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Red Hat Stops Shipping Kernel Changes as Patches

fgaliegue So what? (184 comments)

I don't see how this affects anyone, even Oracle.

To be honest, I wonder why it took them that long. I have been doing RPM packages for quite some time and have always hated 1000+-patches source RPMs such as Red Hat's kernel source package. This is a welcome change.

I guess they use git internally, so that would just be a git archive --prefix=linux/ | gzip >linux-src.tar.gz. I haven't looked at the package yet, but the really good stuff would be if they provided a link to the git repos and the SHA1 for the commit ID used to generate the archive: this way, RH derived kernels would have quite an easy time rolling their own if needed.

more than 3 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

fgaliegue Re:I agree with one thing: fragmentation (1348 comments)

The short version: Qt is an excellent toolkit. KDE is a not equally great as a DE. Many people simply prefer GNOME and would need a GNOME/Qt to switch. Since GNOME is C and KDE is C++ there is a holy war and a lot of work do be done to merge it into one system where "KDE" or "GNOME" is simply a set of user preferences.

No, this is not the short version. If anything, this is a short-*sighted* version.

Look: had I been convinced by Gnome, the first part of my discourse would have argued against the very existence of KDE. As to the language? C, C++, ocaml, LISP, forth, you name it... This barely has any importance - you can do Qt in C, you can do GTK in C++.

What I really mean, and WANT, is: have ONE API, whether it be for widgets, sound, video, input device management, packaging (not the least of things, that), and... Name something desktop related here.

And if you think about it, provided you have achieved this, you can then phase X out. That dreaded X, which has caused so many headaches just to program basic toolkits, which prompted the Unix Haters Handbook to say: "Programming X Windows [sic] is like figuring out the decimals of pi using Roman numerals".

more than 4 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

fgaliegue I agree with one thing: fragmentation (1348 comments)

For goodness' sake, since Qt had gone LGPL (thanks no Nokia, admittedly), why does Gnome still exist at all??

KDE has proven superior for many years, freedesktop.org has started unifying some desktop components, but the progress is SLOW. Why tens of sound APIs? Why tens of imaging APIs? Why tens of video APIs? Why less than ten, but still more than one, packaging format?

Choice is good - until a certain extent. And as far as the desktop is concerned, non open source application developers will want ONE api to work with ALL Linux distros out there. That's a fact. Live with it.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia Reveals Secret of 'The Mousetrap'

fgaliegue Big deal (244 comments)

So what?

This is a typical Occidental biased article _and_ complaints. In classical Chinese police litterature, the suspect is revealed in the first pages, have they ever complained about that?


more than 4 years ago

Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

fgaliegue Just a guess (483 comments)

If Faceboook were just a startup, without a worldwide recognition, would they have sued anyone that way? Obvious answer: no.

Obvious consequence: being rich and recognized makes you more stupid. How sad.

more than 3 years ago

Leaked Intel Roadmap Shows 600GB SSD

fgaliegue Re:How will large SSDs effect databases? (228 comments)

SSD is already in many places (see smartphones). In fact, the first hard drive design was, in essence, an SSD, see here.

The big thing is, SSD can do whatever you want it to do by design (capacity, speed or both), but it is only fairly recently that the compromise between capacity and speed has become acceptable to desktop and/or server machines. And, to be fair, only with NAND chips.

This is one part of the answer. The other is, even the notion of a "database" itself is changing: RDBMSes (CA wrt CAP) are not the "be all and end all" of databases anymore, see for instance Cassandra (AP wrt CAP). [CAP: Consistency, Availability, Partition tolerance - lookup "CAP theorem" on Wikipedia]

So, your question really is a twofold question, and there is no definite answer. Just consider the angle which is of most interest to you.

more than 4 years ago

Bionic Cat Gets World's First Implant Paws

fgaliegue Cats have an extraordinary recovery potential (225 comments)

I can witness it personally...

50 days ago, one of my two cats (both aged 8 months old at the time - they are brothers) was hit by a car. Cadfael (that's his name - he's a male with all his "attributes" and I have no intention to change that) crawled to our neighbour's doors (100 meters away) in spite of his having a broken basin on one side and a broken leg on the other!

After a heavy-duty surgery and a 3-week antibiotic-based post-operation treatment (causing diarrhea in the process) (along with an enforced "no you won't go outside" policy), the X-ray showed that he was close to fully recover from both his leg and pelvis injury - and he doesn't have diarrhea anymore. As of today, he just runs and jumps like nothing happened!

Having witnessed that blitz of a recovery, I surmise that cats are able to "consume" their supposedly nine lives by fractions... He had his accident not even a month and a half ago!

more than 4 years ago

Lotus Teases With a Fuel-Agnostic Two-Stroke Engine

fgaliegue A very promising engine (269 comments)

Not only is it a two-stroke engine, which are inherently more efficient than four-stroke engines, but it also limits the moving parts to a minimum. And Lotus never boasts about something it cannot do. However, I'd like to see a multicylinder version of it.

And that's no mean feature when you see the number of moving parts in today's engines fitted with variable valve timing/lift systems (which, of course, the switch to electric propulsion will avoid altogether).

The question is, however, is it too late? And imho, there is a "yes" and a "no".

Yes, the electric motors have been long proven to work.

No, the weight/energy ratio of electricity sucks. No, other (really!) "CO2 clean" fuels already exist, with engines already able to run on them (this particular engine included).

The future looks promising anyway. Now, I just wish that the car manufacturers turned more effort into removing weight. Even if that means stepping back on safety features - after all, nothing has been done yet on the driver training front.

more than 5 years ago

Multi-Button OpenOfficeMouse At OOoCon 2009

fgaliegue Re:What if, for a start... (265 comments)

The look and feel of Microsoft Office is horrible, while that of OpenOffice is standard, familiar, unobtrusive and very functional. It outweights that of Microsoft Office by (hudreds of) miles.

See how that works? Opinions are like haemorrhoids, every asshole has them.

I use both. I have to use both. I've had to use both for three years. I've had to user PowerPoint vs Impress, Excel vs Calc, to produce workable documents for the Higher People Out There(tm). Can you say the same?

Fact is, I had to resort to MS Office every time I had to produce documents readable, manageable, by upper management. OpenOffice just doesn't cut it.

So please, don't comment unless you have at least some experience on the matter at hand.

more than 5 years ago

Multi-Button OpenOfficeMouse At OOoCon 2009

fgaliegue Re:What if, for a start... (265 comments)

Even if it is a joke, this is "man hours" (well, I hope "man minutes" in this case, really) that could have been better spent elsewhere.

For that matter, I don't even see the motivation behind an OOo conference at all at this stage (of the software and community around it). From my point of view, OOo is shipped with the vast majority of user oriented distributions for lack of a better choice, and while I praise Sun for the initial effort, the time has long come since they should have let the child (OOo) loose and adorn it with better clothing (a better license), so that others can take over its education (growth). Even if it means slashing it to pieces (rendering engine, user interface).

more than 5 years ago

Multi-Button OpenOfficeMouse At OOoCon 2009

fgaliegue What if, for a start... (265 comments)

the OpenOffice "effort" split into the (clumsy) user interface and (not that good) underlying render library? And make the whole thing available in a more free license?

Instead of coming up with such an ergonomical disaster?

While I resent using Microsoft Office because of its sheer cost (its business model being but a nail in the coffin), I have to admit that the look and feel of the Great Evil(tm) outweighs that of OpenOffice by (hundreds of) miles. Such a pointless effort from the OO staff just makes me wonder whether Sun (or is that Oracle?) just want to ditch OpenOffice altogether. Well, fine, but they could just ditch it by dropping support for it and changing its license so that a real, motivated community take it over and make something really useful out of it.

more than 5 years ago

Low-Power Home Linux Server?

fgaliegue Back to individual components (697 comments)

* you want lots of RAM (high buffer cache);
* you want a CPU with good cpufreq support (any ACPI-compliant CPU will do);
* you want SSD (yes, they're expensive, but the cost of a simple seek is far less than rotating platter disks, and in case your machine just wakes up, SSD has close to zero seek time);
* you want a kernel compiled with "ondemand" CPU frequency governor as the default;
* you DO NOT want "drowsy ACPI states" (sure, it saves power, but you want to SSH in: if the machine's not there, what's the point? WOL won't help, that's my experience with it - either the machine is constantly up or it's down long enough before it answers that it turns out highly frustrating);
* you want a hardware router in front of your machine, with packet filtering ability (this router will do preliminary packet filtering before said packets even reach your machine - and see above).

more than 5 years ago

Time Warner Cable Modems Expose Users

fgaliegue A hack? Hardly (185 comments)

This is not a hack, this is incompetence from the guys who sold that in the first place.

Are all Time Warner employees marketers or something?

more than 5 years ago

Has Texting Replaced Talking For Teens?

fgaliegue "Texting" is all fine, but... (373 comments)

At the same time, correct spelling becomes a distant notion for teens, and "IRC speak" prevalent.

And this is not unique to the US.

more than 5 years ago

Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net

fgaliegue Re:Single Player (520 comments)

Dumb start, but...+1.

However, my concern is over Diablo 3, not WoW, which I don't (want to, for that matter) play.

I am a huge fan of d2x. I've been playing it for ages. But I found out, especially in the latest patches, that unless you had top notch equipment, which is very hard (TOO HARD) to come across in a legit way, you just couldn't beat hell difficulty in single player.

I HATE battle.net. I hated it because of cheaters (but the "diabolic" extension helped me kick them out, fortunately), I hated it because of Blizzard's stance over bnetd, but I hated it even more with the latest patches for the following reasons:

* some epic monsters only showed up online,
* some epic items only could be spawned online as well.

WHY?? Why did Blizzard do that (on all three hatreds)? Has Blizzard learned? That is, will D3 be as interesting "offline" (LANs included) as D1 and D2X (before patch 1.09) were?

more than 5 years ago

Spammer Alan Ralsky Pleads Guilty

fgaliegue Question to a lawyer out there... (144 comments)

I suppose that if Mr Ralsky has pleaded guilty, he had a good reason... To my non-lawyer eyes, it is because he would have faced a much bigger sanction if he were proved guilty in the end.

Does my reasoning stand, or not at all? In a more general way, are there any quantitative differences in penalties depending upon yours pleading (non) guilty?

more than 5 years ago

Refactoring SQL Applications

fgaliegue Re:Performance Tuning is Not Refactoring (159 comments)

Then you may want to "try out" this book:


"Incidentally", it was written by... Stéphane Faroult. I've read it a few times, and used its lessons (there are no other words for it, really) to prove by figures that the redesign of the data model that I suggested could improve the performance by a factor of 10.

Before reading that book, I knew that the data model was broke, but couldn't explain why. This book told me why. We use Oracle, but the lessons taught in this book apply to ANY (R)DBMS.

more than 5 years ago

Woman Claims Ubuntu Kept Her From Online Classes

fgaliegue Re:Expected (1654 comments)

Vista's highly annoying level of UAC was actually designed in an annoying manner on purpose, to try to get users to complain to the developers.

However, "Publisher: Microsoft Corporation" means... yeah, it backfired. :P

I wouldn't see it that way. My understanding is that MS has acknowledged the fact that (100-epsilon)% of computers out there in the wild run as admin and tried to limit this behaviour. And also that most of them don't even have a password to begin with. Meh.

But they did it the wrong way, imho. Instead of forcing a regular, non priviledged user to be created and only ask for admin privileges for some operations (as Ubuntu does), they left things as is and flooded Joe User with warnings - so many warnings that most users either answer yes every time or, if they are skilled enough, shun them.

No wonder that Vista turns out to be as little secure as its predecessors were. Ubuntu should have taught them a lesson, but... No. Go figure. And that's without even mentioning the fact that 99+% of viruses/trojans are ineffective if you run as a normal user. This is all the more a pity that Windows (from NT on) _does_ have very fine-grained security mechanisms.

about 6 years ago



Windows 7 UAC: the good, the bad, the ugly

fgaliegue fgaliegue writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fgaliegue (1137441) writes "Microsoft has long had a very, very bad security report, which is not very surprising since all OEM distributors make all users administrators by default. So, they tried to "fix it" with Windows Vista and UAC. Vista being the failure that everyone by now knows it is, Microsoft now pushes Windows 7. And with Windows 7 comes another UAC incarnation. Peter Bright, from Ars Technica, has a deep look into this revamped UAC. Basically, UAC is about warning about undue privilege escalation. That's a good thing. The bad thing: gaping holes exist, and Microsoft says it's by design. The ugly: bugs, as in any program can bypass UAC by acting the "correct" way."

Should Linux users be careless on the Big Bad Net?

fgaliegue fgaliegue writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fgaliegue (1137441) writes "I've been a Linux user for a little more than a decade now. I surf carelessly around the Net using Firefox 2.x, with a non root account, with NoScript. Until three days ago, all was fine (or so I thought?). Viruses are but a distant threat to me.
Anyway, three days ago, I clicked on a link that seemed innocuous (that wasn't pr0n, heh). Anyway, clicking on this link wiped out quite a bit of my FireFox stuff: cookies, URL history, but not on-disk cache, nor network/cookie acceptance settings. I may have been victim of an FF bug, an FF specific malware or anything. I cannot make sense of what happens. On what scale should Linux-only users be scared of what lies Out There when just surfing around? Has anyone else had strange "Net stories" that they couldn't make sense of, while just browsing around?"

IFPI.* domain dispute likely to go to court

fgaliegue fgaliegue writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fgaliegue (1137441) writes "Ars Technica has a follow-up on the ifpi.com domain takeover by The Pirate Bay. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, ifpi.org, is quite unhappy that the .com is now a link to the (still not live) International Federation of Pirates Interests. The ifpi.com domain has been free as soon as March of this year, according to WebArchive. Nevertheless, the "real" IFPI wants to take it to the WIPO under the accusation of cybersquatting."
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