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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

bonch Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Diversity does not mean tolerating bigotry directed at minorities. It's crazy that you talk about tolerating disagreement when Eich is the one who donated money to criminalize what he disagrees with.

about 7 months ago
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Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

bonch Re:AHAHAHAHAH (231 comments)

The bug was found due to observed behavior, not due to a code review.

about 8 months ago
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Steve Ballmer's Big-Time Error: Not Resigning Years Ago

bonch Vista (357 comments)

In an interview with ZDNet, Ballmer said his biggest regret as CEO was in how Windows Vista was developed.

The aftermath of Vista is precisely when he should have resigned. CEOs of other tech companies have resigned for lesser debacles.

about a year ago
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NSA Director Defends Surveillance To Unsympathetic Black Hat Crowd

bonch Privacy concerns now outweigh terrorism in polls (358 comments)

The NSA scandal has been so earth-shattering with regards to raising awareness of government surveillance that concerns over civil liberties now outweigh concerns over protecting the country. The shift is across party lines as well. It's no wonder politicians of either party have been decrying a rising trend of libertarianism. Whether or not it's accurate to classify today's anti-government fears as such, the fact that the U.S. has become the kind of country to seek asylum from is staggeringly insane. The "trust us" defense isn't good enough.

about a year ago
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Wii Outselling Wii U, Only 160,000 Units Shipped Last Quarter

bonch Re:The move to HD hurt them (212 comments)

If you mean that their disinterest in HD in 2006 didn't hurt them, I agree with regard to the first few years of the Wii's life, but its lack of power eventually caught up with them when cross-platform developers left the Wii. Today, the Wii U isn't selling because it doesn't have much first-party software available to showcase the system. Miyamoto acknowledged that this is the result of underestimating the scale of labor required for HD development and subsequently having to delay their software releases (another area where it's behind is in providing competitive online services). The rest of the industry went through this transition this seven years ago, and Nintendo was able to ignore it at the time because of the money they were making.

about a year ago
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Wii Outselling Wii U, Only 160,000 Units Shipped Last Quarter

bonch The move to HD hurt them (212 comments)

Nintendo dragged its feet in the move to HD and is paying the price. They underestimated the time and money expense, and now their first-party releases are behind. On top of that, there's barely been any marketing for the Wii U, which has a name that implies it's an accessory for the Wii rather than a new console. The console's tablet controller doesn't offer anything that people's existing smartphones and iPads can't do better. It was likely released in reaction to the iPad (Nintendo stated in 2010 that Apple is their biggest threat). With the lack of hardware power and user base, there's nothing with which to court third-party developers, who are focused instead on the more powerful consoles coming out later this year.

Nintendo's stronghold remains handheld gaming. However, even that is under threat from smartphones. On top of what Android already supports, iOS 7 will ship with native physical controller APIs, and Apple is working with hardware manufacturers to release official attachments and wireless controllers. While the 3DS certainly won't disappear, it will be interesting to watch how well it fares among adult gamers when physical controllers become commonplace in the iPhone accessory aisle.

about a year ago
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Training Materials for NSA Spying Tool "XKeyScore" Revealed

bonch Quote from another dead hero (347 comments)

"They don't want the voice of reason spoken, folks, 'cause otherwise we'd be free. Otherwise we wouldn't believe their fucking horseshit lies, nor the fucking propaganda machine, the mainstream media, and buy their horseshit products that we don't fucking need, and become a third world consumer fucking plantation, which is what we're becoming. Fuck them! They're liars and murders. All governments are liars and murderers, and I am now Jesus. Now. And this is my compound."

- Bill Hicks, Live at Laff Stop in Austin

about a year ago
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Early Surface Sales Pitiful

bonch Re:sick of windows at work (251 comments)

People have invested in iOS and Android apps, leaving little incentive to switch. Additionally, WinRT lacks functionality compared to Win32. Microsoft has become reactive and conservative, following what others do rather than leading. They had the opportunity years ago to shake things up with the Courier tablet, which was focused on content creation. The project was killed because Bill Gates wanted it to be a more traditional device that interfaced with Office.

about a year ago
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Early Surface Sales Pitiful

bonch Marketing expenses (251 comments)

In other words, Microsoft spent more money on advertising the Surface than they took in selling it.

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

bonch Re:Misleading Article (555 comments)

If you'd read the article, citing what other broadband companies do is exactly the defense Google responded with, but that policy contradicts their previous position on net neutrality.

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

bonch Don't be evil (some of the time) (555 comments)

Google plans to offer its own business-class services on Fiber. Can't have people running their own servers as competition. This company tends to claim support for whatever is politically popular among techies and then quietly go back on it when it affects their bottom line.

about a year ago
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Linux 3.11 Officially Named "Linux For Workgroups"

bonch Re:Guess. (376 comments)

Because thinking this is juvenile makes you an "MS apologist".

about a year ago
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NetBSD To Support Kernel Development In Lua Scripting

bonch Re:users? (311 comments)

I don't know; Lua's treatment of both as the same type of data leads to unexpected behavior:

local a = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 }
a[3] = nil -- "Remove" an element
-- Now a is { [1] = 1, [2] = 2, [4] = 4, [5] = 5 }

On a similar note, Lua's "everything undefined is nil" behavior can lead to subtle bugs. For example:

local a = { alpha, betaa, delta, gamma }

Assuming those are previously defined, the misspelled "beta" will evaluate to nil and create an array hole, which will screw up the value returned by the length operator. It also means you can't do things like reliably get the count of { f() } if f() returns nil.

about a year and a half ago
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Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine

bonch Re:How much of this is down to crApple... (314 comments)

"crApple"? Next you're going to tell us Bill Gates at M$ is the devil, this year will be the year of Linux on the desktop, hot grits down your pants, Natalie Portman naked and petrified...

about a year and a half ago
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Hit Game Makes £52 In First Week On Windows RT

bonch Porting to Windows RT (308 comments)

I was excited about WinRT (not to be confused with Windows RT...yeah, I know) during Windows 8's development and was considering porting a project, but after evaluating Windows 8, the lack of features in the APIs, annoying interface decisions, and confusing hardware fragmentation made it an easy decision not to bother. Microsoft's alleged refusal to promote ARM-only apps, when it needs all the apps it can get, re-affirms that decision. Windows 8 is a non-starter as a development platform.

about 2 years ago
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RMS Speaks Out Against Ubuntu

bonch Re:Stallman bitches, film at eleven (597 comments)

It's one thing to have some Larry Wall style eccentricities, but Stallman hurts any movement he attaches his name to because of his extremist views. He believes, for example, that programmers should not expect to be paid for their work and that it's more important that non-free software disappear than it is for someone's children to be fed (he also believes nobody should have children). He's also made vile statements about what he calls "voluntary pedophilia", claiming that it should be legalized.

The annoying part is that in nearly every Stallman discussion, people will say things like, "You may not agree with everything he says, but we sure need someone like him who always sticks to their guns!" No, we don't. He's hurting the movement.

GNU was an interesting philosophy when it was started, but it's not as if it was the only open source ideology or that other open source movements wouldn't have taken hold. This isn't to diminish GNU so much as it is to diminish Stallman's glorified role in history among computer geeks and lessen the movement's reliance on a crazy person.

about 2 years ago
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MPAA: the Impact of Megaupload's Shutdown Was 'Massive'

bonch Doesn't help (308 comments)

I don't take issue with the shutdown since Megaupload was being used as a gigantic, unregulated store for pirated content, and that does take money away from content creators. Instead, I go out of my way to purchase independent content to support artists outside of the mainstream system, and any mainstream content I do want gets purchased digitally, which ultimately contributes to a lessening of relevance for the traditional distributors represented by the MPAA. Home film releases come out out sooner and sooner after their theater runs, and streaming services like Netflix are so popular on living room devices that Microsoft claims video streaming surpasses game-playing in terms of hours of usage on the Xbox 360. Whatever traditional structure the MPAA is protecting has already been supplanted by legal mediums.

In other words, Megaupload isn't necessary--the fate of the traditional movie industry has already been sealed by companies who embraced the internet.

about 2 years ago
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Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

bonch Re:Like who again? (446 comments)

How is this countersuing or fighting back? This is an outright offensive move. The only "consensus" otherwise is among Slashdot posters who are STILL trying to portray Google's acquisition of Motorola as purely defensive. For some reason, Google can absolutely do no wrong here, whatsoever, at all, ever. Why? Because they use Linux?

more than 2 years ago
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Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

bonch Re:Google, Apple (446 comments)

That would be a more convincing statement if every Apple competitor wasn't copying the designs of their products. Now all the laptops are aping the MacBook Air. It's ridiculous.

more than 2 years ago

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Watching All Three Transformers Films Simultaneously

bonch bonch writes  |  about 4 months ago

bonch (38532) writes "Red Letter Media, home of the Plinkett Star Wars prequel reviews, sat down to watch the first three Transformers films at the same time. The films synced up several times (particularly the first two), from character introductions to action beats. However, the sheer chaos of the the third acts was like 'a noisy bar' that was impossible to process."
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Google Flip-Flops on Net Neutrality

bonch bonch writes  |  about a year ago

bonch (38532) writes "Google has backtracked on its previous position for net neutrality, arguing that citizens don't have the right to run home servers on its Kansas City broadband network. Defending a prohibition against home servers in its Google Fiber Terms of Service, Google argues that its policy is consistent with other broadband providers. Google plans to offer its own business class service in the future."
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Google Under Fire For Sharing Google Wallet Information

bonch bonch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bonch (38532) writes "Google is being criticzed for sharing user information with third parties through Google Wallet. Unlike Apple's system in which iTunes is the merchant, Google's third-party developers are the merchants and receive user information, to the surprise of developers like Dan Nolan, who wrote a blog post about being sent email addresses, mailing address, and sometimes full names. Critics charge that consumers are mostly unaware of the sharing. In a statement, Google noted that the behavior was outlined in the Google Wallet Privacy Policy."
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Nuclear Fusion Nears Break-Even Point For Efficiency

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Nuclear fusion is close to emitting nearly as much energy as expended. Using a combination of magnetic fields and pre-heated lasers, special tubes called liners successfully fused nuclear fuels under test conditions. Computer simulations predict the possibility of high-gain fusion conditions, in which the fuel's energy output exceeds what was put in by more than a thousand times."
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RIAA Claims Losses In Excess Of World's Wealth

bonch bonch writes  |  about 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Prior to setting with Limewire earlier this month, the RIAA had pressed for a $72 trillion verdict, greater than the $60 trillion of combined wealth on Earth. The RIAA arrived at the figure by multiplying $150,000 for each download of 11,000 songs, a figure federal Judge Kimba Wood called "absurd". No word on how much of the money would have gone back to the artists."
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Nanotech Solar Cell Minimizes Cost, Toxic Impact

bonch bonch writes  |  about 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Researches at Northwestern University have developed an inexpensive solar cell intended to solve the problems of current solar cell designs, such as high cost, low efficiency, and toxic production materials. Based on the Grätzel cell, the new cell uses millions of light-absorbing nanoparticles and delivers the highest conversion efficiency reported for a dye-sensitized solar cell."
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Botnet Creator Receives Four Years Jail Time

bonch bonch writes  |  about 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Georgy Avanesov, creator of the infamous Bredolab botnet, has been given four years jail time in Armenia. Avanesov rented out access to the botnet to spammers and DDoS attackers, netting him $125,000 a month in revenue. Bredolab spread through malicious website scripts and phony email attachments and was thought to have infected 30 million computers. Dutch police arrested Avanesov in 2010, using the botnet's control servers to warn infected users."
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Botnet Creator Receives Four Years Jail Time

bonch bonch writes  |  about 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Georgy Avanesov, creator of the infamous Bredolab botnet, has been given four years jail time in Armenia. Avanesov rented out access to the botnet to spammers and DDoS attackers, netting him $125,000 a month in revenue. Bredolab spread through malicious website scripts and phony email attachments and was thought to have infected 30 million computers. Dutch police arrested Avanesov in 2010, using the botnet's control servers to warn infected users."
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Mozilla Announces Web Development Learning Initiative

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Mozilla has announced Webmaker, a web development initiative aimed at teaching the average user the building blocks of the web. Users can join a "code party" and learn web development with provided authoring tools, and existing developers can volunteer to run their own events. To kick it off, Mozilla is announcing the Summer Code Party starting June 23."
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Facebook Stock Drops Again As SEC Calls For Review

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "As valuation doubts rise over Facebook, the SEC is calling for a review of the trouble surrounding Facebook's IPO launch, as stocks dropped another nine percent in early Tuesday trading. Since last week, the company has dropped more than $14 billion in market capitalization from its initial offering of $38-per-share. Many investors were upset to learn that Morgan Stanley cut revenue forecasts days before the IPO, which may have contributed to its poor performance."
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Chrome Browser Usage Artificially Boosted

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Chrome was recently called the world's no.1 browser, but Microsoft is accusing the source, StatCounter, of using flawed methodology. When a user enters a search in Chrome, the browser preloads an invisible tab not shown to the user, and these were being counted by StatCounter. Net Applications, another usage tracking group, ignores these invisible tabs and reports IE at 54%, Firefox at 20.20%, and Chrome at 18.85%."
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MPAA Agent Poses As Homebuyer To Catch Pirates

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "The MPAA used an undercover agent posing as a potential homebuyer to gain access to the home of a British couple charged with running a streaming links site. UK authorities decided not to pursue the case, but the MPAA continued, focusing on a Boston programmer who worked on the site, leading to an unprecedented legal maneuver whereby U.S. charges were dropped in exchange for testimony in a UK fraud case."
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EU Warns Google To Change Or Face Fines

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Europe's top antitrust regulator has issued an ultimatum, giving Google weeks to propose changes or face formal charges of antitrust abuse. Google is under investigation for allegedly promoting its services over competitors in search results. Google issued a statement disagreeing with the EU commission's conclusions, stating that 'innovation online has never been greater.'"
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Google Search Adds Knowledge Graph

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Google has augmented its search engine with Knowledge Graph, which presents a set of facts related to a search query. For instance, searching for a historical figure would display biographical information from Wikipedia in a sidebar, or searching for a location could display maps and population data. Though it could mean less traffic for third-party sites, the feature is intended to turn Google's search engine into an answer engine."
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Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By Half

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Autoparts manufacturer Delphi has developed a diesel-like ignition engine running on gasoline, providing a potential 50 percent efficiency improvement over existing gas-powered engines. Engineers have long sought to run diesel-like engines on gasoline for its higher efficiency and low emissions. Delphi's engine, using a technique called gasoline-direct-injection compression ignition, could rival the performance of hybrid automobiles at a cheaper cost."
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YouTube Phases Out The +1 Button

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "In an attempt to bring more content to the struggling social network, Google has announced it will be phasing out the +1 button on YouTube in favor of a Google+ Share link. Previously, the +1 button behaved similarly to Facebook's "Like" as a lightweight method of marking content you found interesting without embedding it directly in your stream. The new Google+ Share button will instead embed the content in your stream for followers to view and comment on."
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Firefox Gets A Reset Button

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Firefox 13 beta has added a "Reset Firefox" button that migrates bookmarks, cookies, and other data to a new profile while deleting the old one. Add-ons and tabs do not survive the transition, though they may be supported in a future update. The feature is intended to avoid complicated troubleshooting steps and allow users to start over with a fresh installation of Firefox simply by visiting the Help menu."
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Adobe Reverses Course, Will Patch CS5 After All

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "After telling people to buy an upgrade to CS6 to address a security vulnerability in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash CS5, Adobe has now reversed course and will release patches for CS5. The original decision to recommend the CS6 upgrade was widely criticized, especially since CS5 was the most recent version of the affected applications up until just last week."
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Chinese Physicists Smash Distance Record For Teleportation

bonch bonch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bonch (38532) writes "Chinese physicists have transmitted information via quantum entanglement at a distance of 100 kilometers. While not 'teleportation' in the science fiction sense, the team used a known method for transmitting information via entangled photons across a lake, paving the way for satellite-based quantum communication, according to the researchers."
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