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Hacking USB Firmware

Pastis Re:Write-protect the microcontroller firmware, sil (97 comments)

The same way a smartphone doesn't allow you to expose its internals to a connected computer without requiring user authorisation. From the OS: you've connected a new keyboard. Do you want to accept this device?

about 4 months ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

Pastis Re:meh (164 comments)

If you just like approximations, and say that "a yard is about the length of three of my feet" and a meter is slightly more than a yard, then you know how much a meter approximately. If you want an exact length of a yard, then you measure it in meters.

If their standard was the quart, it could have just said 1 cup..

which cup variant ? imperial, US customary, US legal, japenese variants ???

about 6 months ago

Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen Say Google Data Now Protected From Gov't Spying

Pastis Re:"Pretty sure"? Why should we believe this? (155 comments)

It's actually pretty interesting to see that the "Percentage of Requests Where Some Data Produced" rate is declining. Broader searches ? or people are getting more anonymous ?

about a year ago

Study: Half of In-App Purchases Come From Only 0.15% of Players

Pastis Re:Mobile gaming is abysmal right now. (144 comments)

As a developer of (quality) paid educative apps for kids, http://dragonboxapp.com/ I can tell you that chosing the revenue model is difficult because of the way the app stores work.

We make learning games that we intend to be as short as possible, for the benefits of the user. Our app model leads to lower ranking due to lower usage (compared to games designed to be addictive) and lower downloads (compared to free apps). We are considering to go towards free + unlockable, so that users can at least preview the games easily, but the consequences are very hard to predict and probably require a whole redesign of the games themselves with some features that are not necessarily in the pure benefits of the users. And we risk to scare the users who might compare us to free+consumable apps...

about a year ago

NFTables To Replace iptables In the Linux Kernel

Pastis Re: pf (235 comments)

if it s a question about Linux, check LWN. They already have the question and the answer. https://lwn.net/Articles/325194/

about a year ago

OLPC Now Distributes Kid-Friendly Tablets, Not Just Notebooks (Video)

Pastis Diverged from original goal (55 comments)

Years ago I wanted to purchase the original OLPC Give 1 Get 1 but wasn't able due to payment issues and not being in the US. I remember cursing on the 31st of December as I watched the deadlne pass.

So while this is very different from their first tablet, both in business model and openess, it still is something a bit different than most tablets offered by the competition.

<shamefull_plug> That's why we accepted to donate our kid educational software (DragonBox5+ / http://www.dragonboxapp.com/) to those who would purchase it.</shamefull_plug>

As a geek and open source user, I think there's still room for a more open platform. Especially in the educational space. Still we see that purely open initiative are hard to market/finance (think of the latest ubuntu phone). Hopefully they will be able to redo something more in the line of the first G1G1 tablets one day. As an entrepreneur, I hope to be able to give more as well.

about a year and a half ago

Google BigQuery Is Now Even Bigger

Pastis Re:Lost faith in Google (38 comments)

Don't worry I understand a joke when I read it.



PS: what is ED ?

about 2 years ago

Google BigQuery Is Now Even Bigger

Pastis Re:Lost faith in Google (38 comments)

Try coming home and finding your house empty (!) and wife and kids gone to another country. Now that's deception. I know a few people who enjoyed this experience.

"If you're tied into the $Service world-view" any business that takes a conscious business decision like that needs to carefully look at the benefits vs the risk.

What about Google ?
Q: Have they ever closed a paying service ?
Q: If so, have they done it in a way that would make you lose your data ? Or put you in a situation where you had no alternative in reasonable time ?

I have used online paid services that have stopped working, without notification, even after the closure, kept billing me, without providing support.
I have paid solutions sometimes several 1000 $ without getting a single support answer when encountering problems.

I don't mind using a service if
* it has alternatives
* I can easily extract the data

A service is like any job or relationship. It can end at any moment. The way it ends is as important as the way it operates. I trust Google on at least ending their services properly. From my knowledge they have a good track record. Google Reader is a good example. Free, 3.5 months notice, open data, several alternatives available. I really don't understand why people complain.

about 2 years ago

'Connected' TVs Mostly Used Just Like the Unconnected Kind

Pastis Re:Oh C'mon (217 comments)

a mk802 costs about 50$ now. this is the future. let a TV be a display device.

more than 2 years ago

Acer Rethinks the "Tablet Bubble," Launching $99 Tablet

Pastis Re:Ya no kidding (243 comments)

I am part of the team that developers a multiplatform algebra teaching game for kids (DragonBox). The touch interface is very intuitive and practical for this type of applications. It allows very rapid & natural interaction, harder to emulate using keyboard&mouse for young users.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

Pastis Re:Dragonbox (165 comments)

Thanks a lot! Our goal is to teach the K-12 math curriculum in 30 hours. DragonBox is our proof of concept. Expect more goodies from us in the future!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

Pastis Re:Dragon box (165 comments)

We (the founders) are French, and based in Norway and France.

more than 2 years ago

Chemist Jailed In Russia For Giving Expert Opinion In Court

Pastis Re:miscarriage of justice? (232 comments)

We, here in the U.S. of A., imprison more people than any other nation.

That's because we don't murder so many as some others, like China, where they legally murder ten times as many people as we do, per capita.

I live in a European state without death penalty. By your logic, as US legally murders way more people than we do, per capita, it should have way much less people in jail as we do, per capita.


France and Germany have around 8 times less people per capita in jail than US. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_pri_per_cap-crime-prisoners-per-capita

more than 2 years ago

US Doctors Back Circumcision

Pastis "Wash your hands" is so obsolete! (1264 comments)

Everybody knows that nails get dirty. So instead of educating my kids to wash their hands before they eat, I nail-circumcised their nails when they were born. That way, no more diseases. And you know, 10 years later, they feel OK with that. They never remember having nails. And they didn't get a disease at all. Proof!

Some naysayers mention that the kids on the other side of the fence did get some disease one day, even though they are nail nail-circumcised. That's because their parents let them play everywhere. They should practice playground-abstinence like my kids, and put on their preservahand gloves when they go to school.

more than 2 years ago

Nvidia Engineer Asks How the Company Can Improve Linux Support

Pastis Re:Asking for the empty set? (581 comments)

I suspect one should maybe let kernel developers answer those technical questions themselves ?

For example Ted Tso's answers points out to some things that fall in the scope of the feasible given Nvidia's developer constraints:


And Mathew Garret's tips for splitting to open kernel/closed userspace architecture as also valid:


more than 2 years ago

Schneier Calls US Stuxnet Cyberattack a 'Destabilizing and Dangerous' Action

Pastis Re:Nobel Peace Prize winner (351 comments)

A nuclear weapon isn't defensive. At best, it is persuasive or counter-offensive.

Defensive technologies would be: a shield, a satellite with lasers, etc.

more than 2 years ago


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