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Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

c0d3g33k Re:Who to believe? (37 comments)

nice uid, btw.

Yeah, no kidding. I envy both of you. :-)

On the other hand we're all still above ground after all this time, so yay us.


GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

c0d3g33k Re:Price point is way too high (126 comments)

GOG runs weekly sales on their games, and seasonal mega-sales against a large portion of their catalog. I don't see why this wouldn't be the case for video, so just wait and you'll likely see something you want for a price you're willing to pay. Ah, the joys of a free and open market ...

2 days ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

c0d3g33k Re:Can we stop using the word 'TAPE' (601 comments)

Live-action and animated stories are rarely recorded on film these days, yet we still call them films. Or movies, but I guess that still works because they, you know, move. But generally speaking, there are many words which originated in a context that no longer applies, but we still use those words, so why should tape be an exception?

Tonight on action news 7: Could the death of tape be imminent? Film at 11.

2 days ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

c0d3g33k Police good, people bad (601 comments)

"And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can tape the last part of an encounter and not tape the first part of the encounter. And it gives the impression that the police officer has overreacted when they haven't."

Or maybe they have, because they have the legal authority to use force and the citizenry they are sworn to protect and serve do not.

I find it a very disturbing trend that "ordinary citizens" are now viewed as dangerous and "the enemy" from which the noble police (and other official institutions) must be protected. When I grew up, the general tone was that of Blackstone's Formulation ("It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer"). Now it seems to be "It's better that ten innocent persons suffer than that one guilty person escape".

2 days ago

Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

c0d3g33k Re:screw both of them, call a taxi. (181 comments)

I tried that experiment this spring, because an event I was attending offered an Uber discount. Took a Yellow Cab to the event, took an Uber ride back to Grand Central.

The Uber experience was better, cheaper and faster. At this moment in time, which is the crucial factor. Uber needs to be consistently and universally better than the yellow cab experience, otherwise they are fucked. In the mean time, they beat the pants off of yellow cab - I used the Uber app on my smart phone to catch a ride and caught that ride with no friction whatsoever. Best experience in my life for quick, on demand public transport ever. Ever. Ever.

It will not always be this way, but right now, Uber was better, and I was skeptical that this would be the case. But they came through.

3 days ago

Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

c0d3g33k Same as it ever was (181 comments)


"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"

I think the the Talking Heads and The Who said it all.

My view: If you catch the crest of the wave of the various "sharing economy" services that are popping up, like AirBnB or Uber, you will likely have a good experience. But as they grow and other pressures come to the fore, thus poisoning the well, it's time to get out and move on.

3 days ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

c0d3g33k Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

warning, mild misogyny ahead:

"Put an engineer and a physicist across the room from a beautiful woman, and tell them that if they approach the woman each step must be no larger than half the distance of the previous step. The physicist gives up because he knows he can never reach her, while the engineer starts walking because he knows he can get close enough for all practical purposes".

I detect no misogyny here. Definition: "dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women". The anecdote suggests that pretty much the opposite of misogyny is in full effect here. Maybe a little mild sexism or objectification, but no misogyny.

We need to invent a short, pithy word for people who use words to vaguely imply a general sense of currently in vogue political incorrectness without understanding what those words actually mean.

It's only fair, since there is already a word ("pedant") for what I just did. :-)

about two weeks ago

Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

c0d3g33k Re:Article got it wrong (101 comments)

You lost me when you said "expert Steve Gibson". If by "expert" you mean "shameless selfpromoting security wannabe", then OK.

No. These are examples of shameless, self-promoting wannabes:

Steve Gibson at least provides genuinely useful information most of the time and from what I can see does a decent job of teaching non-technical folks to understand and implement good security practices. He's a little hard to take in large doses when I've seen him on This Week in Tech and his website hurts my eyes, but I wouldn't paint him with such a broad brush. He doesn't seem to be a charlatan as much as a well-meaning but occasionally bumbling 'little guy' trying to build a business in the technology/security realm.

about a month ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

c0d3g33k Re:call them (354 comments)

Depends on age and life circumstances.

M-F is when you go to work then come home and drive the kids around to after school activities (which at high school age often run into the evening hours), then rush home, fix dinner, then try to watch something but you're too tired and it's too late to stay awake. On the nights where they don't have something scheduled, you can go out for dinner or some live entertainment if the kids are old enough to stay home alone.

F-S-S (Fridays straddle both categories because Saturday) is when you catch up on the household chores and then plant yourself on the sofa to work through the DVR and Netflix Disc queue because the last thing you want to do is get in the car and drive some more. And the kids don't have homework due the next day (F-S), so they can take the time to watch the Netflix disc with the family.

Anyone else with a different pattern from the three above (including mine)?

about a month ago

30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

c0d3g33k Re:On average, average is a crappy metric. (191 comments)

If you don't know, that isn't necessarily always the case. The average of 1, 1, 1, 2, 10 is 3. In that case, 80% are below average.

Well yeah, I do know. Because I went to school and stuff. Your pulled-out-of-your-posterior-to-make-some-sort-of-vague-point sample set is 5. The population of the U. S. is currently hovering around 316,165,718. The distribution you posit would suggest that 80% of the population ranks below earthworms. Any idiot knows a sufficiently large sample set is necessary to derive any meaning from the concept of average. Your suggestion is ridiculous. I wonder which side of the line you fall on? :-)

about 2 months ago

30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

c0d3g33k In other news ... (191 comments)

... 50 % of americans are below average. Oh noes!

about 2 months ago

Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

c0d3g33k Re:A cynical PR ploy (230 comments)

No, cynicism is what YOU are experiencing. This seems like a profoundly optimistic act on his part.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

c0d3g33k Real time streaming for everyone at once is broken (364 comments)

The elephant in the room: Requiring streaming for every customer simultaneously with no option for offline playback is a broken model with respect to how the internet works.

Granted, since any customer can arbitrarily choose any item in the Netflix library for viewing, the capability for streaming in real-time needs to work decently well. In practice, however, only the things in "My List" are likely to be viewed by a given customer, so downloading to a local cache would allow playback at optimal quality without needing ideal network performance.

It seems to me the intense desire on the part of Netflix and the "rights holders" for full control, maximum monetization and the deep rooted fear that someone might figure out how to make a copy is the real reason this is even a problem.

I would have no problem with a Netflix client that incorporated some sort of DVR-like functionality so that items of interest could be added to a local queue (sorry - queue is a deprecated term - My Local List). That would be wonderful for situations where the available network is sketchy (eg. hotel, coffeeshop) or not present (airplane, campsite, beach, etc). Rampant sharing could be minimized by allowing only one (or a few) devices to have the locally cached content, and requiring a network connection to download or release a particular item. Or if that's too complicated, just allow a limited number of authorized devices per account that can cache the same content.

I think enough customers would take advantage of this to alleviate the problems caused by real-time streaming and take a lot of power away from the intermediaries.

about 3 months ago

In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

c0d3g33k Re:How does one determine the difference... (389 comments)

Between serving the public's interest, and serving one's own interest at the expense of the public? This is intended as a serious question--I like Snowden's idea, but how would we determine the difference between someone who's alerting us to government malfeasance, versus someone who's ideologically bent on disrupting government regardless of whether there's malfeasance or malevolent intent involved?

Wrong question. If the bar is set so high that people like Snowden have to prove their intentions unambigously, beyond a reasonable doubt, in order to prove their credibility, then they are lost before they begin, because the system assures that's never possible. But that's not why it's the wrong question. It's wrong because information about the workings of a government should never be secret except in the most exceptional of circumstances. Revealing information that should never be secret in the first place should not pose the risk of "disrupting government" regardless of the intent involved. If "disrupting government" merely means "learning what we are doing so you can debate the issue and vote to stop us", then the problem is more fundamental than you think.

about 3 months ago

Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

c0d3g33k Re:I still cant log in! (174 comments)

This is /., not your bank. There is no army of Chinese hackers anxiously waiting for your password so they can assume your identity and become internet superstars. You didn't re-use an important password for /. did you? Just check the IP address for plausibility and accept the expired cert.

That's some astonishingly bad advice.

about 3 months ago

Goodbye, Ctrl-S

c0d3g33k Re:rubbish (521 comments)

*whoosh*. It was a joke.

about 3 months ago

Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

c0d3g33k Re:Then YOU have a problem (238 comments)

referred to 2 parties in an imaginary conversation

Then "we" still do not have a problem, because Google does not have a problem.

YOU have a problem. You can say that because it's clear. Do not fear clarity.

Noted. No need to shout. Thank you so much for setting me straight. Where can I sign up for your "Overcoming Fear of Clarity: Useful Techniques to Maximize Clarity When Using the English Language in Informal Settings" seminar? It sounds really interesting.

about 3 months ago

Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

c0d3g33k Re:Who is "we"? (238 comments)

If your noble stance hides the fact that you attach yourself to the fiber like a tick to suck value by monitoring my use of the service and selling that information to the highest bidder, then we have a problem.

Why do "we" have a problem?

In the context of the post it wasn't an all-inclusive term, but referred to 2 parties in an imaginary conversation, myself and Google. Often a prelude to talking things over and working something out.

about 3 months ago

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

c0d3g33k Re:Visibility of your videos (197 comments)

Not YouTube's problem, is it? Viewers find videos like they find anything else, by looking for them in the places where the videos are. My grocery store doesn't tell me where I can find related groceries not in the store. I go to several stores in the area and learn what each has that distinguishes them from the other. I go to the store that has the best produce/meat/seafood/organic/whatever when I want that thing. I don't consider Stop-n-Shop evil because I have to shop at other places depending on what I want.

about 3 months ago



Glitch 2-D MMO released completely into the public domain

c0d3g33k c0d3g33k writes  |  about 9 months ago

c0d3g33k (102699) writes "Glitch, a collaborative, web-based, massively multiplayer game developed by Tiny Speck, Inc. ( has been released under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal License. I'm not at all familiar with this game, but it is rare that both source code *and* all game assets are released into the public domain, which makes this announcement noteworthy.

An excerpt from the announcement:

"The entire library of art assets from the game, has been made freely available, dedicated to the public domain. Code from the game client is included to help developers work with the assets. All of it can be downloaded and used by anyone, for any purpose. (But: use it for good.)""

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Steve "CyanogenMod" Kondik contemplates "The Death of Root" on Android

c0d3g33k c0d3g33k writes  |  about a year ago

c0d3g33k (102699) writes "Prompted by the addition of new security features in Android 4.3 that limit the effectiveness of elevated privileges, Kondik wonders which uses really require full root. Most common activities that prompt owners to root their devices (backup/restore tools, firewall/DNS resolver management, kernel tuning), could be accomplished without exposing root, argues Kondik, by providing additional APIs and extensions to the user. This would improve security by limiting the exposure of the system to exploits.
Reasonable enough, on the face of it. The title of the post, however, suggests that Kondik believes that eventually all useful activities can be designed into the system so the "dangerous and insecure" abilities provided by root/administrator privileges aren't needed. This kind of top-down thinking seems a bit troubling because it leads to greater control of the system by the developer at the expense of the owner of the device. It's been said that the best tools are those that lend themselves to uses not anticipated by the creator. Reducing or eliminating the ability of the owner to use a device in ways that are unanticipated ultimately reduces its potential power and usefulness. Perhaps that's what is wanted to prevent an owner from using the device in ways that are inconvenient or contrary to an established business model."

Google Code deprecates Download Service for Project Hosting

c0d3g33k c0d3g33k writes  |  about a year ago

c0d3g33k (102699) writes "Google Project Hosting announced changes to the Download service on Wednesday, offering only "increasing misuse of the service and a desire to keep our community safe and secure" by way of explanation. Effective immediately, existing projects that offer no downloads and all new projects will no longer be able to create downloads. Existing projects which currently have downloads will lose the ability to create new downloads by January 2014, though existing downloads will remain available "for the foreseeable future". Google Drive is recommended as an alternative, but this will likely have to be done manually by project maintainers since the ability to create and manage downloads won't be part of the Project Hosting tools. This is a rather baffling move, since distributing project files via download is integral to FOSS culture."
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