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Windows 8 Store Will Allow Open Source Apps

malevolentjelly Re:Microsoft and open source (333 comments)

It's not so much an issue with the features as it is an issue with OpenOffice formatting documents like a blind walrus vomiting words onto the tundra.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM Gives Up After Losing Initial Battle Over BBX Trademark

malevolentjelly Re:Versioning for fun and profit ? (90 comments)

They probably could have given a proper powerpoint presentation in addition to that with a Playbook, given that it has a full office suite on it. They really need to embrace this platform more and not let the bitter tech world scare them.

more than 2 years ago
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Andrew Tanenbaum On Minix, Linux, BSD, and Licensing

malevolentjelly Re:Linus is right on about microkernels (480 comments)

Why would you be modifying the kernel/adding a system call? The kernel, in this case, is just a kernel.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Now Collects Royalties From Over Half of All Android Devices

malevolentjelly Re:The Great America Duopoly (241 comments)

webOS wasn't killed by patents. Neither was Blackberry. Both RIM and Palm had fantastic patent portfolios. They're untouchable compared to Google.

more than 2 years ago
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Electrical Power From Humans

malevolentjelly Couch Power (220 comments)

I, for one, look forward to quitting my job and simply setting myself on top of an inductive charging couch, watching TV, and eating as much fattening food as possible to sell my bio-power back to the grid. I aspire to one day becoming something like a defecating tree.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Finalizes Skype Acquisition

malevolentjelly Re:Again, What is it Microsoft Does Now? (111 comments)

Believe it or not, there are actually many people who work at Microsoft. Some people are "Business" people. They're the people that pay you to do whatever it is you do and make decisions regarding your company's direction. These people can work to make such decisions as acquiring other companies. Other people are "Engineers". At a software company, they create and maintain software. Because there are MANY people at a big company (more kinds of people than you have fingers!), a company can both create software and purchase other companies at the same time. So, instead of thinking of a company like one person-- you should look at it as a _group_ of people (almost like a small town) who can do many things at once. Working in groups is how people accomplish big things! Think about how in your hometown there are people who sell groceries, people who deliver mail, AND people who fight fires-- but they're not necessarily the same people.

I hope this helps!

more than 2 years ago
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US Intelligence Mining Your Social Network Data

malevolentjelly Re:Not shocked, too busy laughing. (240 comments)

You don't see how social science comes into this?

Okay... so you don't need social scientists because you're *so good* at mining electronic data... but they're already mining the data electronically, as stated in TFA.

The automated data collection system is to focus on patterns of communication, consumption and movement of populations. It will use publicly accessible data, including Web search queries, blog entries, Internet traffic flow, financial market indicators, traffic webcams and changes in Wikipedia entries.

What do you do with that data? How do you determine what data to collect and how to use it? Assuredly no one has expertise in this field because you don't explicitly understand it. Who do you think actually uses data?

more than 2 years ago
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The NSA Wants Its Own Smartphone

malevolentjelly Re:Good enough for them, but not for us huh? (172 comments)

An Android-based phone? You really don't know much about how this security stuff works, do you?

If a phone that needs to pass any level of non-casual security certifications is to be linux-based, it's going to imprisoned behind an extremely restrictive hypervisor. If the only thing separating the interface from the hardware is linux, it will never pass the requisite security certifications. No device like that has and none ever will lest Linux cease being Linux.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Responds To Linux Concerns Over Windows 8 and UEFI Secure Boot

malevolentjelly Re:If you can't be bothered to RTF... (389 comments)

If people can run Linux on PS3's, then chances are pretty good they will find a way to insecurely boot Linux on their PC's if they would rather screw with conf files than study. On the other hand, there's still no indication that the ability to disable secure boot will be widely unavailable-- the only example you have of a computer with secure boot currently allows it to be disabled. Are you just anonymously angry about the way you imagine computing to be if it goes in such a way that might upset you?

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Arrests LulzSec and Anonymous Hackers

malevolentjelly Forced Narrative (289 comments)

So, a couple of small time vandals got arrested. The movement with which they are loosely affiliated is generally considered to be a national security threat. This doesn't mean that every single person is individually a security threat.. this means that a group of people getting organized to disrupt the military and government through cybercrime is a threat. This a big concept to swallow for reactionaries. If one person running down a street breaks a window, then he is a vandal. If a thousand people are running down the street breaking windows, then you have a riot-- and a riot is extremely dangerous. The drug trade is a national security threat. Some hippie who gets stoned and writes Ruby on Rails code while generating bitcoins on his hacked PS3 is not a national security threat-- yet the drug trade as a whole has elevated street criminals to royal status and nearly collapsed the Mexican government. When a politician lies about his personal life, he is dishonest. When he lies about policy, his intentions, and virtually everything else, then he is insidious and anti-social.

Arresting people and holding them accountable for the smaller crimes they commit is a necessary step toward maintaining a peaceful and safe society. If people believed they could do anything they wanted on the internet, even if it is disruptive, expensive, and widely coercive to others, then the activity would exacerbate and the people who would be victimized would feel unsafe. The same is true with hate crimes, rape, or theft. Degenerate people will do whatever they can get away with for attention, out of spite, or just because they feel vindicated by some perceived threat from society at large.

The FBI is extinguishing a lit wastebasket in an effort to prevent-- not directly but conceptually-- a forest fire, yet this forced narrative seems to suggest that they are calling the wastebasket fire a forest fire. There is no indication that they are.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Responds To Linux Concerns Over Windows 8 and UEFI Secure Boot

malevolentjelly Re:If you can't be bothered to RTF... (389 comments)

Maybe you should only buy computers that allow you to disable secure boot then. Or is that too obvious and uncontroversial?

more than 2 years ago
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SUA Deprecated In Windows 8?

malevolentjelly Re:This is (226 comments)

Kind of like how the release of the Hybrid car eliminated car tuning and hot rod culture? If there's a market in selling computer components, it will remain. There's no dark force moving against that. It's just a business.

more than 2 years ago
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SUA Deprecated In Windows 8?

malevolentjelly Re:This is (226 comments)

They didn't put that "work" into their code voluntarily. They were forced to do it because they were in violation of the GPL.

I don't see how that has anything to do with virtualization being a strategy for Microsoft. Whether linux kernel drivers are packaged or pushed upstream is just an operational consideration.

more than 2 years ago
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SUA Deprecated In Windows 8?

malevolentjelly This is (226 comments)

If you look at the kind of work Microsoft has put into the Linux kernel recently relating to Hyper-V...

https://lwn.net/Articles/451243/

One might gather that it's not worth the trouble for NT to ape Unix anymore. Chances are pretty good Linux is the new SUA and virtualization will be the new supported solution to this problem. I mean, why should Microsoft bother maintaining its own Unix tools when they're actively maintained elsewhere? Given the work they've done on both virtualization and linux integration I would say that there's no great conspiracy here.

more than 2 years ago
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NZ School Goes Open Source Amid Microsoft Mandate

malevolentjelly No creativity allowed? (305 comments)

So, this school uses 100% open source software? I take it this particular school will not be producing any young graphical artists, filmmakers, or music producers, then?

For most tasks students complete on school computers, I would prefer to deploy Ubuntu Desktops instead of overhauled Windows XP workstations which need to be manually pampered into health. If everyone is using open office, all documents produced at the school will look god-awful, but this will be a grand equalizer between students, demonstrating to them that there is no place for presentation in academic content.

So, this will be fine for students in most subjects... but I have to feel bad for anyone with creative or artistic leanings. Linux is an engineer's world. While young programmers will be able "express themselves" with terrible unix code and tools, artists will be left learning with archaic and useless tools that have no bearing to professional software where they could be more productive on Macs or even Windows machines. They may not suffer from "vendor lock-in", but they will be subject to "industry lock-out". Ubuntu systems are really only pragmatic in some cases.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 7 On Multicore — How Much Faster?

malevolentjelly Re:Does it really matter? Not for me. (349 comments)

Why did you even post this? You just posted that you had no reason for posting on this thread.

more than 4 years ago
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Server Failure Destroys Sidekick Users' Backup Data

malevolentjelly Re:Interesting article about Pink/Danger/Sidekick (304 comments)

Wow, this seems surprisingly factual for an article on Roughly Drafted, but it basically loses it halfway through when he starts predicting the doom for all Microsoft products and brands as he tends to do in every article he writes.

It sounds to me like this is built off an angry and possibly drunken rant from a former Danger dev who felt somehow lost or screwed in the Microsoft enterprise atmosphere.

It sounds like Microsoft wants to leverage their software technologies more heavily (actually the Zune HD is a good example of this) in order to have mobile devices that have better interfaces and media capabilities and are more application-centric like the iphone. Chances are the Danger devs are frustrated with the loss of their cloud architecture and not receiving any proper vision from their management as to where their work is going. Microsoft is a power technology firm, after all, so they're going to want their various teams to utilize their core technologies to produce more powerful interfaces and usability paradigms. There's obviously a strong break in management. It's also possible that the Danger devs aren't taking the sort of leadership they should in this or not open-minded enough to learn new technologies.

If Danger really did build a phone on netbsd, then chances are Danger's servers are BSD servers. If Microsoft wasn't continuing the sidekick line or architecture, chances are these servers were still running BSD. There would be no reason to migrate them to Windows. That's likely why they were maintained by external contractors and not simply virtualized into the Microsoft cloud.

more than 4 years ago
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Harald Welte Calls Out Netgear's Open Source Sham

malevolentjelly Re:Silly netgear (199 comments)

This is how I know something is seriously broken in the heads of people who argue for iron-clad copyright protection. As soon as I start arguing cogently with them they start calling me a pirate. The fact is I generally avoid being a pirate, and and much less of one than almost everybody else I know.

If you come off as a naive moron or hypocrite, then it doesn't really matter how patient you are. You're just bouncing along calm and oblivious, like a manatee or something. It's no fun to be a voice of reason in a giant crock of idiocy like slashdot, so I feel for the people who decided to argue with you.

I mean, talking software on slashdot is like talking religious with Jihadists. It's a wild ride. I wouldn't do it in person for fear of being suicide bombed by someone in a penguin shirt.

more than 4 years ago
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Harald Welte Calls Out Netgear's Open Source Sham

malevolentjelly Re:Silly netgear (199 comments)

Watching your argument with the person who has the patience to argue with you is kind of amusing.

Arguing with the people on this site is like arguing with a brick wall. Arguing with that guy was like arguing with a brick wall that was masturbating furiously.

Of course, the fact that I would've happily bought Netgear's hardware had it actually delivered the goods doesn't mean a thing to you either. Somehow, the money I'm willing to spend is fictitious or something I guess.

It's just very limited. Besides this, you're walking on egg shells. If you can't meet a pretty extreme level of freetardism, then you will get negative press instead of your fringe market, such as TFA. As a hardware manufacturer, unless you're also producing chips and have no other markets where you sell your drivers/BSP's, then these standards can't always be met.

They would have been better off not targeting the segment at all.

more than 4 years ago
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Harald Welte Calls Out Netgear's Open Source Sham

malevolentjelly Re:Silly netgear (199 comments)

I answer stupid people on the internet like this all the time. Don't credit yourself too much now. This is pretty much what I do on slashdot. You can check my comment history.

Do you fancy yourself some sort of puppet master or something?

I am not going to respond to you anymore. This isn't enlightening or entertaining... it's just creepy. You seem like you might be getting off to this.

more than 4 years ago

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Congress to pull Financial Aid for the RIAA

malevolentjelly malevolentjelly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

malevolentjelly writes "Several prominent members of the U.S. Congress are now pushing a bill where colleges stand to lose their Financial Aid if they do not participate with the RIAA's demands for student scalps. In a sterling example of corruption, they are even required to advertise alternative DRM-laden solutions to illegal p2p file-sharing:

The U.S. House of Representatives bill (PDF), which was introduced late Friday by top Democratic politicians, could give the movie and music industries a new revenue stream by pressuring schools into signing up for monthly subscription services such as Ruckus and Napster. Ruckus is advertising-supported, and Napster charges a monthly fee per student.


The prospect of losing a combined total of nearly $100 billion a year in federal financial aid, coupled with the possibility of overzealous copyright-bots limiting the sharing of legitimate content, has alarmed university officials.
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Wow, I've done it this time!

malevolentjelly malevolentjelly writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DEAR DIARY:

http://slashdot.org/~malevolentjelly/comments

Check that out! My last thread got taken down by angry user mods like some sort of mob hit. I mentioned Moonlight as an opensource solution to flash and the jackass brigade showed up with pails of water to douse the flames. I will maintain that before any other facet of technology or software, slashdot is above-all anti-microsoft. I am trying to break myself of the habit of coming here and just going straight to ars technica for my news.

I love how the moderation system here basically exists to make sure that any voice that disagrees with the general masses will be silenced and buried as quickly as possible. That's why every year slashdot gets excited about the glorious victory of the linux desktop and then gets really confused to see themselves still below 1% desktop market share. I've never liked this sort of self-glorifying and self-declared victory mentality, it completely sweeps the amount of work and effort necessary to make good and usable software under the rug. In terms of recent successes and failures within the same open source realm:

The Ubuntu Netbook Remix is a fantastic example of solid design and usability coming from an open source vendor... although the product was entirely commercial.

KDE 4.x in general is the worst piece of software design I've ever seen declared "release" quality. It's no wonder KDE has been abandoned wholesale for Gnome by commercial linux vendors... and yet I'd like to say that QT 4.x is fantastic. Absolutely wonderful work, and I am thoroughly pleased that it is now LGPL. Let's see if someone doesn't come up with a better QT based desktop soon. :)

Well, I better be careful not to say the wrong thing or else I might upset the hive and lose ALL my internet cred. It's been my life's devotion to be taken seriously on the internet, so I hope that I don't lose it all now. :(

YOURS TRULY,
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