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Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

gnu-sucks Dup (65 comments)

http://news.slashdot.org/story...

But still seriously cool. Between this, the entire linux kernel, and DOOM, there is a lot of neat code online to analyze.

Reading code is to coding as reading books is to writing. Essential.

yesterday
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

gnu-sucks Re:What will it take? (317 comments)

You're right, I've been thinking this for a long time. If we do it right, we will eliminate drunk driving and killed-by-sms. Wouldn't that be nice.

As far as my rights, I'm just fine giving up manually navigating LA traffic... I can't imagine anything better.

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

gnu-sucks What will it take? (317 comments)

Let's hope what it takes is: Really good automated vehicles.

I think this is one technology that we don't really want typical google-style beta testing (think gmail) with. Let's wait for things to mature a bit before they go mainstream.

3 days ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

gnu-sucks Re:What a wonderful article (296 comments)

You made some good points, but I think the unix compatibility fueled a lot of developer interest in the early days. Developing on OS X was a joy compared with windows. You have tons of useful built-in tools, plus the ability to port over tools common to the GNU Linux/FreeBSD environment.

If an OS is easy to develop on, it can't hurt.

I agree though, most end users do not care and never would know the difference.

about a week ago
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

gnu-sucks ASCII art -- easter egg? (81 comments)

At the beginning and end of the linked video showing the demo of the Apple-1, there is some lovely ASCII art shown on the Apple-1 monitor.

Are these artworks hidden in the rom somewhere? Anyone got a link?

about a week ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

gnu-sucks Re:Who cares about performance? (108 comments)

I was wondering the same thing too.

I have a decent 8-core xeon at work as my workstation. When I have intense computations to run, I do it on one of our clusters. The idea that someone would do intense calculations on a phone is pretty ridiculous. You've outlined a few good examples, but like you said, most of that is done with dedicated hardware, and seemingly instantly.

The only app that needs to be fast, and I mean really fast, is the app switcher and the Phone app. And they are pretty light on the computation anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

gnu-sucks Who cares about performance? (108 comments)

Besides gamers, who cares if it takes a few more milliseconds to launch a web browser or process an image?

Seeing as all these phones are pretty decent, from my point of view, I just want the greatest battery life.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

gnu-sucks The gradual middle road (522 comments)

I don't see why nobody is taking the middle road here.

Why not strip out all the non-init.d stuff from systemd for now (I understand there's a light fork that does this already), add plaintext logging (easy), and see how things go (testing).

This is linux, and debian at that. We shouldn't have to deal with extremely beta ideas that change so many paradigms all at once. If they can do what I've outlined here, then we should give it a shot (not on production servers yet of course). If it catches on, then over the years we can debate how much to delegate to systemd and how much to do another way.

For one, I can see no disadvantage in keeping a plaintext log around. Sure, takes a little more space, but most systems are not that space-limited these days. Seems like it would be handy...

about two weeks ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

gnu-sucks Re: when we can read your files, you can read ours (284 comments)

For that, you'll have to talk to Motorola and the FCC.

Most p25 traffic isn't encrypted anyway. There is no need and some definite disadvantages to p25 as well. And there are cryptographic weaknesses.

Apple's leverage of open source encryption concepts will always be a few years more advanced, if not decades more, than embedded p25-compliant radios.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking

gnu-sucks Re:What does the hidden object see? (59 comments)

A complete blur on both sides. Since the light is extremely convergent, it won't make any sense to the eye.

These are the same optics in a telescope, by the way. If you were to look inside a telescope without the eyepiece, you'd get the idea right away of how it would look to be in the middle of this "new" idea.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

gnu-sucks Re:Keep It Simple (191 comments)

Ok, but how important is it to keep passwords secure to a textbook website or an iPad? Maybe if someone steels Johnny's textbook password then the teacher can just go in a reset it?

Let's keep things in perspective here, these are not banking passwords or social security numbers. These passwords are only used to identify individuals for the purpose of individualizing the presentation of information. Nothing of value, especially to an identity thief (and especially to a fellow 6-year-old student) can be lost.

about a month ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

gnu-sucks Here is the text (203 comments)

It's not in the linked article, but here is the interesting part of the new rules: creators have to refund remaining money, and have to post status updates.

Read it here:
If a creator is unable to complete their project and fulfill rewards, theyâ(TM)ve failed to live up to the basic obligations of this agreement. To right this, they must make every reasonable effort to find another way of bringing the project to the best possible conclusion for backers. A creator in this position has only remedied the situation and met their obligations to backers if:

they post an update that explains what work has been done, how funds were used, and what prevents them from finishing the project as planned;
they work diligently and in good faith to bring the project to the best possible conclusion in a timeframe thatâ(TM)s communicated to backers;
theyâ(TM)re able to demonstrate that theyâ(TM)ve used funds appropriately and made every reasonable effort to complete the project as promised;
theyâ(TM)ve been honest, and have made no material misrepresentations in their communication to backers; and
they offer to return any remaining funds to backers who have not received their reward (in proportion to the amounts pledged), or else explain how those funds will be used to complete the project in some alternate form.

about a month ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

gnu-sucks Re: Err... (469 comments)

All those users that don't directly interact with init scripts might suddenly find that they need to when systemd causes things to break that used to just work.

This is a big deal to more than just admins.

about a month ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

gnu-sucks What could possibly go wrong (241 comments)

People forget how much we depend on the internet for basic things. (Writing from a USA perspective).

Without the internet, suddenly all the Cisco phones can't check in daily. The windows computers freeze up during windows update (imagine if he flips the switch *during* an update), cash registers can't authenticate credit cards, most iPhone apps fail (maps!)...

Is Russia as internet-dependent as we are?

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

gnu-sucks Nothing! (287 comments)

Except for a flash drive in a router. I guess these days internet hosting and connection speeds have become so much more affordable and overall better that it doesn't make sense to archive the world at your house.

A few years back it was a different story:
SGI Challenge 12 CPU IRIX machine
Sun UltraSPARC
K6-2/500 with Debian Linux (or FreeBSD, depends on what year)
P3-? with NetBSD
Plus probably 5-6 random computers.. iMac here, dell there, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gnu-sucks Re:NSA to apple: (504 comments)

Mod parent up. Awesome.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gnu-sucks Re:Riddle me this Batman (504 comments)

Just use a label maker on the back of the phone with contact information for yourself and your wife. Helps if someone finds your phone too.

Or carry a card in your wallet?

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gnu-sucks Closed source (504 comments)

iOS is closed-source. As is the hardware.

Until there are a few independent source audits (unlikely), we only have Apple's word to go on. Nobody wishing to hide anything should trust the "word" of a corporation that their device is encrypted safely.

Is anyone stupid enough to believe this?

Having said that, even if it is true, the fingerprint reader is a lot easier to fool, and the government has experience with fingerprints. So maybe that makes the passcode irrelevant.

about a month and a half ago

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Connectors to blame: Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results Invalidated

gnu-sucks gnu-sucks writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gnu-sucks (561404) writes "It appears the universal speed limit has actually not been broken. A bad connection on an optical network was found to be inserting an additional 60 ns, causing additional delay at the time processors at the sending site, and making the neutrinos appear to arrive earlier than expected."
Link to Original Source

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gnu-sucks gnu-sucks writes  |  more than 9 years ago

gnu-sucks means:
1) There are more licenses than just GNU/GPL
2) GNU isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread

I'm a huge linux nut, but I just want people to know there's more than gnu/gpl out there.

I'm currently running OpenBSD, Mac OS X, and Debian Linux.

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