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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

QuietLagoon Re:Surprise, surprise... (705 comments)

These days I interpret Linus' "meltdowns" just as some funny nerd rage. He uses that technique to strongly underline the importance of his point, it's never real anger. ....

It is bullying, plain and simple.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

QuietLagoon Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (705 comments)

...It's a little ironic that the he's so quick to attack the GCC people. ...

Especially since the Linux kernel has always been bug-free.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

QuietLagoon Re:Surprise, surprise... (705 comments)

I don't 'like' lima beans, that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them. In this case your lima beans have been switched out with castor beans and you're dying. Pretty big difference.

It's a compiler bug, for Pete's sake, not the end of the world.

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Revert to a known working version of the compiler, submit a bug report and move on. Why the temper tantrums? What is with all the drama?

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

QuietLagoon Surprise, surprise... (705 comments)

Linus is having another meltdown, complaining about something he doesn't like.

2 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

QuietLagoon Over the air FM, is that "streaming"? (146 comments)

In other words, does "streaming" have to be digital?

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If over the air FM radio is considered streaming (technically, it is), then instead of 0 to 20%, I'd have to say 60 to 80%.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

QuietLagoon Planned obsolescence (276 comments)

The concept is called planned obsolescence , and it has existed for as long as people have been buying things.

2 days ago
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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

QuietLagoon Re: Why? (90 comments)

...Do you really want to bug those user's repeatedly with self signed cert validation prompts or just say "okay, $30 / year is worth avoiding the helpdesks"? ...

They are bugged only once, and then they accept the cert locally. Or the college provides an easy way for the BYOD people to acquire the college's cert.

There is no need for an official CA to issue a cert for Server1 at IP address 10.2.1.2. No need whatsoever. And, as proof of that, starting in November, the official CAs will stop issuing those types of certs.

4 days ago
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CNN iPhone App Sends iReporters' Passwords In the Clear

QuietLagoon Incompetent developers? (40 comments)

Did CNN hire the most incompetent developers in the world to write this app?

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Instead of talking about "malicious actors", the article should be talking about malicious developers.

about a week ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

QuietLagoon Re:Comcast? Where Are You Comcast? (234 comments)

Comcast actually does beat Verizon on residential services, at least when it comes to download speeds. The top FiOS residential plan is 75 down, the top Comcast plan is 100 down.

Last I checked, Verizon's 500mbps download (as part of the 500/500 symmetrical) is larger than the 100mbps download you cite from Comcast.

about a week ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

QuietLagoon Comcast? Where Are You Comcast? (234 comments)

I thought Comcast, with its self-proclaimed (yet widely disproven) focus on customer happiness, had the fastest internet access speed in the US.

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Will Comcast catch up to Verizon? If so, when?

about a week ago
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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

QuietLagoon Well, that's good... (58 comments)

... as the mobile infrastructure seems to handle IPv6 better than the PC infrastructures do. It would not have been a pretty sight to try to make IPv4 work with all those mobile devices.

about a week ago
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Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

QuietLagoon Re:Has anyone been asking Bing for this feature? (64 comments)

That was my first thought ... all the cool kids are doing it.

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According to Bloomberg TV, Bing has a whopping 2.5% marketshare in the EU search market.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

QuietLagoon Separatists claim to have captured a Buk missile (752 comments)

From the BBC:

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19:00:

A tweet (in Russian) from a key Twitter account used by pro-Russian separatists, in which they claim to have captured a Buk surface-to-air missile system, has now been deleted, BBC Monitoring observes. Ukrainians say the Malaysian plane could have been downed with a Buk, but pro-Russian rebels have now denied they have it.

about two weeks ago
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LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

QuietLagoon Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (151 comments)

The LibreSSL developers apparently agreed that it was a bug that should be fixed, and fix it they did.

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The discussion seems to center more around whether or not this was a "catastrophic" bug, or a "minor" bug. A bug in a library that has not yet seen a production release. So one really should ask, why not just report the bug and have it fixed, instead of seeking headlines?

There seem to be some people who would like to see the LibreSSL project fail. It makes one wonder why, as the OpenSSL near-monoculture has served the world so well.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

QuietLagoon Re:Comcast Internet good, customer service not (401 comments)

My experience with Comcast as an ISP is that the service itself is actually pretty good, if a tad expensive. I have a high-speed, low latency connection with native IPv6. ....

I would agree with this. The internet service is quite good, if pricy. And having IPv6 dual stack is very nice.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

QuietLagoon Re:105 megabits per second (401 comments)

If I am hearing correctly, this guy was signed up for 105 megabits per second... Do you know how hard it is to use 105 megabits/second? Netflix in HD only uses up 5... unless this guy has a family of 20, with each person watching HD content, 105 Megabits/second is a waste of money. ..

Unless you are paying his bill, what is it to you what level of service he decides to get for himself?

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

QuietLagoon So the campaign by the enegy companies is working. (710 comments)

... flooding the news media with misleading information about climate change.

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"Research" (and I use that term loosely) about the problems with the science of climate change apparently is quietly funded by the very energy companies that are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Energy companies which would have revenue issues if they were held accountable for the pollution they pump into our ecosystem.

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The main question I have to ask is what the opinions reflected in the survey really reflect, a reaction to the misleading campaigns of the climate change deniers, or an actual understanding of what is happening to our planet.

Take a look at the issues in Miami due to increasing water levels...

about two weeks ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

QuietLagoon Re:My old desktop... (145 comments)

Hence my use of the word "appropriate". :)

about two weeks ago

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Does Microsoft view Windows desktop as a dead end?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about two weeks ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Mr. Nadella, CEO Microsoft, sent out an email last week that outlined Microsoft's focus for the future. One had to wade through more than half of the email before there was any mention of Windows desktop.

In his all-hands strategy email of last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in the 3,100 communique, a clue how he, and thus the company, now see the firm's long-time cornerstone. "Windows will deliver the most rich and consistent user experience for digital work and life scenarios on screens of all sizes — from phones, tablets and laptops to TVs and giant 82-in PPI boards," Nadella said in one of the first uses of "Windows" in his massive message. That sentence appeared well past the half-way mark in the email: 60% of the message preceded it.

Is Microsoft now unable to innovate within the desktop Windows space? Is Mr. Nadella's memo a tacit admission by Microsoft that there is little innovation left in the desktop space? Is Microsoft's inability to innovate in the desktop space indicative of a larger problem within Microsoft? Has rigor mortis set in?"

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In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "As a follow-up to the article a couple of days ago, the New York Times has an above-the-fold front-page article today about the horrible working conditions in the Chinese factories that Apple uses.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning (PDF alert).
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Global Internet governance fight looms

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The global fight among governments over control of the Internet is heating up amid a flurry of documents, the opening of the United Nations' General Assembly (GA) and next week's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Will the change in Internet governance result in states like China and Russia exerting more control over what is allowed on the Internet? The United States has so far comprehensively outmaneuvered attempts by other governments to seize control of the Internet, helped by the fact that it holds the keys and represents the status quo. But how long will it continue to be able to do so?"
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Doctors and Dentists censoring patients

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Timothy Lee writes about his experience with a dentist.

"When I walked into the offices of Dr. Ken Cirka, I was looking for cleaner teeth, not material for an Ars Technica story. I needed a new dentist, and Yelp says Dr. Cirka is one of the best in the Philadelphia area. The receptionist handed me a clipboard with forms to fill out. After the usual patient information form, there was a "mutual privacy agreement" that asked me to transfer ownership of any public commentary I might write in the future to Dr. Cirka. Surprised and a little outraged by this, I got into a lengthy discussion with Dr. Cirka's office manager that ended in me refusing to sign and her showing me the door...."

Can a patient be required to sign such an agreement before medical care is tendered? What if the medical care is more urgent or an emergency? Can the patient be in the correct frame of mind to sign a legal agreement?"

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Should Microsoft be split up?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Goldman Sachs had downgraded Microsoft from "buy" to "neutral," criticizes the company's efforts in mobile computing, and most radically, suggests that the company carve out its consumer business from its enterprise one. This is just one more sign that Microsoft could use a vision overhaul. ...

The report also warned that Microsoft isn't likely to make any headway in mobile this year because "Apple's iPad and iPhone plus Google's Android operating system are well established."

That's putting it mildly. Windows Phone 7 will have to be a spectacular success if it's to make any headway not just this year, but in the next several years as well. And Microsoft may try to sue Android out of business, but technology, not lawsuits, are going to have the lead the way.


What do you think? Does Microsoft have a chance of catching in the mobile devices marketplace? Is the enterprise where Microsoft's future lives?"
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New AVG fetaure DDoS's the Internet

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The Register is running a story about a new feature in the AVG virus scanner.

Six months ago, AVG acquired Exploit Prevention Labs and its Linkscanner, a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free. Then, in late April, AVG rolled Linkscanner into its anti-virus engine, which has about 70 million active users worldwide. The company estimates that 20 million machines have upgraded to the tool's new incarnation, AVG version 8, and this has already cooked up enough ghost clicks to skew traffic not only on The Reg but any number of other sites as well.
What will the effect be when AVG rolls this new fewture out to all of its 70 million users?"
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Here come the thought police

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "In a Baltimore Sun op-ed piece, Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson write, 'With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

'Not since the "Patriot Act" of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

'The historian Henry Steele Commager, denouncing President John Adams' suppression of free speech in the 1790s, argued that the Bill of Rights was not written to protect government from dissenters but to provide a legal means for citizens to oppose a government they didn't trust. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the right to dissent but declared it a people's duty, under certain conditions, to alter or abolish their government....

'Ms. Harman's proposal includes an absurd attack on the Internet, criticizing it for providing Americans with "access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda," and legalizes an insidious infiltration of targeted organizations. The misnamed "Center of Excellence," which would function after the commission is disbanded in 18 months, gives the semblance of intellectual research to what is otherwise the suppression of dissent.'"
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Comcast blocks some Internet traffic

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "MSNBC is reporting the results of an Associated Press test that show Comcast blocks some Internet traffic. "Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.

"The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.

"If widely applied by other ISPs, the technology Comcast is using would be a crippling blow to the BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella file-sharing networks. While these are mainly known as sources of copyright music, software and movies, BitTorrent in particular is emerging as a legitimate tool for quickly disseminating legal content.

"The principle of equal treatment of traffic, called "Net Neutrality" by proponents, is not enshrined in law but supported by some regulations. Most of the debate around the issue has centered on tentative plans, now postponed, by large Internet carriers to offer preferential treatment of traffic from certain content providers for a fee....
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The email transcripts of Microsoft anti-trust trials always make for interesting reading, and the Iowa trial is continuing the tradition. An email from Jim Allchin asks the question of whether Microsoft has lost sight of what matters to its customers:

Exhibit 7264. Almost three years ago, on January 7, 2004, Jim Allchin, the senior executive at Microsoft, sent an E-mail to Microsoft's top two executives, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, and the subject was losing our way. Mr. Allchin says, I'm not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home, the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products. He goes on to say, I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The next version of Windows Media player that will be appearing in Windows Vista has upped the ante for DRM, removing a significant portion of the rights you have to the media content you own. So much so, that a Microsoft VP appears to be advocating the flaunting of DMCA in order to get the content into Zune, "Lots of DVD ripping software out there..."

What do you think about the loss of the rights to use the media you own?"

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