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Discrete Logarithm Problem Partly Solved -- Time To Drop Some Crypto Methods?

daniel.benoy Which crypto methods are at risk? (114 comments)

Which crypto methods are at risk?

about 7 months ago
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Earth Avoids Collisions With Pair of Asteroids

daniel.benoy Wait... (256 comments)

Did someone just say civilization could possibly be extinguished in 600 years?

Are they saying that in 600 years we'll be in the danger zone, or are they saying in 600 years we have a solid prediction or near certainty?

about 2 years ago
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Schmidt On Why Tax Avoidance is Good, Robot Workers, and Google Fiber

daniel.benoy Corporate Tax (780 comments)

I think this article is referring to corporate tax, which is like a double-tax. First, Google the corporation collects money and their profits are taxed (but apparently they use some clever trickery to get around several billion in taxes). And then it's taxed *again* when the employees collect their wages, or the investors collect their dividends.

If Google was a sole proprietorship (Like a mom and pop business), then they would be able to avoid 100% of their corporate taxes.

Google's founders must have believed that the benefits of incorporation outweighed all the extra tax burden, but they didn't take it lying down, it seems. They're doing whatever they can to reduce how much they have to pay.

about 2 years ago
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Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

daniel.benoy It probably stinks anyway (403 comments)

I avoid officially supported Linux versions, because vendors tend to modify the stock linux distributions in unfortunate ways (such as binary kernel modules and other hacks).

If I had to choose between a laptop with all open hardware, but windows vs. a laptop with binary drivers and crapware, with linux.. I would choose the former every time, because I can just wipe that out and put a shiny new stock Linux on it.

I'm not saying that I know for sure that this particular product is one way or another, but I've been burned in the past so now I'm wary of officially supported Linux products.

about 2 years ago
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Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

daniel.benoy Re:Wait wait... (403 comments)

If you don't want to pay the $50, just order the windows version and wipe it when it arrives. It's not that hard.

My fear is that they'll consider that a signal that nobody wants Linux.

about 2 years ago
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Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

daniel.benoy Re:Boatware (403 comments)

I would agree with your sentiment if making it work with Windows was free, but it's not.

It's true that getting it to work with two operating systems is more expensive for them than getting it to work with one operating system, but after they did all that work, they chose to increase the price of only one of the two offerings.

about 2 years ago
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Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

daniel.benoy My new product idea (403 comments)

I'm going to sell a light switch, and if you pay an extra $50 you can even buy one that's pre-set into the 'on' position!

When that doesn't sell, I'm going to use it as evidence that nobody wants light switches that turn to the 'on' position, and I'll remove it from future models.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads

daniel.benoy This will help me sell the idea of Linux to people (635 comments)

When I show non-technical Windows users what it's like to try Linux, almost invariably the complaint I'll get back is 'I expected to see X, but instead I see Y. I don't like having to learn a new way to do things. This is frustrating and alien to me."

Now Windows is emulating several areas which Linux pioneered, such as a willingness to adopt adventurous new user interfaces, and centralized software repositories. (Although they're doing these things in a bastardized form)

Now either way you look at it, this is a victory for the Linux enthusiast trying to convince people to switch. If they hate Windows 8, then that's all the more ammunition for them to try Linux in order to get away from it. If they love Windows 8, then they just completely destroyed their own position that 'different is automatically worse.'

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads

daniel.benoy What about Linux? (635 comments)

Maybe some smaller Linux distros could do something like this (with the option to turn it off of course), and use the cash infusion to accelerate development?

about 2 years ago
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Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra

daniel.benoy "commercially licensed" (357 comments)

Man this is going to be so sweet in 25 years when the patents expire :D

I also hope they use this as an excuse to popularize SCTP.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Foundation Offers Solution for UEFI Secure Boot

daniel.benoy This could enable 'Piracy' (308 comments)

There are methods which exist where you can 'spoof' your machine's hardware to appear as though it's a genuine Windows OEM, using a 'wrapper' boot loader.

A secure UEFI prevents that method, and a hack needs to be found in the Windows boot-up chain of trust (Much like how you would hack an XBox 360, which is very hard.)

Since the most recent UEFI standards permit the option to turn off secure boot on intel machines, some might consider this to all be moot anyway, since people will be running unsigned code whether this 'pre-loader' exists or not. However, the UEFI standard merely *permits* an insecure mode. It doesn't enforce it. The hardware manufacturers are allowed to require secure mode, if they so choose, and still remain complaint with UEFI. Also, the ARM UEFI standard completely forbids an insecure mode, and Linux runs there too, so the Linux Foundation should by all rights be planning on getting a similar loader signed on ARM as well.

Long story short, if Microsoft chooses to sign this, it would be a win for both Linux, and for people who like to get unauthorized copies of Windows. Perhaps this means they will refuse to sign it, and invent some excuse that it will compromise their user's security or something equally absurd.

more than 2 years ago
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SFC Expands GPL Compliance Efforts To Samba, Linux, and Other Projects

daniel.benoy Re:Pure copyleft licence (104 comments)

Nope, I meant proprietary as in enforced copyright preventing copying.

I want all derivative work, even multi-generational derivatives, to be covered under the same, completely permissive license.

I want the license to be completely permissive, with no exceptions (Except for copyleft). That includes any clause that forces binary distributors to release their source code.

The difference between a binary which is proprietary and a binary which is copylefted, is you can redistribute the latter without the permission of the author(s), but not the former.

more than 2 years ago
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SFC Expands GPL Compliance Efforts To Samba, Linux, and Other Projects

daniel.benoy Re:Pure copyleft licence (104 comments)

I might just do that.

more than 2 years ago
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SFC Expands GPL Compliance Efforts To Samba, Linux, and Other Projects

daniel.benoy Re:Pure copyleft licence (104 comments)

I want copyleft (Licence which, unlike public domain, doesn't allow you to include the code in proprietary, copyright restricted, software)
I don't want to require open source.

more than 2 years ago
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SFC Expands GPL Compliance Efforts To Samba, Linux, and Other Projects

daniel.benoy Re:Pure copyleft licence (104 comments)

I think by proprietary he meant commercial. I suggested http://pigale.sourceforge.net/license_Qt.html

No I meant proprietary. I don't want my code to be in proprietary software. It can be in commercial software and that doesn't bother me.

But it can be closed source copyright free software and that's not a problem for me.

I can't find any license that suits this :(

more than 2 years ago
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SFC Expands GPL Compliance Efforts To Samba, Linux, and Other Projects

daniel.benoy Pure copyleft licence (104 comments)

Does anyone know if there's a licence out there which forbids using any part of the code in proprietary software, but which does not force derivative code to release its source?

I oppose copyrights, so I can't comfortably use a permissive license which allows proprietary developers to take my code and put it in theirs, but I also don't want to use a GPL style license which forces special conditions on people like releasing their source.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

daniel.benoy By capacity, or by number of devices? (280 comments)

Number of devices: Shit ton of SD cards vs. about a dozen platter drives. 80%
Capacity: Terabytes vs. a dozen or so gigs of solid state, 5%

more than 2 years ago
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New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

daniel.benoy Re:Isn't the future awesome? (567 comments)

If technology is so awesome that society can no longer sustain a 40 hour work week for everyone, the best solution would probably be for people to work less than 40 hours a week :p

That sort of thing would happen naturally, too. If people are obsessed with working a full 40 hour work week, then it will decrease the cost of labor, and it will discourage people from doing it.

Likewise, if people who unnecessarily worked 40 hours a week for half their life now want to spend all those savings, they can potentially work 0 hours a week for the remaining half. (Assuming a natural average of 20 hours a week, and not investing in Bernie Madoff)

Also, nothing is stopping people from continuing to make art in their free time! In fact, every time an old business model becomes obsolete thanks to technology, it frees up more human energies to devote to the arts.

The future is still awesome :D

more than 2 years ago
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New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

daniel.benoy Isn't the future awesome? (567 comments)

If you talked to someone in 1912 and you told them in 100 years that high quality, diverse music would be as common as grains of sand on the beach, and nearly the same price, they would probably say the future sounds awesome.

The last thing you'd hear from them is 'That sucks. I hope it remains super expensive so top artists can get super rich in perpetuity.'

I think the discussion has gotten so wrapped up in the issue of intellectual property. People have become so invested in coming to some societal consensus on how artists get compensated, that they didn't notice when music became phenomenally easy produce and distribute.

People need to realize that paying someone money to create music has gone the way of paying someone to repair your shoes, or paying someone to deliver fresh milk to your door. The concept is obsolete.

more than 2 years ago

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