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30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

feranick Re:Comic Sans WTF? (164 comments)

The same guy that wrote on libressl website, proudly, this:

This page scientifically designed to annoy web hipsters. Donate now to stop the Comic Sans and Blink Tags
http://www.libressl.org/

about 3 months ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

feranick Answer: 9 out of 91 (214 comments)

9 out of 91 are actual scientist or their discipline *somehow* has something to do with science. All the others do not. Look, everybody is entitled to their opinion and advocate for a particular change within their community. But this isn't any different than, say, a (small) group of citizens advocating for something that affects their community. The real question is: What about the vast majority of other academics at Harvard whose field of expertize would be more insightful towards this goal? Why are they not on it? Answer: because energy policy is difficult, and cannot be trivialized. You only make it simple IF you think it's simple and you have no idea of the overall capabilities, policy, economics and scientific/technological opportunities available today.

about 4 months ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

feranick It's not just about cost, but it's also about feat (409 comments)

I agree that more sensible and truly free solutions like libreoffice offer the best compromise. But it's not only about freedom, it's also about features. If you do very light work, GDocs are OK. But anything a little more sophisticated than a simple letter or a basic spreadsheet are completely mishandled by GDocs (mostly in their mobile version). What I am saying is that while GDocs are very convenient, I end up using an actual suite (MS Office or Libreoffice) because of the full set of features that it provides. GDocs simply doesn't cut it. It would be about time for Google to get serious and provide a product that it's not just free but also capable to satisfy the needs of more advanced users. Libreoffice, under these circumstances, is the best option.

about 5 months ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

feranick knowledge is what matters. (281 comments)

The article seem to imply, that real and best enterpreneaurs only make software companies. But actual innovation takes place in many other filelds. My point is that what makes the difference and is precursor to success is knoledge and ingenuity. While you can argue that the latter does not require formal education, for knowledge that might not be true. For a software company once you actually master the tools required, education is probably not always needed (although, it won't hurt or actually may be beneficial, see Jeff Bezos). The "kid coder" prototype is what made Zuckerberg and the likes. Other fields are much much different. How can you run a biotech company based on your own non formal education? Or a nanotech company? All of the companies where knowledge cannot be acquired simply by having a computer at your disposal, require some form of formal education. Look at any biotech management to see what I mean.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat

feranick Lack of innovation on the low-end (205 comments)

It's no secret that innovation in the low-end of the market is high on the priority of manufacturers. Margins are low, and in combination with carrier policies, it's much more profitable to focus on high end handsets. Low end one are few years ago tech, repackaged, with unoptimized software. Google itself has been guilty of pushing Android to perform well on the high end, neglecting the low-end. Gingerbread still lives because it is the last Android OS to perform somehow well on low-end hardware. Even Google Glass, heck, runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, because Jelly Beans is too heavy for it. KitKatt is supposed to bring a fresh approach to low-end devices, we will need to wait and see. But there are clear responsibilities in software and hardware makers if such low performing devices exists. So, just like it did on the desktop, I hope Firefox OS will provide the incentive for the "other" OSes to push the boundaries on the low-end.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat

feranick Excellent point. (205 comments)

It's not about the OS as much as it is about the carrier. In the US it's always been.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat

feranick The same was said of Firefox for Desktop... (205 comments)

... That it will be the most widely used browser. It grew a lot early on, but other and in many cases better products came along. Firefox browser now is all but the leader. Given the identical marketing strategy is used for Firefox OS, I just don't see how it can only be conceived that it will become the Mobile OS to beat. Seriously, has the author ever seen one of the cheap android phones out of China?

about 5 months ago
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Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

feranick Re:But I don't want it. (178 comments)

That is the stock quickoffice viewer. What we are talking about here is the editor, which is a separate app. It's free in the play store for any android 2.2+:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quickoffice.android&hl=en

about 10 months ago
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Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

feranick quickoffice is free and available to any Android (178 comments)

The version that allows for editing MS docs has been recently released in the play store for any android user. Kitkat only has it installed by default, but otherwise it's one install away.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

feranick Sony?!? Really? (476 comments)

Am I wrong or Sony is an actual (and official) Android OEM?

about 10 months ago
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Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

feranick As someone once said... (158 comments)

... it's not a bug. You're holding it wrong.

about 10 months ago
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TOR Wants You To Stop Using Windows, Disable JavaScript

feranick Re:Wrong, it can be easily done (341 comments)

You can always use the No-script add-on, if typing on the address bar is to nerdy for you. Unless you have some weird voice controlled browser, there is nothing easier than that. Non needs about preaching people about semantics, "pal".

1 year,12 days
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TOR Wants You To Stop Using Windows, Disable JavaScript

feranick Don't use Firefox bundled by TOR (341 comments)

I use tor and firefox. But I don't use firefox that is bundled with Tor (v1.7ESR), but my own (v22). I run private mode, and I use the convenient FoxyProxy extension to redirect my network connection to either tor or for a direct connection. FoxyProxy allows me to specify what sites I would need to redirect to Tor and what not. Fairly simple, really.

1 year,14 days
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TOR Wants You To Stop Using Windows, Disable JavaScript

feranick Wrong, it can be easily done (341 comments)

1. Go to about: config. 2. Search for javascript.enabled. 3. Toggle off. 4. No javascript. Alternatively, install no script. 5. Stop spreading nonsense.

1 year,14 days
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Intel's Linux OpenGL Driver Faster Than Apple's OS X Driver

feranick Re:osx is not all that (252 comments)

It runs deeper than that. HFS is ancient, slow and inefficient. Memory management is a joke. I'd say enough "iOSization" of OS X, OS X should really make a leap jump into an innovative desktop OS. And I say this from my Mac.

about a year ago
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Google Drops XMPP Support

feranick Hangout will have open specifications (416 comments)

Relax, folks. Yes, XMPP may be dropped. But not to go completely closed-specs. According to a Google engineer, Hangout specifications for interoperability will come back, so third party apps can fully support it. XMPP needs to go because it is not extensible enough for the features needed. Besides, Hangout is nased partially on XMPP. More details here: http://juberti.blogspot.com/2011/07/hangouts-mailbag.html

about a year ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

feranick They used to make ARM (605 comments)

It was called Xscale and it was among the best at the time. They sold it to Freescale (I believe).

about a year and a half ago
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Google Docs Vs. Microsoft Word: an Even Matchup?

feranick The real story is that LibreOffice wins (346 comments)

Really, the story here is the following: 1. Google Docs sucks 2. There is nothing in Word that makes it peculiar compared to other traditional offline editors 3. The guy uses Libreoffice. So: How's Word really winning here?

about a year and a half ago

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Illinois drinking water pump reportedly destroyed

feranick feranick writes  |  about 2 years ago

feranick (858651) writes "Investigations are undergoing by the FBI and DHS to determine the causes of a damage to a public water system in Springfield, Illinois. The system is believed to be the target of a foreign cyber attack. While there seems to be no threat to public safety and criminal interference, a security researcher called Joe Weiss has reported that Russian hackers accessed the water plant's SCADA online control system and used it to repeatedly switch a pump on and off, eventually causing it to burn out. This raises once again the questions about the level of defense from cyber attacks of the US national infrastructure (heavily connected to Internet, in most cases for no reason). According to Richard A. Clarke in "Cyber war", having strong offense mechanisms in cyber war is pretty much worthless, when your home is essentially unprotected with no means for the federal government to protect or retaliate. This is a remarkable difference between cyber and conventional war."
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Linux is for unexperienced users according to ASUS

feranick feranick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

feranick (858651) writes "ASUS will be soon launching the eeePC with the larger screen and the choice between Linux or Windows. While this is nothing new, reading the announcement one cannot miss to notice the target of each OS. Surprizingly, the Linux eeePC is targeted to unexperienced user, while MS Windows for those "experienced" Windows users. I guess this explains why the Windows version come with a "fully featured" (and probably ad-sponsored) version of MS Works. No mention that the Linux version comes with a really fully-featured OpenOffice suite. Maybe unesperienced users don't really need that afterall. Or is it to make sure the Windows-based eeepc doesn't look bad in comparison with the Linux version? From the article:

"The Microsoft Windows version allows more experienced users to seamlessly utilize the Eee PC through the familiar Windows interface, and incorporates Windows Live features like Windows Live Messenger for instant messaging; and Windows Live Mail for consolidated email accounts on the users desktop. Complementing this is Microsoft Works, which equips the user with numerous office applications to work efficiently.

The Linux version is useful for users who desire an icon-driven and easy point-and-click interface. Well suited for children or users without any computer experience, it provides a fast boot-up time- ideal for fast Internet access while waiting for public transport, or taking notes on-the-go.""
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feranick feranick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

feranick (858651) writes "Singapore Airlines is offering access to Sun's StarOffice 8 office productivity suite free of charge to passengers on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. StarOffice, Sun's proprietary version of OpenOffice.org, runs on the aircraft's Linux server and is accessed via a seat-back terminal at each passenger's seat, according to Sun.
More at Desktoplinux.com"
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feranick feranick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

feranick (858651) writes "Are you curious to see what computers Michael Dell is using? In his official webpage you can find some interesting surprises: at home he uses a Precision M90 laptop running Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04). Don't get too excited though. He also has gaming desktops and laptops, workstation and ultraportable laptops running Windows. Nevertheless, it's quite remarkable that the Linux-powered laptop is the first and featured in his page and the only one with the OS is highlighted under a different category, "Software"."
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feranick feranick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

feranick (858651) writes "According to DesktopLinux Dell will soon release desktops and laptops with Linux preinstalled. According to the article:

"The new systems, Lord added, will be true pre-installed Linux systems — and not just a PC with a blank hard drive and a bootable CD or DVD. Software support is likely to come from the community, however, rather than from Dell. Lord added, however, that hardware support on the Dell Linux systems is likely to be the same as it offers on its Windows-powered systems."

"While the Austin, Texas-based computer company was unwilling to go on record as to which distributions it will support, comments from Dell officials indicated that it is likely to offer support for multiple distributions."

"Matt Domsch, Dell's Linux software architect, did go into more detail on how Dell will be approaching the problem of Linux device drivers. First, given a choice in the matter, Dell will support free software drivers over proprietary drivers every time. For device types where a choice exists between a component with a non-Free driver and one with Free driver availability, in our Linux offering we'll opt to bundle the component with the Free driver.""
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feranick feranick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

feranick writes "The Inquirer is running an editorial suggesting Apple to license OSX. It's not the first time this topic is brought up. However the Inquirer is picking Dell as the perfect candidate as the licensee. From the article:

"Why Dell? Dell is one of the few companies that could actually make the marriage work. They make quality hardware, know how to squeeze every last penny out of manufacturing, and wouldn’t/shouldn’t break a sweat supporting Mac OS. If anything, Mac OS should actually CUT their support costs because they won't get so many odd-ball calls about Windows XP/Vista issues.
Apple could position the move as "Dell is so cool, we had to do a deal with them." Underlying that is "Let's face facts, with the exception of a pretty case, and a couple of hardware features, we're an Intel box all the same." (I know I'm going to get foaming rabid Mac owners that say the bits under the hood of their machines are especially selected by Zen Master Craftsmen and assembled by virgins in a far off land with blessed incense burning on a 24x7 basis, but it just ain't so).
What has Apple got to lose? Zero.
What does Apple have to gain? More market share, shaking/breaking the monopoly of Microsoft on the desktop for "The Rest of Us" (Enough with the Linux already, too many steps to make it work for The Rest of Us)".

What do you (honestly) think?"
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feranick feranick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

feranick (858651) writes "There have been a lot of articles on /. about the OLPC project, most of them regarding the hardware, the social impact or the cost of the operation itself. However the software development, specifically in the GUI didn't get so far much attention. This blog summarizes some of the OLPC global interface guidelines. You will see that what really new in the laptop is not the laptop itself, but the completely new idea behind the design, where instead of applications you have activities, documents are now journals, "application bundles can be signed by whoever works on them — because there is a view source key on the keyboard, anybody can modify an app and distribute it.". It really looks like if this is successfully, we could see a new breakthrough in GUI design also in mainstream PCs: "This UI is quite simply one of the deepest and most interesting redesigns of the desktop user interface ever produced. It makes MacOS look like what it is — boring and unoriginal.""
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feranick feranick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

feranick (858651) writes "An article from infomatics-online is currently running a story about the possible deploymet of MS Windows on the "One Laptop per Child". No word yet on what will happen to the custom version of Fedora currently running the device. Also unknown if the Windows powered version will be targeted at the same developing countries as the Linux version. From the article:

"Microsoft is looking to have its Windows operating system run on the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) notebook computers, OLPC chairman Nicholas Negroponte said at the Netevents conference in Hong Kong on Saturday.

"We put in an SD slot in the machine just for Bill. We didn't need it but those machines are at Microsoft right now, getting Windows put on them."

The SD slots allows users to add additional storage capacity to the units. Additional memory would be required for Windows to run on the current XO test models because they ship with only 512Mb of built in flash memory.""
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feranick feranick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

feranick writes "News.com is running an perspective story with Peter Jared of ActiveGrid. http://news.com.com/Microsoft+has+OS+patents+Linux +has+none/2010-7344_3-6140341.html

According to the story, Jared defend Novell hystorical agreement with Microsoft and encourages Red Hat to do the same. Here exerts from the article:

"Contrary to the numerous rants in the open-source community, the recent deal between Microsoft and Novell — in which the companies have agreed to interoperability, reselling and patent protection — is actually an excellent business deal and a good thing for the open-source community."

"It should be of no surprise to anyone that Microsoft holds numerous patents that Linux violates — it's just that polite company in the software industry won't say this aloud. You see, Microsoft hired folks like Dave Cutler out of DEC to build Windows NT, and it is actually an industrial-class operating system."

"deal is a good thing, and Red Hat should also do a similar deal with Microsoft. The interoperability commitment and bilateral patent protection is a good thing for customers that run Linux and Windows (every large technology customer). The patent protection is a good thing for open-source developers that extend the open-source projects covered under the agreements, since they now get more protection than they had before."

"Linux has won, and it's time to let the next phase begin. The days of kumbaya, where vendors are locked arm in arm singing open-source love songs to "grow the market" through co-opetition are over."

The software business is a ruthless business. Linux is now so important that technology vendors are fighting for competitive advantage over their peers. It's ugly. It's competition. And it's good for customers. ""
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feranick feranick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

feranick (858651) writes "Suppose we are in late 2007, and your business is looking for upgrading their desktops from Windows XP. There is a choice, Vista or some Linux desktop distro. Now, pretend you are open minded and would consider using Linux but you never used it in your business before. DesktopLinux uses this scenario to compare the costs of either going with Vista or Novell SLED. Not surprisingly, with all bell and wistles, and necessary hardware upgrades: "it will cost you $724 per PC to upgrade to Vista. Or, you could pay $170 per PC to get SLED. That's a savings of $554 per user desktop.""

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