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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

alci63 Re:So Kind of open? (194 comments)

So, this is a software only patent... so it's not legal in Europe (or is it). Some Linux distro might consider integrating this code directly, and compile it instead of letting FF grab a blob from Cisco. Maybe distribute it in a special repository, that users would activate where it legal... Notice VideoLAN for example does play HEVC (aka H.264), and does not licence anything...

about a week ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

alci63 Re:informal poll (641 comments)

Sure I do ! In fact, it has been my only OS since 1998. Since I unplugged my old Amiga. And no, I never had dual boot. Did I have some tougth times? Sure, I did. I still can remember the "optimized for IE" web, and activeX, and lack of hardware drivers... but, now. Well, it's just working out of the box, and I don't see any reason one would not use Linux (expect for gaming maybe, but this is slowly changing also, it appears).

about 4 months ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

alci63 Re:I disagree. (1293 comments)

You're right. This is the very definition of integrism.
You can change Christianity with any religion, and tell the exact same thing. That's what is scaring with religious belief: there is no place to doubt. And humans are only secondary to deity (so they can deserve to suffer, or to die, for the sake a 'God'). This is the exact opposite of what the Age of Enlightenment gave us: humanism.

You can see these books on the history of such thinking (reaction to Enlightenment):
- Zeev Sternhell, Les anti-Lumières : Du XVIIIe siècle à la guerre froide, Fayard, coll. L'espace du politique (ISBN 2213623953)
- Dan Hind, The Threat to Reason, Verso (ISBN 9781844671526)

about 10 months ago

DuckDuckGo: Illusion of Privacy

alci63 Re:FTFA (264 comments)

Notice the site is from japan... the ability to avoid any typo in an english article does not tell that much about the credibility of the stuff !

1 year,15 days

French Parliament Votes To Give Priority To Free Software

alci63 Nevertheless, French Army confirmed MS contract (98 comments)

A few weeks before this vote, the French Army confirmed a global contract with Microsoft, despite advise not to do so by a security commission, for technological and strategical independance reasons. Lobbies are still here, be reassured !

1 year,20 days

French Parliament Votes To Give Priority To Free Software

alci63 Re:What about on its own merits? (98 comments)

Sure. This is only a legal expectation: use an open-source license. That said, anybody can compete, and win on its own merit.

1 year,20 days

US Spies Have "Security Agreements" With Foreign Telecoms

alci63 Re:Yep (181 comments)

Well, the point is US corporations dominate the Internet an mobile phones industry (OS), and the reverse is not true. Being a foreign country citizen, this does really matter to me. Really, why are the US trying to hard to become the bad guy ? I am now wondering wether I might be better off using Kingsoft Office rather than MS Office, from a privacy point of view, can you imagine that ?!

1 year,22 days

I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

alci63 Yacy, a peer-to-peer search engine (277 comments)

Admitedly, it is still in its infant stage. But like any peer-to-peer model, usage will make it better! And it seems that only a decentralied solution can give us some guarantee on independance, privacy, etc...

1 year,27 days

Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

alci63 Re:Soviet Microsoft (543 comments)

I always wondered : when Microsoft has these special "show me the source" programs, does it mean that the final client also does compile Windows by itself for deployment ? Or is it more like, "hey, just have look, you see, nothing to be afraid of, trust us. Now take our binaries." ?

1 year,28 days

Dmitry Itskov Wants To Help You Live Forever Via an Android Avatar

alci63 Re:Ok, but... (383 comments)

No, because it's just another instance of youself. Maybe, if everything is perfect, you will have electronicBrainYou.equals(realYou) == true, be still, electronicYou == realYou is false.

about a year ago

Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is OK To Fight Terrorism

alci63 Re:no problem (584 comments)

Mind, people outside the US are also citizens (of their own nations). And they deserve some privacy also. Regarding only basic self-interest, maybe these people will be thinking twice before using US driven technologies...

about a year ago

Israel Airport Security Allowed To Read Tourists' Email

alci63 Don't care... (438 comments)

I use SMIME to encrypt my mails! Oh wait... I use a certificate from StartSSL. Should I trust them?

about a year ago

USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

alci63 Re:More testing required (1121 comments)

Don't know if this is true, but this is scary. I think many europeans can be depicted as atheists, and probably as well as communists regarding US standards ! Reminds me when I went to the USA and was asked by the customs services if I was in relation with "communists"... Well... God bless America :-)

about a year ago

Bruce Schneier: A Cyber Cold War Could Destabilize the Internet

alci63 Free-market innovation (124 comments)

I liked this one ! Innovation on the Internet never really came from "the free market" and stating otherwise is pure ideology. It came from the ARPA, universities, the CERN, RFCs, etc... Profit minded companies mainly used the Internet and would really love to rule it, but did they bring innovation ? Seriously ?

about a year ago

Alan Cox Exits Intel, Linux Development

alci63 Re:lol. entirely predictable. (214 comments)

Not even necessary... I use it as a day to day desktop, and I must say I just couldn't work on Windows. MacOS X is cool too, but I miss the free software library Linux has...

about a year and a half ago

Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

alci63 Re:Helpful? (1388 comments)

Yes, so true. There are so many moments in my life where I think: "My gun is so useful here, in the subway. I'm glad I got one with me every day ! This tool is perfect, hope nobody will screw it up with stupid controls"... Reading US comments feels really exotic to me.

about a year and a half ago

FBI Publishes Top Email Terms Used By Corporate Fraudsters

alci63 Re:all sounds pretty innocuous to me--- (105 comments)

Why fraud when it is so simple to be perfectly legal in all these tax havens ?

about a year and a half ago

Some Apple iMacs "Assembled In America"

alci63 Re:But... (279 comments)

This statement ignores that at some point that capital (I don't understand why they separate the concepts of capital and land ownership) was purchased with the results of productive activity. Instead of buying food, or theatre tickets, or going on a vacation, the capitalist bought something that holds value.

Or they the land was taken by force by an ancestor and inhereted. This argument stand as long as capital is the fruit of one's work. This might be the case, but no so aften I think...

about a year and a half ago

Some Apple iMacs "Assembled In America"

alci63 Re:But... (279 comments)

I suggest you read this enlightning entry in the Anarchist FAQ: , called "Is owning capital a sufficient reason to justify profit". You may not share their views, but at least this is an argumented point.

about a year and a half ago

Slashdot Mobile: Now For Tablets As Well As Phones

alci63 Re:looks good after.... (123 comments)

Yes. Not supporting uncommon but probably perfectly capable device/browser is quite weird for geek oriented site ! What about the nokia N9 for example ? (with native webkit based browser, or with firefox, both work fine after you pass this stupid "Optimized for IE" style page...)

about a year and a half ago


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