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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

mrjatsun Re:Again? (96 comments)

Not sure if I support the EU here (don't know enough about the details).

But this doesn't apply to you using Google to search or your ability to create a new search engine or switch search engines.

Google is the dominant search engine. The complaint is about how Google leverages it "monopoly" in search to position itself more favorably against other people/companies search results. e.g. Let's say Google sold watches, and always listed it's watches more favorably over other companies who sold watches. It would not be acceptable to say the watch company should just start it's own search engine so that it could compete with Google when selling watches (assuming Google is a monopoly in search).

about 5 months ago

Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

mrjatsun Re:You don't make OS's either (89 comments)

They did the same think linux did with GNU, take the GNU's code, shove a little kernel underneath. Its a pity it's not called GNU Linux.. removes-tounge-from-cheek.

Seriously though, relax. There's decades of code and efforts that this leverages. Just enjoy the free code available even if you don't use it. Don't get all stressed out if they don't thank every one. This isn't the Oscars.

about 7 months ago

The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden

mrjatsun Re:In perspective (354 comments)

> supposed studies


> All his supposed friends he describes in his book turned out to be fictitious

  Again, really?

> nobody has ever seen him in the universities he supposedly went


And people wonder why our country is such a mess. Don't you see you are
part of the problem. You are part of the reason that a government can get
away with what they do. You parrot obvious lies encouraging more misinformation.
Fight misinformation, don't help it spread.

I get it. You don't like Obama. Say something smart. There are a lot of easy Obama
policies to pick on with real data to back you up.

PS: I am a Republican

PSS: Just because some drug addict on the radio says something, doesn't mean it true.
                  Think for yourself.. Do some research.

1 year,28 days

US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

mrjatsun Re:Not even then (303 comments)

> Given that a polygraph is not a reliable way to catch lies

That's not really the point of the test. While the actual polygraph test isn't all that accurate, the test itself does provide benefits if the people taking it believe it's accurate. People will be more likely to admit discretions, lost or misplaced material, not properly following protocols, etc.

about a year ago

Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

mrjatsun Re:My review after a couple months (233 comments)

> It's non-intuitive, but try tapping the little magnifying glass

Yep, already knew that. :-) Now exit the app and start it up again, not in list
mode anymore. I want it in list mode by default, occasionally dropping out to
month or yearly view. The day overview is useless to me on the phone (I'm sure it
would be fine on a tablet or computer).

Plus, the done button sitting there waiting for me to hit it makes my eye twitch.

After two months, I still hate the calendar app... Your mileage may vary.

about a year ago

Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

mrjatsun Re:My review after a couple months (233 comments)

Oh, not a big fan of the safari changes switching between multiple pages either. gratuitous 3d with less performance for no benefit.

about a year ago

Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

mrjatsun My review after a couple months (233 comments)

Most of the reviews I've read just parrot what Apple said which is sad.

Been using it for a couple months. The control panel is great. They killed the calendar, much less usable. I don't use siri so I can't comment there. Being able to have more than 9 icons in a folder is nice.

The rest is fluff. They exchanged textures for a bunch of superfluous animation and transparency. It looks a lot different obviously. No easier or harder to use though. I'm not a big fan of the new look but was tired of the old look. Other than getting used to a different look, I didn't notice a big improvement or drop off in the other apps.

In the end, if you already have an iphone, I would recommend it for the control panel.

about a year ago

Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn

mrjatsun Re:Why all the whining in the first place? (566 comments)

> It's pretty easy to go look at randomness and test it you know

Actually, no it isn't.. Your assuming CPU instructions always behave the same.

> and Intel's RNG has stood up to testing and scrutiny by a whole bunch of real security researchers

Ha, that's not the problem. Is there a test mode that can be enabled to generate a known

And lets not even get into the potential security holes that can be injected via a CPU microcode

about a year ago

Federal Judge Rejects State Secrets Claims: EFF Case To Proceed

mrjatsun State secret != Domestic (146 comments)

There used to be a good separation between domestic (FBI) and international (CIA, NSA, ...) data gathering (for a good reason). In theory, any collection of data, active spying, etc. on US citizens cannot be done under a national security, restricted access setting. Nor could any of the assets used to to collect data (say for an investigation) on one or more US citizen be classified. There are exceptions for US citizens co-operating with a foreign government of course. And data can be withheld during an active investigation, etc, etc. For a long time classified assets were not allowed to be used for domestic investigations.

This separation is now gone of course. There also seems to be an attitude that if the data is collected, and not looked at, its ok as long as there check and balances to ensure that the data is not being looked at. Obviously, in a democracy, a government cannot police itself with no external visibility. It's a fundamental breakdown of the principles of a democracy. Hopefully this will be brought up when this case makes its way to the supreme court.

What is being done is so obviously wrong. It will be an interesting case to determine if the Supreme Court is representing the country or representing the government.

about a year and a half ago

Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

mrjatsun Collusion? (379 comments)

Excuse my ignorance of the law, wouldn't this be considered collusion between Microsoft and the game companies to fix game prices?

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Fined €561 Million For Non-compliance With EU Browser Settlement

mrjatsun Re:Can't believe their arrogance (401 comments)

I am certainly not a MS fan, but it seems to me that the EU has found a way to "grab money from the rich" with the ridiculous fines they have been handling out lately.

about 2 years ago

Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?

mrjatsun Re:Enjoy his last minutes of freedom!!! (183 comments)

mod this one up. Enjoy the summer time before college. Enjoy life. He has 4 years in college and intern jobs to learn. And if he's any good, and want's to sling code, he will most likely be working lots of hours after college.

about 2 years ago

You've Got 25 Years Until UNIX Time Overflows

mrjatsun Re:Not NetBSD (492 comments)

> Are you trying to say that "64-bit computers" don't have any support for 32 bit integers?

The issue is if time_t is a 32-bit int or a 64-bit int. Not if a bit-64 CPU supports 32-bit integers.
time_t is generally defined as a long across OS implementations.

In the 32-bit ABI (Application Binary Interface) for most (all?) OSes, a long is a 32-bit value.
In the 64-bit ABI, a long is 64-bits, so the 2038 time issue does not exist for 64-bit apps.

So if you are running a 64-bit app, you don't have a problem in that app. One solution is to
not support 32-bit apps anymore. i.e. you don't support the 32-bit ABI in your 64-bit kernel.
You can do this easily in linux today (e.g. gentoo, 64-bit only support).

Another solution is to break 32-bit compatibility (or to define a new 32-bit "ABI") which
changes the definition of time_t (and some other system types) to be a [u]int64 instead
of a long.

So, *if* the parent was suggesting don't support 32-bit apps, then they were right ;-)

about 2 years ago

Tesla Model S Named 'Car of the Year'

mrjatsun Re:"Model S" (303 comments)

You must work for an oil company :-) The important thing here is energy diversity. With an
all electric drive train, you can be powered from Nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, gas/diesel/biodesel,
coal, alcohol, etc. You also have the long term ability to provide your own power (e.g. solar)
instead of relying large multinational companies to do it for you with many layers of companies
taking a piece of the pie (including stock market shenanigans).

The idea car for me would be a car with an all electric drive-train, batteries for short
trips, and a multifuel small generator in the car. I'm not holding my breath. It would
disrupt too many very rich companies.

more than 2 years ago

Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Ever Known," Says Waltz

mrjatsun Re:Ultimate Time Bomb (707 comments)

> Their leaders might be crazy, but they know the day they strike with nuclear weapons,
> is the last day they are in power and power is all they care about.

Yes, and what if they are about to removed from power, e.g. uprising? What's to stop them from having the
mentality of "if I can't have, no one will".

more than 2 years ago

AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Launched, Tested

mrjatsun Re:"outpaces Intel's Ivy Bridge for gaming"? (182 comments)

> AMD has the lead on average FPS, but it's now small enough that Intel wins in a few cases

Not really, Intel does win on a couple cases and is close for some cases.. Most of those are older CPU bound games. For Civ 5, AMD is close to 100% faster. A lot of the games that I looked at were ~ 40% faster (e.g. starcraft 2). e.g.

So better gaming perf at a cheaper price.. AMD has a better single chip solution for games. If you want a discrete graphics card for games, better to go with Intel.

more than 2 years ago

AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Launched, Tested

mrjatsun Re:"outpaces Intel's Ivy Bridge for gaming"? (182 comments)

> Ivy Bridge and Llano actually ended up 'tied

Yes, but Llano is the *old* AMD processor ;-) Check the reviews for performance of a HD 4000 vs a Trinity.

more than 2 years ago

AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Launched, Tested

mrjatsun Re:But will it stand up against Intel? (182 comments)

Assuming we're not including discrete graphics card, if you want gaming performance, AMD wins. If you want video encoding or photo editing performance, Intel wins. For most people who have PCs, it doesn't matter because the CPU and graphics are already fast enough for anything there going to do on it.

Personally, I'm going with an Ivy Bridge, nVidia 680 GTX combo. If I was going for a single chip solution, I would probably go with AMD.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Ponders Major Firefox UI Refresh

mrjatsun Re:finalized? (282 comments)

> When it's finalized THEN post it.

I think your missing the point of open development. Discussions like this happen all the time. A lot of proposals never see the light of day or have drastically changed when the source is finally pushed.

more than 2 years ago

US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors

mrjatsun How close is solar? (596 comments)

> $14 billion and produce 2.2 GW of power (able to power ~1 million homes).

Hmm, what if you put $14,000 worth of solar cells on 1 million homes (or $28k on 1/2 million homes, or ...) So you don't generate as much power. But you generate it at a time when you are using the most power. You don't need to hire and train a bunch of folks to run a reactor, and emergency equipment to handle a disaster. Nor do you need to pay to get rid of the nuclear waste. The day to day costs to run solar has to be tons cheaper than a nuclear reactor.

How close are we to it being more sense to do something like that?

more than 2 years ago


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