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Preferred Type of Game?

Raumkraut Re:Video games of physical games. (171 comments)

"Tee" sound like a variant of what I knew as Kabaddi. It had a brief burst of popularity in the playground, as I remember, after UK TV broadcast it for a while in the 90s.
Involved rather too much holding hands for working/middle-class white boys though, I think.

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about a month and a half ago

The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

Raumkraut Re:Not Slashdot! (238 comments)

In the meantime, why don't you come join us at https://pipedot.org/? It has both UTF-8 and SSL support already.

And for that matter so does Soylent News, which is even based on the same codebase as Slashdot!

about 2 months ago

Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

Raumkraut Re:Comodo's certificate extortion (237 comments)

You realise all browsers do that, and for a good reason, right?

Nope. Chrome does it much more elegantly IMO. They show that the site uses SSL, but that it is not secure (there's a red strike through the "https" IIRC).

Self-signed SSL certs actually break part of the point of how SSL certs are used on the web...

You know what breaks SSL even worse? Not using it at all. Yet non-https sites are often indicated to be *more* trustworthy (ie. there's no warning) than a site that uses a self-signed cert.
Self-signed certs don't prevent impersonation of the site, true. But they do prevent passive eavesdropping.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

about 2 months ago

Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Raumkraut Re:Alternatives... (473 comments)

X Rebirth was pretty much panned by everyone who was a fan of the previous X games. Consequently, it's the only one of the X games that I haven't bought at least once.

about 2 months ago

Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Raumkraut Re:Fun While It Lasted.... (265 comments)

The point was to refute the statement:

most Linux users don't like paying for software

Which has been proven false by pretty much every Humble Bundle which included a majority Linux-compatible games, since the very start of Humble Bundles.

revenue from linux users compared to total revenue for the humble indie bundle is only 11%

But the numbers show that those 11% of customers are willing to pay more for the product/s than a large proportion of the other 89%.
If the product is being sold for more than $1, then those who are more willing to spend more are generally more valuable customers - as they will still be in the market for the product at a more expensive price, while the majority of free-loaders and cheap-skates disappear from the product's viable target market.

about 3 months ago

Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

Raumkraut Re:Gnome3, systemd etc. (450 comments)

Number of programs which can parse text-based log files: >100,000
Number of programs which can parse systemd log files: 1
Are you okay with this situation? It seems a lot of people are not.

about 3 months ago

Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

Raumkraut Re:This just proves... (173 comments)

I'm not fearful for my job.
It will be my job to unpick the huge steaming turd that some manager decided to outsource to a "3 month programmer".

I'm not fearful for my job; I'm fearful for my sanity.

about 3 months ago

More Tor .Onion Sites May Get Digital Certificates Soon

Raumkraut Re:Wait (52 comments)

It does if you're posting anything critical of $regime from within the borders of $regime.

about 3 months ago

EFF Begins a Campaign For Secure and Usable Cryptography

Raumkraut Re:popular = compromised (96 comments)

Diversification is the tradeoff between "some people get compromised sometimes" and "everyone gets compromised rarely".

If there is one development team, and one client, then if that client is found to be insecure, the only secure course of action is for everyone to stop using that protocol altogether.
If there are many teams, and many clients, if one client is found to be insecure, people can just switch to a different client and continue on as before.

about 3 months ago

Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Raumkraut Re:Are you sure? (863 comments)

Number of executables which can parse systemd journal log files: 1
Number of executables which can parse traditional log files: >10000

Single points of failure are rarely a good idea.

about 3 months ago

Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Raumkraut Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

I'm not saying comcast is the answer, but government replacing them is not really the cure. At least not the cure unless you want your internet carrying 10 times the load it was designed for and the solution pushed being expanding lanes that only a small portion of people can legally use- or worse yet, have to pay a premium for express travel. Yes, some expansion to existing freeways have been adding toll lanes to an otherwise non toll road.

Not sure if sarcasm, or if completely oblivious to the currently ongoing net(flix) neutrality debate.

about 3 months ago

Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Raumkraut Re:What makes them the judge of these matters? (144 comments)

The data protection laws say, in summary, that companies who process peoples' personal information are responsible for keeping that information accurate and up-to-date, and to discard that information when it is no longer relevant.

The court ruling decided that search results on a person's name constituted personal information about that person. Hence search engine indexes are subject to the fore-mentioned laws.

about 3 months ago

Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Raumkraut Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (385 comments)

This isn't the 1700s anymore. Next to no one gives a shit about The Constitution or its "philosophy" anymore outside of neckbeard circle jerks.

A philosophy doesn't become irrelevant, simply because it is old.

about 4 months ago

Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Raumkraut Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (385 comments)

any other complex program that isn't formed from a bunch of small "do one thing well!" utilities

Pipeline intercommunication aside, most large programs of any quality *are* formed from a bunch of small "do one thing well" utilities. They're commonly called "libraries".

Please tear up your Richard Stallman fanclub cards because what little software he's written has mostly been Emacs.

Emacs is *one* thing he's written. Wasn't he responsible for the first versions of pretty much *all* the GNU userspace tools? You know, the ones used by the Linux-using UNIX-philosophy-advocates?

That's not even bringing up the fact that SystemD is.. wait for it... built from a bunch of individual utilities that can actually be used by non-systemd programs.

Oh, great! So we can just install the SystemD init daemon, and not bother with the rest of its feature-creep?

about 4 months ago

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Raumkraut Re:Ads (330 comments)

Because you purchased the name, you can develop Minecraft 2

And so a whole new generation of gamers will learn the pain and heartache of a loved name from their childhood getting ruined by a poorly-thought-out corporate-developed sequel.

about 4 months ago

Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

Raumkraut Re:WRONG! (65 comments)

An email address "expiring" and being re-used these days is plain negligence on the part of the email provider.
It's not like there's a shortage of domain names one can use for email, so there is no reason to reuse existing ones. Especially given the potential security issues which can arise - as demonstrated by this particular incident.

about 5 months ago

MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released

Raumkraut Re:OK, it's a content publishing system (73 comments)

From a brief glance, Plex appears to be for streaming existing content. MediaGoblin is for hosting content you create.

Were I seeking a wider audience, I'd have the options of Vimeo or Xtube or Soundcloud or Bandcamp or Flickr to put my content online.

And if you don't want to turn your own content over to third parties, and thereby be subject to their licenses, and often arbitrary censorship/takedown decisions, you could use an instance of MediaGoblin to replace any or all of those services.

What's stopping me from using the dozens of web content galleries

Nothing, but if you're going to do that, you might choose to use MediaGoblin.

about 5 months ago

Free Law Casebook Project Starts With IP Coursebook

Raumkraut Re:which is fine light reading, but not a referenc (22 comments)

While I agree that NC is generally misunderstood by lay licensors, and greatly more restrictive than most people realise, ND has a valuable place in the licensing suite.
For example, if you write an opinion piece, adding the ND clause will make sure that no-one can (legitimately) alter or distort the text, and use it to misrepresent the position you hold/held.

Otherwise, using ND for non-opinion works shows a certain amount of arrogance. It's effectively proclaiming "no one but myself could possibly make this any better".

about 5 months ago

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

Raumkraut Re:Specifically: problems with public domaining. (191 comments)

You don't have to have the source to modify it, it just makes it dramatically easier.

"We're not stopping blacks from voting! They just have to fight their way past the KKK barricade around the polling station."

about 5 months ago

Patents That Kill

Raumkraut Re:will not stop repeating the obvious (240 comments)

Moore's law doesn't suffer under the current regime, because Moore's law was written within the current regime. There's no telling what would happen, or what would have happened, in the microelectronics industry without the current patent rules. Perhaps Moore's law would have been "...doubles every 6 months", instead of 18 or 24 months?

What products covered by "dozens if not hundreds of patents belonging to dozens or more different companies" do is encourage collusion and anti-competitive practices, and even in the absence of abuse massively raise the bar for new entrants to the market (aka competition).

about 5 months ago


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