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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

hydrofix Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (107 comments)

You are absolutely wrong. Nokia only sold its phone manufacturing business to Microsoft. However, Nokia is actually a conglomerate that currently also operates in e.g. networking (the Nokia Siemens Networks division, now a fully-owned subsidiary of Nokia) and mapping + location technology (the "HERE" brand). Previously, they have also operated in cable, television, Personal Computer, car/bicycle tire and rubber boot manufacturing just to name a few other areas. Few people know about these other Nokias, but it's actually a really old company (founded already in 1865). The Nokia car tyre business is currently known as Nokian Tyres, and is one of the world's leading winter tire manufacturers in the world (it's get cold and icy in Finland, you know).

3 days ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

hydrofix Re:Right move (300 comments)

If you read about the development history of the MeeGo/Maemo line, it was only kept alive as a hobbyist/freak project. This also allowed it the rapid development cycle, unlike the other projects inside Nokia that were over-managed. At the end of the day, the management however preferred Symbian and later WP over that line. I guess they didn't see it as suitable for businesses or something.

about 4 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

hydrofix Re:Right move (300 comments)

That was only the last nail in the coffin. The company still had its own strategy and vision before 2011. However, the seeds of doom were sown during the early 2000s when phone sales were excellent and the company hired lots of middle management. When Apple came out with iPhone, the company could not react because proper R&D had become almost impossible due to the management overhead. When Nokia went to MS for Elop and WP, they already knew they were doomed as they had no competive product of their own.

about 4 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

hydrofix Right move (300 comments)

This is probably just about MS laying off all the useless middle management from ex-Nokia divisions. Nokia failed because they had practically unrestricrted growth of middle management at the expense of R&D. This diet is necessary. Under the original Finnish management Nokia had no balls to lay off anybody. Finland is unfortunately still largely a 1960s-style socialist market economy where layoffs mean labor union strikes and the emloyer being deemed socially irresponsible.

about 4 months ago
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First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android

hydrofix Microsoft has been selling Linux for years (193 comments)

Is this the first Linux product being offered by Microsoft?

Definitely not. This might have been so in the 1990s and early 2000s. But Microsoft is nowadays a major kernel contributor and has been offering Linux as a first-class operating systemn on the Azure cloud computing platform since at least 2010.

about 5 months ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

hydrofix Please, stop posting sensationalist headlines (220 comments)

At least according to Ars this is much less. It's just about killing specific kind of SW patents. Crucially, it still allows patents that "improve the functioning of the computer itself".

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

hydrofix Re:Accept, don't fight, systemd (533 comments)

I meant, 300 who had an opinion of systemd. So it would mean 3 people actually used it and found bugs (?)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

hydrofix Re:Accept, don't fight, systemd (533 comments)

For that observation to have much any statistical value, you'd had to know over 300 people who used systemd.

about 6 months ago
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Google Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Default Search on Android Phones

hydrofix Re:flame on! (221 comments)

So what exactly makes Google search less "anonymous" than all the others?

about 7 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

hydrofix First impressions (688 comments)

Booted to Ubuntu, it wants to install new Firefox. Okay. Here are the first impressions: TL;DR: It's terrible. The designer hipsters are now ruining Firefox, too.

1. Why are the tabs again above the URL bar? I have configured them time after time below. But this time, the option to put them back below is gone even from about:config! WTF?

2. Where has the "add-on bar" gone? Wasn't it enough that the status bar was replaced with the buggy text that shows on mouse hover?

3. Google "firefox 29 tabs below url bar", people are recommending this add-on. Thought: has Firefox really gone the way of Windows 8 where you need to install 3rd party extension (Classic Shell) to band-aid the catastrophic damage the hipster designers have done to the original product?

4. Reboot the browser after installing the extension. Spend 20+ minutes making everything as close as possible to what is what before.

5. Finally, continue working. About 2 hours in, suddenly my back/forward buttons stop working. Assume the extension is interfering with core somehow. Fortunately, rebooting the browser helps. Some time later, this happens again, need to again reboot Firefox.

6. Seriously consider switching to Google Chrome. The few reasons to use Firefox are evaporating fast.

Overall experience: 30min spent fiddling with Firefox settings. There is currently no easy way to make it like it was before. If you are running Firefox 28, I would suggest waiting a few weeks before upgrading until there is an easy and tried way to un-fuck the UI.

about 7 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

hydrofix Re:Whatever you may think ... (447 comments)

may end up with some lawsuits (?)

If you have ever wondered why all the popular open source licenses, like GPL, BSD and Apache, include the "warranty" and "limitation of liability" clauses, this is exactly why. The clauses usually state something like "this software is provided 'as is' and without any warranty. The user of the software assumes all risks that may arise. In no event shall the project or its contributors be liable for any damages."

about 7 months ago
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Heartbleed: Serious OpenSSL zero day vulnerability revealed

hydrofix Most Linux & BSD distros vulnerable - upgrade (1 comments)

At least Debian stable, current LTS version of Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, SUSE and all BSDs are vulnerable. The bug also allows the theft of the SSL private master key, which should enable the attacker to retroactively decrypt any past communication with the vulnerable server. Also means that you must get a new SSL key to replace the compromised one, and at least CloudFlare is not even sure if they can afford this, since getting a new key costs money, and big providers probably have quite a few deployed out there..

about 7 months ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

hydrofix Re:Old news (144 comments)

This is quite old news, why is slashdot only picking up on it now?

Slashdot did pick it up earlier already when it was first announced. So it's a dupe, really.

about 8 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

hydrofix Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Oh, for god's sake, don't you get it? All opinions are equally meaningless unless people actually react to them. The ultimate non-existence of freedom of speech would be a society, where speech and actions have no consequences. This time, the consequence of his actions was that the public saw him as unfit for CEO of Mozilla. No one has denied him the right to hold those views, and he has been very kindly offered a platform to express them. What you should take away from this, is that your political opinions are often of little importance when you are just another employee, but once you become the CEO, who is a public figure, you can expect heat from those who disagree with your opinions. Which you have an absolute right to. Just like those who disagree with you.

about 8 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

hydrofix Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

You seem to have misunderstood the very core tenet of freedom of speech. Eich has full right to his opinion. The protests were not about him having an opinion. The protests were about the content of that opinion. What do you think people should have done instead? Ignore his views?

about 8 months ago
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China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

hydrofix No problem... (100 comments)

The CEO of Bitcoin has already decided to ban China as a countermeasure. So who's the fool now?

about 8 months ago
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Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

hydrofix Re:A release for linux? (149 comments)

Well, they did eventually port it to Firefox. The demo is down right now, but it ran fine at least on Ubuntu.

about 8 months ago
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Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

hydrofix Release for Firefox? (149 comments)

Really exicited to see if they port this to Firefox. They have already ported the version 3 of the Unreal Engine to Firefox, using OpenGL for graphics and Asm.js for code. The speed difference compared to the native version should be very small to non-existent, since Asm.js is statically compiled.

about 8 months ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

hydrofix Re:The only thing I care about. (479 comments)

I talk about SS parades and monuments in Latvia. Supported and mandated by the government.

I follow developments in the Baltics somewhat, and I have never heard of this. I found a story on RT about a Latvian Waffen SS veterans' march, which was accompanied by an anti-fascist counter-demonstration. I could imagine that some Latvians view the SS as heroes even though Nazi Germany occupied Latvia, because the Nazis fought the Soviets, and the Soviet occupation that followed was much more brutal than the Nazi occupation. I don't think the police or the government is taking sides here, even though RT (which is known for its propaganda stories) tries to spin it that way: in a democratic society, everyone has the right to assemble and express opinions, and one job of the police is guaranteeing that right – even if it means protecting someone paying tribute to Nazi history from an angry mob.

I talk about the discrimination of ethnic Russians who were refused the citizenship and were stripped of some rights there.

I understand some people of Russian ethnicity who moved or were moved to the Baltics during the Soviet occupation do not have a citizenship of the Baltic state that they reside in, among others because the Baltic states require a proficiency in the official state language – which is not Russian – and the state views those Russian-speakers as being citizens of the modern-day Russian federation. However, since these people have no Russian citizenship either, they are not citizens of any country. Living as a non-citizen can be difficult, but every day more and more ethnic Russian receive the citizenship through successful assimilation.

Lithuanian government pursuits the use of Soviet symbolic but does not do the same to the Nazi insignia. All of the above routinely ignored by the European Union.

I was not able to find a source, but I don't find this at all surprising. Displaying Nazi insignia is banned in Germany and Israel, because Germans and Jews suffered tremendously from Nazism. The people of the Baltics suffered tremendously from the Soviet occupation, so it is understandable that they in turn do not tolerate Soviet symbols.

about 9 months ago

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China Bans Bitcoin - Bitcoin CEO Reponds, Bans China

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  about 8 months ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "Following rumours of China’s plans to ban bank transfers to Bitcoin exchanges, the CEO of Bitcoin has decided to respond by banning the Glorious People’s Republic of China from the Bitcoin Network. The decision was unanimously approved by Bitcoin’s shareholders, the Bitcoin Board of Directors, HaCkerz4BITZ and the Bitcoin Steering Board and announced by CEO Warren Winkleberg via reddit on Tuesday morning. The decision was made following extensive discussions with members of the Bitcoin community, Chinese exchanges and the inventor of Bitcoin Dorian S Nakamoto himself. The move is expected to cause even greater volatility on an already volatile Bitcoin market, with the valuation of Bitcoin in U.S. dollars quickly plunging below zero.

Menawhile, the CEO of The Internet Kal-El Al-Gore told that while the decision is controversial, in the grand scheme of things it will help the Bitcoin community and The Internet as a whole: 'The Great Firewall of China has been hampering development and eating into our margins for more than a decade. Here at The Internet we know full well that restrictive policies advocated by certain circles in the Chinese government can have a devastating effect on growth and the adoption of new technologies. I should know, I invented The Internet.'"

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Partner Of Guardian's Snowden Reporter Detained Under Terrorism Act

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  about a year ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "The partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programs by the National Security Agency (NSA), was held for almost nine hours on Sunday by UK authorities as he passed through the Heathrow airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro. David Miranda was stopped by officers and informed that he would be questioned under the Terrorism Act 2000. The 28-year-old was held for nine hours, the maximum the law allows before officers must release or formally arrest the individual. According to official figures, most examinations last under an hour, and only one in 2,000 people detained are kept for more than six hours. Miranda was released without charge, but officials confiscated electronics including his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles. "This is a profound attack on press freedoms [...] to detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ," Greenwald commented."
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due to DDoS

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "The BitCoin-to-USD exchange rate had been climbing steadily since January 2013, from around 30 USD to over 250 USD only 24 hours ago. Now, the value bubble seems to have burst, at least partially. The primary trading site MtGox is currently reporting a value of 140 USD, a loss of almost half in real value. With many sites unreachable or slow, there are also news of a possible DDoS attack on MtGox: "Attackers wait until the price of Bitcoins reaches a certain value, sell, destabilize the exchange, wait for everybody to panic-sell their Bitcoins, wait for the price to drop to a certain amount, then stop the attack and start buying as much as they can. Repeat this two or three times like we saw over the past few days and they profit.""
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IETF Begins Drafting Process for Faster-Than-Light Internet

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "With the advent of ultra high-definition IPTV, consumer demand for ever higher Internet bandwidth shows no signs of relieving. Researchers are also finding new ways to enhance transmission speeds, with a team from University of Southampton recently approaching the speed of light and speeds of up to 73.7 terabits-per-second in hollow fiber transmission, an improvement over traditional non-hollow fibers, where light propagates 31% slower than in vacuum. This has prompted the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to think ahead of time, and start preparing the Internet's key protocols for the inevitable moment when Internet users start communicating at speeds faster than light. RFC 6921: "Design Considerations for Faster-Than-Light (FTL) Communication" highlights some of the challenges this brings to Internet protocols, that were previously designed with the assumption of simple causality in mind."
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WTO Approves Antigua's Pirate Website

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  about 2 years ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "On Thursday TorrentFreak broke the story (verified by BBC) that the government of Antigua and Barbuda, a tiny island nation on the Caribbean, was planning to launch a legal "pirate" website selling movies, music and software without paying a penny to U.S. copyright holders. Now, the World Trade Organization has given its final approval for the Antigua government to launch the website. The decision follows from long-running trade dispute between the countries, related to online gambling, which was ruled in Antigua's favor in 2005. After the United States refused to compensate, the WTO granted Antigua the right to "suspend" U.S. copyrights for up to $21 million annually."
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Wikimedia To Move Its Servers To Ashburn, Virginia

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  about 2 years ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "The Wikimedia Foundation is preparing for the transition its main technical operations to a new data center in Ashburn, Virginia, USA. This is intended to improve the technical performance and reliability of all Wikimedia sites, including Wikipedia. The current target windows for the migration are January 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2013, from 17:00 to 01:00 UTC. Since 2004, Wikimedia sites have been hosted in the main data center in Tampa, Florida. In 2009, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Technical Operations team started to look for other locations with better network connectivity and more clement weather. Located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Ashburn offers faster and more reliable connectivity than Tampa, and usually fewer hurricanes."
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Valve: Half-Life 3 Will Be Linux-Only

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  about 2 years ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "Half-Life 3 is the long awaited sequel to Half-Life 2 which has been in development for more than five years. Gabe Newell, Valve director, has earlier made his stance on Windows 8 clear, saying that “Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space.” And at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Valve employee Drew Bliss said that Linux is a more viable platform for gaming than Windows 8. But at LinuxCon Europe, Newell now officially solidified Valve’s stance on Windows 8 by announcing that Half-Life 3 will be exclusive to Linux."
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NYTimes Sues US Government To Know How It Interpre

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "Techdirt has been following a story of DoJ's classified interpretation of the PATRIOT Act. Specifically, it's all about Section 215, the so-called "business-records provision," which empowers FBI to get businesses to turn over any records it deems relevant to a security investigation. Senators Ron Ryden and Mark Udall have been pushing the government to reveal how it uses these provisions to deploy 'dragnets' for massive amounts of information on private citizens "without any connection to terrorism or espionage," a secret reinterpretation that is "inconsistent with the public's understanding of these laws." After NYTimes reporter Charlie Savage had his Freedom of Information request denied, NYTimes has now sued the government to reveal how it interprets the very law under which it's required to operate."
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Anti-Matter Belt Discovered Around Earth

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "A thin band of antiprotons enveloping the Earth has been spotted for the first time. The find, described in Astrophysical Journal Letters [arXiv], confirms theoretical work that predicted the Earth's magnetic field could trap antimatter. The antiprotons were spotted by the Pamela satellite launched in 2006 to study the nature of high-energy particles from the Sun and cosmic rays. Aside from confirming theoretical work that had long predicted the existence of these antimatter bands, the particles could also prove to be a novel fuel source for future spacecraft — an idea explored in a report for Nasa's Institute for Advanced Concepts."
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ITC: HTC Is Violating Apple Patents

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "Apple on Friday dealt a serious legal blow to HTC and the Android platform in general. A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has ruled that HTC infringed on two patents Apple submitted in a March 2010 complaint. The scary outcome of the decision could in a worst-case scenario result in an import ban against many or even all Android-based HTC products in the U.S. market. "I have looked at those patents before and they appear to be very fundamental. They are very likely to be infringed by code that is at the core of Android," writes Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents. HTC has appealed the judgement to the six ITC commissioners, who will ultimately have the final say on the patent verdict."
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Assange: Facebook Has A CIA Interface

hydrofix hydrofix writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hydrofix (1253498) writes "In an interview with Russia Today's Laura Emmett Jullian Assange hinted that the CIA has a backdoor interface to Facebook, calling the site 'the most appalling spying machine ever invented.'

"Here we have the world's most comprehensive database about people: their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications, their relatives – all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence."

"Facebook, Google, Yahoo all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It's not a matter of serving a subpoena, they have an interface they have developed for US intelligence to use."

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