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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

drolli Re:XP Mode (149 comments)

yes.the point is: ms supports running windows 3.1 apps by providing the virtual machine in a standard os of ms.

that's a devotion to a platform (the previous post complained about ms letting developers stand in the rain).

3 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

drolli Re:It's a funny world (149 comments)

What? I mean, Nokia announced the death of symbian well in advance (5 years before i stopped using symbian). And remind me - how long could you execute binaries built for Windows 3.1 on the current windows? Oh - allright if it is a 32 bit version of Windows 7/8 then it still may work....

3 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

drolli Re:It's a funny world (149 comments)

Ironically this disturbed me very much in the beginning. But the desktop still is there.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

drolli Re:It's a funny world (149 comments)

Yeah, actually i bought OS/2 instead of windoes 3.1/windows 95. In 1993.

You forgot NT 4.0 and NT 3.51

I did not reject windows. I did just not see any reason to switch from linux in the last 20 years and pay for a newly installed computer. I think XP is OK - were are cheap used licenses around.

I find windows 8.1 similar enough and all the features which are mandatory for me are embedded, and the price point of the tablets seems ok.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

drolli It's a funny world (149 comments)

I am a Unix/Linux user since 1995. I used Symbian and i liked it, and i have several android devices (first was the galazy tab). Now Microsoft killed Nokia. Nokia killed Symbian.

I am looking for a new tablet/PC currently. I tested some Windows 8.1 Tablets (Lenovo and others), and i have to say (besides the colored rectangles on the start screen): Well done
by leaving many things unchanged. For the first time in about 20 years i consider buying a microsoft OS on an new computer (for personal use).

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

drolli What an article! (728 comments)

I would be very pleased if the people posting 3 line articles to slashdot would take the time to follow the thread on the mailing list long enough to understand what its all about. It's informative and you learn something about the world.

Beforehand i did not knwo about the red zone, and it sounds like something which i would like to turn off by default, but i more or less understand it's meaning in optimizing the performance of an ABI.

If you follow the thread, it deems only to happen an specific optimization settings Everybody knows that at high optimization settings the assembly output of you compiler may differ significantly from how it looked before, should look, is expected to look like, or even is specified to look like.

I hope that they isolated a test case from this issue.

I hope that more conservative distros compile the kernel using more conservative settings and more conservative compilers.

3 days ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

drolli "Free" mentality (145 comments)

yeah. as long as the custoemers dont even care about any security, but about a shiny interface and are not willing to pay, focusing on the interface and not on the security of the app seems like a reasonable economic decision to me.

3 days ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

drolli Re:Inconceivable! (119 comments)

that's too simple. what they found out is that in the moment when the students enroll things are already settled. Tell your 7 year old daughter that she sucks at math but that it's not bad because she is a girl and dont give her technical toys and she will make decisions in choosing hobbies and interests in school based on that. i have seen many attempts at fixing gender imbalance and these programs usually take a half hearted approach at fixing some symptoms of the problem that we as a society still have gender issues deep in the early childhood and childhood education.

4 days ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

drolli Filter bubble (130 comments)

What actually disturbs me more is: why should they do this? The answer is simple: They want to determine the most effective non-obvious way of creating filter bubbles to make the user feel well and stay longer.

It is so-to say a "second order filter bubble", i.e. the use of a positive feedback mechanism.

about a month ago
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Despite Project's Demise, Amazon Web Services Continues To Use TrueCrypt

drolli Re:AWS Email (75 comments)

It is fine that they introduced it. It protects against very specific things:

a) S3 data in there to stay, probably for many decades. To me it is a difference if all S3 data is unencrypted if there is a bug in the system at some point, or a new insitutional requirement in the future, or just the data which is accessed during the unfixed bug or after the change in laws.

b) One more layer of safety is never bad. You can use this to transport the key safely to the system of the user and the rest of the requests via normal html.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

drolli Sounds gynocentric (190 comments)

"Yes officer, he was meant to be beaten"

about 2 months ago
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

drolli Re:Good luck with that (155 comments)

Slashdot comments dominated by software guys. I can tell you, with the *right* (semi-expensive ~ 10k) equipment, the hardware part of this is fairly trivial. (lets say 1h)

Police and secret services use IMSI catchers and trojan-based attacks on a large scale, so why should they not set up a DVB base station for an attack on a specific target (nevertheless infecting 1 Mio of devices in the target area).

Large-scale phishing attacks could get *much* easier. Imagine a News channel which broadcasts a warning about credit card fraud with a contact number to call.

Imagine a finance stock market TV which broadcasts a sudden warning about a stock on which you placed your bets before.

Criminal easily spend 10000s of $ for bullet-proof hosting, so buying DVB Test devices and applications from Agilent could even reduce their costs. If you earn enoung money with it, it pays off.

Everything which worked via spam now can be done without any chance of blocking it. I am fascinated by the idea that a semi-modern device would accept anything withou authentication. (oh, i forgot, typing in a verification number would be *so inconvenient*, so it would hinder shoveling advertisements up into everybody's ass).

about 2 months ago
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Sparse's Story Illustrates the Potholes Faced By Hardware Start-Ups

drolli One year (103 comments)

from "no company" to "company delivers a product to customers" is not bad at all.

about 2 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

drolli Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

The implications of a technology like this go far beyond taxi drivers.

In the moment when autonoumous cars go mainstream, half of the car manufacturers will go bancrupt and the other half will have a very good time.

about 2 months ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

drolli And nothing of value is lost. (225 comments)

I yet have to see many convincing cases of extensions for browsers (for everyday applications). I am unisg firefox, and the extensions i use are scrapbook, nojs, foxyproxy.

about 2 months ago
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Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

drolli Re:just because (143 comments)

Probably my post was to long to understand for the AC.

about 2 months ago
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Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

drolli Re:just because (143 comments)

And you actually have to share it only with the person you are giving the binary to.

about 2 months ago
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HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

drolli HP is a big name (182 comments)

but recently mainly for low-price products. i dont complain, i bought a HP low-cost notebook 3 years ago, and i am happy - despite the obvious drawbacks, since the price was more than ok.

about 2 months ago
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After Knocked-Down Damages Claim, Apple Again Seeks to Ban Some Samsung Phones

drolli Re:Apple is no longer competitive... (114 comments)

Yes.

Android development started a long time before the iphone was released. Taken into account the first target market for any mobile company back in that day (Japan), it seems indeed likely that there were *many* other devices which influenced the design of samsungs mobile phones. (Most notably the huge amount of PIM devices in japan like the Sony Clie Series).

What indeed was manifested by the Iphone is that even mobile phones should not be designed as PIM devices but as media players (thus the loss of buttons makes sense).

about 2 months ago
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Google Rumored To Be Making 3D-Scanning Tablets

drolli Next generation erotic webcams? (55 comments)

Yeah, i would like to say that these things are probably a great source or creativity and enable next level of machine learning algorithms to understand life, but 20 years of internet made me a realist.

about 2 months ago

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Unbundling Windows from a Notebook?

drolli drolli writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I know, the question is asked from time to time, thats partially because the situation really changes, so i ask it again. I want to buy a subnotebook. Some of the most interesting candidates (e.g. Sony P-Series) are sold bundled with Windows, which i am not interested in buying at all (the last personally bought MS product was Windows 3.1, included in OS/2 2.1).

So what is the current strategy about refusing EULA, annoying the support etc? How did it/does it work out? The Reports on the net vary strongly. I am less interested in how the world should be, how it from a philosophy of law perspective should be or how the theoretical legal situation is. I am interested in what really worked, how much time it took and how annoying it was.

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