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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

paulatz Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

Calling Apple excluded from any such ruling of a court as above, is contraindicated. The OS is clearly not in any way free at this time.

except that Italy uses a system of Roman law, not common law, where precedent judgments do not make law. If you think you have a case against Apple you can move to Italy, buy a Mac, try to get a refund for OSX and eventually bring the case to court. What will be decided , after two levels of judgment and one of appeal, will not depend on precedents but on the law, the interpretation of the law given by the judge, the large discretionary powers that he has and other circumstances.

about a month ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

paulatz Re:I'm not an encryption expert by any means... (220 comments)

You are right, but let me rephrase: the algorithm scales perfectly, what does not is the initial distribution of the data; also the operating system poses some limits to scalability, specialized parallel infrastructures use custom operating systems to mitigate this effect.

about a month and a half ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

paulatz Re:I'm not an encryption expert by any means... (220 comments)

And that probably only begins to approach the computational power the NSA has at its disposal

It is sure that the NSA has at its disposable a ridiculous amount of computing power, but it is equally evident that they cannot only use it once at a time. I.e. they may well have a billion CPUs, if it takes one billion hours to crack a disk they can only crack a disk an hour. Also, even the best parallel cracking scheme is going to scale less than perfect on a massive parallel setup, let alone a cheap cloud infrastructure.

about a month and a half ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

paulatz Re: Application sandboxing (577 comments)

And its a ton easier on any unixy-box. And guess what, all this is even easier for a homogeneous hardware pool like a particular cell phone model, or a particular OEM PC model, with a preconfigured image that matches your hardware exactly - for a random home PC thats more work.

I don't agree on this. On a Linux box, if you used separate partition, it's as easy as save down a list of installed rpms (or deb), reinstall os, reinstall list of rpm. On OEM windows installation you normally only have a recovery partition that can only do automatic repair (that never works) or destroy everything and restore to the factory state.

I'm not talking about restoring the factory state, I'm talking about restoring your PC to a working state, with all your software and data as before but not fucked up

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

paulatz Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

Of course, until I can play BF4 on Linux and on ULTRA my one and only gaming rig will be running windows. So forever, probably.

It will most likely take around 7 years and a child, then you won't be able to run BF4 on Linux nor on Windows because of lack of time.

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

paulatz Re: Application sandboxing (577 comments)

You are right to some extent: There is a tradeoff. A strict sandboxing will prevent many useful features; a lax sandboxing will not be completely effective

Yet, even a lax sandboxing can be extremely useful. In an Android phone it is relatively easy to keep track of which apps are using a lot of battery, and you can uninstall them from the same screen, this is possible thanks to sandboxing keeping track of where every system call is coming from. If you decide to give up and restart from scratch, it only take 5 minutes to erase all user data, and you have a reborn phone; eventually add 15 minutes to copy your pictures back, if you really want to. Compare this to the afternoon of cursing it takes to reinstall windows and all the programs, redo all the updates, restore the backup. find out that some stuff was not backed up because it as stored in hidden directories scattered around.

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

paulatz Pentium bug workaround (399 comments)

With Intel releasing a new series of Pentium CPUs, Windows 10 will evaluate to Windows 9 anyway.

about 2 months ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

paulatz Re:It seems to me... (470 comments)

Likewise, perhaps *we* can't focus a laser today, but that's not an inherent limitation of lasers even by today's known physics, that's a limitation of our technology

I'm pretty sure the video author is not aware of it, but that's actually a limitation of physics, not of laser technology. The fact that you cannot focus a laser at long distances is related caused by momentum-position duality in quantum physics: Laser is basically a bunch of photons going all in the same direction, with the same color and coherent phases; technically with the same wavevector. However quantum physics dictates that there is going to be a certain spread, uncertainty, in the wavevector of each photon. This uncertainty is inversely proportional to the size of the chamber where the laser was initially pumped, namely the size of the laser gun.

It is really quite similar to projectile weapons: The longer the barrel, the more accurate the shot.

about 2 months ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

paulatz Re:Commands lines (250 comments)

Undead Waffle (1447615) | 4 hours ago | (#47990621)

And for your convenience gnome 3 removed the partial matches from the alt + f2 window. So much more elegant without all those pesky icons showing up. Also, good luck remembering what the the true name of the calculator is!

Anonymous Coward | 1 hour ago | (#47991095)

gnome-calculator

Seems pretty simple to me.

So easy, that it took you 3 hours to find out

about 2 months ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

paulatz Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

An Italian judge decided this way: It means this is the law in Italy. You complaining on the internet won't change a damn, and I don't give a damn about it.

about 2 months ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

paulatz Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

Yes, there have been legal judgments... Doesn't make them right. :)

They're not random people on the internet, hence they may be wrong

about 2 months ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

paulatz Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

BTW, you CAN buy a Dell without Windows, you just have to order it that way, their business division sells them.

They only sell a few modem without operating systems, i.e. no laptops in europe.

about 2 months ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

paulatz Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (111 comments)

FYI taxes are always included in the price in Europe. Free's 20€ are actually 19.99€ that get out of your pocket.

about 4 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

paulatz Re:Fuck IPv6 (305 comments)

Seriously, with NAT, you have a possibility of 64512 unique devices behind the router, you can port-forward any of them, and even use UPNP should you use to (not that I would).

TBH, I like the fact that my router is the only device facing the public network (security wise).

I like the fact that you think it provides any security. Just ask yourself this question: when I contact a server outside the NAT, how does it get back to me? Is there any special reason that prevents someone else to do the same?

about 6 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

paulatz Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

I've had to remote Firefox too,

You're doing it wrong! Just set up an ssh tunnel and tell firefox to use it as sock proxy. This works seamlessly

about 6 months ago
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Rackspace, Cumulus Networks and CoreOS Join Linux Foundation

paulatz Re:Great article! (9 comments)

You're wasting money on your subscription

about 6 months ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

paulatz Re:Code names (179 comments)

Quick - when was Hardy Herring? Did you have to go look?

I completely agree with this. I'm do not use Ubuntu regularly, but sometimes I have to help people who do. I do not know the names by hearth, I guess I can just do cat /etc/issue and get it? Nope! There is only says the version number. Ok, no problem, I'll google the number. No way, in the support forums everybody just uses the code name. Finally I have to check on wikipedia whatever name version 12.04 has.

To be fair, there is the same exact problem with Debian. It is true that Debian only has had like 6 releases since the beginning of time, but it adds the extra complexity layer of calling them stable, unstable and testing. So, let's check if debian 5.0 support this.. no information. Let's try if google for lenny returns something? Nope. Ok, let's see google for "debian stable" then manually check every result to see if it was published between 2009 and 2011.

about 7 months ago
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Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

paulatz Re:Release day (132 comments)

Technically, it's "-- "

about 8 months ago
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Ask The Linux Foundation's Executive Director Jim Zemlin What You Will

paulatz Re:Uniformity b/w distros (58 comments)

Can the Linux Foundation set up a definition where things just have to be in certain locations, regardless of distro, and certain commands that just have to work, regardless of distro?

like lsb?

about 9 months ago

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