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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

lippydude Re:Not at a standstill, just no major features (203 comments)

@tlhIngan: "Oracle updated Vbox with a new release just 2 weeks ago"

@Phoronix: 'The v4.3 series has been receiving some maintenance updates during the last two years, but that's about it.'

"VirtualBox 4.3.20 (released 2014-11-21) | This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added: ref

2 hours ago
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FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

lippydude What's so controversial about AMT? (165 comments)

@ArmoredDragon: "I've always found AMT useful. It's turned off by default, so I'm not sure how it's a security risk."

Either by accident or design, it allows for a backdoor into the system. I wouldn't be suprised it it didn't come with its own backdoor ref.

12 hours ago
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

lippydude Anonymous Ribbon Supporter said :) (143 comments)

@Anonymous Ribbon Supporter: "This post was modded funny but I am not sure whether the poster was joking or not. The Slashdot groupthink mandates that everybody hate the ribbon interface, but you do realize that there are some people in the world who do not automagically subscribe to it, don't you?"

It's understandable why you would want to remain anonymous ..

13 hours ago
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

lippydude LibreOffice Writer a first look .. (143 comments)

@nine-times: 'One of my problems with LibreOffice (and OpenOffice, and some other FOSS apps) is that it doesn't fit with native UI conventions'

I've sat people down in front of LibreOffice Writer - and they can't tell the difference. LibreOffice-Writer (1) A First Look

Define 'native UI conventions' and give examples where the LibreOffice breaks them and if you're talking about the 'Office ribbon', then no one likes it, it makes simple tasks more complicated and is totally non-intuitive ...

13 hours ago
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Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

lippydude Dell recommends Windows :) (114 comments)

Dell Precision M6800 Workstation: Windows 7 Professional: £2,299

Dell Precision M6800 Mobile Workstation: Red Hat Linux: £2,506 ..

yesterday
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

lippydude The elephant in the room .. (201 comments)

@Anonymous: "How come such a relatively simple files - something that essentially plays media content - continues to be such a hot-bed of vulnerabilities. And not just bugs, but zero-day exploits too."

These are not vulnerabilities in Adobe's plug-in, these are defects in the underlying platform, the name of which must never be mentioned on slashdot.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

lippydude What's New in the Object Pascal Language .. (488 comments)

"Power and simplicity, expressiveness and readability, great for learning and for professional development alike, these are some of the traits of today's Object Pascal."

"A tool for all trades, with compilers and development tools, embracing the mobile era, A language ready for the future, but with solid roots in the past.", (Marco Cantù, 2014) link

5 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

lippydude AR-Rift: Stereo camera rig and augmented reality (171 comments)

AR-Rift: Stereo camera rig and augmented reality showcase

What is Presence in Immersive Augmented Reality?

"In a previous post I presented the AR-Rift, a low-cost immersive video see-through AR head-mounted display based on the Oculus Rift DK1 and consumer cameras. Technology affording similar experiences will begin to emerge at a consumer level in the coming years."

about a week ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

lippydude Bypass Demonstrated for Use-After-Free Mitigation (165 comments)

"Most recently, Microsoft brought new memory defenses to the browser, loading Internet Explorer with two new protections called Heap Isolation and Delayed Free .. last week .. Jared DeMott successfully demonstrated a bypass for both"

ref.

about two weeks ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

lippydude Internet Explorer forever Windows only .. (165 comments)

This won't happen as so much of Internet Explorer code is mixed-in with the help sub-system, Microsoft Office or embedded in the Operating System. That's why Internet Explorer won't run on anything else except Microsoft Windows.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

lippydude Bethany Mota© the fashon icon .. (105 comments)

'Bethany Mota' a very clever way of selling product to kids, under the guise of some Valley girl just hanging in her bedroom with her Youtube 'friends'. Marketing exec: 'We got a contract to shift some .. 'batiste dry shampoo', 'Bumble and Bumble City Swept Finish', 'white eyeliner', 'red lipstick', 'mascara', 'vests from Target', 'skirt from For-ever-21', 'boots from For-ever-21', 'tanktop', 'Blue dress from LX-Fashion', 'White shoes from American Apparel', 'Purse from Clothing Line', 'Overalls from Love Culture', 'American Flag T-shirt from Brandy Melville', 'Backpack from Target', 'White dress from For-ever-21', 'Black-&-White Wedges', 'Headband from Michaels Craftstore'. If you're a teenage girl out there, if you buy all this product, then you can also have Bethanys lifestyle.

Fourth of July Outfit ideas, DIY Treats + Hair & Makeup!
ref: Valley Speak

about two weeks ago
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NSA Prepares For Future Techno-Battles By Plotting Network Takedowns

lippydude You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone .. (81 comments)

"NSA .. are planning .. to paralyze computer networks and, by doing so, potentially all the infrastructure they control, including power and water supplies, factories, airports or the flow of money."

Did I just slip through a crack in the universe, to a place where the past decades of computer intrusions didn't take place. If so, then that would explain why people are still connecting their critical infrastructure directly to the Internet.

about two weeks ago
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Laser that is powered by one electron at a time

lippydude One-billionth power of a hair dryer? (1 comments)

"The researchers built the device — which uses about one-billionth the electric current needed to power a hair dryer"

How many joules per second would that be equivalent to?

about two weeks ago
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Andy Wolber Explores Online Word Processors' ODF Support

lippydude LyX – The Document Processor .. (70 comments)

"LyX is for people who want their writing to look great, right out of the box. No more endless tinkering with formatting details, “finger painting” font attributes or futzing around with page boundaries." ref

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

lippydude Torvalds: in his own words .. (361 comments)

Comment: It's the very first question, any idea as to who asked the first question, talk about being ambushed! A classic, generate some controversy at the conference and then only report on that. I wonder did anything of a technical nature occur at the conference.
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transcript starts from 10.00:-

Q : Morning, so Linux, nice easy question to start with (laughter). Over the years there have been various people including myself who have either reduced their involvement in the kernel community or stepped away from it entirely due to the tone on LKM and especially your contribution to that. Why do you continue to argue that being really unpleasant to people is good leadership.

A : Part of it, fair question, that's not actually my real argument. My real argument is that people are different and I'm a really unpleasant person (laughter). I mean that's what it really boils down to. Some people think I'm nice and some people are then shocked when they learn different. And I'm not a nice person and I don't care about you - really seriously (laughter). I care about the technology and I care about the kernel and I really think that a lot of projects in the Open Source community sometimes care about non-technical things too much. And the reason I say that is that the only thing we can actually agree on ever tend to be technical issues. And if we start making a big deal about non-technical issues - that are important - don't get me wrong. I'm not saying they're not important, I'm saying whenever we start making non-technical issues primary issues - that just guarantees we'll never agree - right. And .. I'm not trying to really make excuses, I'm more trying to explain that this is where I come from.

And I appreciate the diversity in Open Source, but to me that diversity is not about gender, it's not about skin color, it's about - people are different. And people are different in what they are interested in. People are different in what they're good at. Skin color and gender and all these issues that get brought up as really important things - those are details. What is great about Open Source is that some people are unpleasant but they're technically really good - right. Some people are pleasant and like bring other people in and I think that's one of maybe the most important of Open Source - is that you can do what you're good at. So when you look at bringing in minorities, bringing in females, bringing in people who don't speak English. My argument has been and is, that we should look for people who are good at being the people who can be between other people - right. There are a lots of good kernel developers who are great at working with people. And they may not ever be great technically - and that doesn't matter - because we all have strengths. And this is my argument - and I refuse to change - well no - that sounds bad (comment "s'not quite true" laughter). It's not that I refuse to change, it's that I don't think I want to try to bow down to what other people think.

My personal personality is pretty abrasive, I love arguing. Appearing at the Museum of Technology I spent the whole time just arguing with people (laughter). And if you're that kind of personality - when you are on LKM - you will argue. And I know they're are other kernel developers that are like me. And I know they're are other kernel developers who are not like me - and that's all wonderful. That was a really long answer to a really simple question. But the fact is - that's how I feel.
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Keynote: Linus Torvalds Linux.conf.au 2015 -- Auckland, New Zealand

about two weeks ago

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The People vs. James Watson ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 2 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes "‘He says that he is “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really,” and I know that this “hot potato” is going to be difficult to address.

His hope is that everyone is equal, but he counters that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.” He says that you should not discriminate on the basis of colour, because “there are many people of colour who are very talented, but don't promote them when they haven't succeeded at the lower level.”

He writes that “there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so”.’

Dec 2014: "He may have unravelled DNA, but James Watson deserves to be shunned"

Oct 2007: "Fury at DNA pioneer's theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners""

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Microsofts Android patents ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 6 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes "'73 patents that are said to be "standard-essential patents," or SEPs, implemented in smartphones generally, followed by 127 patents that Microsoft says are implemented in Android' ..

'The patent lists are strategically significant, because Microsoft has managed to build a huge patent-licensing business by taxing Android phones without revealing what kind of legal leverage they really have over those phones' ..."

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Android is rubbish says techno journalist ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 6 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes "BBC Business Matters July 17 2014

Audio from 17:43: "Apple is a lot simpler than Android and all of the Google platforms. There are so many — there are multiple types of devices using Android, where as there are only a handful that use Apple. So if you're in tech support and look after devices that are using your, that are in your office at any one time., it's a lot simpler to use Apple than to use a multiplicity of Android devices [..] right now my Nexus 7 isn't working , which is another reason why IBM did the right thing by going with Apple, as opposed to with Google, because a lot of the time their stuff just doesn't work, whereas Apple seems to work a lot better, so I may have to steal my wife's iPad the next time." Paddy Hirsch of Marketplace"
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Microsoft insecurity ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 7 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes "Vulnerability in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine Could Allow Denial of Service Published: June 17, 2014

Microsoft is releasing this security advisory to inform customers that an update to the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine addresses a security vulnerability that was reported to Microsoft. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine scans a specially crafted file.

An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could prevent the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine from monitoring affected systems until the specially crafted file is manually removed and the service is restarted."

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GCHQ's Middle Eastern Internet spying base ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 8 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes "Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme — including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East .. located at Seeb, on the northern coast of Oman, where it taps in to various undersea cables passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian/Arabian Gulf ..."
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The site's security certificate has expired ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 8 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes ""You attempted to reach slashdot.org, but the server presented an expired certificate" ..

Dear slashdot, your certificate has expired ..

Dear Chrome, the word should be "sites", as 'site's' is a contraction of "site is" .."

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