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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

prelelat Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

It's a bit different though isn't? Updating versions on your phone is more like upgrading to the newest service pack instead of buying a new OS. The OS is available for anyone to grab free of charge, updated patched and new features even. Free of charge.

That's not the same as letting support of XP die and quite frankly I had no problem with it in the first place. That OS is decades old now and the people bitching about security holes were most likely using it for custom software that was probably just as buggy as the OS at that point. I know first hand it can be hard to get custom software companies to update their software but it's not Microsofts fault either.

If the people who take Android and put it on phones are unwilling to release updates for it, that's the vendors fault. They take Android and fork it to suite them, then don't bother updating it when a new version comes out. That's how open source software works when you think about it. The main distro is out there free for the taking. Vendors take it and fork it how they see fit, it no longer is the main channels responsibility.

If we have a problem with this, we are really talking about having a problem with opensource software. Then we can discuss the other issue which is when do we can support on outdated versions?

about a week ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

prelelat Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (640 comments)

Exactly, I'm not going to say classic shell doesn't have it's place but it's not really feasible in a corp. environment. Also at this point you might as well wait to roll out windows 10.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

prelelat Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (640 comments)

If I were to roll out windows 8 people would freak out. Windows 10 seems like a much better leap as far as the UI is concerned. I can see us rolling that out a year after it's initial release and we have our policies setup and tested. That means probably 2 more years of Windows 7 on our upgrade cycle.

about three weeks ago
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Hands On With MakerBot's 3D-Printed Wood

prelelat Re:Laywood (72 comments)

I just put in a new extruder today and it didn't even work out of the box. Keeps jamming. I wish I had never bought one based on previous model qualities I thought it would be good.

about three weeks ago
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Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

prelelat Re:Yes, but for specific reasons (182 comments)

I think you are over complicating this. Use the analogy of a bridge. The bridge is designed to allow people to pass over it, and if it's designed properly it will allow people to pass over it. If the bridge collapses it becomes a question of was the bridge built properly was it checked to see if it would fail before hand was it built according to the original plan. If there is a design flaw someone(typically the engineer who stamped the documents) can be held liable.

I think the same could be said here. If the design was flawed in that it bought illegal things that's one thing when it's suppose to be searching say amazon. Here I would question it's design because it was designed to buy things from where it did. In the design there was a decent chance it could hit illegal materials, and it did. I think if they didn't build anything to compensate for that it's on them. It's like asking, is it really assault if you close your eyes and start swinging at the air and just happen to hit people?

also where's the originality http://xkcd.com/576/

about a month ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

prelelat Re:Geeky formats? (313 comments)

Same reason they decided to support avi and mp3, and that's their wide spread use. If you have a bunch of people using a different player just because you didn't support those formats or made it difficult to play them, why would they stick with your eco system. Yeah it's probably not a big deal to Microsoft if you use VLC over WMP but it's nice if you can keep people in your eco system as much as possible. FLAC has been around for ages and while it's probably not something that's used as much as MKV is likely used it's also not so difficult to support it.

about 2 months ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

prelelat Re:Why (529 comments)

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters.

Slashdot used to be the news aggregator and they would have info faster than anyone(I know right). It was the first of it's kind and as such slashdot did cover major events in great detail. Look back at Sept 11 http://slashdot.org/index2.pl?... the news on the site was amazing for the time. Ask CmdrTaco what he thought were some of the highlights of slashdot and I'm sure he would say that in his time here that this was one of the sites shining moments. Not news for nerds, but stuff that mattered.

So when you see a headline story pop up and you shoot it down, think this what slashdot was all about many years ago when it started. News for nerds, stuff that matters. A site made by nerds for nerds but not just about nerds, about the things that affect them. This news story affects people nerds non nerds.

about 3 months ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

prelelat It's true (267 comments)

It's a fringe brand in that Ferrari is a fringe brand. I don't think most people wouldn't want one but I don't know a soul who has one. Very few have seen them. They aren't exactly a larger brand. IF they can mass produce a model in a reasonable price range comparable to a modern model of car it will take off. Right now it is in the fringe but I don't think it will stay there. That's exactly what the guy in the article said. He didn't say Tesla was a bad idea or that it won't take off, he said it's not there yet but this next model could very well take it there.

It will be exciting to see where we go from here.

about 4 months ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

prelelat Re:Apple? (409 comments)

We've been trialing it for about a year here and it's still no where near where it needs to be for an IT person not to crawl under their desk and sob.

about 10 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

prelelat Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Also don't beat dogs. That was just an old saying and it's terrible.

about 10 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

prelelat Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

No, the basic idea is that other people won't want to do that shit.

That's not going to work. Lots of the time crimes are committed because the person is mentally ill, desperate, or just crimes of passion. The death penalty never really worked as a deterrent I doubt this would either. The chances of them recommiting after being released when you have probably broken them mentally with this punishment are probably higher. Now the case that she was talking about, where the two adults killed that child. They are probably beyond being rehabilitated, that doesn't mean we get to beat them like a dog for it.

about 10 months ago
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Fedora To Have a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" For Contributors

prelelat Re:Absolutely (212 comments)

You are right. This solves nothing. What happens when a contributor comes out as being from an embargoed country? Do they remove the code and say oh well? Do they take a heavy fine and possible jail time?

I'm not a lawyer but I find this way of dealing with the problem very dangerous to the community. They need to move the project to a country that will not cause so much problems for it.

about a year ago
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Ouya CEO Talks Console's Tough First Year, and Ambitious "Ouya Everywhere" Plan

prelelat Re:Ouya just isn't compelling (134 comments)

Your making it sound like a scam. First of all vapourware is something that never ships this did. Second of all they explained the goals and hardware of the device which they have met the hardware goals, though I don't think the software is exactly where it should be. Basically they want to be steambox with android as the OS. It's not a terrible goal but they needed more titles and backing from developers not just people buying it for a set top box that happens to play games. Which is pretty much what people are using it for now it would seem.

about a year ago
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Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

prelelat Re:freedom... (374 comments)

Sorry I didn't think about it. Seeing as the article was based in the U.K., I assumed people would talk about it from either a global or U.K. perspective.

1 year,16 days
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Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

prelelat Re:freedom... (374 comments)

There are two scenarios in forcing someone to hand over information on an encrypted disk.
1) With no evidence of wrong doing they make you hand over information that's encrypted. There is no court order, because there isn't any evidence. It's like passing through security and they want to view secret documents in your locked briefcase. That's not warranted. It's a violation.

2) Court has evidence against you there is an investigation and they court orders you to hand it over. It's the same as asking for the key to your briefcase because they have a warrant to search it. The only difference is, is that if you don't give them the key they can't smash the lock to open it up. If you don't give them the key and they can't open it up they will throw you in jail for disobeying the court. I see that as nothing different than what has happened here.

Now it has been argued I believe successfully that encrypted data should be treated just personal speech which should be protected by the 5th. Now this wasn't the U.S. so this has no barring on the current case. It's quite interesting to think of how this falls. Is it the same as making someone testify or make a statement or is it more like locked files in a cabinet.

So while the scenario in part 1) isn't debatable the scenario in part 2) is. Was this a violation of freedom it's hard for me to say.

The EFFs thoughts https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/10/new-eff-amicus-brief-argues-fifth-amendment-prohibits-compelled-decryption

1 year,16 days
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Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

prelelat Re:"familiar confrontational 60 Minutes style" (117 comments)

They probably made a deal in order to do the interview and they probably dictated the type of questions that could be asked. If they deviated they would most likely have either gave some BS question or ended the interview leaving them with nothing for ratings.

The person doing the interview would have been given questions to stay away from and 60 minutes would be happy to have such a high profile person they would have done what they were asked. It's not news it's a stage show.

1 year,17 days
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Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

prelelat Re:There were problems, that is the problem (383 comments)

OK it cost them money that sucks for them I'm sure.

I just don't get how you are jumping to Net Neutrality being able to allow the gov more restrictions over data. They could impose that under either model really. Without net neutrality the ISP's are going to be able to impose restrictions.

Net Neutrality is already in place so that extra cost to the ISP it's already done with, the only thing they are missing out on is extra profits from segmenting the connection.

Essentially if things stay the way they are now it's fine, so why change it now? You say that Net Neutrality is a boon for the gov. then why put someone into the chairman seat who was a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry? It's more likely that the gov. doesn't want Net Neutrality, or more likely doesn't give a shit.

Bottom line who does net neutrality hurt? Possibly consumers in higher prices but ISP's have already admitted to over inflating the price there is no incentive to drop prices without network neutrality. It hurts ISPs because they can't develop packaged internet services for different services.

If you have some numbers on how network neutrality is costing ISP's more money I would love to see it I find that kind of thing interesting.

1 year,18 days
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Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

prelelat Re:Net Neutrality was BAD. Full stop. (383 comments)

There were also no problems while the FCC introduced the rule. So what is your point?

Do you know what the ISP's want to do? They want to make teirs for services like cable and have you pay extra for say streaming netflix services. They could block access to youtube unless you pay the bill.

So? That's how markets work you pay tolls to go places and you pay for goods and services.

What this ends up doing is hurting the openess of the internet. You are so worried about having gov. influence in your service that you didn't even consider corp. influence? Your ISP has a streaming service that they want you to buy into. It's not as good as netflix or amazon prime so they can't compete. So instead they mark up the price of being able to connect to those services instead of subsidizing their own. It closes pathways on the internet and even if you do work around it can cause lag time.

It's not to say that it would happen but it has been suggested by the gentlemen at AT&T and Time Warner.

Now having the net neutrality laws in place what did that do? Maybe it jacked up the price that some ISP's offer their services at, though I highly doubt that. But what it did was keep all of those channels open and not filter things out. They couldn't prevent access to competing systems for a toll.

The reason there wasn't a problem before is because they were doing something crazy, like future proofing the internet from ISPs trying to muck up the openess of the internet. Streaming, gaming, facebook and so much more is now a part of our lives that an open internet for all is very important. It would be like having the great wall of china but instead it's instituted by the Corp. and they block or limit content they don't want you to have.

So I might not be Einstein but the implications of removing net neutrality could be very consequential to everyone.

1 year,18 days
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Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

prelelat Re:Net Neutrality was BAD. Full stop. (383 comments)

You trolling me? Net Neutrality was preventative to say that it never stopped anything is like saying that stoplight never stopped anyone from T-boning someone. It didn't happen because the FCC didn't allow it to. I believe most if not all the major ISP's were hoping to have a tiered system and have been saying so for years. It's well documented their lobbying on the matter.

As for the Snowden bullshit do you think for a second that just by not having net neutrality corporations are not going to hand over information to the NSA? Government is going to be involved in data traffic regardless of who is the carrier and how they handle it. They could care less in that regard. That will change nothing with privacy at all. So why allow companies to fuck everyone over with their large oligopoly.

1 year,18 days
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New Oculus Rift Prototype Features Head Tracking, Reduced Motion Blur, HD AMOLED Display

prelelat Re:Can't wait (156 comments)

Maybe a better description would be stereoscopic video? It would be more accurate than 3D for sure.

1 year,24 days

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Apple sued over legal threats

prelelat prelelat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

prelelat (201821) writes "Apple has been sued by the operator of a wiki site over legal threats Apple made to stifle discussion of iTunes workarounds. Apparently the EFF are involved in the case the article is pretty slim on details. It will be interesting where this leads in regards to DMCA and other sites that contain similar information."
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prelelat prelelat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

prelelat (201821) writes "It seems that the NHL was initially upset about the use of sling box to transmit it's broacast but has learned from the RIAA's mistakes:

Sling Media is the company behind the Slingbox, a set-top box that lets people beam the cable or satellite TV channels they receive at home to their computer (think: laptop) via the Internet (e.g., to a hotel room or airport many miles from home). Under its deal with Sling, the NHL will be able to cash in on fans' enthusiasm for sharing highlights from the games they watch, rather than trying to stop them from uploading those clips.
MLB seems to have more problems with the technology, but have also decided suing would not be the answer."
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prelelat prelelat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

prelelat (201821) writes "I find it somewhat hard to believe but this story over at pc word, indicates that the ipod has sold over 100 million units. It also asks how many are broken and replaced which makes me believe the number may be more accurate."
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prelelat prelelat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

prelelat (201821) writes "Researchers at University of Toronto decided to make a tool that will allow people in countries like China, that have restrictions on internet access get access to censored sites. The tool is to be released at the universities Protect The Net conference. The goal seems to be to allow access to sites like wikipedia."

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