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Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

bcmm Re:Winelib (130 comments)

This is beside the point, unless Valves wants to indemnify users of the code they released (hint: they won't).

about 9 months ago
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Study Suggests Link Between Dread Pirate Roberts and Satoshi Nakamoto

bcmm Re:Correct Me If I'm Wrong (172 comments)

It's not like Satoshi is controlling the system from the shadows or something - Bitcoin is open-source. You don't need to trust its creators.

1 year,27 days
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Ninth Anniversary of Firefox 1.0 Release

bcmm Re:Nine, eh? (153 comments)

The Mozilla Suite (codenamed "SeaMonkey") was discontinued. A new project, outside of (but not on bad terms with) the Mozilla Foundation, was started to continue development under the name "SeaMonkey" (now as a brand, not just as a codename). As far as I know, they use recent upstream versions of Gecko and thus automatically support HTML5 and so on.

This is only confusing to people who followed Mozilla development closely enough to have seen "SeaMonkey" used to refer to the Suite. I'd guess that it was somewhat inspired by the origins of the Mozilla project - "Mozilla" was the old codename for Netscape Navigator.

about a year ago
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Fossilized Mosquito Has Blood-filled Abdomen

bcmm Re:Ars (86 comments)

I don't think you know how one gets mod points.

about a year ago
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Swiss War Game Envisages Invasion By Bankrupt French

bcmm Re:Countries do this all the time (245 comments)

True, but Switzerland takes it up a level. Permanent tank traps in farmers fields, hidden military installations all over the country, bomb shelters, and a huge military reserve with regular training.

It seems to work for them, though. How many countries have had nearly 200 years of peace?

about a year ago
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Intel Rejects Supporting Ubuntu's XMir

bcmm Re:Dumb Management (205 comments)

Canonical decided to write their own Mir display server instead of adopting the existing Wayland. They stated their reasons for doing so, but I'm not convinced they really had to start their own project instead of modifying Wayland.

The nice thing about Wayland is that, because all the real work is being done by things like evdev, KMS and widget toolkit the actual display server is *much* simpler than Xorg. Weston is only a reference implementation of a Wayland compositor, and it's expected that desktop environments will implement their own that work the way they want them to (for example, work is underway to let KWin function as a Wayland compositor).

So it's not even a question of having to do some hackish modification of upstream to get their own way - they could have just implemented Wayland in Unity's WM, like other major DEs have done. The concerns about running on Android drivers are weird - the Wayland protocol doesn't care how you actually do your compositing and display the finished screen (there is already a modified version of Weston for the Raspberry Pi, which uses the device's video scaling hardware to do the actual composition work), so a seperate client protocol (as opposed to rendering backend) makes no sense.

about a year ago
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US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

bcmm Re:BS Detectors at Maximum, Mr. Sulu (433 comments)

(Apologies if the linked video is edited and does not include the quote - I'm on mobile right now and haven't watched that copy. Search for Patrick Clawson to find the rest.)

about a year ago
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US Air Force Reporting Pilot Shortage

bcmm Re: It's no longer honorable (270 comments)

We're "truthers" if we don't think Saddam attacked the towers? Nobody outside of the United States believed that.

about a year ago
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Casting a Jaundiced Eye On AnTuTu Benchmark Claims Favoring Intel

bcmm Re:But still... (82 comments)

But they aren't using the other compiler properly - their results effectively rely on the lie that they can do SIMD and ARM can not. And even without the actual dishonesty, it's a synthetic benchmark selected specially to show off their compiler/processor's strong points.

about a year and a half ago
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Will PCIe Flash Become Common In Laptops, Desktops?

bcmm Re:New MP isn't great for big jobs (372 comments)

Flash drives seem to be characterized by very high failure rates. Changing the drive? Unclear this is a user operation. All real drives -- the ones you use for your data -- would have to be external bricks.

Hard drives are also prone to high failure rates. If your "real data" lives only on a single magnetic disk (in a portable device, FFS) you're already asking to lose it.

about a year and a half ago
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Watch a Lockheed Martin Laser Destroy a Missile In Flight

bcmm Re:Hmm... I have a question. (177 comments)

What about retroreflectors? Presumably, it would require only a miniscule fraction of a missile-killing laser beam to screw up the tracking optics.

about a year and a half ago
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Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun

bcmm Re:It's a 3D printed gun shape (712 comments)

And the gunsmiths of the Khyber Pass have been making real, metal firearms on a completely amateur basis since before CNC mills existed. Not single-shot proofs-of-concept either, working copies of Lee Enfields and the like. No high-tech of any sort required.

about a year and a half ago
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Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun

bcmm Re:The answer to the question (712 comments)

Ammo was already relatively easy to make.

about a year and a half ago
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Russians Find "New Bacteria" In Lake Vostok

bcmm Re:"life form unclassified" (147 comments)

its hobbies most likely consist of "feeding on geothermal heat" and "being adapted to an extremely stable, homogeneous environment

As a stable, homogenous environment, and a source of heat, I find this worrying.

(Yes, I know that, jokes aside, it wouldn't last an hour against a modern immune system.)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

bcmm Re:i like to limit my DHCP scope (884 comments)

On a modern network, it is.... at least at the consumer level where nobody knows how to configure a subnet manually, but if you're managing any kind of large scale network it becomes very difficult to work with static configurations on every workstation even when you know how.

My point is that it is *incredibly* trivial to connect to a wireless router that has DHCP enabled and just use an IP address of your choosing. It's a perfectly normal thing to do if you want to be able to predictably SSH a machine or something, and even MS Windows has a GUI way of doing it. Somebody who is sniffing network traffic and cracking encryption keys can easily determine which addresses are already in use, and in practice, if you take an address at the high end of the range (e.g. 192.168.1.250), you won't run in to any trouble with other clients.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

bcmm Re:i like to limit my DHCP scope (884 comments)

Why would he even send a DHCP request?

(Several posts here are talking as if DHCP is a vital stage in setting up a network connection.)

about 2 years ago

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bcmm bcmm writes  |  about 8 years ago

bcmm (768152) writes "Websense, a company which produces web censorship software which is used in workplaces, schools and libraries, has often seemed to be to block sites it doesn't like, often for fairly dubious reasons. I've especially noticed that there are many sites categorised as "Proxy Avoidance", which I don't believe provide any such service, but which have criticised Websense's software. However, I wasn't sure that these sites didn't also offer systems to circumvent censorship, until I recently noticed that yro.slashdot.org is now blocked (the rest of Slashdot is not blocked).

Now, I'm fairly sure /. doesn't have an anonymous web proxy, or any similar feature. Was this move justified, or is Websense infringing on freedom of speech by restricting access to those who criticise their business?"

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