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China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

nashv Re:And well they should. (73 comments)

You seem to believe that the reason people use Microsoft Office is because they are unaware of the more sensible choice. People use Microsoft Office because people resist change, and collections of people in bureaucracies resist change even more.

Proprietary nature of information storage is considered a plus in bureaucratic circles - because many institutions have more money in their budgets than IQ or technical expertise in their staff. Proprietary means that when it breaks , somebody can be held responsible. It means that when someone doesn't understand something, they can fall back on their pre-existing knowledge of how to use a telephone and call support - thereby also absolving themselves on paper. The reason for work not done can be provided to superiors as "There is a problem with the software. Technical support is looking into it." The alternative would be to actually delve into the thing and try to fix it yourself - but that would involve learning something - which is not their job.

Neither does it help that when it comes to open formats, the best answer you can expect is "You found a bug? Submit a patch".

Open source software typically lacks a central authority that bureaucrats can complain to , sue if necessary, when things go wrong. The risk of licensing that you talk of is not even a factor - because the incentive to minimize one's own effort is higher than actually getting the task at hand done.

This is always going to be a major problem unless mitigated by a Red-Hat like model of doing business. Still, the geek community fails hard at understanding why the typical institutions still use licensed and proprietary software. They are trying to approach the problem from the logical point of view, while what is at play here is human psychology, behaviour, and administrative politics.

yesterday
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

nashv Re:Is it total shit like earlier Firefox OS phones (83 comments)

It's a tad late but India has a poverty level of only about 20% roughly. The problem in India is actually that the gap between poor and rich is vast. Most Indians (esp. urban populations) can easily afford mid-range smartphones.

5 days ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

nashv Re:Is it total shit like earlier Firefox OS phones (83 comments)

I fail to understand what you are saying. My point is that India is not a market for extremely low-end devices like the Intex shown here. In fact, Indians being too poor to own existing smartphones is a myth since it already has 87% penetration and most of those are mid-range smartphones as of today.

5 days ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

nashv Re:Is it total shit like earlier Firefox OS phones (83 comments)

This is why they are setup for imminent failure. The best selling mobiles in India are what the western world would call mid-range, like the Lenovo VIbe X.

And even then most are mid-range only in price and build-quality. Chipset-wise the Chinese phone-makers are bringing in some rather speedy models. And this already in a country that has 87% mobile penetration.

If they think that India is a market that will swallow up junk because it is so poor, or even if they think it is the 'developing world', they are delusionally out-of-touch.

5 days ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

nashv Re:None of them. (436 comments)

I for one would say, the unparalleled sync, multi-core usage binary, sandboxing, lack of Australis(hit), non-clunky interface, official 64-builds that actually have better performance etc. are good arguments. I don't mind using Firefox on my most powerful machine - but it is a major pain on mobile and ULV processor ultrabooks (especially those that depend on multiple cores rather than speed per core).

For a seamless experience across all my machines Chrome is still the best browser out there.

about a month ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

nashv Re:None of them. (436 comments)

Please don't talk out of your ass AC. Adblock variants are derived from the original Adblock source code. It is perfectly possible to have a Chrome version of the extension with the same underlying code but different packaging and UI elements for Chrome. In fact, I have found my replacement.

about a month ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

nashv Will it ever stop? (790 comments)

All right, there's been the NSA gaffs already, Julian Assange has talked about it, and Google here even plainly looked through someone's email without a warrant.

What is it going to take for people to stop using Gmail? Why don't people understand that cribbing about a free (as in beer) service is not going to help. You have the choice to stop using it.

about a month ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

nashv None of them. (436 comments)

Unfortunately, I cannot use Adblock Edge even though I like to, since I use Chrome. The Adblock Edge developer has shown no interest in making a Chrome version available.

And, yes, please don't tell me I need to be using Firefox - there are plenty of reasons why Chrome is preferable.

about a month ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

nashv Re:Microsoft craps its pants (346 comments)

That would be the the inverse of the ratio of retards compared to sane people.

about a month and a half ago
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

nashv Re:Great for India (85 comments)

No one was judging a country based on their rocket launching capability. People were appreiciating the efficient and economic rocket launching capability and the efforts that went into developing it. You are one who is doing the judging of an entire country, rather than just the particular achievement reported posted in the article.

As for all the problems you describe as being present in India, as an Indian I thank you for your concern. But seeing as you aren't doing that much to help us solve them, you can keep this list of what is wrong with yourself. We already have that list for the last 60 years.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

nashv Re:Core competency (142 comments)

are you doing something that really makes you think this matters?

I use Firefox on my desktop. Until I started getting ULV processors for me ultrabooks and such. Firefox tanks there, even with SSDs. So much so that my need to maintain syncing between portables and desktop caused me to abandon Firefox on the desktop too. Australis just encouraged me to ditch it.

So, your condescension aside, I did manage to talk to Firefox developers over IRC and they themselves concede that Electrolysis is not even close to stable and the problem with Firefox being single threaded (which includes the XUL rendering) is just too deeply entrenched to have any easy solutions.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

nashv The Slashdot comment system (142 comments)

You've never been to reddit. That commenting system is close to perfect. It does it's job, and it's scaleable.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

nashv Core competency (142 comments)

Well, the core of Firefox was written more than 10 years ago, and while it didn't necessarily have to be that way, the truth is that it has simply not kept up. Just getting Firefox to optimally use a modern multi-core processor is considered a massive effort. It is time for Mozilla to close down Firefox development (like they did with Thunderbird). Or at the very least, fork Chrome - it's been done before and it will give them instant parity with all modern web browsers.

about 2 months ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

nashv Re:It is a bit ironic ... (293 comments)

And then there are people like me who discover after going through 3-4 distros that their new laptops will only work properly with all features as advertised on a Windows install. To begin with Laptop power management and suspension states on Linux absolutely sucks. Period.

about 4 months ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

nashv Re:1000 replies? (293 comments)

All Samsung Ativ books have problems due to a video driver upgrade that has not yet come through. You know how many of those Samsung has sold ?

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

nashv Cue the vintage-nazis (243 comments)

This story will now be flooded by the "I am so retro-cool because I own a Nokia 1100 with a 1-incg monochrome LCD and it does all I ever need it to do" crowd.

about 4 months ago
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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

nashv Good job. (226 comments)

The judge has now made sure that no American company will ever admit to having stored any data anywhere, or risk losing business.

about 4 months ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

nashv It doesn't. (582 comments)

1. Proprietary software could have a million bugs like this. You just wouldn't know it. They do not become less dangerous because they are proprietary, nor do security flaws become more dangerous because they are in open-source code.
2. Open-source software at least has the possibility of being looked at over and over. Proprietary code may be reviewed or not depending on the resources, interest, and monetization capability of that code. A possible review by all relevant coders in the world is always more review than by a limited team of programmers and analysts at one company.
3. The real problem with Heartbleed is the time that passed between code being written and a bug being discovered. That delay exacerbates the security problem. However, there will be some sort of statistical (probably Poissonian or normal) distribution of the time required to catch a bug since introduction into code. As with anything, there are outliers. Heartbleed with its serious and longstanding flaw must be considered an outlier unless shown otherwise. I have not seen evidence that this happens on a regular basis with any software, FOSS or otherwise.

I would appreciate it if future Slashdot discussions were let out through the upper orifice with some maturation period in the brain, rather than through the lower orifice after festering in the colon.

about 5 months ago
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Fruit Flies, Fighter Jets Use Similar Evasive Tactics When Attacked

nashv Wow... (65 comments)

Who knew that the best thing to do when something dangerous was coming at you was to get out of its way as fast as possible...

It's cool that they observed the fly behaviour...but it's not the most deeply insightful finding.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

nashv Zorin OS (452 comments)

Zorin OS is claimed to be designed specifically with Windows XP refugees in mind. They try to get the GUI essentials similar to Windows. It might be a smoother transition to Mint and eventually Arch (I'm kidding about Arch, of course).

about 5 months ago

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German Email Providers will Automatically Encrypt email from now on

nashv nashv writes  |  1 year,23 days

nashv (1479253) writes ""Germany's three biggest email providers announced on Friday a partnership to bolster the security of messages sent between them in the wake of revelations of US online surveillance scandal." Given that German laws very strictly prohibit any kind of intrusion to privacy, the recent fallout of the NSA/Prism affair has led to the largest email providers — Deutsche Telekom, GMX.de and Web.de to encrypt their email traffic from now on. While this might help prevent peeping into email sent between these services, what about emails that go to other domains? There is no word on how this encryption will be implemented. If the emails are going to be decrypted at the mail servers of the service provider, agencies could still have access to this data. If decryption occurs in the user's browser on access, perhaps some improvement is expected. Should encryption now be a minimum standard for ALL email ?"
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