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Active Video Games Don't Make Kids Exercise More

pthreadunixman Re:Same as school exercise (304 comments)

I don't know why this is such a mystery to everyone. Exercise is unpleasant. If exercise is pleasant to you, then whatever you're doing is not exercise.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows Phone 8 Detailed, Uses Windows 8 Kernel

pthreadunixman Re:Windows Phone will become the best (267 comments)

Care to elaborate on these "technical" standpoints? I mean vague hand-waving is awfully convincing, but I'd like to learn more. Really.

more than 2 years ago
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VMware, a Falling Giant?

pthreadunixman Re:Failing of VMware? (417 comments)

Cost. Even if you have the money to scale out your hardware, you can't because the licensing pushes the price through the roof.

about 3 years ago
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Are Some CAs Too Big To Fail?

pthreadunixman Re:Alternative improvement idea (163 comments)

I don't see how multiple signers does anything to prevent any of the 100 or more commercial CAs from issuing a certificate for any random host on the internet --which is the problem at hand here.

more than 3 years ago
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Laptops In the Classroom Don't Increase Grades

pthreadunixman Re:More Distractions (511 comments)

Bingo. I did all my math in college on a little Toshiba 10" laptop with just vim, Tex and graphviz.

more than 3 years ago
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Teacher Cannot Be Sued For Denying Creationism

pthreadunixman Re:So (775 comments)

Atheism is the positive assertion of the non-belief in god(s).

more than 3 years ago
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Intel To Offer CPU Upgrades Via Software

pthreadunixman Re:Wow (499 comments)

Because before you were purchasing a product that became your property. Now you're simply being granted a license to use their property in a limited fashion.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel To Offer CPU Upgrades Via Software

pthreadunixman you don't own your hardware anymore (499 comments)

Hurray. Now you don't own your hardware anymore; you just license a right to use it at a certain specification.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Lets Students Rent Digital Textbooks

pthreadunixman Re:Not like you can't re-rent (174 comments)

Re-rent? My objection is to the idea of renting --let alone returning-- ephemeral bits at all.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Engineers Deny Hack Exploited Chrome

pthreadunixman Re:Hint: There is no Sandbox. (244 comments)

You mean a VM where each process looks like it has the processor/memory to itself (AKA x86 protected mode)? We already have VM sandboxes. They're called a PROCESS. Taking this concept to an absurd level of regression (full os virtualization) and then coming up with some convoluted way to let all the parts communicate again (necessary if you want it to do anything useful) adds absolutely nothing to the security aspect other than a high degree of obfuscation.

You guys and your delusional layer cake security schemes. Things do not run on the machine like that. You can add all the boxes and layers to your diagrams all you want; but, in reality it's all flat where the only difference between all your security contexts are some integer values in memory.

more than 3 years ago
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Xen 4.1 Hypervisor Released

pthreadunixman Re:Isn't Xen dead? (105 comments)

You have heard of Amazon EC2 right?

more than 3 years ago
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Cosmological Constant Not Fine Tuned For Life

pthreadunixman Re:Irrelevant .... (536 comments)

Religion doesn't answer anything let alone "why". "God did it" is a useless non-answer.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Piracy — Less DRM, More Data

pthreadunixman Re:When the pirated content is higher quality (304 comments)

Having to deal with DRM at all is THE pain in the ass of which I speak. You've simply illustrated that there are multiple flavors of PITA. No matter which way you slice it, as soon as you want to do anything outside of the Kindle sandbox, you have a PITA on your hand.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Piracy — Less DRM, More Data

pthreadunixman Re:I'll keep print books, thank you (304 comments)

All the issues you worry about are due to DRM issues. Not ebooks. EPUB is much better than ASCII. Hell you can read them in a web browser if you unzip them. Each section of the book is just XHTML.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Piracy — Less DRM, More Data

pthreadunixman Re:Situation in Spain (304 comments)

DRMed ePUBs books don't use Adobe Reader. They use Adobe Digital Editions and there is no Linux version.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Piracy — Less DRM, More Data

pthreadunixman Re:When the pirated content is higher quality (304 comments)

The user experience is good if and only if you are only going to read your books on the Kindle platform. As soon as you want to read your books on a Linux box and/or with free software, it now becomes a pain in the ass. None of the books I've bought (that I read on my Kindle) have come from amazon. I've gotten them all from publishers/retailers that use ePUB/Digital Editions from which I strip the DRM and convert to mobipocket format for the Kindle.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Piracy — Less DRM, More Data

pthreadunixman Re:Don't try too hard to crush piracy. (304 comments)

This would only hold true in a DRMed world. Without DRM, its so trivial to copy and backup books that they'd have a far higher chance of surviving than a paper bound book.

more than 3 years ago

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