NSA spying on US citizens, two senators from opposing parties have introduced a bill banning companies in California from providing essential utility services to A Screenshot from Change.org via RT.comthe agency – including cutting off its computer-cooling water supply.

The NSA is a very resource-hungry organization which could stand to lose a lot from this. The initiative by activists and other organizations, apparently seeks to incapacitate the agency in return for its rights violations."

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Apple Tells Gliph to Remove App's Bitcoin Transfer Function

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about 7 months ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "Gliph, a mobile messaging app for iOS, has been asked by Apple to remove its key bitcoin-related feature. The issue at hand is the app’s ability to attach bitcoin amounts to messages. Users on Android still have the ability to attach bitcoin to messages with Gliph. Google’s mobile platform has been much more lenient towards virtual currency-related applications that exists within its Google Play store.

In Gliph’s appeal letter to Apple, which has been publicly published, it points out that the company does not offer any sort of wallet services for bitcoin and only facilitates that process. It states:"

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US Scientists Are Leaving and Taking The Innovation Economy With Them

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about 10 months ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "Federal funding cuts, and the insidious damage caused just since March by federal budget sequestration, have forced nearly one in five U.S. scientists to consider moving overseas to continue their research.

While that immediate threat of a brain drain is alarming enough, it’s the long-term effects of sagging federal research funding that pose the greatest threat to our very survival. The cause-and-effect is simple: If Congress continues to refuse to fund the future, the decline of America’s much-touted “innovation economy” will accelerate fatally."

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Cisco, Google, SAP discussing BlackBerry bids

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about 10 months ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "It is unclear which parties will bid, if any. But the potential technology buyers have been especially interested in BlackBerry's secure server network and patent portfolio, although doubts about the assets' value remain an issue, the sources said.

Google, Intel, Cisco, LG and SAP declined to comment. Samsung was not immediately available for comment."

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Snowden Asked Visitors in Hong Kong to Refrigerate Their Phones

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about a year ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "Before a dinner of pizza and fried chicken late Sunday in Hong Kong, Edward J. Snowden insisted that a group of lawyers advising him in the Chinese territory “hide their cellphones in the refrigerator of the home where he was staying, to block any eavesdropping,”"
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A Secure, Open-Source Twitter Replacement

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about a year ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "We’re living in a post-Snowden era, which means you should assume that everybody, including the social networks you use every day, are always looking over your digital shoulder. So how do you take back your online communication from the prying eyes of the government? Enter Trsst, a new social network that promises to be a white knight of media, keeping all of your cat posts and private messages safe and secure forever. Trsst itself can’t crack into your content, they claim, because you keep your own encryption keys. That also means they can’t hand your stuff over to the government, even under court order."
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A Brilliant, Secure,Open Source Twitter Replacement

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about a year ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "We’re living in a post-Snowden era, which means you should assume that everybody, including the social networks you use every day, are always looking over your digital shoulder. So how do you take back your online communication from the prying eyes of the government? Enter Trsst, a new social network that promises to be a white knight of media, keeping all of your cat posts and private messages safe and secure forever. Trsst itself can’t crack into your content, they claim, because you keep your own encryption keys. That also means they can’t hand your stuff over to the government, even under court order."
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New Zealand Bans Software Patents

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about a year ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "New Zealand has finally passed a new Patents Bill that will effectively outlaw software patents after five years of debate, delay and intense lobbying from multinational software vendors. Aptly-named Commerce Minister Craig Foss welcomed the modernisation of patents law, saying it marked a "significant step towards driving innovation in New Zealand". An IITP poll of members at the time showed 94% of those with a view were in favour of banning software patents."
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The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about a year ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "Bruce Schenier writes: 'Bluntly: The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying their users. Some, as we've learned, fight and lose. Others cooperate, either out of patriotism or because they believe it's easier that way.

I have one message to the executives of those companies: fight.""

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New Linux Trojan in the Wild

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about a year ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "It appears that a Russia based cybercrime team has set its sights on offering a new banking Trojan targeting the Linux operating system. This appears to be a commercial operation, which includes support/sales agents and software developer(s). It has an anti-research tool box, which includes anti VM, anti-sandbox and anti-debugger features.

The Trojan’s developer claims it has been tested on 15 different Linux desktop distributions, including Ubuntu Fedora and Debian. As for desktop environments, the malware supports 8 different environments, including Gnome and Kde.

With recent recommendations to leave the supposedly insecure Windows OS for the safer Linux distributions, does Hand of Thief represent the early signs of Linux becoming less secure as cybercrime migrates to the platform?"

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Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "Venturebeat is reporting that:

Edison Junior, the technology and design lab behind the POP portable power station, is returning the full $139,170 in funding it received from Kickstarter backers to develop the device. Unfortunately, Apple has refused to give the project permission to license the Lightning charger in a device that includes multiple charging options.

“We are pissed,” Edison Junior CEO Jamie Siminoff told me on the phone today. “I think they are being a bunch of assholes, and I think they’re hurting their customers.”"

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Rob Pike on the Origin of Dot Files

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "From Rob Pike's Google+ post: I'm pretty sure the concept of a hidden file was an unintended consequence. It was certainly a mistake.

How many bugs and wasted CPU cycles and instances of human frustration (not to mention bad design) have resulted from that one small shortcut about 40 years ago?

Keep that in mind next time you want to cut a corner in your code."

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Apple v. Samsung: Surprising Reveals in Latest Court Documents

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes ""The lawyers behind the upcoming Apple v. Samsung trial have been hard at work filing docket after docket as their court battle looms closer, and many of those dockets have just been released to the public. We’re now seeing a lot of previously secret information about the early days of iPhone and iPad R&D, and what’s happened behind closed doors at both Apple and Samsung."

Surprises include the iPhone design being 'inspired' by Sony product ideas, and that Samsung was warned that it was copying Apple."

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Bono calls for Internet Controls

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "The CBC reports that Irish rocker Bono is calling for better restrictions on the internet to protect artists and their work. "A decade's worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators — in this case, the young, fledgling songwriters who can't live off ticket and T-shirt sales like the least sympathetic among us." And he alleges that "rich service providers" are reaping "the lost receipts of the music business."

The musician claims the technology is available to track and prevent illegal downloading, noting efforts in China which limit its populace from freely accessing the internet."

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Johnny Chung Lee's Wii Smartboard

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "In these budget conscious times, schools who want to integrate modern interactive technologies have a choice, buy a SmartBoard , or build your own for a fraction of the cost. Johnny Chung Lee has done some of the groundbreaking work with the Wii, the build instructions and downloads can be found on his site. In addition to the Wiimote, you'll need an infrared light emitting pen, which you can build yourself for short money."
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Music Labels Working on Digital Album Format

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "The Guardian is reporting that the major music labels are working on an 'album' format that contains music, lyrics, artwork, etc, called CMX. Apple had also been invited, but is working on it's own format called 'Cocktail'. No word here on whether or not the format supports DRM. Here's hoping an open standard is the result of this."
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Pandora Asks for Help

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "Tim Westergren of Pandora.com, the streaming music provider is asking for listeners help. He says:

After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, artists and record companies are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio. But just as we've gotten close, large traditional broadcast radio companies have launched a covert lobbying campaign to sabotage our progress.

His blog entry has more details."
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Quebec Government Sued For Buying From Microsoft

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "The CBC reports that Quebec's open-source software group, Facil, says the government is showing bias toward Microsoft by not using free alternatives."
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Violent video games teaching tools for aggression

Nerdfest Nerdfest writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nerdfest (867930) writes "It won't be long until our favorite anti-gamer lawyer is all over this one. Father and son research team J. Ronald and Douglas Gentile found that video games share seven parallels with teaching methods, including encouraging players — or students — to learn new skills over a period of time to overcome problems and changing environments. Games, like teachers, are also able to adapt to skill levels and respond to errors."
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